i agree about favorite assassin. within the first few pages of "the butcher's boy," i was rooting for him. i wonder why. he had definitely murdered people.
i want to hear more about him.
has perry written anything else about him? i'm working myself back in time with novels i have not read yet.
The Butcher Boy was my favorite assassin and Jane Whitfield my favorite "guide". Unfortunately Perry has morphed my favorite guide into a vigilante and assassin so she is not nearly as much fun to follow. I think Perry needs a new character to develop as Jane is worn out.
I finished the book, but not sure why. I think I kept waiting for something that never happened. Like clarity and direction. Lots of improbable scenarios. Lots of irrelevant detail. Choppy writing. While the concept of "Jane" is interesting, this story was not very satisfying.
The main character is a Jack Reacher. She is every bit as good as he is as she helps people. I like this character!
Thomas Perry. Sigh. Why do you wait so long to tell us what Jane has been up to? I love this series (and all of his earlier books, too). Love her kick-ass ways.
I like Perry's books, and I've read all but 1 or 2 of them since discovering his work a couple of years ago. I think this is one of his weaker efforts. The characters Jane assists are given interesting backstories, but then nothing is done with them. The story veers off into Jane dealing with some violent but not ultimately very formidable pursuers, and the climactic confrontation seemed a little perfunctory to me. I also didn't care for the torture sequence at all. Followers of the Jane Whitefield series may be interested by the depiction of strains in her marriage. Perry is a terrific suspense writer but I thought this novel routine at best.
Fantastic Book. The book started slow but got better in the middle of the book. Highly recommend this book if you are into mystery/drama/crime fiction that involves how to survive. Survival of the fittest.
Thomas Perry is a master of crime fiction and the Jane Whitefield series of books are among his best. The central character, Jane Whitefield is a contemporary Seneca "warrior" who helps those whose lives are in danger and who have run out of options, to disappear. Engaging characters, devious plotting and quietly building tension are hallmarks of this book, the series and of Perry's other work.
Great entry in the series! It's good to see she's not infallible but still manages to get the job done.
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