Thomas Perry (author)

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Thomas Perry
Born1947 (age 74–75)
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.

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.[1] Eddie's Boy received the 2021 Barry Award for Best Thriller.[2] In 2021, Vanishing Act was included in Parade's list of "101 Best Mystery Books of All Time".[3]


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)[4], and their two children.[5]


Butcher's Boy series[edit]

  • The Butcher's Boy. 1982. ISBN 0-684-17455-3.
  • Sleeping Dogs. 1992. ISBN 978-0-679-41064-5.
  • The Informant. 2011. ISBN 978-0-547-56933-8.
  • Eddie's Boy. 2020. ISBN 978-0802157775.

Jane Whitefield series[edit]

Jack Till series[edit]

Stand-alone novels[edit]


  1. ^ "Barry Awards". Deadly Pleasures. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  2. ^ "The Barry Award Winners 2021 – Deadly Pleasures". Deadly Pleasures – Mystery Magazine. August 5, 2021. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  3. ^ Giltz, Michael (November 14, 2021). "Want to Crack the Case?". Parade. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  4. ^ "Thomas Perry & Jo Perry | Murder By The Book". Retrieved 2022-09-29.
  5. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-02-27.

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