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Sleeping Dogs (Butcher's Boy #2)

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He came to England to rest. He calls himself Michael Shaeffer, says he's a retired American businessman. He goes to the races, dates a kinky aristocrat, and sleeps with dozens of weapons. Ten years ago it was different. Then, he was the Butcher's Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war. Ever ...more
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Published April 24th 1993 by Ivy Books (first published April 21st 1992)
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Jeff
Mar 10, 2016 Jeff rated it liked it
A former hitman known as the Butcher’s Boy went into hiding far, far away, after exacting revenge on some dirty double-crossing rat fink mobsters. In a series of coincidences that would make Charles Dickens blush, he’s discovered ("Yo Vinnie, is dat who I tink it is?” “I dunno, but maybe we should tell the boss.”) Proving, after all, it’s a small world. Its serendipity, but Mr. Butcher’s Boy, who thinks the encounter is a deliberate attempt to find him, goes on the offensive and the body count ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 07, 2016 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
I've been in the mood for good action reads lately. I have recently gone through a slump where nothing appealed. I read several books that left me...well cold.

However I've had a couple now that I've really enjoyed. Here we're picking back up on the life of "The Butcher's Boy" (we'll get a bit more explanation of that name in this book). He's been gone for 10 years living peacefully in a new life he built after the fiasco of the first book. Then someone from "the mob" stumbles on his new life and
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Lynn
Jun 12, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it
My library only offered this as an audiobook.....so I gave my 12 hours to hear the story. The Butcher's Boy is an efficient hit man who wants to retire. He dispatches all threats and enemies like clockwork, but he misinterprets much of what's happening around him. He seemed so invulnerable in the first book that it's good to see him struggle here. Looking forward to #3.
Jim
Aug 09, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit grudging in giving the first of this series 4 stars, but I'm not in rating this book. The author did a fantastic job with the Butcher's Boy this time. Not only is more of the past filled in, but the title works on so many levels. The BB's well founded paranoia, chance, & logical deduction lead to a great, suspenseful story that kept me guessing the entire time. The actions of everyone were quite believable & Waring was done much better. Fantastic. Kramer is an excellent ...more
David Carr
Sep 16, 2011 David Carr rated it really liked it
There is a small list of fictions about heroic crooks and hit men. Some are comic and I don't read them. But the Parker series by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake), and the Butcher's Boy series by Thomas Perry are so superbly crafted that they set a high standard. Lawrence Block also has a series devoted to a hit man who is devoted to philately, and I have read some of these as well. There is a new Butcher's Boy volume out, so I have read Sleeping Dogs (from 1992) to catch up. I found the novel to ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 29, 2016 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
I've been in the mood for good action reads lately. I have recently gone through a slump where nothing appealed. I read several books that left me...well cold.

However I've had a couple now that I've really enjoyed. Here we're picking back up on the life of "The Butcher's Boy" (we'll get a bit more explanation of that name in this book). He's been gone for 10 years living peacefully in a new life he built after the fiasco of the first book. Then someone from "the mob" stumbles on his new life and
...more
Eric_W
Jun 28, 2009 Eric_W rated it it was amazing
I am really becoming a fan of Thomas Perry. The biggest problem with this book is that you have a hard time deciding whom to root for. You have the Butcher's Boy (and I recommend reading The Butcher's Boy first) AKA Schaeffer/Ackerman/Wolfe or Elizabeth Waring, the Justice Department analyst, or Jack Hamp, the ex-cop. Each has his/her own demons to deal with, but is very competent, but surrounded by incompetents. I don;t kn ow if it was the way Michael Kramer (one of my favorite readers) read th ...more
Skip
Feb 10, 2013 Skip rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, e-books
The Butcher's Boy has been living abroad when a wise guy spots him at the Brighton track, and sends him on a killing rampage to convince the Mafia families that they are better off leaving him alone even though he framed a don, who is still serving time in prison. Elizabeth Waring from the Justice Department tries to trap him, and enlists the help of a retired police officer, who is the most interesting character in the novel.
Christine
Jul 28, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
I liked this better than the previous book in the "series" if that's what this can be called. Sleeping Dogs takes place 10 years after The Butcher's Boy, but the stories are closely linked through the main characters' flashbacks, anecdotal remembrances of their colleagues and enemies from the earlier book, and a believable "fill in the time" lives they've led until this novel's story takes place.

