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Eddie's Boy

de Thomas Perry

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Review of the HighBridge Audio audiobook edition released simultaneously with the Mysterious Press hardcover (Dec. 2020)

Although there have been two other intermediate sequels to crime writer Thomas Perry's breakout hit The Butcher's Boy (1982), Eddie's Boy is actually the most direct sequel as it specifically follows-up on the main conflict of that original story. It does then provide some closure as the likely final bookend to the series.

Eddie's Boy has the now-retired hitman Michael Schaeffer called back into action as new assassins arrive at his English retreat. While he pursues his current antagonists, his memories of growing up under the tutelage of veteran hitman Eddie Mastrewski are constantly with him. Although both Schaeffer and Mastrewski are hitmen for hire, their victims are usually repellant gangsters whose demise is being contracted by rival mobsters. The mercenary anti-heroes come off as efficient professionals in an amoral world.

There is an unrealistic aura to the whole enterprise though, as Schaeffer is allowed to have aged in real time and therefore must be in his mid-60's in the current year. Despite his age and having been presumably out of practice, his skills are undiminished and he is portrayed as being more agile and efficient that the countless minions that he is up against. If you can buy into that premise, Perry's continued skill at writing crafty amoral protagonists will not disappoint you.

The narration by Michael Kramer in all voices was excellent. ( )
  alanteder | Jan 16, 2021 |
No Thrills

Thomas Perry has written a lot of books. I have read only a few. The first two I liked a lot, but since then I have been disappointed. Here we have another disappointment.

Michael Shaeffer is a retired assassin who has been left alone and anonymous for almost a decage. Suddenly the bad guys are swarming all over him. The mafia, probably, have put a big contract out on him and broadcast it world wide.

The book is nothing more than Michael running around the world fighting off bounty hunters. Shoot, run. Shoot, run. Hide, shoot, run.

I REALLY don't like this kind of story.

I received a review copy of "Eddie's Boy" by Thomas Perry from Mysterious Press through NetGalley.com. ( )
  Dokfintong | Jan 1, 2021 |
Very excellent - current plus historical review of butcher boy. ( )
  susandennis | Dec 8, 2020 |
Thomas Perry is a prolific writer with a variety of series & stand-alones to his credit. But it all began in 1982 with The Butcher’s Boy. A big hit with readers, it went on to win the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Every ten years or so, he adds a book to the series which sets up an interesting dynamic between the reader & MC. Both are a decade older & (fingers crossed) wiser. So, Michael Shaeffer…whatcha been up to?

As it turns out, not much. Michael is a rarity…a retired hitman. After some particularly hairy jobs, he packed up his money & moved across the pond to assume a new identity. There he met Meg, a charming British aristocrat, & settled into his new role as husband. Living in the UK has made it easier to avoid bumping into anyone associated with his old life. So naturally it’s quite a shock when several men break into their house one night & try to kill him. What the hell…

Michael has been out of the game for a long time. He doesn’t even know who the players are let alone who would want him dead after all this time. Priority one is keeping Meg safe so he goes on the run only to discover the plot to make him dead has gone international. The answer has to lie somewhere in the past & Michael has no choice but to return to his old stomping grounds in the States.

What follows is a tense, fast paced read built to hold your attention. It doesn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on characters’ motivation or what makes them tick. Instead, you’ll often feel the urge to duck & cover as you try to keep track of the body count.

The story alternates between the present & the past. We travel with Michael back to America where he begins to hunt for the person who put a price on his head & why. In alternate chapters, he reminisces about his childhood with Eddie Mastrewski and how he came to be the butcher’s boy. Old friends & enemies cross his path as he gradually thins out the local mobster population.

For all the time we spend with him, Michael (if that is his real name) remains an enigma. He’s a suave, intelligent man who’s gone from orphan to hitman to country squire. You get the sense he doesn’t spend too much time navel gazing….more of just-get-on-with-it type of guy. This is reflected in the pared down, straightforward style of prose that effectively propels the story & keeps you slightly breathless.

For me, this was the right book at the right time. I was looking for some fast paced entertainment & that’s exactly what I found. ( )
  RowingRabbit | Oct 14, 2020 |
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