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Michael Shaeffer is a retired American businessman, living peacefully in England with his aristocratic wife. But her annual summer party brings strangers to their house, and with them, an attempt on Michael's life. He is immediately thrust into action, luring his lethal pursuers to Australia before venturing into the lion's den - the States - to figure out why the mafia is after him again and how to stop them. 

Eddie's Boy jumps between Michael's current predicament and the past, between the skillset he now ruthlessly and successfully employs and the training that made him what he is. We glimpse the days before he became the Butcher's Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war, to his childhood spent apprenticed to Eddie, a seasoned hired assassin. And we watch him pit two prominent mafia families against each other to eliminate his enemies one by one. 

He's meticulous in his approach, using his senior contact in the Organized Crime Division of the Justice Department for information, without ever allowing her to get too close to his trail. But will he be able to escape this new wave of young contract killers, or will the years finally catch up to him?

©2020 Thomas Perry (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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A Great Series I Want To Share W/Action-Thriller Lovers

Don’t let the name of the character, the Butcher’s Boy make you shy away. Pay no attention to Meh reviews from people who haven’t started w/the 1st in the series. The 1st of the four was written in 1982 & won an Edgar in 1983 for best first novel from a new author. I was choosing books based on the Edgar Awards in 1994 or so, so got to read the 2nd- Sleeping Dogs, published in 1993, at the same time. The 3rd, The Informant, was published in 2011. It is great. In the intervening years Thomas Perry has written some great books, none quite as good as this 1st series-but I have read them all. A couple were disappointing, but most I enjoyed. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see the 4th installment of The Butcher’s Boy in 2020, but I was & snapped it up right away. I’ve read the 1st 3 more than once & they always seem fresh. They don’t end as cliff hangers -which I prefer in a series. There’s a forward to one edition of the Butcher’s Boy by Michael Connolly that makes it sound like he too wanted to share it w/the readers of this genre too. It’s just that good. (Still.) Each of them could be a stand alone, including this one. But I think it’d be enjoyed best if you start w/the 1st. I anticipate Meh reviews from people who’ve not read the 1st- which makes you hungry (and delighted) to find the series continues every 10 years. I won’t be giving anything away by saying it’s about a man raised by a Butcher (in the days prior to big grocery stores) who was also an assassin. His name is Eddy. Eddy teaches the boy both trades. By 1982, he’s used so many names he doesn’t remember the name he was born with. Ultimately he goes by Michael. Unlike most assassins & “anti-heroes” Michael has no fatal flaws common (and tiresome) in this genre. There’s no revenge for the death of his parents; he’s not an alcoholic or addict w/a conflicted past that needs resolution; he doesn’t have amnesia. He’s just a guy doing a job he’s very good at. He’s not part of the crime families. He works undetected for 30 years by 1982 & then: Out of no where, Collision of the Planets. A lowly, young, FBI data analyst, whose job is to look at crime family data, sees a hint of the fallout from the collision while collating data; then follows the data until the the chase is on- and what a great chase. The FBI analyst is a woman (written when few main protagonists were women). I can’t explain it exactly, but her approach to the problem is different than what you’d expect a man to do in this genre. She doesn’t want to be part of the aggressive action. She’s not a gun toting she-raider who jumps in guns blazing. She’s a regular person doing a job she’s good at. All of that said, I’m only a few chapters into this one and even before I started I wanted to write a review to share it w/like-minded listeners - I guess I’m sort of seeking a connection in this time of social distance. I think you really need to start w/the 1st to really enjoy this book. So much has happened since 1982, that the short re-caps aren’t quite enough to understand how this character (and all the others) have developed.

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Not the best in the series

Of all the Butcher’s Boy books I liked this one the least. The story is weak, slow, and predictable.

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Nice assortment of Butcher’s cutlets

I think this is the last of the Butcher’s Boy stories. I throughly enjoyed it. The only way for Mr. Perry to continue would be to go back in time and tell some stories from Eddie’s history. Maybe not a bad idea. DJ

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As always Thomas Perry does not disappoint.

Great writing great storytelling and I love the flashback to when the butcher boy was a young child. Best one in the series since the original.

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Disappointing addition to Butcher's Boy series

Very excited that Perry decided to revisit the Butcher's Boy series. Waited years for new book and this is the best he could do?? Half origins story and half restaged scenes from early books. No real tension and, most disappointing, no new insight into key characters in the series. In fact, the relationship between characters seems inconsistent with earlier novels. To me this book felt lazy and incomplete. It took 10 years to come up with this?? Darn.

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Repetitive

As a stand alone it might rate higher but, as a part of a dearly loved sequel, there were too many rehashed stories. Narrator did an excellent job, per his usual though.

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Really great listen!

Great thriller. Hard to believe but this is a hit man that you want to pull for. Unusual but believable. Real professional.

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Good not greatt

I like all the books in this series but this one was lacking. The trip to Australia made no sense and several other plot points felt contrived. Great narration.

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Perry and Kramer are at their best

The Butcher's Boy doesn't disappoint. This author and narrator team are my all time favorite.

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End of the story?

Just when you think the saga is over another episode emerges! It’s more of the same from a character plot action standpoint. But keeps you going until the end. The reading is a bit dead and alive but I guess suits the plot.