The Boyfriend

Mysterious Book Report No. 107

by John Dwaine McKenna

There are people in the world who are so expert in their chosen fields of work that they have the skill and the ability to make the most difficult tasks look easy.  You know the ones I mean: the accountant who takes the most insurmountable stack of receipts and sloppy bookkeeping and turn them into an on-time, precise and neatly done books or tax returns . . . the master carpenter who quickly assembles a beautiful and plumb building, set of stairs or set of cabinets from a pile of lumber . . . or the classroom teacher who captivates the minds and attentions of twenty-five or thirty students at once and inspires them to greater accomplishments than the students ever thought they were capable of.  These are only a few examples.  There’s many more out there to choose from.  But this is a book review column, so we’re going to discuss a wordsmith, one who may not be in the mass-market paperback rack at the supermarket, but who’s been a reliable and superb thriller and crime fiction writer for several decades.  He’s a New York Times bestselling author and has an Edgar Award on his mantel to go with various other awards for his twenty-plus books.  His name is Thomas Perry, and his newest book, The Boyfriend, (Mysterious Press, $25.00, 298 pages, ISBN 978-0-8021-2606-1) has just been published.  It’s a chase and pursuit story in which Jack Till, a retired LAPD Homicide Detective is hired by the grieving parents of a murdered young woman to try and find her killer after the police have shelved the case because the woman was a high-priced call girl.  After a cursory examination that came up blank, the cops have put her case in the ‘open-unsolved’ file and moved on, allowing for the risk associated with her profession.  But the parents aren’t willing to settle for that.  They still love their daughter, in spite of her chosen profession and plunk down a check for $100,000 on Till’s desk to catch her killer.  It strikes a nerve with him because he has a daughter with Down Syndrome.  As Till gets deeper into the case however, he discovers other similar murders and gets drawn ever deeper into the online dating service industry and discovers that he has a serial killer on his hands.  A killer who stalks only a certain type of woman, and that sets off a coast-to-coast manhunt for a viscous and demented killer.  This is an excellent and exciting and entertaining read that’ll keep you reading long after your coffee goes cold, or the ice melts in your iced tea.  It’s proof positive that an expert makes the difficult seem easy.  Thomas Perry is an expert wordsmith and his latest yarn is great!

You can find Perry’s books and many expert librarians at your local library.  That’s where all those smart librarians hang around.  Go ahead.  See for yourself what all the fuss is about and check out the other goods and services they offer.  But whatever you do, READ!  Don’t surrender to ignorance.  There’s just no excuse for it.

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and

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There you’ll find news, old Mysterious Book Reports, questions and answers, cold hard facts and juicy gossip-NOT!  And hey . . . while you’re there, take a second and like us on Facebook and Twitter.  Then you’ll get the MBR at 12:01am on Thursday, just as the paper is coming out.  Our new books are out:

Colorado Noir

 by John Dwaine McKenna

Chronicles from the dark and seamy side of life, 400 pages, $16.95

and

The Boy Who Slept With Bears

by George R. Douthit, III

For young readers age eight and up, 150 pages, $14.95

They’re available at bookstores everywhere, at Amazon, on eReaders of all descriptions and if that’s not enough for ya, a few signed copies are available from Rhyolite Press, P.O. Box 2406, Colorado Springs, CO  80901.  Please $4.00 for shipping and handling.

Hope your summer is tranquil, relaxed and full of good books.  See you next week with a new Mysterious Book Report.

–JDM