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The Boyfriend (Jack Till #2)

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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 reluctant ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Mysterious Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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James Thane
Jul 18, 2014 James Thane rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2012 Eric_W rated it really liked it
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
David Carr
Jun 25, 2013 David Carr rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
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
Mar 10, 2013 Alan rated it liked it
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
Mar 08, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
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!
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
Mike Gabor
Mar 10, 2013 Mike Gabor rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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
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
Apr 20, 2013 Alecia rated it liked it
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
Mar 27, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Funny, I've read and enjoyed several Thomas Perry books, and I don't remember being offended by the outlandish sexism and female stereotypes before. Maybe I just wasn't paying attention. Maybe it's because the first chapter really turned me off with the three catty young frenemies lunching together. They are portrayed as ostensibly typical, competitive, disingenuous women. Ugh. Once I notice something that bugs me, it keeps bugging me throughout the read.

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Jun 06, 2014 Jerry rated it really liked it
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
Mar 20, 2013 Randy rated it it was amazing
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
Bonnie Brody
Apr 25, 2013 Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2013 Hamlen rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, pursuit
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
Jun 05, 2013 Jonathan rated it liked it
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
Mar 12, 2013 Quillracer rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2013 Col rated it really liked it
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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
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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
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
Rosina Lippi
Dec 21, 2012 Rosina Lippi rated it liked it
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
May 16, 2013 Jeff rated it it was ok
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Jun 14, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, epubs
The Boyfriend
By Thomas Perry

Spoiler Alert
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
Jun 18, 2013 Viccy rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Apr 07, 2013 Eastbelt rated it it was ok
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
Jan 30, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
Don't get me wrong...Thomas Perry is a great writer/storyteller and one of my favorites but, well...a couple of the main characters here are a little too naive and trusting to be real. If you can shrug and say to yourself, "Maybe some people ARE that dumb!" (which I did!) then this is a great read. I hope there's a Jack Till #3 in the future.
Jul 08, 2013 Claudette rated it liked it
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
Sep 17, 2013 Virginia rated it liked it
I have enjoyed a number of Thomas Perry's books and am always looking for a good series. This book was OK, I listened to it on a long drive and finished it just as I arrived. But a couple of times I was tempted to switch to music on my iPhone...not a good sign.

I like the Jack Till character, the secondary characters who surround him, and the directness of the writing. But this book didn't quite measure up. It stretched credibility and I felt the author was trying to create a breathless exciteme
Mar 24, 2013 Larry rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2015 Slim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Kept me interested throughout the book.
Apr 09, 2014 Comrade_Bazarov rated it it was ok
(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).

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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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