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The Boyfriend

by Thomas Perry

Grove/Atlantic | February 11, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Boyfriend is rated 1.5 out of 5 by 2.
Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case. It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class prostitute, and the police are content to assume she was killed by a client, common in such a dangerous line of work. Yet as Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way ? all had strawberry blonde hair, and all were shot with a 9mm handgun in the sanctity of their apartments. Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names, sometimes advertise using other women's pictures, and move from city to city every few months. Yet when Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he's after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined. As the body count rises, Till must risk his life to find this seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.93 × 6.76 × 0.78 in

Published: February 11, 2014

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 080215512X

ISBN - 13: 9780802155122

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Thomas Perry used to be one of my favorite thriller writers. His early Jane Whitefield books were great. But this latest effort seemed rushed, like he had to make a deadline because he needed a mortgage payment. The characters are poorly developed, there are far too many coincidences for me to be able to buy the story, and the ending was just abrupt, like Perry's book agent called him that day and said, "OK, get it in before noon or they're cancelling your contract." Spoiler alert: The contract killer serially seduces escorts and gives them a distinctive necklace and anklet set he stole from the first escort he killed. He keeps taking the necklace back every murder. The detective tracks him by seeing the necklace in the escort ads. Honestly, do escorts take new pictures of themselves every week for their ad, that this necklace shows up in all those pictures? I have no idea when the detective meets the first escort why he doesn't warn her she's living with a killer. And at the end, when he tells the girl to lie about being abducted so she can avoid a manslaughter charge, it seems to be conveniently forgotten that there's a witness who saw her shoot the gun. The whole story just needed a lot more work to hang together.
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Bad This review was originally published on my book review blog http://j9books.blogspot.com. In the first book in a new series Thomas Perry introduces Jack Till a former LAPD homicide detective turned PI who discovers a killer who is killing all across the USA. Jack Till retired from the police force to try to have more of a normal life, and while the Private Investigator work is at times like police work it affords him more time with his daughter Holly. However, when parents of a recently murder daughter (about Holly's age) comes in asking for his help he is unable to say no. This girl had been living a secret lifestyle as a high class escort, that had recently turned deadly and the parents want Till to find out who murdered their daughter. What Till actually discovers is a series of escorts who have been killed around the USA and all of them have a remarkable resemblance to his murder victim. Till must find what else connects the girls and what is the killer’s end game, as it appears that more is going on than “just” the murder of high class escorts. I am having a hard time deciding whether or not I liked this book. I'm not sure if it was the writing style, the plot or something else, but the whole book has seemed a little off to me. This book did not have the thrills I was looking for (I believe some other reviews classify this book as a Thriller, I would not). I found that there was no suspense throughout the book, and while the mystery was okay, the reader knows who the killer is way before Jack Till, therefore, you are always waiting for Till to catch up. For some reason I could not get invested in the main character Jack Till. There were things about him I liked and disliked but I never felt invested in him, therefore, I found I did not become too attached to him. I actually found that I like the escorts that Perry introduced more than Till, as he humanized them more than he did Till. He attempts to humanize Till with the introduction of his grown daughter who has down syndrome and how he raised her himself, but she still seemed to only be a side part of his life. I think that Perry has plans to develop this relationship further in the future, but I could not get invested in Till as it always appeared that he had nothing to lose. I will say that Perry did a good job of showing his investigative techniques and his tenacity to help the parents of this girl and he grows to great lengths (and sometimes too far) to find the killer. As with many of the mystery book I read I like when there are chapters from the killer's point of view. I enjoyed that Perry took the time to show how Joey became who he is and what lead him to kill. Additionally, it was interesting to be a part of his thought process once he is given a target and once he finds an escort to his liking. Those who do not like reading from the killer's point of view will not enjoy this book, as the chapters tend to go back and forth between Till and Joey. Overall this book was okay. It did not have the thriller aspect that I wanted this book to have, and the mystery throughout was okay at best. Where Perry shines is his depiction of the killer and how he became who he is. I enjoyed the insight that Perry provided into Joey's life and did enjoy the chapters from his point of view. I know that Perry has written another series (Jane Whitefield series) that has been well reviewed, so I think I will check out that series. Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2013-02-06

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The Boyfriend

The Boyfriend

by Thomas Perry

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.93 × 6.76 × 0.78 in

Published: February 11, 2014

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 080215512X

ISBN - 13: 9780802155122

From the Publisher

Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case. It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class prostitute, and the police are content to assume she was killed by a client, common in such a dangerous line of work. Yet as Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way ? all had strawberry blonde hair, and all were shot with a 9mm handgun in the sanctity of their apartments. Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names, sometimes advertise using other women's pictures, and move from city to city every few months. Yet when Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he's after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined. As the body count rises, Till must risk his life to find this seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.

About the Author

Thomas Perry , noted for his sophisticated and humorous suspense novels, has written 21 novels, many national bestsellers, including The Butcher's Boy, which won the Best First Novel Edgar award, and the celebrated Jane Whitefield series.