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The Informant (Butcher's Boy #3)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,261 ratings  ·  152 reviews
In Thomas Perry's Edgar-winning debut "The Butcher's Boy," a professional killer betrayed by the Mafia leaves countless mobsters dead and then disappears. Justice Department official Elizabeth Waring is the only one who believes he ever existed. Many years later, the Butcher's Boy finds his peaceful life threatened when a Mafia hit team finally catches up with him. He know ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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James Thane
Thomas Perry's character, the Butcher's Boy, is one of my favorite characters in crime fiction. Sadly, the series in which he is featured encompasses only three books published over a span of thirty years.

The character, who first appeared in The Butcher's Boy in 1982, was orphaned as a tender youth and apprenticed to Eddie, a butcher who also happened to be an elite killer. Eddie trained his young ward well in both professions and as a young man, the Butcher's Boy was already making his mark as
Pathology or just business?

A hired killer comes out of retirement when his former mob employers hunt him down and try and kill him to cover up their crimes and avenge his. He sneaks into Justice Department Agent Waring’s house to speak with her in an attempt to get information as to wear he can find his old enemies. Warring though scared is excited and hopeful that the killer, Schaeffer, might be able to help her convict the mobsters she’s spent most of her life trying to track down and convict.
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The Butcher’s Boy, retired assassin, wants nothing more than to be left alone. Having found a woman he loves, in a country removed from his former territory, he has no other aspirations than to leave things be. I understand that. He’s getting older, slower, and has everything he needs; until an up-and-coming Mafia chief thinks that by killing the Butcher’s Boy he can claim more power.

The adopted son of a hitman/butcher, the acolyte, now calling himself Schaeffer, embarks o
John Onoda
I've read about a dozen of Thomas Perry's books and, without exception, they are smart, tightly plotted and satisfying.

The Informant marks the return of The Butcher Boy, a hitman who is forced into a one-man war against The Mafia. Perry does his homework and convincingly puts the reader into the Butcher Boy's mind as he avoid traps and turns the tables on the many killers who come after him. The parallel story is about the Justice Department attorney who tries to turn him into an informant in a
I am just crazy about Thomas Perry and his books. He does not waste words, he just gets on with the meat of the story. You will never hear him tell that "the airy floral and lace curtain softly fluttered from the delicate evening breeze passing through the slightly opened bay window". Nope, there will be none of that. This book is a follow up of one of his earlier award winning books, The Butcher's Boy. How Perry can make a hit man on a revenge killing spree seem even slightly likeable and to ha ...more
PROTAGONIST: The Butcher's Boy, hitman; Elizabeth Waring, Dept. of Justice
SERIES: #3 of 3

Way back in 1982, one of my all-time favorite books, THE BUTCHER’S BOY by Thomas Perry, was published. I had never read a book featuring a hit man as the protagonist before and found it utterly fascinating. It took ten years for Perry to continue the tale, when SLEEPING DOGS was released. I didn’t think we’d ever see the Butcher’s Boy again—I was elated to find that nine years later, the third boo
Here's the review posted on my library's book reviews blog, MADreads:

Thomas Perry has been writing mystery/thrillers since the early 80s and somehow I have never read one of his books. Not sure why. He's written a series of books with protagonist Jane Whitefield - an extremely competent woman who helps people in trouble disappear - that I've meant to read many times and somehow just never did. Recently I got a galley of his newest, The Informant, and final
This is the 3rd in the series and is a great story. The author, Thomas Perry has evolved and is a better writer.

The book is about a really TICKED-OFF professional hit man, the Butcher's Boy. After years of peacefully living in England, the mob has again come to kill him. They failed and the Butcher's Boy has gone hunting for them and their bosses! The war is on (and he scares the crap out of the Cosa Nostra)!

