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Silence (Jack Till #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,294 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
Six years ago, Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear. But now her ex-boyfriend and former business partner, Eric Fuller, is being framed for her presumed murder in an effort to smoke her out, and Till must find her before tango-dancing assassins Paul and Sylvie Turner do.

The Turners are merely hired to do a job, though, and prefer to remain anonymous. When they find tha
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Published May 12th 2008 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
DNF 30%

I have been reading this since July.. July guys!
And by reading I mean it's been sitting on my desk collecting dust for months and months; I put it down and never picked it back up. I can't even remember what it was about, although it is now October so who can really blame me right?... I might come back to this one day but for now, im moving onto bigger, better books- life's too short to dwell.
This was a 4 star mystery thriller in almost every way. The characters were excellent & Michael Kramer's reading fit the story & enhanced it, as usual. Their back stories & motivations were perfect & blended together into a logical chase that culminates perfectly, even wonderfully. For all the logic, I wasn't quite sure where it was going & the revelations along the way kept me wondering. Jack Till is a great MC.

I took away a star due to the overuse of silencers. They were si
Jan 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A taut, well-written thriller, typical of the genre.

The story involves a former homicide detective who helped a witness "disappear" six years earlier, vowing that under no circumstances would he ever attempt to find her. But such a circumstance does arise, and it is not only the detective who tries to find her, but a professional team of husband-and-wife hired assassins. And so the race is on. The protagonist has the distinct advantage of having helped the witness "disappear" in the first place,
Jun 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wendy Harper got brutally attacked by a masked assailant six years ago right on her porch and that caused her to flee Los Angeles and assume a new identity and a new life - all with the help of private dick Jack Till. Now Till is desperately trying to find her and bring her back to LA so she can get her ex-boyfriend (who has been framed for her 'murder') exonerated. Whoever tried killing Wendy has sent a team of assassins, the tango dancing couple Paul and Sylvie Turner, after them. Decent enoug ...more
This could have been a great book, however as with every single mystery novel I've read written by an older man, this falls into the same bullshit trope of the younger woman 'falling in love' with the older, middle aged guy. I'm sick of this gross male fantasy being played out in literature, it really needs to stop. This book could have flourished, but unfortunately that unnecessary "plot device" totally ruined it for me.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I got interested in the characters and there was a high level of suspense throughout the book via plot twists and turns to keep me interested. I absolutely loved the ending and wonder if there will be a sequel? If there is, I will definitely read it.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll give it a four, maybe three and a half. Characters certainly well developed, but we don't like very many of them. A few character inconsistencies did take away some of the enjoyment, but overall it was a pretty good read.
I would've given 3.75 stars if fractional rating would be an option.

This is another good book, a motion picture type of book, full of action, suspense, and interesting characters offering plenty of twists and turns to the story.

If you like this style, it will worth your time...
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love Perry's Jane Whitefield novels, you will like Silence. While Silence is not on a par with any of the exceptional Whitefield novels, it is a very good read in its own right. Recommended.
Ron Boyd
Okay meandering chase thriller

This book has some of the Thomas Perry formula, but did not keep me enthralled the way some of the Butcher's Boy series did. There just seems to be lots of holes in the story. Do husbands and children of many years make bargains to go off with paid wife surrogates on the other side of the country? Do paid wife surrogates hang around for years waiting in case a chance comes along? Can't witness statements be taken in any city? Overall it was a good yarn but only 3 st
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a cracking read this was! Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear 6 years ago & now he needs to find her...& this could so easily have been the whole story, Jack tracking down Wendy & trying to get her to safety but instead we also get the story of Paul & Sylvie Turner - the two assassins who are also hunting Wendy. In fact I enjoyed the background of how they became assassins & their side of the story more than that of Jack & Wendy's!

The two stories running alongsid
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thos Perry is one of the best if not the best IMO murder mystery writers. Loved this story of a victim going into hiding with our detective's help, only to require finding again to avoid having an innocent charged with her murder. The nuanced characters are appealing and believable, even the uni-dimensional bad guys are intriguing, the setting memorable, and the story gripping.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. Fast read because it moved quickly, even through the excessive number of killings. The amount of death overwhelmed me, yet I kept reading. In part because the characters were important to the story, not just the plot. The characters were all quite well developed, with only one exception (who the exception was I will not say. No need).
Jon Nielson
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out well, but by the end had so many plot holes and those holes kept getting bigger. By the end I just wanted everyone, including the main characters, to die.
Stephanie Hill Alexander
Great story line and thoughtful characters make his books good. In to my next book.
Lisa H.
May 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The first Thomas Perry book I read was Pursuit, a sort of hunter-vs-hunter story pitting one hitman against another - it was not the only time I've found myself wondering about the dark heart of the novelist himself. The book that made his name, The Butcher's Boy, is the story of a killer whose employers decide he has become a liability and put out a contract on him; Perry's Jane Whitefield series, about a woman who acts as a sort of freelance witness protection program, explores shadowy avenues ...more
Scott Bell
Not his best. This one dragged on way past its The End date. Perry did a great job with Sylvie Turner's POV, showing her insecurities. She was more interesting than the main character, who had the passion of a soggy sponge. Way too many deep backstory trips, most of them ruining the narrative pace.

Skim a couple of hundred pages and you might enjoy this one.
Aug 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After release in 1982, Thomas Perry's "The Butcher's Boy" became a cult classic - the tale of a steely-eyed assassin double-crossed and out for revenge. And while a couple of follow-on efforts didn't quite do it for me ("Sleeping Dogs", "Pursuit"), the cynically dark humor and credible suspense is back with full impact in "Silence", a well-crafted and highly original crime yarn proving again that when it comes to contract killers, Perry knows his craft.

