The Old Man
First edition cover
AuthorThomas Perry
Audio read byPeter Berkrot
CountryUnited States
PublisherThe Mysterious Press
Publication date
January 3, 2017
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback), e-book, audiobook
ISBN978-0-8021-2586-6 (First edition hardcover)
LC ClassPS3566.E718 O43 2017b

The Old Man is a stand-alone thriller novel by Thomas Perry, published by The Mysterious Press imprint of Grove Atlantic in January 2017.


Former army intelligence officer Michael Kohler, who now goes by the name Dan Chase, lives in Norwich, Vermont with his two dogs. However, he has been in hiding for most of his adult life after absconding with $20 million during a mission in Libya.


Publishers Weekly called it an "engrossing if not flawless thriller." They also praised the "refreshing" unconventionality of an older action protagonist and the novel's "palpable" tension. However, they criticized the "contrived and unnecessary" backstory of a secondary character.[1]

Kirkus Reviews called it "Swift, unsentimental, and deeply satisfying."[2]

The novel was nominated for the 2018 Barry Award for Best Thriller.[3]

Television adaptation

Main article: The Old Man (TV series)

The novel has been developed into a television series of the same name by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine, with Jeff Bridges starring as the lead. The series is set to premiere on FX on Hulu.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Old Man by Thomas Perry". Publishers Weekly. January 1, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  2. ^ "The Old Man by Thomas Perry". Kirkus Reviews. September 27, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  3. ^ "Announcing 2018's Barry Award Nominees". January 23, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  4. ^ White, Peter (July 25, 2019). "Jeff Bridges To Star As Retired CIA Officer In FX Drama 'The Old Man' From 'Black Sails' Co-Creators Jon Steinberg & Robert Levine". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  5. ^ Patten, Dominic (November 7, 2019). "Hulu To Be Official FX Streaming Home Next Year, Bob Iger Says; Cate Blanchett's 'Mrs. America' & 3 Other Series Move Online". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 29, 2020.

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