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Thomas Perry (born 1947) is an American mystery and thriller novelist. He received a 1983 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel. Writings Perry's work has covered a variety of fictional suspense starting with The Butcher's Boy, which received a 1983 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel, followed by Metzger's Dog, Big Fish, Island, and Sleeping Dogs. He then launched the critically acclaimed Jane Whitefield series: Vanishing Act (chosen as one of the "100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association), Dance for the Dead, Shadow Woman, The Face Changers, Blood Money, Runner, and Poison Flower. Perry developed a non-series list of mysteries with Death Benefits, Pursuit (which won a Gumshoe Award in 2002), Dead Aim, Night Life, Fidelity, and Strip. The New York Times selected Night Life for its best seller selection. In The Informant, released in 2011, Perry brought back the hit-man character first introduced in The Butcher's Boy and later the protagonist in Sleeping Dogs. The Informant was awarded the 2012 Barry Award for Best Thriller. Eddie's Boy received the 2021 Barry Award for Best Thriller. In 2021, Vanishing Act was included in Parade's list of "101 Best Mystery Books of All Time". Biography Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York, in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has been a laborer, maintenance man, commercial fisherman, weapons mechanic, university administrator and teacher, as well as a television writer and producer (Simon & Simon, 21 Jump Street, Star Trek: The Next Generation). Through January 2020, Perry has published 27 novels. He lives in Southern California with his wife, author Jo (née Lee), and their two children. Bibliography Butcher's Boy series Perry, Thomas (1982). The Butcher's Boy. Scribner's. ISBN 0-684-17455-3. Perry, Thomas (1992). Sleeping Dogs. Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-41064-5. Perry, Thomas (2011). The Informant. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-547-56933-8. Perry, Thomas (2020). Eddie's Boy. Mysterious Press. ISBN 978-0802157775.Jane Whitefield series Perry, Thomas (1995). Vanishing Act. Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-43536-5. Perry, Thomas (1996). Dance for the Dead. Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-44911-9. Perry, Thomas (1997). Shadow Woman. Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-45302-4. Perry, Thomas (1998). The Face-Changers. Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-45303-1. Perry, Thomas (1999). Blood Money. Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-45304-8. Perry, Thomas (2009). Runner. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-15-101528-3. Perry, Thomas (2012). Poison Flower. Mysterious Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-2605-4. Perry, Thomas (2014). A String of Beads. Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-8021-2329-9. Perry, Thomas (2021). The Left-Handed Twin. National Geographic Books. ISBN 978-1-61316-259-0.Jack Till series Perry, Thomas (2007). Silence. Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-15-101289-3. Perry, Thomas (2013). The Boyfriend. Grove. ISBN 978-0-8021-2606-1.Stand-alone novels Perry, Thomas (1983). Metzger's Dog. Scribner. ISBN 978-0-6841-7948-3. Perry, Thomas (1985). Big Fish. Scribner. ISBN 978-0-684-18367-1. Perry, Thomas (1987). Island. Putnam. ISBN 978-0-399-13327-5. Perry, Thomas (2001). Death Benefits. Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-45305-5. Pursuit. 2001. ISBN 978-0-679-45306-2. Perry, Thomas (2002). Dead Aim. Random House. ISBN 1-4000-6003-6. Perry, Thomas (2006). Nightlife. Random House. ISBN 1-4000-6004-4. Perry, Thomas (2008). Fidelity. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-15-101292-3. Perry, Thomas (2010). Strip. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-15-101522-1. Perry, Thomas (2016). Forty Thieves. Mysterious Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-2452-4. Perry, Thomas (2017). The Old Man. Mysterious Press. ISBN 978-0802125866. Perry, Thomas (2018). The Bomb Maker. Mysterious Press. ISBN 978-0802127488. Perry, Thomas (2019). The Burglar. Grove Atlantic. ISBN 978-0802129000. Perry, Thomas (2020). A Small Town. Mysterious Press. ISBN 978-0802148063. Perry, Thomas (2023). Murder Book. National Geographic Books. ISBN 978-1-61316-383-2. Perry, Thomas (2024). Hero. Mysterious Press. ISBN 978-1613164778.References External links Official site Interview with Thomas Perry "The Professional," an overview of Perry's work by Ethan Iverson Modern Signed Books BlogTalkRadio Interview with Rodger Nichols about Forty Thieves (March 2016). Discover the Thomas Perry popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Thomas Perry books.

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  • The Finders synopsis, comments

    The Finders

    Jeffrey B. Burton

    Jeffrey B. Burton's The Finders marks the beginning of a fastpaced new mystery series featuring a heroic golden retriever cadaver dog named Vira and her handler, Mason Reid.Mason "...

  • Buckingham Palace Gardens synopsis, comments

    Buckingham Palace Gardens

    Anne Perry

    The Prince of Wales has asked four wealthy entrepreneurs and their wives to Buckingham Palace to discuss a fantastic idea: the construction of a sixthousandmile railroad that would...

