The Boyfriend by Thomas Perry (Tantor Audio book, 5 March 2013).
Reviewed by Marlyn Beebe.
I feel very fortunate to be able to download e-galleys of books from various publishers through services like Edelweiss, and I'm always delighted when I'm granted access to a title I've requested. Even more so when it's by one of my favorite authors.
I love Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, but it's been over a year since Poison Flower was published. When I thought I saw the availability of a galley of The Boyfriend (which I mistakenly thought was a standalone), I jumped at it. When I received approval, I was surprised to realize that it was an audiobook. I reserve book listening for driving, but since my trips are seldom very long, it doesn't seem worthwhile. However, I gamely downloaded the book, and though it took me 6 weeks, I managed to listen to the whole nine hours without too much confusion.
The protagonist of the story is Jack Till, a former Los Angeles police detective turned P.I. (who first appeared in 2007's Silence). In The Boyfriend, Jack lives still lives in the L.A. area. He has a 24-year-old daughter named Holly, who has Down Syndrome and lives in a group home not far from her father's home.
Jack is visited at his office by a couple who ask him to find the killer of their daughter, Catherine Hamilton. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton believe that because Catherine was an high-class call girl, the police are being lax about their investigation. Jack takes the case, and soon discovers that young women who share Catherine's profession have been murdered every few months in cities around the country. At first, there doesn't appear to be anything linking these women, apart from their appearance: they are all strawberry blonde, and similar in features and build.
But as Jack digs deeper, he learns that they were all killed in the same manner, with a 9 mm handgun, and probably by the same guy. Jack calls him "the boyfriend", but has difficulty finding information on the man's background. As he follows the boyfriend across the country, he discovers a seriously disturbed and dangerous man who just may be Till's match.
Robert Dean has a deep, compelling reading voice, which is a good match for the suspenseful story, and more than once I found myself sitting in my driveway waiting for a chapter to end.
FTC Full Disclosure: My thanks to Tantor Media and Edelweiss for the audio-download of the book.
Thanks for an audiobook review, Marlyn. Like you, I listen to those while driving, and unless I'm on a road trip it can take a long time to finish one.ReplyDelete
This sounds (pun intended) like a good story so I'll put this on my list of books I'd like to read or hear in the future.
I look forward to hearing what you think of it, Peg.Delete
This is so cool, Marlyn. One of our SinC members is blind and is always trying to find good audio-mysteries/thrillers. I can recommend this to her.ReplyDelete
I've just stuck my own toe into the audiobook waters with Freezer Burn (big thanks to Jenny Hilborne for recommending ACX), so we'll see how it goes!
Thanks, Gayle. I'd love to hear more details about the FREEZER BURN audiobook!Delete
Thanks for the review! Listening to an audiobook is still on my list of things to try, but I don't sit still long enough to make it happen.ReplyDelete
lol... Knowing you, I completely understand! Maybe the next time you take a road trip?Delete
Thanks for a great review, Marlyn! I must look for books by Thomas Perry. I'm not sure I'd have success with a audio book as I'm so much more visual than auditory. I think I'd keep zoning out as visual things and stuff to read captured my attention instead! LOLReplyDelete
That's why I listen in the car, Jodie. The side effect is that it makes the drive time seem shorter, and the traffic less annoying.Delete
Good point, Marlyn! I must try that!Delete