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Thomas Perry

Biography

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, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. He lives in Southern California.  

Perry is the author of more than 20 novels, including the Jane Whitefield series (VANISHING ACT, DANCE FOR THE DEAD, SHADOW WOMAN, THE FACE CHANGERS, BLOOD MONEY, RUNNER, POISON FLOWER and STRING OF BEADS), DEATH BENEFITS, and PURSUIT, the first recipient of the Gumshoe Award for best novel. 

He won the Edgar for THE BUTCHER'S BOY, and METZGER'S DOG was a New York Times Notable Book. The Independent Mystery Booksellers’ Association included VANISHING ACT in its “100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century,” and NIGHTLIFE was a New York Times bestseller.

METZGER'S DOG was voted one of NPR’s 100 Killer Thrillers --- Best Thrillers Ever. STRIP was chosen as a  New York Times Notable Crime Book for 2010, and THE INFORMANT was a New York Times Notable Crime Book for 2011 and won the Barry Award for Best Thriller, 2011. POISON FLOWER was chosen among Booklist’s Best Crime Novels of 2013.

Thomas Perry

Books by Thomas Perry

by Thomas Perry - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, and when tragedy ensues, the fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company. Just returned from a tough job in Mexico, Stahl is at first reluctant to accept the offer, but his sense of duty to the technicians he trained is too strong to turn it down. On his first day back at the head of the squad, Stahl’s three-person team is dispatched to a suspected car bomb. And it quickly becomes clear to him that they are dealing with an unusual mastermind --- one whose intended target seems to be the Bomb Squad itself.

by Thomas Perry - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont. But most 60-year-old widowers don’t have multiple driver’s licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run. Thirty-five years ago, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, he reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong, triggering consequences he never could have anticipated. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape.

by Thomas Perry - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Last spring, a body was recovered from one of Los Angeles’s overwhelmed storm sewers. The victim was identified as James Ballantine, a middle-aged African-American who worked as a research scientist for a prestigious company. But two bullets to the back of the head looked like nothing if not foul play. Now, with the case turning cold, Ballantine’s former employers bring in detectives Sid and Ronnie Abel to succeed where the police have failed. Meanwhile, assassins-for-hire Ed and Nicole Hoyt’s mysterious contractors want to make sure that the facts about Ballantine’s death stay hidden.

by Thomas Perry - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case. It turns out the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way. Till must risk his life to find a seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.

by Thomas Perry - Suspense, Thriller

Jane Whitefield spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife’s murder, out of a criminal court building. Within minutes, men posing as police kidnap Jane and, when she tries to escape, shoot her. Jane’s captors are employees of the man who really killed Shelby’s wife. She endures their torment and is willing to die rather than betray Shelby.