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The Informant Audiobook

The Informant: A Butcher's Boy Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Thomas Perry won the 1983 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel with his debut of The Butcher's Boy. In this long-anticipated third installment, the mafia hitman emerges from retirement to tie up the loose ends of a score he thought was settled 10 years before. Also returning is Elizabeth Waring, who's been moving up the ladder in the Department of Justice by stepping on the toes of organized crime.

Fans of the audiobook series can breathe a sigh of relief, as Michael Kramer continues his fine work narrating the ruthlessly efficient assassin's bloody march toward freedom. Raspy and gruff without any cheesy wise guy embellishment, Kramer's smooth rumble makes for a slick Butcher's Boy who is clearly a head and shoulders above the slimy Cosa Nostra soldiers sent to dispatch him. He goes to Waring to update his intel on the whereabouts of the under-boss who sent the henchmen, giving her some 20-year-old dirt on the older generation in exchange. As the Butcher's Boy steadily murders first the clowns sent to catch him, then the bosses that sent the clowns, Waring races against the rising body count to either turn the Butcher's Boy into a Justice Department informant or just turn him in.

Kramer has a finely tuned ear for Perry's pacing, and falls lock-step into the rhythms of this righteous killing spree. Sure, the Butcher's Boy has murdered untold numbers of people on behalf of the mob, but all he wants now is freedom from the mob. Michael Kramer finds space to make him respectable and even likable. Thomas Perry has updated the character for middle age without making him any less clever or more insecure. The author and the character both have their priorities in the right place, forgoing glamorous punch lines for the perfect kill shot and showing a willingness to sacrifice everything for the goal at hand, perhaps even Elizabeth Waring. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

Married and living in England under the name Michael Schaeffer, the assassin known as the Butcher's Boy is the target of a Mafia hit team sent to exact revenge for his deadly campaign against the Balacontano family years earlier. Schaeffer kills all three attackers, but he knows more will come and needs to find whoever sent them to end it once and for all.

Soon Elizabeth Waring, now high up in the Organized Crime Division of the Justice Department, receives a surprise late-night visit from the Butcher's Boy. Knowing she keeps track of the Mafia, he asks her who the three men work for. Not knowing they have been murdered, she gives him a name: Frank Tosca, an aspirant to the Balacontano throne. In exchange, he tells her about a murder Tosca committed over 20 years ago.

So begins a new assault on organized crime, and the uneasy alliance between the Butcher's Boy and Waring, who trade current information for old secrets. As the Butcher's Boy works his way ever closer to his quarry in an effort to protect his new way of life, Waring finds herself in a race against time, either to convince him to become a protected informant or to take him out of commission for good.

Prolong the suspense - listen to Thomas Perry's first two books in this series: The Butcher's Boy and Sleeping Dogs.

©2011 Thomas Perry (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Perry offers a compelling, rapid-fire plot, credible Mafia and FBI secondary characters, an indictment of self-serving officialdom, and the old soul-shattering moral dilemma: what is truth?" (Publishers Weekly)

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    Scott 02-05-15
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    "Would now like a couple prequels."

    Solid story. A couple of telegraphed outcomes of some sticky situations, but enjoyed the book to the end. I put 50k miles on my car each year and look for stories that keep me intrigued and awake. This kept me intrigued.

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    Amazon Customer 10-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story but awful performance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    read the book. the performance was bad. monotone and boring. It was like the narrator has to pause after every sentence. No movement, did not convey any action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Informent was great.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Kramer?

    Michael Lang


    Do you think The Informant needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes.


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    Sandra R. Marcil 10-09-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful Book"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth Waring and of course "The Butchers Boy", Michael Schaeffer. I love a book that makes a "Bad" guy the guy you love.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scene in the church and of course the ending scenes that brought the story to an end.


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Kramer does a great job as a narrator, and will now check out more Thomas Perry books, as this was my first, but NOT my last.

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    T. 05-01-14
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    "Sudden ending."
    If you could sum up The Informant in three words, what would they be?

    well read.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The suddenness of the ending threw off the whole pace of the book. Just prior to the end we are presented with, "Three weeks later...". Then it is tidily, though unbelievably, wrapped up in several paragraphs. It seems the author ran out of ideas, or words.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    All of them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A likable killer.


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    Cathryn Perth, Australia 03-10-14
    Cathryn Perth, Australia 03-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Fast Paced and Entertaining"

    Well read and well written, I found this book enjoyable despite not having read the rest of the series. The main character the aptly named "Butcher's Boy" was both scary and at the same time, likeable. It kept me interested right till the end.

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    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 02-24-14
    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting....Again!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Informant to be better than the print version?

    Without a doubt. Michael Kramer is a fantastic performer.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Constantly on the edge of my seat. This is the third and last in The Butcher's Boy series and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the first two books....and was the same here. Listened for hours at a time. It is a very detailed and tightly woven plot and every thought and action of the assassin is performed.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not heard Michael Kramer before, but I have listened to all three of The Butcher's Boy series and Kramer is at the top of my list. Will seek him out now.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me riveted for hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not miss even one of The Butcher's Boy series.

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    Stephanie New York 02-03-14
    Stephanie New York 02-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Best in class thriller"

    So i skipped to this one because of the reviews and I was not disappointed. I can be a bit squeamish however this book is not overly graphic. Based on the summary I put off getting it for a while and in this respect it really exceeded my expectations. It is fast paced throughout. I will only say that the ending seemed a bit abrupt to me, though this is only a minor gripe.

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    Amazon Customer ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 11-01-13
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    "Give me more!"

    Great story. Great performance.. Now I have check out the first two in the series.

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    Julianne 09-29-13
    Julianne 09-29-13
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    "Absolutely incredible! VERY satisfying"

    The Butcher's Boy series of Thomas Perry is my favorite of all time. I also have to say that Michael Kramer is my favorite narrator. In fact, he and Johnathan Davis are the only narrators I ever search for just to listen to their performances. I recommend the Butcher's Boy series is best enjoyed in order, but you can pick them up in any sequence and pick up seamlessly. I am now listening to this wonderful suspense thriller for the second time and enjoying it just as much as the first. Thank you Mr Perry and Mr Kramer. You make a great team.

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    sherlock 08-03-13
    sherlock 08-03-13
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    "As Thrilling as any Michael Connelly"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Informant to be better than the print version?

    That is true of any book for me. It's all in the narration. If the voice doesn't grab me, or convince me, I won't purchase it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Informant?

    When he saves the woman who had been hunting him.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    He did them all so well, but The Informant himself is what sold me to purchase the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In the men's room with the honest wise guy. He showed his metal. He was a man of honor.


    Any additional comments?

    I was testing out books, looking for something like Michael Connelly's books. I have read and listened to all of Michael Connelly's works, two and three times. It's was the Narration of, The Informant, that sold it for me. I listened to this book first and then searched for others by Thomas Perry. I did purchase Butcher's Boy not knowing Michael Connelly was going to give a recommend to this author and such a great one at that. I liked the Butcher's Boy but I like this one, The Informant, much better.

    There are books I thought looked interesting but I didn't purchase because I didn't like the narration. The voice was wrong. The narrator wasn't matched well to the material or wasn't as good as I was hoping to hear.

    Due to audible I am enjoying the written word so much more. I would read a book maybe every other month and now I am going through books like a scholar. I listen to each book several times. This is perfect for me.

    More Thomas Perry, more Michael Kramer please.

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