Pursuit by Thomas Perry
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Thirteen bodies are discovered inside a small Louisville restaurant just after closing time. The ferocity and apparent randomness of the crime prompt the police to call in criminology professor Daniel Millikan-they want a profile of the murderer. Millikan determines that the crime was committed not by a psychopath but by a professional killer of consummate skill and total lack of feeling: “I think that the one who did it is one of the special cases. He’s somebody we can’t afford to have walking down a street where our families walk.” When Millikan learns that the investigation has come to a complete standstill, he commits himself to an unorthodox decision. The only hope of stopping this killer and ending the bloodshed is to employ Roy Prescott, an expert in the narrow specialty of hunting down murderers through methods the police can’t-and wouldn’t-use.

And so begins a stunning novel by Thomas Perry, “one of the most thoroughly satisfying writers around” (Lawrence Block), a death match fought from one end of the country to the other by two enemies who both understand that only one of them will be alive at the end.

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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 December 18, 2001 by Random House. 416 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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Once their backstories are used up, Perry gets down to the serious business of showing Prescott tracking Varney through a series of anonymous midwestern cities as Varney attempts to cover his tracks by killing everyone who’s gotten close to him in preparation for targeting his nemesis.

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Huffington Post

Bumbling and insecure at first, Fishel ably conveys the subtle changes wrought by time in Martin's confidence, as he financially supports his friend and the magazine for many years.

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Reviewing the Evidence

One is a professional killer, Varney, the other a man who pursues killers and other evil men for profit, Prescott.

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Deseret News

When he decides the crime was committed by a skilled professional killer, he calls in Roy Prescott, an expert in hunting killers.

Feb 03 2002 | Read Full Review of Pursuit: A Novel

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