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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (419 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Perry Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781400172412
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By turns horrifying and erotic, critically-acclaimed author Thomas Perry's new thriller takes us on a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that pits two women against each other: a beautiful serial killer and the detective who is determined to stop her. When the cousin of Los Angeles underworld figure Hugo Poole is found shot to death in his Portland, Oregon, home, police find nothing at the scene of the crime except several long strands of blond hair hinting that a second victim may have been involved. Hotel security tapes from the victim's last vacation reveal an out-of-focus picture of a young blond woman entering and leaving his room. Could she also be a murder victim? Portland homicide detective Catherine Hobbes is determined to solve the case and locate the missing blonde, but her feelings, and the investigation, are complicated when Hugo hires private detective Joe Pitt to perform a parallel investigation. As Joe and Catherine form an uneasy alliance, the murder count rises-and both realize that the pretty young woman in the security tapes is not a victim at all. As Catherine follows the evidence, she finds herself in a deadly contest with an unpredictable adversary capable of changing her appearance and identity at will. Catherine must use everything she knows, as a homicide detective and as a woman, to stop a murderer who kills on impulse and with ease, and who becomes more efficient and elusive with each crime. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Thomas Perry is, quite simply, brilliant. And as each book comes out he becomes more so. Robert B. Parker

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/20/2014

    " Wow - what a superb character study. Fascinating look into the minds of two women and, for the most part, I think the author got it right. He's either in tune with his feminine side or he has a couple of goods friends who are female and he listens to them. The audio version is well read. My only quibble is at the ending, apparently a scene break indicator is missing. The pacing is ruined by the lack of a pause. It's so bad, it's jarring. Otherwise, an excellent read and highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 jo | 2/13/2014

    " i know psychopaths are a common attraction -- books and movies teem with them -- but i find it impossible to muster even the tiniest interest in them. do i read empathetically? i think i do. i can't empathize with psychopaths. i barely made it to the end of In Cold Blood, though i did read the Ripley trilogy. but then, ripley is cool, as is hannibal lecter. they are psychopaths who care for *something*, so i can care for them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 2/13/2014

    " 'Night Life' was my first exposure to Thomas Perry and what an introduction it was! 'Night Life' tells the story of a serial killer a little less true to form and very unassuming whose pursued by legacy cop Catherine Hobbs (long standing family history on the force). Eventually the female serial killer turns on Catherine and becomes the hunter with the results truly startling. I loved the way Thomas made the killer change persona's and craft her victims into accomplices before growing tired and seeking new play things. There was a substantial amount of back story to the core characters all in context to current events woven so tight it didn't detract from the page turning anxiety I felt as I drew closer to the finish line. 'Night Life' ticked all the right boxes for me and I simply could not put it down - a great read from an author I'm keen to read more of. 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 2/6/2014

    " Another serial killer. Perry is pretty good at portraying realistic women, though. Ending was a bit abrupt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/29/2014

    " Perry loves playing cat-and-mouse with his characters. When I first discovered him earlier this year, it was the hired killer and the Justice Department Mafia investigator that chased each other. In Nightlife, we have a psychotic female killer and her nemesis, a Portland detective. Perry uses the form as a fugue of character, personality, relentless plotting and tense action scenes that present violence as almost a daily occurrence. Perry especially works on audio in the car, except you can miss your freeway exit when the tension rises! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Cummings | 1/27/2014

    " This is a terrific read. Perry is a master of the chase and how to keep developing his characters through their actions on the road. The pace of this book is unrelenting and the profile of tough detective Catherine Hobbes, her interaction with the killer and her developing relationship with PI Joe Pitt is enough to make her a character I'd like to see again. She's also a smart, intuitive detective pitted against a worthy adversary. I seldom read female protagonists but Perry creates fascinating female characters. This. along with his Jane Whitefield novels, is a masterpiece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 1/25/2014

    " A total sociopath goes mad. An engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/19/2014

    " Thomas Perry is one of my favorite authors. I recently re-discovered his books and I highly recommend reading them. They are fast paced thrillers that are well written and fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/16/2014

    " A nice zippy page-turner not sure about the depth of characterisation though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/10/2014

    " So far so good..good thriller/mystery...great vacation book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Lampe | 12/25/2013

