The Boyfriend

The Boyfriend

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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.
Publisher: New York : Grove/Atlantic, c2013
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802126061
Branch Call Number: PS3566.E718 B69 2013
Fic Perr
Characteristics: 298 p. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 14, 2019

Disappointing. Sloppy Driving south and turning right means you go WEST not east. There is no mention of the first victim's jewelry, so how could Till recognise it in the photo of Kyra. And why would smart girls leave all that money lying around. Perry says because they don't want the IRS to suspect, Suspect what? Spread it around ,if you are so smart. Pretty lame

Vincent T Lombardo Aug 07, 2014

A cat-and-mouse tale, not a whodunit, and I prefer whodunits. I had to suspend my disbelief many times because I could not believe that the female victims were so stupid. Still, it was entertaining and, for the most part, kept my interest. However, I am not inclined to read other books by Perry because there are other authors that I would rather read instead, such as Dennis Lehane, Les Roberts, Sue Grafton, and Janet Evanovich.

Jun 28, 2013

I enjoy Thomas Perry for the nuts and bolts and the back stories. I have learned more about safe female traveling from Jane Whitefield than many self-help books. In another interesting connection, I have recently read several Stephen Hunter thrillers which offer extensive technical details about different types of guns. So when the villain of the Boyfriend becomes obsessed and proficient with the .50 Barrett rifle, I know exactly what Thomas Perry is talking about ! Especially like Jack Till's relationship with his daughter Holly.

May 20, 2013

Pretty good... suspense, a coherent story, and some interesting character material

ChristchurchLib May 13, 2013

May 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter


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