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Sleeping Dogs (Butcher's Boy Series #2)
     

Sleeping Dogs (Butcher's Boy Series #2)

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by Thomas Perry
 

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He came to England to rest. He calls himself Michael Shaeffer, says he's a retired American businessman. He goes to the races, dates a kinky aristocrat, and sleeps with dozens of weapons. Ten years ago it was different. Then, he was the Butcher's Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war. Ever

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He came to England to rest. He calls himself Michael Shaeffer, says he's a retired American businessman. He goes to the races, dates a kinky aristocrat, and sleeps with dozens of weapons. Ten years ago it was different. Then, he was the Butcher's Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war. Ever since, there's been a price on his head.
Now, after a decade, they've found him. The Butcher's Boy escapes back to the States with more reasons to kill. Until the odds turn terrifyingly against him . . . until the Mafia, the cops, the FBI, and the damn Justice Department want his hide . . . until he's locked into a cross-country odyssey of fear and death that could tear his world to pieces . . .
"Exciting . . . Suspenseful . . . A thriller's job is to make you turn the pages until the story's done and your eyes hurt and the clock says 3 a.m. . . . I wouldn't try to grab this one away from somebody only half-way through. No telling what might happen."
-- Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Much of the action in Perry's disappointing follow-up to The Butcher's Boy remains jumpy and disjointed as former hitman Michael Schaeffer, aka Charles Frederick Ackerman, William Wolf or Butcher's Boy, is brought out of hiding in England. Ten years have passed since Schaeffer foiled the attempt of mob employer Carlo Balacontano to have him killed in lieu of payment and then framed the Mafia boss for a particularly grisly murder. As this story opens, Schaeffer avoids an assassination attempt at the Brighton racetrack and realizes his cover has been blown. He returns to New York to find out who ordered the hit and how many bad guys may still be after him. Despite the lurid fascination of the characters' pasts, the plot seems more to congeal than thicken as Schaeffer tries to dispose of or evade all who might be on his trail, including Justice Department lawyer Elizabeth Waring, so that he can retire again to the English countryside. With heroes and villains so easily interchangeable, readers may wonder who they should root for, and why. 50,000 first printing. (Apr. )
Library Journal
Perry is the author of four previous novels: Island ( LJ 1/88), Big Fish ( LJ 3/15/85), The Butcher's Boy ( LJ 8/82), and Metzger's Dog ( LJ 9/15/83). His new work brings Charles Ackerman--a.k.a., the Butcher's Boy, a killing-machine-for-hire--out of retirement in England and back to the United States to silence those people he mistakenly thinks have discovered his whereabouts. The story follows Ackerman as he travels coast to coast slaughtering one crime family's head honchos. Perry's book is well written, moves rapidly, and thankfully keeps the gore minimal. But reading it is an uneasy experience--a vicious hitman is not attractive as a main character. Buy where the author's earlier works are popular. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/91.-- A.J. Wright, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
From the Publisher
"Thomas Perry is, quite simply, brilliant. And as each book comes out he becomes more so." ---Robert B. Parker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804111607
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1993
Series:
Butcher's Boy Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
237,982
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.82(d)

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From the Publisher
"Thomas Perry is, quite simply, brilliant. And as each book comes out he becomes more so." —-Robert B. Parker

Meet the Author

Thomas Perry is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including the Edgar Award-winning The Butcher's Boy and the national bestsellers Death Benefits and Pursuit.

Audiobook veteran Michael Kramer has recorded more than two hundred audiobooks for trade publishers and many more for the Library of Congress Talking Books program. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and an Audie Award nominee, he earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for his reading of Savages by Don Winslow.

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Sleeping Dogs (Butcher's Boy Series #2) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. I love the butcher boy; smart, ruthless and sometimes compassionate. I hope there are more Butcher Boy books.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I purchased this sequel after reading the first book and being intrigued by the main character yet disappointed by the lack of a solid resolution to the story; the book ends with so many questions unanswered one expects at least one more chapter. The sequel picks up 10 years later as the protagonist is living free and incognito and no longer plying his murderous trade. Unfortunately a chance encounter reveals his whereabouts to his mob enemies and once again he is consumed by both escape from (or elimination of) the mobsters and avoiding FBI investigators. The problem is, once again, the book simply ends with no closure, no resolution, no indication of "what might be next". When I scrolled to what I expected to be another chapter I was surprised to see a blank page then realized I had, indeed, finished the book, with no satisfaction from having any of the loose threads Perry left hanging tied up. The writing is very good, characterizations very strong, action thrilling, but ultimately unsatisfying. One wants a climax to a story, perhaps a denouement, and maybe an epilogue, but neither book in this series provides any of the three - they both just leave you hanging.
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