The Informant

The Informant

[a Butcher's Boy Novel]

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2011
ISBN: 9780547569338
Branch Call Number: PERR
Characteristics: 325 p

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7626dee
Jul 31, 2016

The Butchers Boy is one of the best character studies ever in the mystery genre. Block does make him a bit over the top in his excellence at his craft but he has provided us with an assassin we all can cheer for. More!

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jimg2000
Feb 21, 2015

Crisscrossing the continent, a legendary hit-man known as the Butcher's Boy decided to send out a "leave me alone" message to the mob families in the only way he knew how. In between the mayhem, he made a few stops to meet up with Elizabeth Warren in the Justice Department who saw his value as an informant. A breath taking read from Lee Child-nish start to the John Grisham-nish end. Can't wait to read the first Butcher's Boy published in 1982, over 30 years ago !!!

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megaculpa
Jan 28, 2013

Flat characters, little suspense and a story-line that lurches brainlessly from unbelievable to downright sloppy. At one point, Perry has his protagonist doing a hit in southern Ontario, paying a visit in DC and then back in Ontario -- all in one evening. This isn't writing -- it's typewriting.

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Yushin
Sep 06, 2012

indgenious in its own true form :3

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rslade
Feb 16, 2012

It's got all the pieces, but, for some reason, it doesn't gel into a memorable book.

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Barry108
Jul 07, 2011

Kept me up hours later than my usual bedtime. I don't know if that's good . . . or bad!

debwalker Jun 19, 2011

Next Chapter pick for mystery of the summer.

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nitetraino
May 28, 2011

Exciting adventure involving the mafia, a hit man and the Justice department. Great pace 10 of 10 stars

6/11/2011:
Another excellent, exciting adventure involving the mafia, a hit man and the Justice department. Great pace 10 of 10 stars Thomas Perry novel around

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Winnipeg1
May 15, 2011

Literally COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Excellent thriller/mystery.

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Feb 21, 2015

There were three cars inside, a black Cadillac, a black Corvette, and a black SUV that seemed to be about seven feet tall....The three cars looked as though they represented three moods of Paul Castiglione—pretentious, childish, and stupid.
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He raised his MAC-10 with its silencer on the barrel and fired a line of rounds across the front of the booth about six inches from the ground, then a second line back across the booth about two feet up. The noise was barely audible, just the gun's hot, expanded gas spitting out bullets, and the bullets punching through the wooden-board wall. The gun was so fast that after it was still, the ejected brass casings clinked as they all fell on the asphalt, bounced once, and rolled.

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Feb 21, 2015

The government has been protecting one criminal so he'll tell on another for—what? Fifty or sixty years? And what has this gotten us?" "Half as many criminals."
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Prison was a trade school for young Mafiosi. There they got to know important older men and the minor criminals who worked for them, and spent lots of time listening to lectures about methods and systems. They lifted weights and did pull-ups. At the end of a sentence they came out stronger, meaner, and smarter, with allies and sponsors they hadn't had before.
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EDDIE MASTREWSKI HAD always had his own philosophy. "Killing is just one of a lot of things people ought to do for themselves, but end up paying somebody else to do for them. They pay some pimp to provide a woman who will go to bed with them, and they buy a fancy car and hire somebody to drive it for them. That's no way to live, but their mistake is a fortune for people like us. Do your own killing, drive your own car, find your own girls."

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