Thomas Perry & Jo Perry

Thomas Perry will sign and discuss his newest book A Small Town (Mysterious Press; $26).

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.  

Jo Perry is the author of the dark, comic mysteries, DEAD IS BETTER, DEAD IS BEST, DEAD IS GOOD and DEAD IS BEAUTIFUL, and the Vegas noir novella, EVERYTHING HAPPENS from Fahrenheit Press. Her stories have appeared in Pulp Modern, Retreats From Oblivion and in anthologies.  

Her work has been described as "...amazingly clever and deeply satisfying." (Eric Idle);  "wickedly entertaining hardboiled supernatural deftness..." (Gary Phillips); "Like 'The Wire' meets The Tibetan Book of The Dead," (Derek Farrell);  "A perfect blend of classic crime school meets metaphysical noir ..." (The Bookologist), and "...a solid gold series: : funny, sad, suspenseful, and totally original…" (Timothy Hallinan). 

Perry is the first female mystery writer invited to speak at the venerable Men of Mystery Event.  Her short story, "The Kick The Bucket Tour" (Retreats from Oblivion, Journal of NoirCon) made the Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2018 list in The Best Mystery Stories 2019, Lethem, Penzler, editors. 
Perry earned a Ph.D. in English, taught college literature and writing, produced and wrote episodic television, and has published articles, book reviews, and poetry. Jo lives in Los Angeles with her husband, novelist Thomas Perry.  They have two adult children. Their two dogs are rescues. 


Event date: 

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 4:30pm

Event address: 

2342 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005
A Small Town Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802148063
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Mysterious Press - December 17th, 2019

In A Small Town, twelve conspirators meticulously plan to throw open all the gates to the prison that contains them, so that more than a thousand convicts may escape and pour into the nearby small town. The newly freed prisoners rape, murder, and destroy the town--burning down homes and businesses. An immense search ensues, but the twelve who plotted it all get away.

The Burglar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802129000
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Published: Mysterious Press - January 8th, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author Thomas Perry, "who can be depended upon to deliver high-voltage shocks" (Stephen King), comes a new thriller about an unlikely burglar--a young woman in her 20s--who realizes she must solve a string of murders, or else become the next victim

The Bomb Maker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802129239
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Published: Mysterious Press - January 8th, 2019

A bomb is more than a weapon. A bomb is an expression of the bomber's predictions of human behavior--a performance designed to fool you into making one fatally wrong move.

The Old Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802127532
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Published: Mysterious Press - January 2nd, 2018

A finalist for the Barry Award for Best Thriller

Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry writes thrillers that move "almost faster than a speeding bullet" (Wall Street Journal). The Old Man is his latest whip-smart standalone novel.

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ISBN: 9780802126382
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Published: Mysterious Press - January 10th, 2017

From New York Times bestselling author Thomas Perry comes a whip-smart and lethally paced standalone novel, Forty Thieves.

A String of Beads (Jane Whitefield #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802124449
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Published: Mysterious Press - December 15th, 2015

From the New York Times bestselling author Thomas Perry, A String of Beads is an addictive, brilliantly suspenseful novel featuring rescue artist Jane Whitefield, who has spent two decades protecting innocent victims on the run.