Books by Thomas Perry

Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, unive

THE BOMB MAKER by Thomas Perry
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Perry (The Old Man, 2017, etc.) provides a hero worth caring about, a villain who stays one step ahead of him, and a supporting cast designed to keep up the nerve-shredding suspense. If the ending feels like a letdown, that's because this ultimate professional rivalry can't possibly continue forever."
The Explosive Ordnance Unit of the LAPD battles a methodical bomber whose principal target seems to be them. Read full book review >
THE OLD MAN by Thomas Perry
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Swift, unsentimental, and deeply satisfying. Liam Neeson would be perfect in the title role."
Perry (Forty Thieves, 2016, etc.) drives deep into Jack Reacher territory in this stand-alone about a long-ago Army intelligence officer whose less-than-grateful nation just won't let him be. Read full book review >
FORTY THIEVES by Thomas Perry
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"It's still entertaining and suspenseful to watch Sid and Ronnie and Ed and Nicole hatch plots to protect themselves by eliminating the shadowy figures who've been calling the shots, but their alliance strains belief, and 40 thieves turn out to be too many even for a writer as gifted as Perry to bring to life."
Is Perry mellowing with age? Just as he took off the edge in his latest case for disappearance specialist Jane Whitefield (A String of Beads, 2014, etc.), he almost relaxes in this tale of a husband-and-wife detective duo pursuing a husband-and-wife pair of killers.Read full book review >
A STRING OF BEADS by Thomas Perry
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Perry (The Boyfriend, 2013, etc.) supplies twists and thrills aplenty, but it's hard to feel the suffocating kind of suspense that's his stock in trade when the pursuers seem to be in more danger than the pursued."
A refreshing change of pace for Jane Whitefield McKinnon, who specializes in helping people hide from dangerous pursuers (Poison Flower, 2012, etc.): She's asked to find someone who's already gone to earth.Read full book review >
THE MAYAN SECRETS by Clive Cussler
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Cussler connoisseurs will approve. Others can enjoy it as a stand-alone adventure."
Cussler (The Tombs, 2012, etc.) drops treasure-hunting Sam and Remi Fargo into Mayan mysteries. Read full book review >
THE BOYFRIEND by Thomas Perry
Released: March 5, 2013

"The ending is a letdown, the same way waking up from a brutally suspenseful dream is a letdown. But there's all the pleasure a master craftsman can provide every inch of the way there."
The creator of the murderous Butcher's Boy (The Informant, 2011, etc.) and vanishing enabler Jane Whitefield (Poison Flower, 2012, etc.) summons a new hero to track down a killer with a penchant for strawberry-blonde escorts. Read full book review >
THE TOMBS by Clive Cussler
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Even with a plot hole or two, a tacked-on narrative thread about a corporate treasure-hunting enterprise and a believability buy in—the Fargo's bottomless money bucket—Cussler fans can expect more than a few hours of page-turning action."
Cussler and company (The Kingdom, 2011, etc.) send treasure hunters extraordinaire, Sam and Remi Fargo, onto the windy steppes of the ancient Hun empire searching for the tomb of the Scourge of God. Read full book review >
POISON FLOWER by Thomas Perry
Released: March 1, 2012

"A tour de force with no room for subtle characterization, complicated moral dilemmas or descriptions of anything that's not instantly material to Jane's job—just an hours-long jolt of pure, adrenaline-fueled plot."
Jane Whitefield's latest attempt to hide someone other people are looking for puts her in even more danger than usual, and that's not easy. Read full book review >
THE INFORMANT by Thomas Perry
Released: May 5, 2011

"Beneath the sky-high body count, the twisty plot is powered by Perry's relentless focus on the question of where the next threat is coming from and how to survive it."
Twenty years after a trio of lowlifes forced him out of retirement (Sleeping Dogs, 1992, etc.), the Butcher's Boy is back. Read full book review >
STRIP by Thomas Perry
Released: May 13, 2010

"The first half of this shaggy, violent tale is a miracle of dead-eyed invention. It's only when the cast members start running out of options that the story starts running out of steam."
Perry (Fidelity, 2008, etc.) shows the cascade of lethal consequences following a strip-club owner's misidentification of the man who robbed him. Read full book review >
RUNNER by Thomas Perry
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"For the most part, Jane's many fans, who've missed her ever since Blood Money (2000), will be glad to see her at any price."
After nine years of being AWOL, Jane Whitefield McKinnon, the world's foremost specialist in hiding fugitives from their pursuers, is back with a vengeance. Read full book review >
FIDELITY by Thomas Perry
Released: June 1, 2008

