The Old Man

The Old Man

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Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry writes thrillers that move "almost faster than a speeding bullet" (Wall Street Journal). The Old Man is his latest whip-smart standalone novel. To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most sixty-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run. Thirty-five years ago, as a young hotshot in army intelligence, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong, triggering consequences he could never have anticipated. And someone still wants him dead because of them. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape. Armed mercenaries, spectacularly crashed cars, a precarious love interest, and an unforgettable chase scene through the snow--this is lethal plotting from one of the best in crime more

Product details

  • Hardback | 337 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 33mm | 635g
  • Mysterious Press
  • New York
  • English
  • 0802125867
  • 9780802125866
  • 334,794

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Advance Praise for The Old Man This is hardly the first time that Perry has written about a seeming Everyman with a hidden wealth of special training and ratiocinative ability, but the Old Man, who has many names on call and changes them as situations dictate, is surely one of the most appealing . . . This one s all about suspense and narrative propulsion, but the Old Man will remind Perry devotees of Chinese Gordon, the wacky hero of Metzger s Dog, Perry s Edgar-winning comic caper novel. Both men are crazy good thinkers and planners and improvisers, and it s pure pleasure to watch them at work. Another delight from a writer who never disappoints. Booklist (starred review) Swift, unsentimental, and deeply satisfying. Liam Neeson would be perfect in the title role. Kirkus Reviews Engrossing . . . Readers will eagerly keep turning the pages. Publishers Weekly Praise for Thomas Perry: Excellently engineered . . . Soul-searching and car chases too. What more could we ask from an escape artist like Perry? New York Times Book Review, on A String of Beads It s nothing new to call Perry a master of the genre, but it s no less true for being widely acknowledged. Booklist (starred review), on The Boyfriend There are probably half a dozen suspense writers now alive who can be depended upon to deliver high-voltage shocks, vivid, sympathetic characters, and compelling narrative . . . Perry is one of them. Stephen King Perry keeps readers engrossed with wickedly smart protagonists . . . [He] can really write. San Francisco Examiner"show more

About Thomas Perry

Thomas Perry is the bestselling author of over twenty novels, including the critically acclaimed Jane Whitefield series, Forty Thieves, and The Butcher's Boy, which won the Edgar Award. He lives in Southern more

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