Biography

Thomas Perry

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. 

He won the Edgar for THE BUTCHER'S BOY, and METZGER'S DOG was a New York Times Notable Book. The Independent Mystery Booksellers’ Association included VANISHING ACT in its “100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century,” and NIGHTLIFE was a New York Times bestseller.

METZGER'S DOG was voted one of NPR’s 100 Killer Thrillers--Best Thrillers Ever. STRIP was chosen as a  New York Times Notable Crime Book for 2010, and THE INFORMANT was a New York Times Notable Crime Book for 2011 and won the Barry Award for Best Thriller, 2011. POISON FLOWER was chosen among Booklist’s Best Crime Novels of 2013.

Thomas Perry

Books by Thomas Perry

by Thomas Perry - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

One morning, Jane Whitefield is met by an unusual sight: all eight clan mothers, the female leaders of the Seneca clans, parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane’s from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he has fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers’ request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were 14 in hopes that he has gone the same way again.

by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry - Adventure, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery --- the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, their cities, and mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them --- as the Fargos are about to find out.

by Thomas Perry - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case. It turns out the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way. Till must risk his life to find a seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.

by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry - Adventure, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Husband-and-wife Sam and Remi Fargo and their friend hunt for Attila the Hun's tomb, which supposedly contained a vast amount of treasure. They follow a trail that leads them across the eastern hemisphere and pits them against others who are hungry for the Attila's treasure.

by Thomas Perry - Ficton , Suspense, Thriller

Jane Whitefield spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife’s murder, out of a criminal court building. Within minutes, men posing as police kidnap Jane and, when she tries to escape, shoot her. Jane’s captors are employees of the man who really killed Shelby’s wife. She endures their torment and is willing to die rather than betray Shelby.

by Thomas Perry - Fiction, Thriller

In THE BUTCHER’S BOY, a professional killer betrayed by the Mafia leaves countless mobsters dead and then disappears. Justice Department official Elizabeth Waring is the only one who believes he ever existed. THE INFORMANT returns to the Butcher's Boy many years later as a Mafia hit team finally catches up with him.