    " I just love Thomas Perry's books. Plots are always good, characters well developed, lots of action. My favorite kind of book for pure relaxation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/14/2013

    " A female serial killer plays cat and mouse with a female police detective---a feminist thriller! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/13/2013

    " Great read on the plane ---psycho bitch murdering people.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 10/17/2013

    " Listened to this one, about a woman who is a serial murderer and the detective who pursues her. Pretty good, but maybe a few too many people murdered and began to think the book would never end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darrin Cross | 10/15/2013

    " Characters sucked, I couldn't wait to be done with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridgewes | 9/15/2013

    " Not bad. He's certainly written better stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 7/26/2013

    " Not my favorite Perry book, but it was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davidette | 12/18/2012

    " very good; not humor, even dark, in this one. emphasizes ambiguity of life; i.e., psychotic begins to become pitiable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherylck | 9/19/2012

    " I had trouble putting this book down. I really liked how the female serial killings were written. It was unexpected. This is the first time I read anything by Thomas Perry and it won't be my last. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Jenkins | 8/4/2012

    " It just was not my type of thriller, had a few good points but hated the writing style. Needless to say I got to 100 and gave up, never held my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 7/2/2012

    " If it wasn't for coincidences the plot would never have worked out. It was OK, but I much prefer his Jane Whitefield series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Crocker | 1/30/2012

    " I loved it. Of course, I like most of his stuff. So there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/3/2012

    " Good book. A Female serial killer is always interesting. How she could detatch herself to kill all those people was scary. The ending needed a bit more info but all in all it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Drayer | 10/28/2011

    " A great cat tne mouse detective novel:) I enjoyed the pace, plot, and characters. Have fun with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 6/25/2011

    " Intriguing story with a strong female lead. It's no Jane runner story, but it's delicious anyway. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 6/4/2011

    " A very James Patterson-ish book about women, very bad and pretty good. The main bad girl is pretty nuts and keeps getting more nuts. The main good girl chases her around with grudging help from a handsome retired PI. A beach book but no more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delaine Dills | 5/29/2011

    " Really, really good book! Perry's characters vivid and plot fresh! One of the best suspense writers out there! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pamela | 5/18/2011

    " I did not like this book and wished I would have put it down half way through. Oh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 3/13/2011

    " Listened to this one, about a woman who is a serial murderer and the detective who pursues her. Pretty good, but maybe a few too many people murdered and began to think the book would never end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dennis | 1/7/2011

    " This book could have been over half way through. I think the author was paid by the word. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/16/2010

    " A nice zippy page-turner not sure about the depth of characterisation though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 11/9/2010

    " I just love Thomas Perry's books. Plots are always good, characters well developed, lots of action. My favorite kind of book for pure relaxation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 7/11/2010

    " Terrific Sunday afternoon read. Reminds me of " Day of the Jackal" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 3/19/2010

    " A total sociopath goes mad. An engaging read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darrin | 3/12/2010

    " Characters sucked, I couldn't wait to be done with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 2/5/2010

    " Thomas Perry, also the author of the Jane Whitfield series, writes a tale of a seemingly ordinary woman who transforms herself every time she kills to further her way in the world. Very well crafted and a shocking read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 11/11/2009

    " My second book by Perry. Intriguing bad guy; you start as sympathetic with the character. Solid woman cop as lead. Nice, low-level romance. Works for me!

    And I really liked the narrator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 4/24/2009

    " A female serial killer plays cat and mouse with a female police detective---a feminist thriller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/31/2008

    " Thomas Perry is one of my favorite authors. I recently re-discovered his books and I highly recommend reading them. They are fast paced thrillers that are well written and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/30/2008

    " So far so good..good thriller/mystery...great vacation book! "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Perry

Thomas Perry received a BA from Cornell University and a PhD in English from the University of Rochester. He won an Edgar for The Butcher’s Boy, and Metzger’s Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in Southern California.

About the Narrator

Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and Southern California and has done voice-over work for commercials and animation projects. She trained at the Groundlings Improv School in Hollywood and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory in Costa Mesa, California. She has performed at theaters throughout North Hollywood and Orange County. Recent performances include Blue Window, The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, The Haunting of Hill House, and a British farcical version of A Christmas Carol. She resides in Hollywood.