One of the perks of being a bookseller is that we receive Advanced Readers' Copies of books months before publication date. I have LOVED Thomas Perry's Old Man mystery for quite awhile and now that the book has been made into a dynamite series starring Jeff Bridges, Perry's books are hot commodities. So, I was delighted to read an early copy of The Murder Book, and can tell you it is the most "observed" book I've every read. Detail after detail Perry describes his protaganist, former cop-turned PI Harry Duncan's thought process in trying to track down a nascent crime syndicate in the Midwest. I felt like a piece of lint stuck in Duncan's clothes as he analyzes, adjusts plans, prepares and executes so many intricate crime solving techniques, it was mind-blowing! Perry is a master storyteller who keeps the tension high, the characters believable and the action non-stop.
(Adult Mystery) - Reviewed by Maureen