Sleeping Dogs (Butcher's Boy Series #2)

Sleeping Dogs (Butcher's Boy Series #2)

by Thomas Perry

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He came to England to rest. He calls himself Michael Shaeffer, says he's a retired American businessman. He goes to the races, dates a kinky aristocrat, and sleeps with dozens of weapons. Ten years ago it was different. Then, he was the Butcher's Boy, the highly skilled mob hit man who pulled a slaughter job on some double-crossing clients and started a mob war. Ever since, there's been a price on his head.
Now, after a decade, they've found him. The Butcher's Boy escapes back to the States with more reasons to kill. Until the odds turn terrifyingly against him . . . until the Mafia, the cops, the FBI, and the damn Justice Department want his hide . . . until he's locked into a cross-country odyssey of fear and death that could tear his world to pieces . . .
"Exciting . . . Suspenseful . . . A thriller's job is to make you turn the pages until the story's done and your eyes hurt and the clock says 3 a.m. . . . I wouldn't try to grab this one away from somebody only half-way through. No telling what might happen."
-- Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804111607
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1993
Series: Butcher's Boy Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 378,567
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Thomas Perry won an Edgar Award for The Butcher’s Boy, and Metzger’s Dog was one of the New York Times's Notable Books of the Year. His other books include The Face-Changers, Shadow Woman, Dance for the Dead, and Vanishing Act. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.

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On August 14 at three in the afternoon, Michael Schaeffer noticed a small poster on a board inside the front window of a small teahouse. It said THE AMAZING POWERS OF THE INTELLECT in bold letters at the top, and this attracted his attention. He hoped that there were amazing powers in the intellect, although his dealings with others and many years of self-examination had revealed none that he thought much of. In smaller letters at the bottom, the poster said 14 AUGUST, FOUR P.M. and LYNCHGATE HOUSE, BATH.

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Sleeping Dogs (Butcher's Boy Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. I love the butcher boy; smart, ruthless and sometimes compassionate. I hope there are more Butcher Boy books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this sequel after reading the first book and being intrigued by the main character yet disappointed by the lack of a solid resolution to the story; the book ends with so many questions unanswered one expects at least one more chapter. The sequel picks up 10 years later as the protagonist is living free and incognito and no longer plying his murderous trade. Unfortunately a chance encounter reveals his whereabouts to his mob enemies and once again he is consumed by both escape from (or elimination of) the mobsters and avoiding FBI investigators. The problem is, once again, the book simply ends with no closure, no resolution, no indication of "what might be next". When I scrolled to what I expected to be another chapter I was surprised to see a blank page then realized I had, indeed, finished the book, with no satisfaction from having any of the loose threads Perry left hanging tied up. The writing is very good, characterizations very strong, action thrilling, but ultimately unsatisfying. One wants a climax to a story, perhaps a denouement, and maybe an epilogue, but neither book in this series provides any of the three - they both just leave you hanging.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is even better than the first in the series (Butcher's Boy) and, while the story does stand alone, I'd suggest reading the first book before this one to fully appreciate the main character's situation. Without that "history" you won't like him nearly as much as you could... and if you don't like the main character of this book, you'll probably not like the book very much since he's really the only "feature".If you liked any of Block's Keller books, you'll like this one just as much... they are so similar in tone and pacing that they could have been written by the same author. Sleeping Dogs is more modern than Butcher's Boy, but not as modern as Hitman so, while there are car phones, there still aren't any cells around, and that does affect the story.I wish there were more books like this out there: with calm, cool and collected protagonists getting "justice" the only way they know how without the author trying to stog morals down my throat at the same time.
DMOliver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sequel to Butchers Boy. He comes out of hiding, and the crime bosses should have just left him alone!
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