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The Boyfriend

Perry, Thomas (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Perry, Thomas, 1947-
Title: The boyfriend
Publisher: New York : Grove/Atlantic, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 298 p. ;,23 cm
Notes: "A novel" -- Jacket
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780802126061
0802126065
Branch Call Number: PS3566.E718 B69 2013
Statement of Responsibility: Thomas Perry
Subject Headings: California Fiction Prostitutes Crimes against Fiction Murder Investigation Fiction Private investigators California Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Prostitutes
Murder
Private investigators
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After a respected career as a LAPD homicide detective, Jack Till now works as a private investigator. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case. As Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just on... Read More »


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Jun 28, 2013
  • jgraham48 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoy Thomas Perry for the nuts and bolts and the back stories. I have learned more about safe female traveling from Jane Whitefield than many self-help books. In another interesting connection, I have recently read several Stephen Hunter thrillers which offer extensive technical details about different types of guns. So when the villain of the Boyfriend becomes obsessed and proficient with the .50 Barrett rifle, I know exactly what Thomas Perry is talking about ! Especially like Jack Till's relationship with his daughter Holly.

May 20, 2013
  • StephenB rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Pretty good... suspense, a coherent story, and some interesting character material

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Mar 26, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent read, by a rather dry author (how unlike one of his earliest, and best books, "Metzger's Dog") who nevertheless gives the reader an entertaining quasi-police-hired assassin-procedural. Recommended, but different from his earliest books.

As always, this was a really good read,however, the book came to a abrupt end leaving me with the feeling that something was missing.

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