Pursuit: A Novel

Pursuit: A Novel

by Thomas Perry
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Pursuit: A Novel by Thomas Perry

Thirteen bodies are discovered inside a small Louisville restaurant just after closing time. The ferocity and apparent randomness of the crime prompt the police to call in criminology professor Daniel Millikan-they want a profile of the murderer. Millikan determines that the crime was committed not by a psychopath but by a professional killer of consummate skill and total lack of feeling: “I think that the one who did it is one of the special cases. He’s somebody we can’t afford to have walking down a street where our families walk.” When Millikan learns that the investigation has come to a complete standstill, he commits himself to an unorthodox decision. The only hope of stopping this killer and ending the bloodshed is to employ Roy Prescott, an expert in the narrow specialty of hunting down murderers through methods the police can’t-and wouldn’t-use.

And so begins a stunning novel by Thomas Perry, “one of the most thoroughly satisfying writers around” (Lawrence Block), a death match fought from one end of the country to the other by two enemies who both understand that only one of them will be alive at the end.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588361455
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2001
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 131,597
File size: 438 KB

About the Author

Thomas Perry won an Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was one of The New York Times' Notable Books of the Year. His other books include The Face-Changers, Shadow Woman, Dance for the Dead, and Vanishing Act. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.

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Pursuit 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was enjoyable for the most part. I especially found the middle ofthe book interesting when the protagonist (Roy) is tracking and setting up to find the antagonist (Varney). Throughout the story, I was able to buy into the character Varney and his actions. While I liked Roy, he was not really believeable. The story seemed to prefer to set up one on one macho displays of cat & mouse. Knowing all that Roy would have known based on his experience, he would never have toyed with his adversary. There was also one minor loose end that would have been intersting to finish up regarding the artist in New York; but instead, it was left hanging.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best 'mystery' books I've read in a long time. Great story with lots of vivid detailed imagery. Not for the faint of heart but I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking to be entertained. The only downside was the fairly predictable conclusion but even that didn't take away for this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in manuscript form while working at the publisher's ad agency. Reading manuscripts is often a dreadful task as many novels are poorly written. PURSUIT was a wonderful exception! Whereas most modern thrillers are overwritten (ie: characters with very little bearing on the story get a full page or more of description or there are endless chapters that do nothing to advance the plot) Perry gives us a taut, electric tale of a hunter and his prey that grabs you by the throat from the first page and simply will not let go until the last. Although the styles are quite different, PURSUIT reminded me of the thrill I used to get from reading Ian Fleming's original James Bond novels. Thank you, Mr. Perry, and please bring back Roy Prescott soon!
Anonymous 13 days ago
Fast moving. Quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author, Thomas Perry has written the best suspense story that I have ever read. There is a lot of blood and gore that only serves to illustrate the difference between the not so good and the evil. A strong and hearty recommendation. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book I have ever read. This book dragged out about 200 pages longer than it needs to be. It took me over 2 weeks just to finish it and I even skipped pages.
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Thomas Perry begins pursuit at Page One and it relentlessly escalates from there. I read a lot. This is by far the best I've read of the genre. My friends say they can't put it down and neither could I. this is a no-brainer. spnd the money. it's well worth it.
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