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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Twenty years after a trio of lowlifes forced him out of retirement (Sleeping Dogs, 1992, etc.), the Butcher's Boy is back.

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Publishers Weekly

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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 Warin

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

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Schaeffer, now revitalized into action, is such a menace to the mobsters that they all travel west early in “The Informant,” congregating at a remote Arizona resort and holding a major conference (like the 1957 Apalachin meeting in upstate New York).

May 04 2011 | Read Full Review of The Informant: An Otto Penzle...

Publishers Weekly

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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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Book Reporter

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

Can they both get what they want — which is almost certainly in direct conflict with what they other wants — without compromising their own code of ethics?The Informant is certainly an exciting, fast-paced thriller, but after Schaeffer has cornered and killed his umpteenth victim, one has to wond...

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

There is no human being on earth as perfect as Michael (he rarely makes mistakes), and it is a stretch that Elizabeth would risk her job and the well-being of her family to get the Butcher’s Boy on her side.

May 08 2011 | Read Full Review of The Informant: An Otto Penzle...

Bookmarks Magazine

Though readers may want to start with the first Butcher's Boy book, critics said this novel is so well-constructed that it is likely to find many fans beyond those who normally like mysteries or thrillers.

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