The Butcher's Boy

The Butcher s Boy Thomas Perry s Edgar Award winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government

  • Title: The Butcher's Boy
  • Author: Thomas Perry Michael Kramer
  • ISBN: 9781400180196
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Thomas Perry s Edgar Award winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

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    About “Thomas Perry Michael Kramer”

    1. Thomas Perry Michael Kramer

      Thomas Perry is the author of 25 novels He was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947 He received a B.A from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D in English from the University of Rochester in 1974 He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and as a writer and producer of prime time network television shows He lives in Southern California.His website is thomasperryauthor

    671 thoughts on “The Butcher's Boy”

    1. This book written in the early ‘80s made me nostalgic for the days when it wasn’t common knowledge that the ammonium nitrate in fertilizer made for a dandy car bomb. Oh, to be that naive again!Speaking of naiveElizabeth Waring is an analyst for the Justice Department who sifts through reports of suspicious deaths nationwide looking for indications that they may be related to the Mafia. The car bombing of a union member in California catches her attention, and she’s sent out on her first fi [...]


    2. The Butcher's Boy is an extremely clever and talented professional hit man. He takes a contract to eliminate the officer of a union and a United States senator because both of them are suspicious about the activities of a shady investment firm headquartered in Las Vegas. He cleverly pulls off both jobs in a way that makes one death look like an accident and the other like natural causes.But the deaths do not escape the notice of Elizabeth Waring who is a smart young analyst in the Justice Depart [...]


    3. [7/10] It was like trying to capture an animal that was so small and rare and elusive that you sometimes doubted that it existed, but if it did exist it would be capable of killing you. No, this was worse, because there wasn't any point in hunting it down unless you could keep it alive and teach it to talk. A game of cat and mouse between a contract killer and a prosecutor from the Justice Department. The prize is to find out who the puppeteers are, who is pulling the strings and paying to take [...]


    4. Happily rounding up my 3.5-star rating to 4 because ofElizabeth Waringwho, despite being a woman in the man's man's world of 80s government, and proclaiming that “I'm not even a field investigator. I'm a data analyst.” still manages to be pretty kickass. Data nerds FTW!


    5. I'm giving this an extra star since it was a first book & I think the author has real possibilities, so this is the place to start. That's generous, though. Don't expect it to blow your doors off.The book started out strong, but petered out a bit in the middle as it got more twisted than it needed to be. Some of that was plain disjointed, although not awful. I liked the end, though. It was more realistic in many ways than most stories of this sort. The investigators know very little & th [...]


    6. Interesting book. I was going to go with a 3 star rating, but then I thought about it. I intend to follow the series (for at least one more book). And while I had/have reservations about the book in some ways, overall I like it.We're dealing here with a story told from 2 points of view. One is a killer He's a hitter, a pro and he's one of the best. Sadly somehow he manages to run afoul of some very powerful peopled they want him dead very badly.The other point of view is an annalist for the Just [...]


    7. An Aged 2.5 Stars Random Ramblings Within the past year I have read In the Woods, Rogue Island and now The Butcher's Boy. Each of these won the Edgar Award for best first novel. On the basis of the first two award winners, Tana French and Bruce DeSilva are now two of my favorite authors. Unfortunately, this former award winner does not leave me excited about the further novels.The writing and pacing of the book felt disjointed, slow and dated. The majority of books I read have been written the p [...]


    8. Elizabeth Waring is a Justice Department agent assigned to investigate the killing of a union leader, the victim of a fertilizer explosion in the back of his truck. Was it an accident, or the work of a hitman ?Yeah, I have to admit that this wasn't what I expected. It started strong. Elizabeth was a young agent who quickly got in over her head. Our nameless hitman, The Butcher's Boy of the title, is suddenly targeted for murder by someone high up in the Las Vegas mob. The story had all the momen [...]


    9. My first Thomas Perry book and certainly not my last I would like to thank my GR FRIENDS for the recommendation. Very enjoyable read from beginning to end!


    10. This book was originally published in 1983, and was reprinted in 2003. Of course I’d seen Perry’s books and known he was big in crime noir, but until I read an enthusiastic review from a fan on , I didn’t think his hard-boiled writing style would appeal to me. But what I especially liked about this debut novel was the description of the myriad ways big government departments involved in secret investigations and crime detection fail to communicate among themselves. Even better, his main ma [...]


    11. Kind of a strange story. Basically the story of a hitman, whose latest hits unravel and he finds himself on the run from the mob and others. Throw in a side story of Elizabeth Waring, a Dept of Justice agent who is trying to solve the initial murders and finding herself in trouble every step of the way; losing important files, losing potential witnesses, etc. More bodies than you can shake a stick at, all over the US. Just try to keep up and to make sense of this story. Interesting in its own wa [...]


    12. A terrific romp with my new fav kickass protagonist, FBI agent Elizabeth Waring and my new fav author Thomas Perry. Narrated to perfection by Michael Kramer. Perry won the Edgar Award for this book in 1982. Michael Connelly’s 2002 preface to the book is a gem. Placed in the 80s when federal taxes are 43% the 70 year old, 6 term Senator from Colorado is committed to get his tax bill through next session but unfortunately is murdered before he can make it happen. (Interesting parallel with the n [...]