"Mid-grade thrills from a pro's pro."
A private eye's wife and former partner goes back on the job to find out who made her a widow. Read full book review >
SILENCE by Thomas Perry
Released: July 2, 2007

"Wait till next year, when the normally reliable Perry is bound to come up trumps again."
Finally, a tale that answers the unwelcome question: Is it possible for suspense master Perry (Nightlife, 2006, etc.) to write a routine thriller? Read full book review >
NIGHTLIFE by Thomas Perry
Released: March 14, 2006

"The hints of romance are less than convincing, but the agonizingly detailed pairing of two determined women, complicated by the intrusion of a freelance killer, is masterful."
A police detective tracks a resourceful serial killer in Perry's latest nail-biter (Dead Aim, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
DEAD AIM by Thomas Perry
Released: Dec. 24, 2002

"It's hard to believe Mallon's well-financed curiosity in the first half of this adventure, and the second half is simply superior action-film fare with a body count to match. But nobody who starts this tense, improbable tale will put it down half-finished."
An unusually determined suicide pulls a retired Santa Barbara contractor into a ring of trained killers in this newest stand-alone from the chronicler of the Butcher Boy (Sleeping Dogs, 1992, etc.) and Jane Whitefield (The Face-Changers, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
PURSUIT by Thomas Perry
Released: Dec. 26, 2001

"The focus throughout is relentlessly analytical, as if two unbeatable computers were battling it out over the chessboard for stakes of life and death—for themselves and for everybody else unlucky enough to be within range."
The creator of the Butcher Boy and disappearing specialist Jane Whitefield presents a bounty-hunter story that tops the genre as an unlicensed killer goes up against his even more dangerous prey. Read full book review >
DEATH BENEFITS by Thomas Perry
Released: Jan. 19, 2000

"For most of the running time, though, Perry displays a matchless gift for keeping both his hero and his readers beautifully off-balance. Don't dare let anybody tell you any more about the story before you start it—preferably in time to swallow it all in a sitting."
Perry, who never met a field he couldn't make breathlessly exciting, turns his hand to the insurance business, with hair-raising results. Read full book review >
BLOOD MONEY by Thomas Perry
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"You'll like it that way."
Jane Whitefield usually makes people disappear (The Face-Changers, 1998, etc.), but this time it's money: mob money that prompts La Cosa Nostra to chase Native American Jane all over the country in a terrifically plotted nail-biter. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1998

"But it's also tangled, unevenly paced (though endlessly inventive), and ultimately as exhausting for Perry's loyal fans as for his resourceful, long-suffering heroine."
Dr. Carey McKinnon, the risk-aversive bridegroom who'd made Jane Whitefield promise to stop the hazardous career of helping people vanish (Shadow Woman, 1997, etc.) now begs her to take his old mentor on the lam—plunging her into her most convoluted, if not exactly her most involving, caper. Read full book review >
SHADOW WOMAN by Thomas Perry
Released: July 1, 1997

"The suspense is unrelenting."
Marriage doesn't stop Jane Whitefield (Dance for the Dead, 1996, etc.) from taking on one last hazardous disappearing act for a client whose pursuers just won't give up. Read full book review >
DANCE FOR THE DEAD by Thomas Perry
Released: April 1, 1996

"Truly a treasure for Random—as long as they never let the peerlessly devious author get behind them. (First printing of 75,000)"
An explosive second outing for Jane Whitefield, the Senecan specialist in helping people disappear (Vanishing Act, 1995). Read full book review >
VANISHING ACT by Thomas Perry
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A fine thriller, and Whitefield surely warrants a return appearance."
A most intriguing heroine, with an even more intriguing vocation, is the centerpiece for what could be Perry's most successful thriller since his Edgar-winning debut, Butcher's Boy (1982). Read full book review >
SLEEPING DOGS by Thomas Perry
Released: April 24, 1992

"Tough and energetic, but suffering from a moral black hole at the center: the Butcher Boy himself, a finally unsympathetic antihero whose nonstop killing makes him little more than a thinking person's Terminator."
Since his Edgar-winning debut with Butcher's Boy (1982), Perry has inked a series of bold seriocomic thrillers (Metzger's Dog, Big Fish, Island) with ever more guffaws than grit. Read full book review >