Eddie's Boy
by Perry, Thomas






"Michael Shaeffer is a retired American businessman, living peacefully in England with his aristocratic wife. But her annual summer party brings strangers to their house, and with them, an attempt on Michael's life. He is immediately thrust into action, luring his lethal pursuers to Australia before venturing into the lion's den-the States-to figure out why the mafia is after him-again-and how to stop them. Eddie's Boy jumps between Michael's current predicament and the past. We glimpse the days before he became the Butcher's Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war, to his childhood spent apprenticed to Eddie, a seasoned hired assassin. And we watch him pit two prominent mafia families against each other to eliminate his enemies one by one. He's meticulous in his approach, using his senior contact in the Organized Crime Division of the Justice Department for information, but never allowing her to get too close to his trail. But will he be able to escape this new wave of young contract killers, or will the years finally catch up to him? Perry's Edgar Award-winning Butcher's Boy returns in full force in this exhilarating new installment to the beloved series"-





Thomas Perry is the bestselling author of over twenty novels, including the critically acclaimed Jane Whitefield series, The Old Man, and The Butcher's Boy, which won the Edgar Award. He lives in Southern California.





*Starred Review* Perry is a master at finding humanity in criminals, especially in his stand-alone thrillers; fortunately, he sometimes brings back these bewitching bad guys, straddling the line between series and stand-alone. Take Michael Shaeffer, hit-man hero of Perry's Edgar-winning debut novel, The Butcher's Boy (1982). This is the third time in 38 years that the spotlight-shunning Shaeffer has emerged from retirement to dispatch another batch of younger hoodlums eager to claim the longstanding price on the Butcher's Boy's head. Shaeffer is enjoying retirement in England with his aristocratic wife when three American mobsters track him down from across the pond. Sure, Shaeffer gets rid of them quickly, but bigger problems lurk: Who's after him and why now, when it appeared that he'd finally dropped off the Mob's radar? To find out, Shaeffer must return to the U.S., where both mobsters and feds await him. In trying to carve a more permanent separate peace, Shaeffer revisits various old haunts, giving Perry the welcome opportunity to reacquaint us with his antihero's surrogate father, Eddie, a loving parent who trained his young charge in killing for hire: Those road trips they'd taken to murder someone were what he'd had instead of family vacations. The irony in that sentence is what makes the Butcher's Boy unlike any other fictional hit man. He's a good son who learned his father's trade and now is trying to unlearn it. Just try not rooting for him. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Nine years after his comeback appearance in The Informant (2011), the Butcher‚??s Boy returns yet again, and for the usual reason: Because somebody‚??s trying to kill him. Michael Schaeffer, as he‚??s been calling himself now for many years, hardly breaks a sweat dispatching the four hit men who break into his aristocratic wife‚??s Yorkshire home. But an old pro like him realizes they‚??re only the tip of an iceberg, and when his flight to Australia merely makes him the target of a completely new crew of assassins, he realizes that the only way to end such a serpentine plot is to cut off its head. Breaking cover to drop in uninvited on Elizabeth Waring, the Justice Department Organized Crime official who still dreams of turning him into an informant, he learns one fact that could explain why he‚??s suddenly become a person of interest to both feds and organized crime once more: the impending parole hearing of Carlo Balacontano, a career criminal convicted in 1982 of the rare murder he didn‚??t commit. The Butcher Boy, hired by Bala for a routine hit and then placed in the crosshairs by his client because Bala didn‚??t care to pay him, killed Bala's frontman, Arthur Fieldston, and then took exceptional pains to frame Bala for the crime. Has his former client been waiting all these years for revenge? Or are the folks at Justice taking advantage of his possible parole to turn up the heat on Michael Schaeffer? Either way, many more brutally efficient executions are guaranteed. The biggest surprise here is the number of extended flashbacks to the Butcher Boy‚??s apprenticeship to (who else?) the Butcher. Despite the valedictory elements, Perry makes the distant past as vivid and immediate as the relentlessly paced present. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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