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The Boyfriend (Hardcover)
As you know (well, maybe you don’t), I prefer to read books in order, so I'm here to 'fess up that, in this case, I didn't. I should have read Thomas Perry's Silence first, but I didn't. Instead I jumped directly into The Boyfriend, so I know I missed out. I'll have to fix that. In the meantime, let's talk about The Boyfriend.
Jack Till, retired LA cop turned investigator, doesn't want to raise the hopes of Catherine Hamilton's parents. See, Catherine was a high-priced escort and that's a dangerous line of work. But her parents are absolutely convinced that there's more to her murder than the cops believe, and they want Jack to investigate. Reluctantly he agrees.
And is surprised. Because Catherine's parents were right. Jack's investigation uncovers a pattern: strawberry blonde escorts around the country have been murdered, and several of them are wearing identical custom-made jewelry. Jack's investigation will take him across the country in search of “The Boyfriend”.
Thomas Perry is an incredibly versatile writer. The Boyfriend's style is quite different from his "Jane Whitefield" series. This is starkly spare writing, lean and fast-paced. And yet Perry takes time to make sure you can see exactly what's going on, fills in details along the way, but he never over-burdens with excess descriptions. I have to admit, it wasn't what I was expecting, and it did take some getting used to. But when Thomas Perry's at the helm, you know you're getting a well-crafted and fast-moving story.
I would encourage you to let us know if you want a copy of Silence as well as The Boyfriend, so we'll be sure to have enough on hand!— Fran
Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.
It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class prostitute, and the police are content to assume she was killed by a client, common in such a dangerous line of work. Yet as Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way all had strawberry blonde hair, and all were shot with a 9mm handgun in the sanctity of their apartments.
Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names, sometimes advertise using other women's pictures, and move from city to city every few months. Yet when Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he's after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined. As the body count rises, Till must risk his life to find this seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.
About the Author
THOMAS PERRY is the author of the Jane Whitefield series as well as the best-selling novels Nightlife, Death Benefits, and Pursuit. He won the Edgar Award for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Clever protagonists, cunning killers, white-knuckle actionThomas Perry delivers all that good stuff in THE BOYFRIEND.” New York Times Book Review
"(Perry's) work is characterized by tight, clean prose, well-drawn characters and heart-pounding suspense." --Associated Press
"Perry is a marvelous plotter, and he builds suspense with all the subtlety of a master chef nursing a risotto to a buttery perfection. It's nothing new to call Perry a master of the genre, but it's no less true for being widely acknowledged." -Booklist (starred review)
"(A) highly original and clever thriller...Perry again proves himself a master stylist and plotter, as he effortlessly builds suspense and delves deeply into his characters." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"While there is plenty of action and tension here (indeed, it may well be Perry’s best book to date), it is the moments that Till spends with his daughter --- in person and across the miles --- that make THE BOYFRIEND a memorable book and give rise to a heartfelt demand that we see more of Till sooner rather than later." --Bookreporter
"The strength of the psychological drama lies in Mr. Perry’s capacity to develop his characters. Mr. Perry has turned out another riveting mystery." --The Washington Times
"Perry's prose is perfect. "The Boyfriend" is a model for thriller writers and one that should reinforce the reputation of the author of "The Butcher's Boy" and "The Informant." If you haven't read anything by Thomas Perry, you're in for a delightful surprise." --Huntington News