  • A Journal of the Plague Year synopsis, comments

    A Journal of the Plague Year

    Daniel Defoe & Christopher Bristow

    'The most reliable and comprehensive account of the Great Plague that we possess' Anthony Burgess In 1665 the plague swept through London, claiming over 97,000 lives. Daniel Def...

  • Twenty-one Days synopsis, comments

    Twenty-one Days

    Anne Perry

    In the first book of an allnew series, a young lawyer races to save his client from execution, putting him at odds with his own father: Thomas Pitt, head of London’s Special Police...

  • The Angel Court Affair synopsis, comments

    The Angel Court Affair

    Anne Perry

    In New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, the glorious era when Britain reigned supreme has found its most brilliant modern interpreter. Perry’s gripping new Charlotte and T...

  • The Dogs that Made Australia synopsis, comments

    The Dogs that Made Australia

    Guy Hull

    Hunter. Worker. Legend. The untold story of the dog's role in building a nation.The Dogs That Made Australia pays tribute to the dogs that gave their all for our prosperity: the fe...

  • Southampton Row synopsis, comments

    Southampton Row

    Anne Perry

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn Victorian England, a divisive election is fast approaching. Passions are so enflamed that Thomas Pitt, shrewd mainstay of the London police, has be...

  • Half Moon Street synopsis, comments

    Half Moon Street

    Anne Perry

    BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Anne Perry's Treason at Lisson Grove and Execution Dock.For Superintendent Thomas Pitt, the sight of the dead man riding the morning tide...

  • Seven Dials synopsis, comments

    Seven Dials

    Anne Perry

    Thomas Pitt, mainstay of Her Majesty’s Special Branch, is summoned to Connaught Square mansion, where the body of a junior diplomat lies huddled in a wheelbarrow. Nearby stands the...

  • Traitors Gate synopsis, comments

    Traitors Gate

    Anne Perry

    Someone in the Colonial Office is passing secrets to Germany about England’s strategy on Africa. While Police Superintendent Thomas Pitt investigates this matter of treason, he is ...

  • The Hyde Park Headsman synopsis, comments

    The Hyde Park Headsman

    Anne Perry

    Not since the bloody deeds of Jack the Ripper have Londoners felt such terror as that aroused by the gruesome beheadings in Hyde Park. And if newly promoted Police Superintendent T...

  • Treachery at Lancaster Gate synopsis, comments

    Treachery at Lancaster Gate

    Anne Perry

    Gripping and provocative, the latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry peers unflinchingly into the corrupt affairs of Victorian soc...

  • Triple Jeopardy synopsis, comments

    Triple Jeopardy

    Anne Perry

    Young lawyer Daniel Pitt must defend a British diplomat accused of a theft that may cover up a deadly crime in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Twe...

  • People State New York v. Thomas Perry synopsis, comments

    People State New York v. Thomas Perry

    Court of Appeals of New York

    Appeal, by permission of a Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department, from an order of that court, entered Septembe...

  • Dorchester Terrace synopsis, comments

    Dorchester Terrace

    Anne Perry

    “[A] magic kingdom of Victorian murder and intrigue.”The New York Times Book Review   Thomas Pitt is now the powerful head of Britain’s Special Branch, and some people fear t...

  • Writing Movies for Fun and Profit synopsis, comments

    Writing Movies for Fun and Profit

    Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant

    This is the only screenwriting guide by two guys who have actually done it (instead of some schmuck who just gives lectures about screenwriting at the airport Marriott); “These guy...

  • The Whitechapel Conspiracy synopsis, comments

    The Whitechapel Conspiracy

    Anne Perry

    In 1892, the grisly murders of Whitechapel prostitutes four years earlier by a killer dubbed Jack the Ripper remain a terrifying enigma. And in a packed Old Bailey courtroom, Super...

  • Murder in the First Edition synopsis, comments

    Murder in the First Edition

    Lauren Elliott

    Addie Greyborne is preparing for the holidays at her bookstore in seaside New Englandbut a winter storm is coming, in more ways than one . . .  Addie’s getting into the spirit...

  • After the Bugles and Llano River synopsis, comments

    After the Bugles and Llano River

    Elmer Kelton

    Two novels from seventime Spur Award–winning author Elmer Kelton, "truly a Texas legend" (former Texas Governor Rick Perry), After the Bugles and Llano River. After the BuglesJoshu...

  • Effi Briest synopsis, comments

    Effi Briest

    Theodor Fontane & Hugh Rorrison

    Unworldly young Effi Briest is married off to Baron von Innstetten, an austere and ambitious civil servant twice her age, who has little time for his new wife. Isolated and bored, ...

  • Bedford Square synopsis, comments

    Bedford Square

    Anne Perry

    The freshly dead body sprawled on the Bedford Square doorstep of General Brandon Balantyne is an affront to every respectable sensibility. The general denies all knowledge of the s...

  • Sleeping Dogs synopsis, comments

    Sleeping Dogs

    Thomas Perry

    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 w...