This is a VERY BAD man - willing to kill innocents, including even children. Yet, in th
Forced out of retirement after 20 years, the Butcher's Boy returns to the U.S. to wipe out the mobsters out to eliminate him. Along the way he has several encounters with Justice Department Agent Elizabeth Waring. Warning is chafing under a politically-appointed boss who refuses to support her attempts to enlist the Butcher's Boy as an informant. Lots of bad guys get shot. Crisp, if not original, ending. The assassin and the agent are interesting characters; I would have added another star had t ...more
Don Gorman
The Butcher's Boy is back and better than ever. He is one of the all time soft hearted killers out there. I listened to this on a road trip and the reader is terrific, playing all the parts with just the right inflections and differences. This story moves from start to finish. Yes, there is a lot of killing here, but the BB is a professional killer after all. If you have not read the first one, an Edgar award winner, read it first and then then pick this one up. Big fun. Perry is a very entertai ...more
Toni Osborne
Book3, in the Butcher’s Boy series

Although I haven’t read the first 2 novels it didn't take me long to catch up and be captivated and totally absorbed in the excitement of this fast paced thriller. This series was first conceived in 1982 and has taking until now for the 3rd installment. One would think with such a large time span it would be hard to get into the swing of things, however, the author has added just enough details to bring us up to speed and set the stage for his protagonist, retir
As I keep reading Thomas Perry's books, there is a similarity to his main characters and writing style that I've begun to note. Although this book has a ruthless cold-blooded killer as a protagonist (along with a female Justice Department Official), there are similarities between The Butcher's Boy (this novel's main character) and his Jane Whitefield heroine. Although this Butcher's Boy is a cold-blooded, ruthless killer, his thought processes and actions are detailed much like Whitefield's in t ...more
The fourth in Perry's 'Butcher Boy' series and the second I've heard on audiobook, THE INFORMANT is, if anything, even better than its predecessor. We are in a post-modern GODFATHER chess game of fading Mafia dons struggling to regain former glory, inept and venal political appointees in the Justice Department, and collateral damage far and wide, as our contract-killer anti-hero, the aforementioned Butcher's Boy (the man with many names, and a face nobody notices until they see it and can't forg ...more
My husband's suggestion. He likes these kinds of books.

I like this one better than the first two books. At least the Butcher's Boy seems more human and the vendetta he's carrying out makes more sense. When I read "Sleeping Dogs", it was just a horrible misunderstanding that kept getting stupider to read about. At least Perry makes up for it by trying to explain how the Butcher's Boy learned later on what the misunderstanding was really about.

Oh, and why is the female government agent still annoy
David Carr
Perry's novels about the Butcher's Boy are extensive portraits of an assassin, so effective and professional that American mafiosi accord him a special place in their awareness. It is him, no other pronoun is needed. In this third book, set in time a decade after the second, and two decades after the first, the Butcher's Boy is back from exile, traveling all across the United States to make it clear to his former employers that (1) he needs to be left alone, (2) he cannot be assassinated himself ...more
Gary Sedivy
Except for the last chapter, this is a good read. (I can't give it five-stars. I didn't like the ending.) Perry writes fast paced novels (see the 'Jane Whitefield' series - one of my favorites). This novel is in the order of the TV series "Burn Notice" in which the central character narrates, or reveals, the ways and means of a professional killer/hit-man. The bits of information tell us how an intelligent operator can prepare and strike quickly then vanish. Who knows if it is accurate? I know n ...more
This book resurrects one of my favorite Thomas Perry characters, The "Butcher's Boy" which initially got me hooked on Perry's writing. The Butcher's Boy is an expert hitman/assassin who worked under contract from the Mafia. He was an orphan who was taken in at an early age by Eddie Mastrewski, a butcher who was also secretly a hitnman. Eddie taught him everything he knew about his art and how to survive.
The first book ended as he went into hiding after being double crossed by a Mafia Don Carl Ba
Apparently this was the third book in a trilogy, but I don't know that reading the first two books would have made much of a difference. Perry does an excellent job of laying the foundation of The Butcher's Boy throughout the entire book.

This book is a solid legal-ish thriller about a professional killer entangled with the mafia. He finds an ally of sorts in a Justice Department lawyer who needs him as much as he needs her. Throughout the entire book he strategically kills lots (and lots)of peop
The Informant, Thomas Perry.

I have been a big fan of Perry since the early days. Butcher's Boy was one of my favorites, and Sleeping Dogs held up well. I thought I would be disappointed with Vanishing Act, but wasn't.

