The Old Man

  • by Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by Peter Berkrot
  • 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 60-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 fiction.

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Mr. Perry pulls another rabbit out of his hat!

If you could sum up The Old Man in three words, what would they be?

I hate this question. (Four words again.) Mr. Perry has no doubt spent over a year writing this amazing novel, and it is preposterous to even think that three words could do it justice. Enough of this stupid question! As above, Thomas Perry has once again demonstrated why he is the unquestioned master of this genre. In fact, as with the Butcher's Boy, Mr. Perry has created a genre of his own. We identify with a man who has a quite checkered past, to put it mildly. We come to care a great deal about him, even though he may have committed murder in the long-distance past. By the time the book ends, we understand that he is a true hero, a defender of his country, nothing like a criminal. But a very complicated man, to say the least.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. I can't describe the plot at any length, because it is so rich, so detailed, with so many left turns, chases, changes of identity and changes of location. The "old man" has a history that is so rich, so full of fascinating detail, and the book makes the present equally entertaining. The plot is ingenious. It would take a hundred lesser writers in the aggregate to create a novel so variegated and so full of clever plot developments. Truly, if you haven't read Mr. Perry's work, you are in for a special treat. This kind of imagination and writing skill shows up very rarely, and I appreciate it in a way that I applaud almost no other authors. You just have to read him to get the picture.


Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

The old man is the obvious choice. Mr. Berkrot, though, is the perfect narrator for every character in the book. The textures in his voice are just wonderful to hear. His ability to change the pace of narration with the story, his ability to voice many characters, of both genders, young and old, of any race or nationality: I will search for Mr. Berkrot to hear his other work. I believe he reads Tim Hallinan's books, which is appropriate: Tim is almost at the level of Mr. Perry, and I know that he admires every book that Mr. Perry writes. I would not want to listen to any less talented narrator read a work of either of these two men.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not extreme. I did feel amazed and grateful at the end, which I will not spoil for you. The old man has jumped through so many hoops, with such degrees of difficulty, that I did fear that he would eventually drop dead from the exertion. But, maybe there will be a sequel! (I guess I have divulged one part of the end of the book, but in a marvelous cause.) The man may be old, but I hope he lives to be a hundred.


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- Richard Delman

Really Good Fugitive Mystery

Hattip to my friend Ted from Lancaster, Pa, whose review nailed this one as the gem it is.

Imagine a former special forces soldier, turned Intelligence Officer being forced into exile in one of his first missions. Some 35 years later he is found. Now he is a hunted man, but by whom?

The characters are smart, talented and vulnerable. The writing is stellar. The pace is relentless. And unlike some, I found the narration top notch.

Be prepared to stay up late! This is a great listening experience.
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- Charles Atkinson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books