The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry

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Moreland’s interest in women lies solely in whether they can be of use in his work. Sleeping with them is quite incidental, and shooting them is part of the game. Mr. Perry has turned out another riveting mystery, ideal reading for travel.
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Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.

It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class prostitute, and the police are content to assume she was killed by a client, common in such a dangerous line of work. Yet as Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way – all had strawberry blonde hair, and all were shot with a 9mm handgun in the sanctity of their apartments.

Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names, sometimes advertise using other women's pictures, and move from city to city every few months. Yet when Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he's after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined. As the body count rises, Till must risk his life to find this seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.
 

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 5, 2013 by Mysterious Press. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Kathleen Hennrikus on Mar 05 2013

The ending of this book is quite abrupt, as though the author had reached his page limit and had to get out—and fast.

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Good
Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Apr 19 2013

Moreland’s interest in women lies solely in whether they can be of use in his work. Sleeping with them is quite incidental, and shooting them is part of the game. Mr. Perry has turned out another riveting mystery, ideal reading for travel.

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