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The Butcher's Boy (1982)

de Thomas Perry

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Murder has always been easy for the Butcher's Boy -- it's what he was raised to do. But when he kills the senior senator from Colorado and arrives in Las Vegas to pick up his fee, he learns that he has become a liability to his shadowy employers. His actions attract the attention of police specialists who watch the world of organized crime, but though everyone knows that something big is going on, only Elizabeth Waring, a bright young analyst in the Justice Department, works her way closer to the truth, and to the frightening man behind it.… (mais)
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    Hit Man de Lawrence Block (crazybatcow)
    crazybatcow: Very similar main characters: just regular guys with irregular jobs trying to make a living. Keller's stories don't have the legal system component however.
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All over the place. Is it about the hit man, is it about the Justice Dept analyst? The author certainly didn't know. Short enough to read, but I'm downgrading it as I write this. And here I am reading his next book ... . ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
Outstanding! Never really knew what was coming next. ( )
  gac53 | Aug 18, 2020 |
For some reason, I'd never read this first Thomas Perry book. What a delight it was to read it now. Perry has such a fine hand with plot detail. Just the littlest pieces come together so beautifully. In Butcher Boy, you know the paid assassin and you know him well. You have no idea who paid him and neither does he. You also know Elizabeth Waring, a rookie FBI agent almost accidentally on her first case which she builds from the minutest details. The stories - Elizabeth's and the assassin's - run along parallel lines building to a remarkable ending. Perry is a master story teller. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
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 professional killer known only by the title of the book (though I understand he gets a proper name later in the series) and Elizabeth Waring, a Justice Department analyst forced into the field on an evidence-gathering assignment, which eventually turns into the tracking of the assassin. It is interesting in premise. It’s in the execution that it begins to fray.

Even allowing for thirty-four years--it was copyrighted in 1982--it was absurdly easy to kill both a U.S. Senator and a mafia chieftain, each with no preplanning. And twice the assassin openly and dramatically slips by pursuers and ducks out of sight, only to complete the rest of his escape “off-screen.” Meanwhile Elizabeth makes multiple mistakes, the first of which is incredibly stupid. In all fairness, though, her second error could be safely put down to inexperience. Still, as the story winds down her end begins to sag.

Perhaps the most interesting thing--in my copy, anyway (Random House, 2003)--is the introduction by Michael Connelly, where he does virtual gymnastics to avoid calling The Butcher’s Boy a great novel. He calls it a favorite, and praises character and pace, and remarks on Perry’s grasp of “the cornerstones of craft.” Connelly also reminds us that the author continues to get better and that this particular work won an Edgar Award. The last is certainly true. But the Edgar was for Best First Novel. In any given year the competition could be fierce or extremely light. I suspect light.

But there is something here. I find myself wanting to read more. Neither can I deny I was disappointed. ( )
  JohnWCuluris | Jun 19, 2016 |
if u have read steig larrson.. don't read this... too boring for this generation ( )
  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
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Murder has always been easy for the Butcher's Boy -- it's what he was raised to do. But when he kills the senior senator from Colorado and arrives in Las Vegas to pick up his fee, he learns that he has become a liability to his shadowy employers. His actions attract the attention of police specialists who watch the world of organized crime, but though everyone knows that something big is going on, only Elizabeth Waring, a bright young analyst in the Justice Department, works her way closer to the truth, and to the frightening man behind it.

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