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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (562 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Perry Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Till Series Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781400174478
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Sometimes ignoring your problems won't make them go away. In Silence, by Thomas Perry, character Wendy Harper tries to run away from her situation, but it only creates a series of devastating events.

As a co-owner of a trendy Los Angeles restaurant, Wendy Harper usually arrived home late. One particular night, an assailant greeted her at her home and beat her brutally with a baseball bat. Knowing who was behind the attack, Harper decided she had to get away.

Jack Till worked for the LAPD for 20 years, and had devoted his life to his special needs daughter. After retirement, he became a private detector. The day Wendy Harper contacted him his quiet life took a turn. He agreed to help Wendy Harper run away and create a new life under a different name, so she could continue her life without harm. Her silence worked for 6 years.

When Wendy Harper disappeared, it was assumed she was dead. After six years, Wendy's previous partner and boyfriend, Eric Fuller is being blamed for the murder. As the recipient of a life insurance policy, it looks like he is the only one with motive. Jack Till realizes Fuller will be found guilty of murder if he doesn't produce Wendy Harper alive and well. He has to convince Harper to come forward, which will put her life in danger. And danger lurks around every corner as married couple Paul and Sylvie Turner have been hired to kill Wendy if she decides to resurface.

Twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat any time you are reading a Thomas Perry novel. Like his books, his life has been one exciting moment after another. Born in Upstate New York, he attended Cornell University and the University of Rochester, and then spent time making a living in various ways including assorted blue collar jobs, teaching, and producing television shows. He now lives in Southern California where he spends his time writing his award winning psychological thrillers.

Six years ago, Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear. But now her ex-boyfriend and former business partner, Eric Fuller, is being framed for her presumed murder in an effort to smoke her out, and Till must find her before tango-dancing assassins Paul and Sylvie Turner do. The Turners are merely hired to do a job, though, and prefer to remain anonymous. When they find that a middleman has let the true employer know their identities, finishing the job is no longer enough. Their fee just went up. And now they must double-cross the man who wants Wendy dead before he can double-cross them-if their jealousy and cold-blooded calculations don't result in a fatal lovers' quarrel first. With masterful plotting and unnerving psychological insight, Thomas Perry delivers another mesmerizing thrill ride. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A treat.... [Perry's] complex characters...are all the more attractive for being so devious and untrustworthy. The New York Times
  • “Inspired.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Brilliant.”

    Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser series

  • “Ingenious.”

    George Pelecanos, author of The Double

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindig | 2/18/2014

    " interesting plot as usual for this writer but dragged "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edie | 2/15/2014

    " Had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viccy | 2/8/2014

    " Well-known for his series of books featuring Jane Whitfield, the Edgar Award-winning Perry has, in recent years, turned his talents to writing intelligent novels, centering on people in trouble. Six years ago, private investigator, Jack Till, an ex-LAPD detective, helped restaurateur Wendy Harper escape from assassins. He taught her how to disappear into another life. Now, he needs to find her. Many believe she is dead, killed by her ex-boyfriend, Eric Turner. But Paul and Sylvie Turner, the assassins hired to kill Wendy, know better. Now, Jack has to find Wendy, convince her to come in from the cold to save Eric and keep her alive long enough to make it back to Los Angeles. Perry excels at procedural details and maintains a breakneck pace while developing the relationship between Wendy and Jack, who has led a rather monastic life, caring for his 21-year old daughter with Down syndrome, Holly. The ending arrives a little abruptly but the chase is worth the read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/28/2014

    " kind of a far out premiss but entertaining story with some droll back and forth between main characters throughout the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/22/2014

    " Thomas Perry is just a killer of a writer: tense, clean prose that delivers a freight-train of a plot, or maybe a formula one race car, complete with twists and turns. Doesn't hurt that the characters are often extremely attractive, amoral, and smart -- though not all, in this one. The protagonists (one man, an ex-cop PI; one woman, a former restauranteur on the lam) are liars, though moral with love for their families. Really, I've not enjoyed a new author discovery as much as I have these Perry novels since Michael Connelly. I really really like 'em. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/19/2014

