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Pursuit
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"BRILLIANT . . . A BONA FIDE NAIL-BITER . . . Thomas Perry's cerebral thrillers unfold methodically, in extremely sharp focus. His attention to detail is so intense that it generates its own brand of quiet suspense."
"-The New York Times
Roy Prescott is all alone in the world, living lies, making plans, meticulously going about his job. Prescott's job is to hunt people down . . . and then to kill them. Now he has been hired to find a monster-a man who is as alone as he is, as smart, as methodical, as deadly, and even more arrogant. Prescott knows that to find this monster he must get inside his head, get him angry, and force him to come after him. Soon he gets his wish. With a little luck, the killer even makes a mistake-trying to prove a point to Prescott. But Prescott needs no proof. He already knows what he's up against. He knows that innocent people are going to die. The only question now is which one of them will get the first shot-which one will get the last. . . .

"From the Paperback edition.

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About the Author

Thomas Perry won an Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His other books include Death Benefits, Blood Money, The Face-Changers, and Shadow Woman, Dance for the Dead, and Vanishing Act. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters. From the Paperback edition.

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From Edgar Award winner Perry: retired police officer Daniel Millikan finds himself-investigating the horrendous murder of 13 people at a Kentucky restaurant. What's more, he's brought in a hit man he once put in jail to help track the killer. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

The massacre of 13 people in a Louisville restaurant opens Perry's latest psychological thriller (after Death Benefits). Criminologist Daniel Millikan determines that this was no random occurrence, but an assassination carried out by a ruthless, methodical predator but who was the target? The killer, James Varney, is a cold-blooded psychopath who claimed his first victim his aunt at the age of 11; a loner, he later turned to robbery and murder for hire. Against his better judgment, Millikan supplies the father of one of the victims with the name of someone who might be able to help: shady operator Roy Prescott. Prescott's past is dark enough to enable him to get inside the mind of the killer and, with Millikan's help, he sets in motion an elaborate cat-and-mouse game that moves from city to city, with each man trying to anticipate the other's every move as the body count continues to rise. The traps Prescott devises to catch his prey and the ways in which Varney eludes them are fascinating, albeit a bit far-fetched, and Perry supplies just enough background to give the two leads depth with a minimum of psychobabble. The female characters, while essential to the plot, are thinly drawn by comparison, and the book loses momentum about halfway through, when Varney goes into hiding and Prescott tries to determine who hired him to commit the initial murders but Perry definitely comes through in the end, expertly tying the threads together. Agent, Lescher and Lescher. 6-city author tour. (Dec. 18) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"Brilliant . . . a bona fide nail-biter." -The New York Times "Perry is the best suspense writer in the business. . . . Pursuit is relentless, filled with twists and turns, that rare page-turner that keeps one reading late into the night to finish." -The Boston Globe "Once Prescott takes the job, the novel shifts into a gear so high that putting the book aside is no longer an option. . . . a bravura performance from one of the few crime writers who never lets you down." -Los Angeles Times "[A] dazzling new thriller . . . Perry has devised a game board of infernal ingenuity." -The New York Times Book Review "A compulsive page-turner . . . Pursuit is expertly crafted and features a climax guaranteed to set hearts racing." -The Denver Post "A thriller that actually thrills." -The Plain Dealer From the Paperback edition.

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