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The Boyfriend (Jack Till #2)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  827 ratings  ·  179 reviews
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 reluctant...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Mysterious Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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James Thane
Catherine Hamilton is an extremely attractive young woman who's making a very good living as "Tamera Sanders," an upscale L.A. escort. But when Catherine/Tamera turns up shot to death in her apartment, the police conduct a fairly cursory investigation before concluding that the young woman's death was simply one of the occupational hazards of her chosen career and that they'll never be able to find the killer.

Perhaps understandably, Catherine's parents are not willing to give up so easily. Natur...more
I do like Thomas Perry. I've read most of his other books (both the Butcher's Boy and Jane Whitfield series are excellent) and was pleased to get this one as an advanced reader copy. It introduces a new character, Jack Till, ex-homicide detective, who is hired (for a considerable amount of money, which, given what they already know about their daughter, surprised me they would want to discover more,) to find the killer of their high-priced escort daughter, Catherine.

The Boyfriend has all the ing...more
Thomas Perry has always been one of my favourite suspense authors. This is especially so when he is writing in his specialized niche of 'hunt and evade' thrillers. Some of these have been one-off novels such as "Pursuit" or "Death Benefits", and some have made for excellent series characters such as the Jane Whitefield or the Butcher's Boy series. With "The Boyfriend" we now have the 2nd of the Jack Till books, the 1st being 2007's "Silence", thus turning Till into a further series character. So...more
Outstanding new mystery/thriller from Thomas Perry. I didn't care for his last book but this one is Thomas Perry returning to form with an original take on a manhunt for an unusually efficient bad guy. I highly recommend it!
David Carr
Perry is a fine writer, but I have begun to read him selectively, as I have with T. Jefferson Parker. Last time I tried one, I found his recent Jane Whitefield books to be bizarre and disconnected from a credible world. But I will go back and look again, since I enjoyed this serial killer novel very much. The Boyfriend does what Perry does very well: present a credible problem and a determined solver, whose ethics and values have consonance and maturity, seasoned with large doses of ambivalence...more
This is the second book in Perry's serIes with private detective Jack Till. Good story that kept me interested. Till has been hired to find the killer of his client's daughter. As he researches the case, he learns that the guy who killed this woman is in fact a serial killer with a pattern of killing female escorts with the same physical description. No police have noticed the pattern because the women live in big cities all over the country.

I loved Perry's Jane Whitefield series. I was fascina...more
Patrice Hoffman
The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry can best be described as a crime thriller/suspense novel. The story begins with a high-priced call girl, Catherine Hamilton, being murdered in her home and her parents are intent on finding whodunnit. They enlist the help of retired LAPD detective Jack Till. Till has been moonlighting as a gumshoe of pretty mundane cases. In between those cases, he visits his daughter Holly, who has down syndrome. She is the same age as the victim and this encourages him to take the...more
This crime thriller from Perry was our first to feature retired cop, PI Jack Till – the second of just two so far, but quite different from his popular Jane Whitefield series. Jack gets hired to find the killer of a young woman whose parents have given up on police efforts to solve the case. That the woman was a high-class call-girl, almost certainly murdered by one of her “John’s”, was hardly a unique idea for the plot; but what soon unfolded was a highly intricate mystery where the “escort” an...more
I'd never read any of Thomas Perry's books before THE BOYFRIEND. I think I've found a new favorite. Reviews seem mixed. Some like it. Some don't. I fall squarely on the LOVE IT side.

Jack Till, retired homicide cop, now P.I., is asked by a pair of distraught parents to find their daughter's killer. They laid a hundred thousand dollar check on him and said "Let us know when you need more."

Their daughter had been a high priced call girl and was shot twice, once in the back, then a finishing shot to...more
Mike Gabor
I was really disappointed with this book. I've read a few other novels by this author and enjoyed them but not this one. Jack Dill is a retired LAPD homicide detective turned PI. He is hired by the family of a young woman who was murdered. The woman in question was an escort and the family believes the police are not giving the case their full attention because of her chosen occupation. As Jack investigates he becomes aware of the fact that other escorts that match the victims physical descripti...more
Thomas Perry has a great track record with thrillers, using some key elements in each one. After nearly two dozen novels, he has those elements down pat, and in this entry they serve him well. Jack Till, the hero, appeared in a previous book, but you don't need to read it first. One of the techniques the author uses is the plot device of constant travel. Sometimes there is an internal road paralleling the external one, into the past or the future. Jack is retired, and his internal road covers hi...more
Bonnie Brody
The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry is a thriller and page-turner of the first order. It had me by the first chapter and held on to me like a pit bull to a bone. I enjoyed the excitement and all the adrenaline that goes with the book. It was difficult to put down and I read it in two sittings.

The story is about a hit man named Joey Moreland who has a thing for strawberry blond escorts. He ingratiates himself to them and gets them to make him their boyfriend. For several weeks he stays with them while...more
Hamlen Mark
Where did the Thomas Perry who wrote Butcher's Boy, Metzger's Dog or even Death Benefits go? His early works showed excitement and creativity while his later works are all going past formulaic and into poorly executed, tired patterns.

For example, in his book, we're reminded that our hero's daughter has Down's Syndrome through a statement in the text. Of course, we don't really see that in her interaction with her Dad, her boss or her housemates. Having the narrator tell us, versus showing us thi...more
Thomas Perry has a very dry style of telling a story. I think it works better with his Jane Whitefield series than it does in this book. I was thinking about what was lacking in his writing and I think it is any semblance of humor. There are many crime writers who do not use humor in their writing , but I just finished one by Lawrence Block, also starring a hit man, and his observational, wry writing lifted his book to another level. Perry's writing lacks "juice", not just humor, but is otherwis...more
I just happened to see the latest Thomas Perry novel on the shelf in the library, so I picked it up. Turns out it is book #2 in the Jack Till series, featuring a retired LA detective. I usually hate to start on any book but the first in a series, but I plowed on anyway.