    " Read this on the flight out from Oakland to Baltimore yesterday. Another good story from this author, tho my favorites are still the "Jane Whitfield" books. Similar sort of premise, but with a male lead character who then has to find the woman he helped "disappear" with a new identity and new life. No spoilers but it was a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Harrison | 1/18/2014

    " good read, interesting premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reshma | 1/18/2014

    " Very easy read, suspenseful, well-written. Coming from one who never reads books in the suspense/mystery genre, I thought it was pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Lampe | 1/12/2014

    " I like this author. His books are about crime in one version or another -- hit men, people hiding from the law, general lowlifes. His writing is good and the books are perfect for just enjoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry Deaton | 1/1/2014

    " Typically good writing from Thomas Perry ... but it would help if he made you care about the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 12/24/2013

    " not as good as the jane stories but good enough "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry White | 12/7/2013

    " I'd never read anything by this author, but I liked this book very much. It was a little slow to start, but then I couldn't put it down.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 12/7/2013

    " he is a great story teller "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Augustin | 10/27/2013

    " How to create a new identity. But he doesn't talk about SSNs. Memory triggers: Jack Till, Wendy Harper, former cop turned PI, restaurant people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/13/2013

    " A pretty good, run-of-the-mill thriller. Not a literary masterpiece, but it held my interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 7/26/2013

    " Disappointing. The characters are so flat and one-dimensional. What could have been an exciting plot was spoiled by wooden dialogue and boring characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 7/7/2013

    " Not necessarily Perry's best, but still an entertaining read containing Perry's most common theme: an innocent person running from someone amoral who is bent on doing them harm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 3/11/2012

    " First Thomas Perry book I've read other than his series with character Jane Whitefield which I love. This one was almost as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/4/2012

    " ok. Jack Till is a good character, thoughtful, analytical only s tough as he needs to be. The damsel in distress irritated me a little. Which assassin is going to survive? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 10/6/2011

    " Like how it ends... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/27/2011

    " A cat and mouse game between Jack Till (with Wendy Harper) and the Turners.... the Turners are unpredictable and love their characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denorris | 5/29/2011

    " I thought this was a really good book, very easy story to follow and able to keep me interested. Once I knew where it was going i really wanted to keep on to see what would happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 5/25/2011

    " This is the first book I've read by this author. It was fine and held my interest, but the end was disappointing. Everything was tied up too neatly with no surprises. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 4/6/2011

    " Not too good. Dumb characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 12/20/2010

    " he is a great story teller "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 10/4/2010

    " I like this author. His books are about crime in one version or another -- hit men, people hiding from the law, general lowlifes. His writing is good and the books are perfect for just enjoying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 8/23/2010

    " not as good as the jane stories but good enough "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 6/23/2010

    " I don't remember where or why I bought this, but I certainly wouldn't bother again. It plodded along without a lot of purpose. Eh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/5/2010

    " A cat and mouse game between Jack Till (with Wendy Harper) and the Turners.... the Turners are unpredictable and love their characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edie | 4/25/2010

    " Had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Jan | 3/16/2010

    " Another really good suspenseful read by Thomas Perry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/18/2010

    " Silence turned out to be quite a page-turner, although it was a bit vulgar for my taste. The character development was good, and the story was complex and intriguing, but I wasn't at all crazy about the ending. It just kind of stopped without any resolution. Definitely a good read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 11/30/2009

    " Typically good writing from Thomas Perry ... but it would help if he made you care about the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 10/3/2009

    " This isn't a learn from book, it's a grab you up and haul you along book. He's one of the best of this genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 9/26/2009

    " Very good. The is the first book I have read off Thomas Perry's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/11/2009

    " Not bad. Some predictability, but enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. "

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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

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.