Jack Till is the formulaic SoCal ex-cop ma
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think Thomas Perry is capable of writing a bad book. Although I'm particularly partial to his Jane Whitefield series--I could have kissed him when he brought her back after *years*--I've enjoyed many of his other novels as well. Silence is a good read and offers the usual benefits of a Perry thriller. There is a lot of running, hiding, and outwitting bad guys, including a lot of tips that make you think Perry probably would be pretty good at hiding people in real life. I have no idea if ...more
Jun 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the latest LA Weekly Literary Supplement, Thomas Perry wrote an essay In a Jam: How Suspense Keeps the Novel on Edge.

Here's the first part:

Suspense isn’t a pleasant sensation. We go to great lengths to manage our lives in ways that will keep us from having to go through periods of uncertainty — particularly when it’s prolonged, and when the stakes are high. But in reading fiction, especially a novel, we crave this sensation of increasing tension, and the higher the stakes, the better. We love
Laura de Leon
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
Silence was an enjoyable thriller, with a few annoyances in the female characters.

Thomas Perry is known for writing stories about someone leading people into hiding and into new lives in his Jane Whitefield books. Silence has an interesting twist-- Jack Till coached Wendy Harper in the skills she would need to successfully disappear 6 years ago. Now, he needs to find her, and must unravel the steps she took.

The book switches between views of Jack (& Wendy) and that of Sylvie (& Paul) Tur
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A chance encounter with The Boyfriend put Thomas Perry on my radar screen. I am not sure how or why I have missed this Edgar Award winning writer of nineteen books, but I am truly glad to have now met his acquaintance.

Silence like the Boy Friend features Jack Till, retired homicide dick and current private eye. It is a tale of secrets, some of them Jack's. But the biggest secrets belong to Wendy Harper, a young restauranteur Till taught how to make herself invisible after an attack by a murderou
If you don’t like books with lots of bloodshed, Silence isn’t for you. The body count is high.

I read this book, the first in the Jack Till series, after I read The Boyfriend. This book explained a lot of things that were a little vague in that one, but had I read Silence first, I doubt that I would have read The Boyfriend.

I wanted to rate this book 4 stars but I couldn't for three reasons:

1/Perry includes a lot of backstory on all the major characters. Some of it is important, but much of it isn
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We’ve previously read a couple of Perry’s Jane Whitefield novels, as well as the only other private eye Jack Till book in this just two-book set. We like Jack and find him smart and resourceful – kind of a non-violent Jack Reacher!

“Silence” has a great premise: Jack has helped Wendy Harper, witness to a crime, completely disappear, using new “credentials” and full of ideas on how to never be tracked down. Six years go by without a peep. But then Wendy’s former business partner has been arrested
- SILENCE (Private Invest-Jack Till-US-Cont) – DNF
Perry, Thomas – Standalone
Harcourt, Inc., 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780151012893
First Sentence: The small neon light outside that said BANQUE was turned off.
*** Ex-cop turned PI Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear after having been beat nearly to death. Her former lover and business partner has been arrested for her murder. The only way to prove him innocent is to prove Wendy is still alive. He’s not the only one looking for her. Paul and S
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Thomas Perry introduces a new crime solver in a his first of (so far) two books featuring former LA homicide detective turned private investigator, Jack Till. What's not new is Perry's continuing fascination with hired assassins, which in this book are a tango dancing couple, Sylvie, former porn star, and Paul, who killed Sylvie's first husband so she leave the marriage with assets in spite of a prenup.

The plot is not entirely believable, but it contains many interesting twists and turns. When h
Christian Singer
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Perry's picture on the inside back cover reminds me of a bodyguard. Either he put lots of time into research or he has experience in the legal field. Unfortunately his details are so good that he might give criminals information they can use.

Even with all the aliases the characters use, the story is easy to follow. The story flows well and keeps the reader hungry for more. When the reader wants to put the book down it's hard to find a good place to stop because you'll want to find out wha
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(no direct spoilers) Well, it is much easier said then done. But, anyway, let's share some thoughts.
I really liked it. It has a good plot and momentum that keeps you hooked through the long (entertaining) reading. If we compare it with Jane Whitefield series, it surely contains less details depicting the how-to-lure-and-escape kind of action moments. But, it has some passages and the dialogues among the couple-hero and couple anti-hero are good, with the later really impressive. Mrs. Turner keep
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing thriller from Thomas Perry, "Silence " is an incredible tale of suspense and action. Protagonist Jack Till a former cop turned PI has to find the victim of a horrible attack from six years prior. The wrong man has been charged with the murder of a woman who went missing six years ago. Jack Till knows she's hidden and not dead. One twist here is the original attacker of this woman wants her dead regardless. Once Till has tracked down his witness to free the wrong man for her murde ...more
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Perry is a sure thing for thrillers. I am at the point where too much suspense bothers me, so I am afraid I peeked at the end to make sure things turned out all right for all the characters.

Jack Till, retired cop turned private detective, needs to find former client Wendy Harper, to keep a man from being tried for her murder. Once he has found her he needs to protect her from tango dancing contract killers Sylvia and Paul Turner. Turn and dip, Till and Harper dance away from close encoun
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Thomas Perry is the author of 25 novels. He 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 as a writer and producer of prime time network television shows.
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