The Boyfriend

The Boyfriend

by Thomas Perry

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ISBN-13: 9780802155122
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 585,951
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in almost every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he records books and acts in film, TV, and (especially) on stage.

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The Boyfriend 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Jack Till is a retired detective, now private investigator. He is hired by some parents to find the killer of their daughter who worked as an escort. Till uses the on-line ad system to search for clues as to why someone might have wanted to kill her. As his eyes fog over he picks up a pattern with other escorts. Soon Till is trying to get to the other escorts before they too are killed. When Jack realizes the killer's motives, he knows that the killer is a cold calculating expert that has a lot bigger motives than just murdering escorts. He has other targets in mind and the escorts may just be loose ends. This makes him a lot more dangerous than most of the bad guys Jack has chased in the past. Besides Jack's chase, the story focuses on the story of the killer (Joey Moreland), how he came to be and what his motives are. Perry does a good job of this though the reader never gains any sympathy for Moreland. He also has a few action packed scenes with Jack racing to try to learn Moreland's identity and trying to prevent some of the things Moreland does. This is a very good investigative mystery with dabs of breakneck action thrown in. I would have given it a full five stars but I felt that Jack slips away from the "good guy" path a few times in the story. Still I give it a strong four stars.
Senna119 More than 1 year ago
First book I read of Thomas Perry's and I couldn't put it down
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful. I love all Thomas Perry books. This was top-notch!
3no7 3 months ago
“The Boyfriend” by Thomas Perry opens as readers look in on Catherine Hamilton and her friends. “Three young women who were sophisticated, graceful, and just reaching the late peak of their beauty, they would have made a wonderful painting—one head light blond, one strawberry red, one coal black.” Catherine has a job that pays well, but one that would perhaps shock her friends, or perhaps not. Joey, her new boyfriend, also has a job that would astonish Catherine’s friends, and even Catherine herself finds it surprising in a most alarming way. Jack Till is a retired homicide detective, currently working as a private investigator. Readers get a sense of Jack right from the start. He needs money and to get it he needs a case. The parents of a girl who had been murdered bring him that case. They want answers, and they will pay what it costs to get those answers, now. Till is a complex, multi-faceted character. Readers see the personal side of Till through his relationship with his daughter, but, he has another side as well. He has been hunting killers for a long time, and he has learned patience. Most people do not understand patience. The narrative focuses on Till and the investigative process as he pursues the killer. Tension steadily builds page after page as readers and Till unravel a tangled string of clues, encounter dead ends, and meet the dead themselves. Till travels, waits, watches, and listens until he learns everything there is to know about this killer. There is an occasional chapter from a different perspective to give the reader background, insights, and other information that Till has yet to uncover. “The Boyfriend” is a compelling story with not just twists and turns, but with sharp diversions, unexpected deviations, and a bombshell ending. This book keeps readers glued to the pages.
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With almost any book that lists Thomas Perry as author or contributor you are going to exciting reading, well constructed plots and some wonderful characters. The Boyfriend has all of the above and even more. If you have yet to read it, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. Then set aside enough time to thoroughly enjoy the hunt for "The Boyfriend". Methinks you will be glad you did. J M Lydon
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Great action book, reddit in one day!
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booksaremylifePN More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much, Thomas Perry has always Been one of my favorite authors.