Nightlife by Thomas Perry

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Thomas Perry’s novels of suspense have been celebrated for their “dazzling ingenuity” (The New York Times Book Review) and for writing that is “as sharp as a sushi knife” (Los Angeles Times). By turns horrifying and erotic, Perry’s new thriller takes us on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that pits two women against each other: a beautiful serial killer and the detective who is determined to stop her.

When the cousin of Los Angeles underworld figure Hugo Poole is found shot to death in his Portland, Oregon, home, police find nothing at the scene of the crime except several long strands of blond hair hinting that a second victim may have been involved. Hotel security tapes from the victim’s last vacation reveal an out-of-focus picture of a young blond woman entering and leaving his room. Could she also be a murder victim?

Portland homicide detective Catherine Hobbes is determined to solve the case and locate the missing blonde, but her feelings, and the investigation, are complicated when Hugo hires private detective Joe Pitt to perform a parallel investigation. As the Joe and Catherine form an uneasy alliance, the murder count rises–and both realize that the pretty young woman in the security tapes is not a victim at all.

As Catherine follows the evidence, she finds herself in a deadly contest with an unpredictable adversary capable of changing her appearance and identity at will. Catherine must use everything she knows, as a homicide detective and as a woman, to stop a murderer who kills on impulse and with ease, and who becomes more efficient and elusive with each crime.

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About Thomas Perry

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Thomas Perry, noted for his sophisticated and humorous suspense novels, has written nearly twenty books, including seven featuring Jane Whitefield and The Butcher's Boy, which won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
Published March 7, 2006 by Random House. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Romance. Fiction

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Although she’s lived off wealthy men for a long time, Tanya Starling never killed any of them until doing in Dennis Poole.

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The New York Times

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ONE of the nerviest crimes in Thomas Perry's diabolical new thriller, NIGHTLIFE (Random House, $24.95), involves nothing more than one woman rummaging through another woman's purse in a crowded nightclub.

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The New York Times

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Thomas Perry's terrific "Nightlife" begins with a harbinger of things to come — which is to say that this tight, transfixing crime story gets off to a bone-chilling start.

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BC Books

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Hobbes soon becomes convinced that the woman she once thought was a reluctant witness to her boyfriend's murder is actually an efficient killer in her own right.

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Book Reporter

She slowly comes to blame Hobbes for the difficulties that have befallen her --- the quiet, sinister logic by which she does so is chilling --- and before too long Buckner is pursuing Hobbes with a grim and homicidal determination.

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Reviewing the Evidence

What we see of her background is hard, but not unusual and by having Tanya think that she's simply looking out for her happiness, author Thomas Perry has made Tanya's acts of homicide very different from the usual serial murder mysteries around lately.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The New York Times compares Nightlife’s psychological impact to that of The Silence of the Lambs and Mystic River: we’re not dealing with a stock killer but a rather ordinary young woman turned bad.

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