    13. There are both advantages and disadvantages to the preference of reading books in a series in order. An obvious plus is that surprises are not ruined when referenced or built upon in later works. The most common drawback is encountering an author before he has learned the ins and outs of his craft. Unfortunately, The Butcher’s Boy is an example of the later. Throughout most of the book I kept wondering, Did he have an editor?The novel follows two characters on their separate journeys: a profes [...]


    14. A rising analyst in the Justice Department, Elizabeth Waring, finds an improbable link between the death by dynamite of a union representative and the deadly heart attack of a U.S. Senator from Colorado. As it turns out, both were killed by an assassin working for the Mafia, who seeks retribution when they try to kill him too. Fast paced and Perry won a prestigious award for this, his first novel.



    15. Elizabeth Waring is a data analyst for the Department of Justice who has the unenviable task of looking at print-outs searching for any murder that might have been done by a professional killer. If something didn’t fall into one of the common murder patterns, she would do some investigation to see if the murder really were out of the ordinary or not. It seems rather a fruitless search, since hit men try not to do anything out of the ordinary. But even the possibility of snagging one of these g [...]


    16. An early 80s Edgar Award winner, this wonderful adventure pits Department of Justice prodigy Elizabeth Waring against The Butcher’s Boy, the professional assassin who remains nameless throughout the book. He’s good at his job. Two early murders, one of an influential U.S. Senator, put the Department of Justice and Elizabeth and her co-workers, sometimes in uneasy alliance with the FBI and local law enforcement, on the trail of an unknown murderer, maybe two since they aren’t sure if the ho [...]


    17. OK, full disclosure: I read TBB waaayyy back in the day. In fact, the paperback I read had a picture of a revolver wrapped in butcher paper as a cover shot. I mean, who could resist that? I just had to get into it. And so, after an appropriate number of pages, I was sufficiently transfixed to say—"Where in the H*** has this guy been!?" I have been a big fan ever since that day back in the 80's, essentially devouring Perry books as they appear.The man writes GOOD! Our protagonist in this first [...]


    18. Yes. Very much yes. "Butcher's Boy" is one of my very favourite crime novels--- witty, dark, complicated, full of feints and twists and unexpected moments. Thos. Perry's unnamed main figure, the hitman know as "the Butcher's Boy", is a fascinating and sympathetic figure--- a craftsman proud of his trade and proud of his professionalism. His main female character--- the DOJ analyst unexpectedly (and unwittingly) chasing him ---is no less well-crafted and sympathetic. It will take you three-fourth [...]


    19. This is not my normal reading selection, but my husband guaranteed that I would like it, so I ventured forth.While reading this book, I found myself rooting for the assassin! ( As I do in the novels of Patricia Highsmith). Perhaps it is because said hit man is clearly bright and has such careful habits and such a will to survive. You wouldn't want a wolf in your back yard, but you do admire their skill, cunning, and life force.I found the storyline about the Justice Department less compelling th [...]


    20. 4* I find it nearly impossible to believe that this was a debut novel. It is solid, and jam-packed with action, excitement, and detail. Good one!


    21. The novel tells the overlapping narratives of a hit-man known as "The Butcher's Boy" who gets caught amid tensions of the organized crime assortment, and an intelligent and hard-working Justice Department crime analyst on her first field assignment. The Butcher's Boy is a good read, both tense and interesting. The tension is generated by a smart, nameless hit-man trying to outrun the criminals determined to find and kill him. The interesting bits come from the fact that the various judicial part [...]


    22. A hitman known only as The Butcher’s Boy is cutting a swath through the western United states, killing a labor leader and a United States senator among others. Meanwhile, in Washington, inexperienced Justice Department analyst Elizabeth Waring thinks she sees a pattern in unusual murders and flies to California to investigate. After the killer completes his high-wire murder of the Senator, he moves along to Las Vegas to relax and collect his fee, sporting cuts and bruises he suffered after get [...]


    23. As suspense/thrillers go, this one was top shelf. Although first published in 1982, it has held up well 30+ years later, and in my opinion it is well deserving of the Edgar Award it received. The plot revolves around an unnamed professional hit man who is, not surprisingly, connected to the Vegas underworld, and a young, inexperienced-in-the-field Justice Dept. analyst, Elizabeth Waring, who realizes that there is a serial killer on the loose. The two characters act and carry on separately throu [...]


    24. In the introduction to this 1983 Edgar winner for best first novel, Michael Connelly promises the reader a great suspense ride and the book lives up to it. A lean, spare prose style with a dual narrative that follows a Justice Department employee and the title character that was read with a low key style by Michael Kramer made this an enjoyable audio.


    25. About halfway in, I realized I just didn't care about this book. The characters are not interesting. The plot is confusing to me. Nothing really interesting or exciting is happening. This is one of the few books I have ever just decided to not finish. I couldn't take it anymore.


    26. Reading this book, I realized that the lack of cell phones, PDA, and the internet created a whole other world of tension, misdirection, and intrigue for the detective genre. Enjoyed this book, but not as much as the Jane Whitefield series.


    27. واقعیات، توهمات و خاطرات واسه کسی که دچار اختلال روحی و روانی شده قابل تمایز نیست. متن کتاب جوری از نگاه شخصیت داستان روایت میشه که واسه خواننده هم این تفکیک سخت باشه.


    28. This book was well-reviewed, but I simply did not care for the style. It did not engage me and I did not feel the characters were particularly well-drawn. I nearly gave up on it halfway through.


    29. Perry's debut assassin novel hit all the right "reading" hunger pains. Now that I'm gorged, do I take a nap or run down to the library for the next book?


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