Thomas Perry on The Boyfriend | Tantorious

Tantorious is a semi-monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio. Perry is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including the Edgar Award-winning The Butcher’s Boy and its sequel, Sleeping Dogs; the seven-volume Jane Whitefield series; and the national bestsellers Death Benefits and Pursuit. His new novel, The Boyfriend, follows retired homicide detective Jack Till as he attempts to find the ruthless killer responsible for a string of murders of online escorts across the country.



Excerpts from the audio interview:

Q: Where does Jack Till fit into your various series, and what can you tell us about him?

A: Jack Till was a character that I invented for a book called ‘Silence.’ He’s one of the very few totally admirable characters that I’ve ever created. He’s a retired homicide detective from the LAPD who is now working half-heartedly as a private detective to bring in extra money to provide for a daughter who has Down Syndrome.

Q: What made you write about this particular millieu, the world of online escorts?

A: Because it’s new- it’s one of those things that’s very different from the way things used to be just a few years ago. The internet has transformed everything, every form of commerce including that one. And it’s a world in which a really bad person could move pretty freely.

Listen to a sample of the Tantor audiobook edition of The Boyfriend, narrated by Robertson Dean.

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