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3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,229 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
A bracing and ingeniously cast L.A. crime novel from Edgar Award–winner Thomas Perry

An aging but formidable strip club owner, Claudiu “Manco” Kapak, is robbed by a masked gunman as he places his cash receipts in a bank’s night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends out half a dozen security men to find the witless culprit. Their search leads them to Joe Carver, an innocent but har
Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by Mariner Books (first published 2010)
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Aug 15, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit! I rarely cuss in a book review, but this book deserves it for the fantastic ending. What an ending. The rest of the book was good - very good. I enjoyed it as much as any of his books & that's pretty high praise, but the way it wrapped it up!!!

The characters were fantastic. There were a few main characters I was rooting for all the time. Unfortunately, their needs seemed mutually exclusive - or are they? Possibly not. They were all pretty good guys & gals. Not perfect, not al
If you’re looking for a single main character working his/her way through a straight line narrative, then just keep on walking. If you’re in the mood for a large cast of well-defined characters scheming their way through a web of theft, double-crosses, mistaken identity, misguided revenge attempts, bigamy, money laundering, strip clubs, night clubs, arson, murder and the destruction of a couple of Hummers, then this is definitely the book for you.

The book opens with Joe Carver on the run and sle
James Thane
May 15, 2011 James Thane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is a very entertaining book with a host of quirky, interesting characters of the sort that you might expect to find in an Elmore Leonard novel. An aging L.A. strip club owner named Manko Kapak is robbed of several thousand dollars while making his nightly deposit. Losing the money is bad enough, but being ripped off like this is even worse for the reputation of someone like Kapak. He orders his crew to find the thief and make an example of him.

Sadly, Kapak's thugs identify the wrong man, a
Apr 26, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Manco Kapak owns a string of strip clubs and conducts a little bit of questionable business on the side to supplement his income. Jefferson Davis Falkins decides he’s found a new way of making money that does not involve real work of any kind … he just keeps robbing Manco when he makes his night deposits. Manco is not a man you want to cross. Unfortunately for Joe Carver, he ends up in the middle of the mess when his name comes up as the thief. Carver confronts Manco and declares his innocence, ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely delightful stand-alone Perry. It begins well, as Carver, suspected by Manco Kapak, a local mobster of having held him up and stealing a week's worth of receipts (he didn't), is hiding out in the cab of a 250-foot crane at a construction site. Feeling this is probably the safest place he can be so as not to be found, there's a great scene where Carver uses the crane rather innovatively to take out a couple of the goons' Hummers when they find him, his hiding place being not as secure a ...more
Sharon Michael
Jan 15, 2014 Sharon Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual good Perry standalone. Plenty of less than admirable characters, well developed, a strong leaning toward vigilante "get even" and enough ironies and humor to keep it a fun read.
Betty Morrissey
Apr 10, 2016 Betty Morrissey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I gave it "I really liked it" because I didn't see it coming. I like that in a book.
Dec 03, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read this in parallel with Harlan coben's "Caught" and that really made it stand out as the kind of crime fiction I like best. I got hooked on Thomas Perry's writing after reading one of his first books, "The Butcher's Boy". He creates interesting characters which support the story's believability even if they would seem ridiculous in the hands of a lesser writer. They fit right in so you say to yourself -Why not, this could happen. His writing style is similar to T Jefferson Parker's "The Ren ...more
Timothy Hallinan
Jul 02, 2011 Timothy Hallinan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Perry is one of those guys who's been so good for so long that he almost fades into the landscape. This is a charmer of a book marred somewhat at the very end, in which a pack of feral quasi-criminals without an unshredded moral fiber among them intersects in in an intricate dance across L.A. And yet, one at a time, Perry takes us inside these people and shows us how they work and (most of the time) why they work that way, and they become, if not friends, acquaintances. And he continues t ...more
Lynn Calvin
Bought this on a whim - eh.

Very quick read. It gets two stars for the intricate plot and the quite large number of interesting characters. But in the end, I didn't like any of them even as engaging villians, or people who worked as the hero of their own stories.

