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|"Jane took two steps and turned on the bottom step to face|
them. She could see that they still hadn't grasped what she
was. To them she was a lady lawyer, and they planned to
push past her and endure her look of disdain.
The first one was easy, probably because he was bigger
and faster than the other two. He didn't seem to be aware
that she could possibly be a lethal opponent. He charged
ahead, barely seeing her as he dashed to the steps. All Jane
had to do was sidestep, trip him, place one hand on his
spine and the other on the back of his head to direct his
face downward into the steps. Her push increased his
momentum enough so he hit hard and lay still.
The second man was the one who had grasped Shelby's
arm in front of the elevator, so he was ready. He didn't
try to get around her, but went straight for her with both
his hands up, preparing to throw a punch. Jane knew she
couldn't fight toe-to-toe against a male opponent who
outweighed her by a hundred pounds, so she never did...
A Jane Whitefield Novel
By Thomas Perry
I've enjoyed the stories of Jane Whitefield before, but Perry's latest has to be the most action-packed novel I've read in a long time--it seemed something major was happening on every page. Exciting, intoxicating talent and integrity of one woman. In fact, the whole series has been always fresh and original. If you enjoy having a strong female lead character to admire, Perry is one of the experts in creating Jane Whitefield!
Jane Whitefield makes her clients disappear, only she doesn't work for the government's witness protection program. In fact, most of her actions are either borderline or directly against the law...because the law doesn't always protect the innocent... When individuals are desperate, needing help the get out of an impossible situation, somehow she can be found... She uses all the modern skills available, but is grounded in the ancient traditions of her Seneca ancestors, finding the strength within her of the lone warrior on the quest...
This time, an innocent man has been framed for murder and Jane has been asked to help him break out of jail and help him disappear...and she did exactly that!
But there were more than just police guarding this man and when she succeeded in getting him away, they were right there watching and prepared to chase her down. Her client got away, but these men claimed to be police and she stopped, only to have them kidnap her. Once they had her, they wanted only one thing--where was James Shelby headed, where was she to meet him? She realized that the real killer wanted to ensure he was never found, no matter what it took!
It was only through her warrior training that she succeeded in enduring and coming through the torture that they had begun. For the first time, she would have scars received through her rescue activities... She did get away, but that only began a wild chase that required every bit of wit and stamina to keep Jane going, to reach her client, and, by the way, picking up another request from a woman to take her away from her husband. You've just got to love and admire this woman!
One happening I had missed was that Jane got married sometime in another novel! This addition added a warmer side to Jane, but showed just how much she endured this time when she finally got home and he saw the damage to her body...Her fear was only that he would no longer love and want her...
The best of Thomas Perry went into his latest which is due out in March. If you've enjoyed Perry before, then I'd have to add this as a must-read for all fans! Never read him? Start with this one if you enjoy female driven action-packed adventure. This is a Winner!
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About the Author
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.