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Thomas Perry (1) (1947–)

Author of The Tombs

For other authors named Thomas Perry, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York, in 1947. He graduated from Cornell University in 1969 and earned a Ph. D. in English Literature from the University of Rochester in 1974. Perry's novels, successful both critically and with the public, are suspenseful as well as comic. Butcher's Boy show more received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel in 1983, and another one of his novels has been adapted in the movie, The Guide (1999). His other novels include: Death Benefits, Nightlife, Fidelity, and Strip. (Bowker Author Biography) Won an Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New Yor Times Notable book of the Year. Vanishing Act was chosen as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Perry's other works include: Death Benefits, The Face Changers, Shadow Woman, Dance for the Dead, and Blood Money. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters. (Publisher Provided) show less


Works by Thomas Perry

The Tombs (2012) 961 copies, 23 reviews
The Mayan Secrets (2013) 819 copies, 14 reviews
Vanishing Act (1995) 802 copies, 34 reviews
The Butcher's Boy (1982) 647 copies, 21 reviews
Dance for the Dead (1996) 598 copies, 14 reviews
Shadow Woman (1997) 470 copies, 5 reviews
The Face-Changers (1998) 462 copies, 9 reviews
Metzger's Dog (1983) 440 copies, 7 reviews
Runner (2009) 417 copies, 16 reviews
Silence (2007) 409 copies, 9 reviews
Nightlife (2006) — Author — 397 copies, 6 reviews
Sleeping Dogs (1992) 393 copies, 12 reviews
Blood Money (1999) 384 copies, 8 reviews
The Old Man (2017) 383 copies, 31 reviews
Death Benefits (1999) 340 copies, 7 reviews
Fidelity (2008) 323 copies, 13 reviews
Pursuit (2001) 303 copies, 3 reviews
The Informant (2011) 297 copies, 11 reviews
Strip (2010) 291 copies, 16 reviews
Poison Flower (2012) 284 copies, 19 reviews
Dead Aim (2002) 237 copies, 4 reviews
The Burglar (2019) 228 copies, 28 reviews
Forty Thieves (2015) 223 copies, 13 reviews
The Boyfriend (2013) 212 copies, 11 reviews
A String of Beads (2015) 211 copies, 8 reviews
The Bomb Maker (2018) 209 copies, 9 reviews
A Small Town (2019) 162 copies, 14 reviews
The Left-Handed Twin (2021) 134 copies, 11 reviews
Eddie's Boy (2020) 121 copies, 8 reviews
Murder Book (2023) 119 copies, 11 reviews
Big Fish (1985) 100 copies
Island (1988) 100 copies, 5 reviews
The Book of the Lion (2014) 34 copies, 3 reviews

Associated Works

A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2011) — Contributor — 540 copies, 33 reviews
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Contributor — 149 copies, 3 reviews
Murderers' Row (2001) — Contributor — 37 copies, 1 review
The Killing Spirit : An Anthology of Murder for Hire (1996) — Contributor — 33 copies, 2 reviews
AZ Murder Goes Professional (2002) — Contributor — 3 copies


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Common Knowledge

Tonawanda, New York, USA
Places of residence
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cornell University
University of Rochester
Perry, Jo (wife)
Awards and honors
Winner of Edgar Award



Not my usual genre, but it was recommended and I really enjoyed it. Can see myself seeking out other novels where Jane Whitefield helps people disappear.
yarmando | 33 other reviews | Jul 20, 2024 |
This is a thriller with believable, interesting characters, though I found the pacing uneven. Even in a thriller, not all the chapters should be at speed, but I found the flow here a little off pace; I’d get used to one momentum before being thrust into another and back again. Still, I found the story absorbing. Anyone who expects to find the television series in these pages may be put off. Maybe that’s why I found this a little jarring. Much more happens in the series than here, and the ending wraps up a little abruptly. It’s hard for me to choose which version I preferred. The character seems a like more mercenary in the books regarding his feelings.… (more)
SharonMariaBidwell | 30 other reviews | Jun 5, 2024 |
Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series has another winner with this installment. In this book, the eight Seneca Clan mothers ask Jane to assist Jimmy Sanders, an old friend, on the run after being accused of murder. Jane agrees to help but soon realizes the situation is more complex than initially thought. Jimmy is not only being framed for a murder he didn't commit, but the Mafia is also hunting him. Jane's resourcefulness and courage are impressive as she helps to hide Jimmy, his mother, and another woman while uncovering the truth about their enemies. I appreciate the author's detailed yet straightforward writing style and thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. Jane Whitefield is a compelling character who always has a few tricks up her sleeve.… (more)
PaulaGalvan | 7 other reviews | May 26, 2024 |
The plot of Forty Thieves is a lesson in chaos, with all the players trying to kill everyone else. I guess that old saying, "There's no honor among thieves," is true. Sid and Ronnie Able are ex-LAPD and are now working as private investigators. When they accept a new job to investigate the year-old murder of a scientist named James Ballantine, they suddenly find themselves the target of assassins. As the Ables try to stay one step ahead of being eliminated, the killers hunting them—Ed and Nicole Hoyt—find themselves targeted by more crooks. I like Thomas Perry's straightforward, no-nonsense style of writing. I found it suspenseful and entertaining.… (more)
PaulaGalvan | 12 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |



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