I think what I like so much about this book is the thinking process of the main character (I keep ca
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Joe
Oct 07, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
The Butcher's Boy is back! It is 10 years after the events that took place in Thomas Perry's THE BUTCHER'S BOY. A Professional killer/Hit Man known only as The Butcher's Boy thought he was out of the game. "Just when you think you're out, they suck you back in". After fleeing the United States and starting a new life in England, The Butcher's Boy is spotted at a race track in England by a visiting mafioso from his past. Looking to gain favor with his superiors, he attempts to take out the ...more
Givemore
The Butchers Boy No 2. Just like grabing a copy and feel the immersion untill the clock is at 2.30 am i still dont seem to get over it despite hundreds of reads i have done. Thomas Perry made a great impact to my literally world,with a great director Sleeping Dogs can make a great motion picture ,,,what with the visual flash backs of the Butchers Boy.i will have an alias......

DoctorM
Apr 24, 2011 DoctorM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Perry's brilliant "The Butcher's Boy"--- long-awaited and just as clever and surprising. The nameless hero of the novel really, really needs his own film...and to be played by someone like Geo. Clooney who can do justice to the role.
-ed- Erwin
Jan 02, 2008 -ed- Erwin rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to The Butcher's Boy, Perry shines. This is a fabulous character, the best hitman-hero.
Andrew
Apr 14, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
Sublime.
Steven
Dec 20, 2010 Steven rated it it was amazing
he is a great story teller
Erna
Jul 06, 2015 Erna rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book. I will be looking for the 3rd Butcher's Boy (The Informant).
Jim
Nov 12, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Master story teller Thomas Perry's "Sleeping Dogs", is the second "Butcher Boy" novel from an amazing pulp fiction series. Perry lays out this crime novel in a crafty, graphic and compelling fashion. The hard boiled characters with their crackling and hard edged dialog make this yarn a special read. Once again we never do find out who Eddie Mastrewski's "Butcher's Boy"really is. This killer for hire morphs from identity to identity on a dime. Seemingly Justice department lawyer Elizabeth Waring, ...more
Jerry
Oct 12, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it
“Dogs” is the second of Perry's three total “Butcher’s Boy” titles, spread across a 30-year publishing horizon. While we weren’t that happy with the unresolved ending of the first novel, we tried this second one – unfortunately, to the same unhappy lack of resolution. Indeed, this sequel sees the Boy hiding abroad incognito for nearly a ten year period, with a serious girlfriend to boot, when suddenly it appears he has been recognized. A rather amateurish attempt on his life results in a bunch ...more
John
Oct 02, 2016 John added it
Becoming repetitive.
Mojo Shivers
Jan 03, 2016 Mojo Shivers rated it really liked it
When Toby recommended this series to me, she introduced it as a classic to the hitman genre. Starting with The Butcher's Boy and continuing in Sleeping Dogs, you can tell this is from another era of writing. The pacing's slower, the characters more prone to being revealed slowly, and the story themselves meander more than more recent novels. But you know what? It works.

I've been a fan of the genre for some time now. I like it when they put the paid assassin in the driver's seat instead of being
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Michael Connery
"Sleeping Dogs," the second in The Butcher’s Boy series, catches up with Thomas Perry’s fascinating anti-hero ten years after the conclusion of the first story. Living in quiet, watchful retirement in Bath, a chance sighting by those who recognize him for his role in the mob war a decade ago catapults the Butcher’s Boy back into a world of ruthless violence and retaliation.

