By Thomas Perry
I have really enjoyed Perry's Jane Whitefield novels, and this was the first I had read other than from that series. Thomas Perry is an excellent writer and has created somewhat unusual thrillers with interesting characters. Jane Whitefield, for instance, is a Native American "guide" who helps people disappear.
In The Boyfriend, it is the character after which the book is named who steals the show...So much so that the ending just stops--The boyfriend is no more, therefore, there is nothing much to say. So that a forewarning.
On the other hand, that only covers a few pages, even if it leaves you saying, "What happened?" Personally, I think Nina is still hiding the last page...
The majority of the novel is full of action, surprises, and an intensive chase that runs through from the opening page. Jack Till is a former homicide detective that is now working as a private investigator. It was almost imperative that Jack had a sound background and credentials, because this case moved all over the United States, with seemingly no rhyme or reason...and he needed to be accepted by the locals in order to gather information.
Like most of the parents whose daughters had been killed, they were not aware that their daughters had graduated college, only to become escorts, making more money than their degrees would have ever brought to them. But Catherine Hamilton's parents had loved her deeply and wanted, needed to know what had happened to her.
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 20 novels including the Jane Whitefield series (Vanishing Act, Dance for the Dead, Shadow Woman, The Face Changers, Blood Money,Runner, and Poison Flower), Death Benefits, and Pursuit, the first recipient of the Gumshoe Award for best novel. See More on His Web Site!