I ended up feeling that I'd read a long short story although I'm sure it was actually a reasonable length. The plot was nicely twisty, and there was a center story that I saw a mile off. But I just didn't care.

The next time I see a new P
June Ahern
Thomas Perry is an excellent writer and I've enjoyed a few of his other books, but "Strip" not so much. For me, there were too many characters, too much of each one's story and I found it all too distracting to stay interested. I finished the book because might as well, started it. That felt like a chore after a while. That said, I'll definitely read another of Mr. Perry's books.
May 17, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Close to 4 stars.

It contains a truly interesting cast of characters, and a good, twisty storyline.

There were only two things that detracted for me.

I'd become very intrigued about a character, and it would take such a long time for the narrative to circle back to that person. I'd start to wonder, "But what about... ?" Eventually it would get there and satisfy my curiosity, but during that wondering time, it made me less interested in the current chapter.

Also, and this is just personal preferen
Toni Osborne
Oct 15, 2010 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you read and enjoy thrillers full of bad guys duping other bad guys you will definitely love this bunch of misfits.

What we have here, is the story of an aging, arrogant, impotent gangster hanging onto his ego, supported by a puppet staff bullied into carrying out his orders in order to retain power and his supremacy in the underworld of flesh peddling and money laundering.

Manco Kapak owns a few clubs in the LA area and moves money for a major drug distributor. One night while making his dai
Sep 10, 2010 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unusual one for Thomas Perry, since it doesn't deal exclusively with somebody trying to escape from powerful forces. That describes only one of four or five intertwined plots, each dealing with a vivid character or characters trying to get what they want. None of them is completely innocent, their guilt and viciousness is carefully calibrated, and if you're a fan of poetic justice, it's fun to watch how Perry works the plot to make sure each gets exactly what he deserves. For the first time i ...more
Lois Duncan
Usually I give any book by Thomas Perry 4 stars, (and once, I may have given one 5 stars). I find his books very entertaining--exciting without being gory--and always with unexpected twists.

However STRIP disappointed me. There were so many characters and sub-plots that I had a hard time keeping them straight, especially when so many of the characters had names that started with either the letter J or the letter S: Joe, Jeff, Jerry, Jimmy; Spence, Slosser, Sherri, Skelly, Stacy, Sandi, and Sonia.
Mar 16, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, read_2012
'Stip' is highly entertaining from start to finish. Led by an amazing cast of characters, each coupled with a unique background and interesting predicament. At it's core, lies strip and night club owner, Manco Kapak - without a doubt one of the most likable characters I've had the pleasure of reading, who just so happens to be involved in shady dealings with underworld types - washing their money and playing the mob hard man facade. However, his reputation is soon on the line when the clubs' tak ...more
Andy Plonka
Dec 20, 2013 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: src
This is a departure from Perry's usual style of someone trying to go into or remain in hiding to evade persons who may harm them for whatever reason. This one resembles something Donald Westlake or Lawrence Block might have written. More or less a caper novel, with several subplots, a major character, Joe Harper has been misidentified as a man who robbed a strip club owner of his nightly take as he was trying to deposit said items in a bank's night deposit box. Harper's attempts to remain hidden ...more
Pamela Small
Apr 25, 2013 Pamela Small rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Perry is a top drawer writer. He uses lyrical, literary style in the thriller/suspense genre; another technique is the twists and surprising denouements.