The story does an excellent job of fleshing out the events of the first book, and our now multi-named protagonist is just a
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Larry
Sep 07, 2014 Larry rated it it was amazing
This is the second in the Butcher Boy series The writing is OK. The main reason that I’m giving this a 5 stars is the author’s creation of a very interesting main character – a killer for hire no less. (His “career” started at age 12! His “mentor”, was Eddie the Butcher – a real meat cutter and a hit man). The killer has no real name but the reader gets used to a bunch of changing aliases.

It’s 10 years after the first book. He’s living quietly. Hiding in Southern England. And then discovered! He
...more
Emily
Sep 30, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
What I liked best about this book was the way the plot is driven by coincidence and misunderstandings. This is the way real life works, a lot of the time, but it's hard to reflect in fiction, where the author wants to remain in charge. The book kicks off with a chance encounter that convinces the protagonist, a hit man, that his old mob clientele is out to get rid of him. The story has several surprising turning points where he looks for meaning in what he observes, jumps on the wrong ...more
Nick
Oct 14, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes bad luck and good luck are so closely intertwined, that it's hard to know which is which. I picked up this audiobook at a used bookstore in Oakland for my drive down the state, and from its first chapter I was hooked. Number Two in a series about a contract killer with many names, known to his enemies in the Mafia and the Justice Department alike as "The Butcher's Boy," this is taut, meticulous, authentic storytelling with breathtaking action and an amazing point of view. We learn to ...more
Helen
Apr 21, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the second book in Thomas Perry's Butcher Boy trilogy and it's a fun read. The Butcher Boy is a hit man who got his nickname when a butcher took him in after the death of his parents and taught him how to butcher both people and animals. In the first book, BB was working for the mob at the outset and killed some good guys, so he didn't start out as a sympathetic character. But when the mob turned against him, BB took them on singlehandidly, sowing confusion and framing a boss for murder. ...more
Stephanie
Oct 17, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
Hands down the best of the three books. I read this series out of order by accident (book 3 then 1 then 2), but they really are almost independent novels. Perry does a good job of bringing the reader up to speed in each book without sounding repetitive or boring. He seems to do it through The Butcher Boy playing through his memory. It works well.

The plot is the most action filled of the three. Not that he is killing someone every page (every chapter instead), but he is always moving. There is al
...more
Dawn
Sep 30, 2013 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Great book - even though written in 1992, still loved the action and the character. Glad I read this one before reading The Informant which is also a Butcher's Boy novel. Not that it will detract from the enjoyment of the 3rd book, but will now have a bit more history with the characters.

The main character is a hired killer. He is the MAIN character that you keep pulling for even against the FBI or the police.

One sentence that I loved was the description ...Jack Hemp's thoughts... "wished that
...more
Lee
Apr 21, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it
Published in 1992 and the second in the series. The Butcher's Boy, current alias Michael Shaeffer, is a mid-thirties retired hit man living contentedly in England. That is until he is spotted by a mobster who knows the price on his head. Then he must pick up where he left off ten years ago, trying to kill the people who want him dead before they get to him. The lead FBI Agent Elizabeth Waring is also brought back to work the case once the evidence points to the Butcher's Boy as the likely ...more
Dobby0390
The Sleeping Dogs have awakened; the Butcher's Boy is back in town. Don't bother looking over your shoulder; if you see him, it's already too late.

If you happen to be a mobster with murder as your agenda, that is. It's been 10 years since the Butcher's Boy slipped away from the kill-or-be-killed game. A lot has changed, and some things will never change. The question is: will the Butcher's Boy be able to find and eliminate his enemies before they find and eliminate him? The DOJ's Elizabeth Warin
...more
Mark
May 12, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed "Butcher Boy"...looked forward to this sequel and I wasn't disappointed...very clever plotting and character development & a few twists along the way...the Butcher's Boy is spotted by a wise-guy while attending races in his English escape site...now he must cut off further intrusions into his "safety zone" and does so by clipping loose ends amongst the MOB...Elizabeth Waring and the DOJ are closing in while he's stuck in the USA...rooting for him to succeed and avoid ...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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