The Informant by Thomas Perry
An Otto Penzler Book (Butcher's Boy)

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In Thomas Perry’s Edgar-winning debut The Butcher’s Boy, a professional killer betrayed by the Mafia leaves countless mobsters dead and then disappears. Justice Department official Elizabeth Waring is the only one who believes he ever existed. Many years later, the Butcher’s Boy finds his peaceful life threatened when a Mafia hit team finally catches up with him. He knows they won’t stop coming and decides to take the fight to their door. 

Soon Waring, now high up in the Organized Crime Division of the Justice Department, receives a surprise latenight visit from the Butcher’s Boy. Knowing she keeps track of the Mafia, he asks her whom his attackers worked for, offering information that will help her crack an unsolved murder in return. So begins a new assault on organized crime and an uneasy alliance between opposite sides of the law. As the Butcher’s Boy works his way ever closer to his quarry in an effort to protect his new way of life, Waring is in a race against time, either to convince him to become a protected informant—or to take him out of commission for good.
 

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 May 5, 2011 by Mariner Books. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Taking a leaf from Hannibal Lecter’s playbook, he urges her, “Tell me, and I’ll tell you something.” When Elizabeth fingers rising under-boss Frank Tosca as Schaeffer’s next target, he gives her some juicy information on an old Tosca murder in return.

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Mystery novels by Thomas Perry, Belinda Bauer, Chris Knopf and the late Robert B. Parker.

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The dead mobster made the fatal mistake of tracking Schaeffer to England, where he had been living, and trying to wipe Schaeffer off the map.

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Edgar-winner Perry's excellent third Butcher's Boy novel (after Sleeping Dogs) pits the Butcher's Boy (aka Michael Schaeffer), an impeccably effective hit man, against his old nemesis, Elizabeth Waring, an impeccably honest Justice Department official.

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The Butcher's Boy, who in THE INFORMANT calls himself Michael Schaeffer, is the protégé of a skilled hitman named Eddie Mastrewski, who was known as "Eddie the Butcher."

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Michael Schaeffer, as he now calls himself, once known as the Butcher's Boy while employed as a professional killer in the Mafia, comes out of "retirement" to seek revenge on the one who ordered his death in The Informant, the third mystery in this series by Thomas Perry.

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Perry’s dialogue is amusing and the author keeps us on tenterhooks, wondering how Michael will extricate himself from the gigantic mess he has gotten himself into.

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Bookmarks Magazine

This is the 18th novel by mystery writer Thomas Perry, and the third featuring the hitman known as the Butcher's Boy.

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