Strip, however, is completely different style from anything I have read by Mr. Perry, and I didn't care for it. In a sense, it is slapstick - a parody of true crime/mob novels. When I considered it was a farce of sorts, I kept reading, attempting to appreciate the dark humor... to no avail. The plot was driven by the sociopathic major ch
Mar 26, 2012 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard
This was a clever book with a likeable resilent MC, and a band of mostly wacky, but still believable supporting characters who manage to twist themselves and the plot into lots of surprising and sometimes unsettling knots. It's funny, occasionally violent (very), and although I laughed and empathized with the quirky cast through most of the book, I have to say I found the ending darker and sadder than I expected. I get that a happy one for everyone was too much to ask for, but I didn't expect it ...more
May 20, 2010 Bettyb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I've enjoyed all the Thomas Perry books I've read so far but not this one so much, not at first. It seemed a little slow to me and I was disappointed that one character's very interesting personal situation was largely ignored. I really wanted to see that developed more fully. At the end of the book, I realized that expanding that particular storyline wasn't really that necessary. The ending of this book is excellent and changed my view of the whole thing. I don't usually like to see good books ...more
Nov 20, 2010 Joanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Joe Carver moves to Los Angeles and starts flashing money in local clubs. Club owner Manco Kapak is robbed and, figuring it has to be someone unfamiliar with his shady reputation figures it has to be someone new to town. When his men start asking women if there is a newbie spending a lot of money, two identify Joe, who has to go into hiding. Joe and Manco play a cat and mouse game throughout. The real robber hooks up with a psycho girlfirend and the tension escalates. Almost everyone is crooked ...more
Aug 23, 2010 Alecia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read and enjoyed (some more than others) Thomas Perry's novels. I remember liking Nightlife a lot, and some of the Jane Whitefield books are fun to read. This book, however, has too many characters to keep up with. The threads running through the story make the plot too leaden and weighted down. Although some of the characters are evoked well, there was a sense of dissatisfaction that I felt as the story lines veered from one to another. There was a fairly neat wrap-up to the ending, but ...more
Wayland Smith
Jan 24, 2016 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one a lot. A very well-written and complicated crime story with nicely fleshed out characters, this has some great twists on the crime thriller. There are some tropes but some really good spins on them with some unusual takes on some of the characters.

There's the criminal with a lot of henchmen and and a bad temper. When he gets ripped off, he leaps to an understandable, but mistaken conclusion, and starts something with the wrong guy. He gets increasingly frustrated as thi
Albert Riehle
Starts with a bang. If someone had stolen the book from me after I'd read only the first third I'd have assumed this book was brilliant. Unfortunately, no one bothered to pilfer it. The middle third dragged. I read on hoping that he'd at least finish well but no luck.

The book was 1/3 awesome, 2/3 suck. In the end if the author doesn't care enough to follow through, I don't care to read any more of his books, and I don't recommend this one.
Apr 07, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Excellent read ! I loved it !
Jan 23, 2014 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have so many conflicting feelings about this book, but overall, I have to say that I enjoyed it. Just not sure why I enjoyed it. Throughout the book, I found myself wondering who the main character was or what happened to so-and-so who I thought was a main character, then seemed to just disappear. I guess I liked it overall because I still enjoyed the little mini-stories of a bunch of different characters who were, more or less, all connected within a main story. Some characters were developed ...more
Aug 13, 2013 Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-fleshed out characters in a comedy of errors scenario, if murder is comedy. Mistaken identities, realistic but quirky personalities, and a story line that leaves you feeling sorry for the original bad guy.
Rick F.
A dissapointment from a usually reliable thriller writer- very hard to get to know any of the characters except for Kapak- disjointed and not up to Perry's usual page turner standards
Emre Gülsever
ilk başlarda konuyu kavrayana ve karakterlerin özelliklerini çözene kadar zorlandım hatta sıkıldım da diyebilirim ama sonrasında soluk soluğa bırakan temposuna tutsak kaldım diyebilirim. kitabın ön kapağı konuyla hiç mi hiç alakası olmayan sadece dikkat çekmek için konulmuş bir resimle abartılmış.olaylar yazarın hassas zamanlaması ve ustalık ile paralel ilerleyen hikayeleri neredeyse mükemmel bir sonla bitirmesi ile son buluyor.ilk defa roman okuyanlar için ağır bir kitap olduğunu söyleyebilirim ...more
Michael Norwitz
A recent mystery novel by an author my wife and I have followed. It's a fun page-turner, although it has many characteristics of his earliest novels, making it seem like a reversion for him. There's a lot of humor in it (which isn't a bad thing). The plot has an outlandish quality to it, although there are enough twists and turns to keep you along for the ride. Most disappointingly though, pretty much every female character in the book is a 30s-era stereotype with very little depth, which surpri ...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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