Jack Till, a private detective, gets asked by the parents of a murdered girl to find her murderer. They found out that she was a paid escort (aka call girl), working on her own via Internet advertisements. So the police aren't rea...more
This is a first reads book I won here on Goodreads.

I’ve read most of Perry’s Jane Whitfield series books and enjoyed them.

The Boyfriend starts off well with the murder of a woman working as a high-class prostitute. This first chapter, however, could have been a little shorter and tighter because much of it is a lunch the victim has with two women friends at a fancy restaurant. Since we spend several pages with these three women, we expect to encounter the other two again but they never resurface...more
Sep 19, 2013 Col rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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 pros...more
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The Boyfriend was my first Thomas Perry novel and I did end up enjoying it. I would consider this more a crime thriller than a mystery/thriller because the reader knows who the murderer is up front. Instead of a whodunit, this turns the novel into a cat and mouse game as the chapters alternate between Till and the murderer’s points of view. Will Jack be able to stop him before he kills again and why is it that he always looks for the sa...more
I've read so many glowing reviews of this book that I couldn't wait to read it. The reviews were spot on, the book is one of the best I've read this year!

Retired LAPD homicide detective Jack Till is hired by the parents of a woman who worked as an escort and was murdered. They want him to find their child's killer.

He learns that there were a number of female escorts of the same description, murdered in other cities and that in each city, there was also a murder. He deducts that the killer befrie...more
Rosina Lippi
Jack Till is a retired LAPD homicide detective working as an investigator and satisfied with the routine of chasing down routine cases. The parents of a murdered young woman approach him about finding out what happened to her, and he lets himself be drawn in. What he finds is that all over the country the case is repeating itself: young, beautiful, strawberry blondes who work as high-end escorts are being murdered. He sees a pattern and goes after it. There are many fictional detectives in this...more
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The Boyfriend
By Thomas Perry

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Thomas Perry delivers an exceptionally crafted book, its cunning plot and characters will keep readers attention with this deadly cat and mouse game. The characters are cleverly constructed and the chief protagonist is strategic in his crimes, making this an absorbing read.
The book opens with a reunion of three unmarried and fiercely competitive sorority sisters.

Catherine Hamilton turns out to be the group’s leader and is an independent call girl who dri...more
This is the second book of feature Jack Till after the 2008's Silence. After being a homicide detective for years, Jack retired and started as a P.I. He has a grown daughter with Down's Syndrome, Holly and their relationship is wonderful. Holly lives is a group home and has a job working with a florist; she is trying to set her dad up with the florist. Jack is hired by the parents of a woman who was murdered. She was an escort who worked off the Internet and no one can figure out why she was kil...more
I'm a great admirer of Perry's books, but this one was a real disappointment. It starts off quite well, although his hero is rather too neatly stereotyped - decent widower, loving father if a Downs syndrome daughter, on the side of the underdog, retired ex good cop etc. For a time the book effectively alternates between hero seeking to track down hired killer and the cool, clever villain who specializes in using strawberry blonde sex workers to fovide comfort and accommodation as well as cover a...more
This could have been a really good book! As it is, it was a good fast read, but there were a few things that made me shake my head, not the least of which was the truly abrupt ending. Perry seems to have just gotten tired of writing and ended the book. Given that the bad guy had turned into someone completely different than what he was for the first 2/3 of the book, maybe that's a good thing. That, and the repetition makes me think that Perry had a great idea, just not quite fleshed out enough y...more
Thomas Perry has written one of his better cat-and-mouse chase books. PI Jack Till is approached by distraught parents to find the murderer of their daughter. The daughter, a high-end prostitute, turns out to have been one of several killed by the same man. Till, who is extremely good at his job, having been a NYC homicide detective for a long time in an earlier life, tracks him down relentlessly, only to realize that the prostitutes had provided environmental cover for a paid assassin. They bec...more
(I listened to the audiobook version).

My only exposure to Thomas Perry comes through his novel 'Strip', which I listened as an audiobook during my daily commute to and from Los Angeles in 2010. 'Strip' was witty, irreverent and a lot of fun. I liked Perry's writing style and his wry sense of humor. When I was looking for another 'light' audiobook to listen to while I work, I thought, "Why not Perry?" (astute internet consumers will probably recognize this 'why not___' reference).

My opinion of any Thomas Perry book should be given no credence whatsoever. I've read every one of his books and enjoyed them all. This one may be one of the very best. The Boyfriend is an assassin who has a big contract to off a bunch of different people around the country. His MO is to find a high priced hooker and become her Boyfriend. This is just a great story, really nicely told. I hope Perry writes a million more books. I'll buy them all right now.
Jack Till returns in Thomas Perry's "The Boyfriend". This second Jack Till novel was as every bit good as the first ,which was written several years ago. Till is working for the parents of a murdered college graduate who'd turn towards being an escort rather than getting a job in her educated field. It seems a killer has a liking for a certain type of call girl. He romances them to the point he moves in with them, and after several months leaves them behind with a bullet in the head. Till must b...more
Sharon Michael
Very good, though rather standard plotting. Perry does the older detective/main character hunting down a killer through the clues he leaves very well and this is no exception. Solid characters, particularly the retired detective but it did have overtones of other characters he's written. Solid, quick read and entertaining but probably not a re-read for me.
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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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