The Informant has been great in that it allowed me to revisit BB after so many years, but it brought a little baggage with it. Thomas Perry is one of the best at developing a character who knows their business. Not many hit men I remember were drawn as well as the original BB. And
Gloria Feit
As in his earlier novels [and I’m thinking particularly of the wonderful Jane Whitefield series], the devil is in the details, and this author excels in conveying the meticulously planned and executed steps taken by his protagonist, so that credibility is never an issue. In this standalone – actually, a follow-up to Mr. Perry’s very first novel, The Butcher’s Boy [for which he won an Edgar award] – that eponymous character returns, twenty years older. Although he goes by any number of other name ...more
You (should) pretty much know what you're getting into when reading Perry: lots of plot driven Action (often bloody murder), a protagonist too good (at what he does) to be true (that goes for the plot as well). How much you like it depends on how well you like the genre (this is pure entertainment, not deep thought), and how much disbelief you're willing to suspend for it, as he usually does well what he does. For me, I find I can accept an amoral murderer (although it's interesting to see how h ...more
Mike Barresi

He pivoted to the left and brought the knife around so his body added force to the thrust, and the eight-inch blade was lodged to the handle in the space just below Delamina's rib cage. He stepped forward with it and pushed upward. As he did, he said quietly, "I'm the one you sent people to find. Go join them." Delamina went limp, fell to the kitchen floor, and lay there, his eyes open and losing focus.

This is the Butcher's Boy's first killing in Thomas Pe
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A lukewarm, so-so book, “The Informant – a Butcher's Boy Novel” is a killing novel, not a murder mystery. Somehow it kept me going on but in the end my first impression was correct. I thought it was slow and totally unbelievable.

The Butcher’s Boy (Schaeffer), a retired hit man, is killing mafia bosses after they put a contract out on him. He has no trouble finding them and shots always miss him. Elizabeth Waring of the Justice Department has a very unlikely alliance with him. She uses him as an
The butcher's boy is back. Having first appeared almost twenty years ago, he is at the center of Perry's 3rd novel about the war between a Mafia family (now all of the families) and a retired hit man who is feared by all of them. The hit man (call him Schaeffer) and a Justice Department bureaucrat/analyst have struck up an alliance of sorts given that they are both occupied with bringing down several crime families, although for different reasons. Schaeffer wants to make the price tag for huntin ...more
Some very good bits, but overall not as good as the first two. Too much recapping, at too much length, and too many stories that felt sort of arbitrarily stuck in (didn't really need another motel shootout, btw). Shame, too, because some of them (bits of the main character's history and past) could have been useful in the earlier books.

One of my favorite scenes, though, came where the lead remembers a day he spent when he was just starting out with another young guy, and the two of them were ta
Another chapter in the life of the Butcher Boy and once again my heart was racing and I couldn't sleep til I finished.

I am amazed at the situations Thomas Perry writes our "hero" into and then how he gets him out. He is constantly being painted into a corner but always finds a "magic" door to help him get away.

The BB is forced back into his old life as an assassin as the Mafia won't let him retire. They keep coming after him and the only way he will ever get some peace is to start killing all th
The first book in this series, "The Butcher's Boy," came out about 30 years ago, I read it then and it has stuck with me since. Ten years later came "Sleeping Dogs," the second installment. This one is the third installment. I think this is Perry's best series. The main character is an assassin and the books are rather brutal but very good. I always found myself rooting for the Butcher's Boy, it is that kind of series. Lacks the humor of Lawrence Block's Hit Man series but very good. (Block's ar ...more
Fast paced and slick, the first few chapters of the latest "Butcher's Boy" series book is very enjoyable. Although the plot lines are well worn [orphaned boy adopted by a morally upstanding Butcher who also happens to be an assassin on the side and schools his son in the fine art of killing] the writing is so good that the story still feels fresh.

However, as it goes on, the scale and scope gets bigger and bigger until it struggles to be credible. Unfortunately the novel moves from a portrait of
This was one of Thomas Perry's Butcher's Boy novels. The Butcher's Boy is a unique character...a professional mob hit man who is retired, trying to live a peaceful life. However, now and then some Mafia guy spots him and tries to take him out (for a large reward!) Then watch out...this guy not only takes out the potential killer, but everyone that even had a remote chance of being the one who hired the killer. (These Mafia guys never seem to learn to leave this guy alone in these books.) Perry w ...more
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Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. He lives in Southern California with his wife ...more
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