Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Top 25 HB

Mark Sullivan (
Wed, 31 Mar 1999 23:09:36 -0500 (EST) I don't think it was a coincidence that ordering information was
included after each of the top books in the Murder Ink catalog. Only
Butcher's Boy was out of print, but about to be reprinted. In print
status rules out a lot of great books.

And Bill, Butcher's Boy (1982) is a hit man novel, a very good one, in
fact. Ten years later, Perry wrote a sequel, Sleeping Dogs, but I heard
it wasn't nearly as good so I never got around to reading it. My
favorite Thomas Perry, however, is Metzger's Dog, a Ross Thomas-style
humorous caper novel. I always felt that the lead character's name,
Chinese Gordon, was Perry's homage to Chinamen's Chance.

I haven't read any of Perry's Jane Whitefield, professional
"disappearer," novels. I've recently seen some good things written
about them, though. Anyone have an opnion?


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