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by The Mysterious Press, March, 2013. ISBN 978-0-8021-2606-1 (Hardcover)
The protagonist and his adversary in this newest terrific, suspenseful
read from Thomas Perry have many similarities: Both Jack Till, retired
LAPD homicide detective now working as a private investigator, and the man he
nicknames The Boyfriend are both highly intelligent, patient, meticulous,
proficient with various kinds of weaponry, and very lethal. Mostly they
are both loners. Till, however, has a daughter with Down Syndrome of whom
he is very protective. His wife had left them and divorced him shortly
after she was diagnosed, unable to cope. Holly is now 28 years old,
employed at a florist shop and living in a group home where she is well looked
after. Till had retired after 23 years as a cop, and now embarks upon a
relentless search for a killer.
The man Till is seeking is completely
cold-blooded. He preys upon young, beautiful women, all of a very similar
physical type, and all ‘working girls,’ albeit highly-paid escorts earning
several thousand dollars a day, as opposed to streetwalkers. And all very
vulnerable to the young, good-looking charmer, to their peril. He has
apparently killed several of them in all different parts of the country.
He has come to Till’s attention when the parents of the latest victim seek his
help, when the police have, literally, no clues as to his identify. He
agrees to take the case and undertakes the investigation, and soon uncovers the
connection to the other murders. After 23 years as a cop, he “had an
instinctive sense that this man was something he hadn’t seen before.”
Thomas Perry is the author, among his 21 previous
books, of the wonderful Jane Whitefield series, and his newest is as much a page-turner
as were those novels. He manages an ending that is wonderfully
elegant. This was a terrific read, and is highly recommended.
Reviewer: Gloria Feit
Thomas Perry 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 labourer, commercial fisherman,
university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time
network television shows. Perry is the author of 20 novels including the
Jane Whitefield. He won the Edgar for The Butcher’s Boy, and Metzger’s Dog was a New York
Times Notable Book. The Independent Mystery Booksellers’ Association includedVanishing Act in
its “100 Favourite Mysteries of the 20th Century,” and Nightlifewas a New York Times bestseller.He lives in Southern
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.