Thomas Perry (author)

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Thomas Perry
Born1947 (age 71–72)
Tonawanda, New York,
United States
GenreMystery, Thriller
Notable worksButcher's Boy, Metzger's Dog, Jane Whitefield Series

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.


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. The New York Times selected Nightlife for its best seller selection. From this point, Perry has elected to develop a non-series list of mysteries with Death Benefits, Pursuit (which won a Gumshoe Award in 2002), Dead Aim, Night Life, Fidelity, and Strip. 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.


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). To date, Perry has written 24 novels with publication of Old Man in 2017. He lives in Southern California with his wife Jo (née Lee) and two children.[1]


The following table can be sorted to show Perry's novels in chronological order, or arranged alphabetically by title, or by series.
Year Title ISBN Series Notes
1982 The Butcher's Boy 0-684-17455-3 Butcher's Boy 1983 Edgar Award winner for Best First Mystery Novel (American)
1983 Metzger's Dog 978-0-6841-7948-2
1985 Big Fish 978-0-684-18367-1
1987 Island 978-0-399-13327-5
1992 Sleeping Dogs 978-0-679-41064-5 Butcher's Boy
1995 Vanishing Act 978-0-679-43536-0 Jane Whitefield
1996 Dance for the Dead 978-0-679-44911-9 Jane Whitefield
1997 Shadow Woman 978-0-679-45302-4 Jane Whitefield
1998 The Face-Changers 978-0-679-45303-1 Jane Whitefield
1999 Blood Money 978-0-679-45304-8 Jane Whitefield
2001 Death Benefits 978-0-679-45305-5
2001 Pursuit 978-0-679-45306-2
2002 Dead Aim 1-4000-6003-6
2006 Nightlife 1-4000-6004-4
2007 Silence 978-0-15-101289-3 Jack Till
2008 Fidelity 978-0-15-101292-3
2009 Runner 978-0-15-101528-3 Jane Whitefield
2010 Strip 978-0-15-101522-1
2011 The Informant 978-0-547-56933-8 Butcher's Boy 2012 Barry Award for Best Thriller[2]
2012 Poison Flower 978-0-8021-2605-4 Jane Whitefield
2013 The Boyfriend 978-0-8021-2606-1 Jack Till
2015 A String of Beads 978-0-8021-2329-9 Jane Whitefield
2016 Forty Thieves 978-0-8021-2452-4
2017 The Old Man 978-0802125866
2018 The Bomb Maker 978-0802127488
2019 The Burglar 978-0802129000


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-02-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Barry Awards". Deadly Pleasures. Retrieved 26 June 2019.

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