The Informant

Author:   Thomas Perry
Publisher:   Cengage Learning, Inc
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9780547737430


Pages:   325
Publication Date:   01 May 2012
Format:   Paperback
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Perry's novels--the best ones--are a master class in thriller writing. The Informant should be the newest addition to that syllabus, read for devouring first, and analysis thereafter. --Los Angeles Times The Butcher's Boy is back. Thomas Perry's vengeful assassin has returned to play a deadly psychological game with Elizabeth Waring, the only Justice Department official who ever believed he existed. The Butcher's Boy knows Waring can help him hunt down the Mafia boss who sent a team of hit men to kill him--and in return he offers her key information that will help her crack an unsolved murder. So begins a new assault on organized crime and an uneasy alliance between opposite sides of the law. As the Butcher's Boy works his way ever closer to his deadly enemy in an effort to kill him first, Waring is in a desperate struggle, either to force her unlikely ally to become a protected informant, or to take him out of commission for good. Excellent . . . Perry offers a compelling, rapid-fire plot, credible Mafia and FBI secondary characters, an indictment of self-serving officialdom, and the old soul-shattering moral dilemma: what is truth? --Publishers Weekly

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Author:   Thomas Perry
Publisher:   Cengage Learning, Inc
Imprint:   Houghton Mifflin
Dimensions:   Width: 13.20cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 20.10cm
Weight:   0.299kg
ISBN:  

9780547737430


ISBN 10:   0547737432
Pages:   325
Publication Date:   01 May 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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<p> A book-length war of nerves that accentuates the best of Mr. Perry's gift for using pure logic and gamesmanship to generate breathless nonstop suspense... The Informant is a marvel of tight, thoughtful construction. <br>--Janet Maslin, New York Times <p> Maybe you've heard of him. Named after the foster father (Eddie the Butcher) who taught him his trade, and introduced almost 30 years ago by Thomas Perry in The Butcher's Boy, this cold-blooded professional killer is one of the immortals of the genre. Michael Schaeffer, to give his antihero his current alias, seemed a bit mechanical when he briefly came out of retirement two decades ago in Sleeping Dogs, but he makes a great comeback in The Informant (Otto Penzler/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27) - older wiser and deadlier. Perry has to exert himself to engineer a reunion between Schaeffer, who has surfaced from anonymity to defend himself from the mafia good squads that have taken a sudden interest in him, and Elizabeth Waring, a hyper-vigilant honcho with the Department of Justice whose fondest desire is to turn Schaeffer into a government informant. But once these uneasy civilities are attended to, the Butcher's Boy is free to kill again, in his own distinctly cruel and inventive way. The fun thing about his professional methods is how low-tech they are. That's poetic justice for a target like Frank Tosca, an old-school underboss who has called an extraordinary meeting in Arizona to convince the fractious leaders of the big crime families that he can revitalize the mafia and lead it into a new golden age. While everyone is on high alert for marauders brandishing advanced weapons of war, the Butcher's Boy quietly sneaks into Tosca's cabin and slits his throat with a hunting knife he picked up at a sporting-goods store. Perry's immaculate style - clean, polished, uncluttered by messy emotions - suits the Butcher's Boy, who executes his kills with the same cool, dispassionate skill. But this time there


<p> A book-length war of nerves that accentuates the best of Mr. Perry's gift for using pure logic and gamesmanship to generate breathless nonstop suspense... The Informant is a marvel of tight, thoughtful construction. <br>--Janet Maslin, New York Times <p> Maybe you've heard of him. Named after the foster father (Eddie the Butcher) who taught him his trade, and introduced almost 30 years ago by Thomas Perry in The Butcher's Boy, this cold-blooded professional killer is one of the immortals of the genre. Michael Schaeffer, to give his antihero his current alias, seemed a bit mechanical when he briefly came out of retirement two decades ago in Sleeping Dogs, but he makes a great comeback in The Informant (Otto Penzler/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27) - older wiser and deadlier. Perry has to exert himself to engineer a reunion between Schaeffer, who has surfaced from anonymity to defend himself from the mafia good squads that have taken a sudden interest in him, and Elizabetha


<p> A book-length war of nerves that accentuates the best of Mr. Perry's gift for using pure logic and gamesmanship to generate breathless nonstop suspense... The Informant is a marvel of tight, thoughtful construction. <br>--Janet Maslin, New York Times <p> Maybe you've heard of him. Named after the foster father (Eddie the Butcher) who taught him his trade, and introduced almost 30 years ago by Thomas Perry in The Butcher's Boy, this cold-blooded professional killer is one of the immortals of the genre. Michael Schaeffer, to give his antihero his current alias, seemed a bit mechanical when he briefly came out of retirement two decades ago in Sleeping Dogs, but he makes a great comeback in The Informant (Otto Penzler/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27) - older wiser and deadlier. Perry has to exert himself to engineer a reunion between Schaeffer, who has surfaced from anonymity to defend himself from the mafia good squads that have taken a sudden interest in him, and Elizabetht


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THOMAS PERRY is the author of the Jane Whitefield series as well as the best-selling novels Death Benefits and Pursuit. He won the Edgar Award for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

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