  • Pentecost Alley synopsis, comments

    Pentecost Alley

    Anne Perry

    The murder of a prostitute named Ada McKinley in a bedroom on decrepit Pentecost Alley should occasion no stir in Victoria’s great metropolis, but under the victim’s body, the poli...

  • Three Women synopsis, comments

    Three Women

    Marita Conlon-McKenna

    Kate Cassidy is about to celebrate twenty five years of marriage to Paddy. But the secret she has kept all this time is about to be discovered.Erin Harris has always known that she...

  • Raising The Roof synopsis, comments

    Raising The Roof

    Jane Wenham-Jones

    Cari is devastated when her husband Martin leaves her for another woman. Her friend, wideboy Nigel, persuades her to get a bank loan and buy a house to do up for rental, but it soo...

  • Murder on the Serpentine synopsis, comments

    Murder on the Serpentine

    Anne Perry

    In the history of Anne Perry’s bestselling Victorian mystery series, the stakes have never been greater than nowas a mission for queen and country places the future of the British ...

  • Midnight at Marble Arch synopsis, comments

    Midnight at Marble Arch

    Anne Perry

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY RT BOOK REVIEWSIn this superbly accomplished Charlotte and Thomas Pitt adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath ...

  • Romola synopsis, comments


    George Eliot & Dorothea Barrett

    One of George Eliot's most ambitious and imaginative novels, Romola is set in Renaissance Florence during the turbulent years following the expulsion of the powerful Medici family ...

  • A Christmas Carol Murder synopsis, comments

    A Christmas Carol Murder

    Heather Redmond

    In this clever reimagining of Charles Dickens’s life, he and fiancée Kate Hogarth must solve the murder of an old miser, just before Christmas . . .   London, December 1835: C...

  • Long Spoon Lane synopsis, comments

    Long Spoon Lane

    Anne Perry

    “[Anne] Perry has once again delivered the tasty concoction her readers have come to expect . . . and presents us with moral and political puzzles that are all too close to our own...

  • Melmoth the Wanderer synopsis, comments

    Melmoth the Wanderer

    Charles Maturin

    With an essay by Alathea Hayter.'My hour is come ... the clock of eternity is about to strike, but its knell must be unheard by mortal ears!'This violent, profound, baroque and bla...

  • Death on Blackheath synopsis, comments

    Death on Blackheath

    Anne Perry

    NATIONAL BESTSELLERAnne Perry’s superb New York Times bestselling novels set in the glorious reign of Victoria are loved by readers far and wide. Now, with this new Charlotte and T...

  • Treason at Lisson Grove synopsis, comments

    Treason at Lisson Grove

    Anne Perry

    NATIONAL BESTSELLERBONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Anne Perry's Dorchester Terrace. The man who lies bleeding to death in a London brickyard is no ordinary drif...

  • The Search for Anne Perry synopsis, comments

    The Search for Anne Perry

    Joanne Drayton

    A New York Times Best Seller!In 1994, director Peter Jackson released the movie Heavenly Creatures, based on a famous 1950s matricide committed in New Zealand by two teenage girls ...

  • Brunswick Gardens synopsis, comments

    Brunswick Gardens

    Anne Perry

    In London’s affluent Brunswick Gardens, the battle over Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory of evolution intensifies as the respected Reverend Parmenter is boldly challenged by h...

  • Shadow Woman synopsis, comments

    Shadow Woman

    Thomas Perry

    In her latest adventure, Jane Whitefield, who helps people in trouble disappear from one life and establish a new identity, is hired by a Las Vegas gambling casino executive runnin...

  • Ashworth Hall synopsis, comments

    Ashworth Hall

    Anne Perry

    When a group of powerful Irish Protestants and Catholics gather at a country house to discuss Irish home rule, contention is to be expected. But when the meeting’s moderator, gover...

  • Liveforever synopsis, comments


    Andres Caicedo

    Andrés Caicedo's novel Liveforever is a wild celebration of youth, hedonism and the transforming power of music.María del Carmen Huerta lives a respectable middleclass life in Colo...

  • The Wild Laughter synopsis, comments

    The Wild Laughter

    Caoilinn Hughes

    An exhilarating dark comedy about two brothers confronting their father's fate in contemporary Ireland, from a critically acclaimed Irish author'Brilliant. A hilarious, poetical bl...

  • Belgrave Square synopsis, comments

    Belgrave Square

    Anne Perry

    When an obscure moneylender named William Weems is murdered in the humble Clerkenwell district, there are no mournersand there is more than a little discreet rejoicing among those ...

  • Highgate Rise synopsis, comments

    Highgate Rise

    Anne Perry

    Clemency Shaw, the wife of a prominent doctor, has died in a tragic fire in the peaceful suburb of Highgate. But the blaze was set by an arsonist, and it is unclear whether she or ...

  • Never Close Your Eyes synopsis, comments

    Never Close Your Eyes

    Emma Burstall

    Evie, Nic and Becca are wannabe writers. The three friends are members of a creative writing group and they decide to enter a national competition. But while they ponder their plot...