Dance for the Dead (Jane Whitefield Series #2)

Dance for the Dead (Jane Whitefield Series #2)

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by Thomas Perry
     
 

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In the tradition of popular female sleuths like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone and Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski, Thomas Perry presents his new novel, featuring Native American heroine Jane Whitefield. Perry's previous novel, Vanishing Act, has been optioned for a film.


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Overview

In the tradition of popular female sleuths like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone and Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski, Thomas Perry presents his new novel, featuring Native American heroine Jane Whitefield. Perry's previous novel, Vanishing Act, has been optioned for a film.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As usual, Perry (The Butcher's Boy) cuts to the chase. In the opening scene of this riveting mystery thriller, Jane Whitefield, an expert at helping people in danger disappear, slugs it out with three brawny hoodlums in an L.A. courthouse. At that point, she has traveled across half the country trying to protect Timmy Phillips, an eight-year-old heir to millions, from the stop-at-nothing professional killers on their trail. The same criminals, led by a powerful ex-cop named Barraclough, murdered Timmy's adoptive parents. Now they want Mary Perkins, a fugitive savings-and-loan fleecer who also asks Whitefield for help. Perry launches a complex pursuit, during which Whitefield relies on her Seneca heritage for insight and on friends for crucial assistance. A love interest highlights the personal price Whitefield pays for doing her secretive, dangerous work. The nail-biting climax takes place on a snowy night in a location that seems tailor-made for film: the rusting remains of a huge steel mill near Buffalo. The denouement may strike some readers as too neat, but it's a minor quibble. With his distinctive protagonist, thoroughly amoral villains and the unrelenting action, Perry scores again. 75,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Jane's attempt to help an orphan boy overlaps with her work for a woman accused of stealing $50 million in Perry's (Vanishing Act, LJ 12/94) latest thriller.
Emily Melton
Jane Whitefield has an uncommon career as a freelance "disappearer." When someone is in a jam and needs a safe haven, Jane finds it for them. Jane's newest case involves an eight-year-old who will inherit millions as long as he remains alive until the will is probated. The villains after his fortune have already killed his parents, his nanny, and a lawyer and are hot on the trail of the kid. Then Jane encounters smart, attractive Mary Perkins, a former banker and consummate con artist who has stolen a cool $50 million in a savings-and-loan scam. So far, Mary has managed to keep herself hidden from the folks who want the money back, but she's running out of time and disguises, and she figures only Jane can help. In a plot with more action than an Indiana Jones adventure, more suspense than "Psycho", and more clever twists and tricks than a James Bond flick, Perry keeps his readers on the edges of their seats for more than 300 pages. A taut, tense, superbly written thriller that will satisfy even the most demanding reader.
Kirkus Reviews
An explosive second outing for Jane Whitefield, the Senecan specialist in helping people disappear (Vanishing Act, 1995).

The story kicks off with a whoosh as Jane succeeds in saving the life of her latest client, eight-year-old Timothy Phillips, by producing him in an L.A. court that's about to declare him dead so that whoever's been plundering his trust fund can breathe easy. Once Timmy's story is read into the record, he's safe, but it's been a high-casualty operation, and Jane's in no mood for getting accosted at the airport by Mary Perkins, who begs Jane to help her elude the killers following her. It isn't until the two women are halfway across the country that Jane has the time to hear Mary's story: During the unregulated '80s, she bilked unwary banks of millions through a pyramid of lovingly detailed real- estate schemes, and now that she's already done time for the feds, who weren't able to shake the money loose from her, some monstrous freelancer has decided to take a turn. Jane gets Mary parked in a new town with shiny new credit cards, and even takes a few days back in her upstate New York hometown to entertain a marriage proposal from her hitherto platonic friend Dr. Carey McKinnon, but then it's back to business as she goes after the trustee who's been looting Timmy Phillips's estate. The looting, though, turns out to be even deeper and deadlier than she imagined—and it naturally leads her straight back to Mary and the ominous, insatiable security firm that's getting closer and closer to her. The plotting is a miracle of unrelenting tension; the breathless, knowing prose is pitch-perfect; and Jane's fierce righteousness is perfectly balanced by a mind-boggling wealth of detail about how to plunder trusts, defraud banks, and disappear.

Five more of Jane's adventures are already stockpiled for annual release. Truly a treasure for Random—as long as they never let the peerlessly devious author get behind them.

From the Publisher
"Bean's performance is engaging. She mixes her pace and tones adeptly, allowing listeners to fully appreciate the richness of Whitefield's character.... This is an entertaining novel that benefits from Bean's narration." ---AudioFile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307781352
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/06/2011
Series:
Jane Whitefield Series , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
36,624
File size:
728 KB

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From the Publisher
"Bean's performance is engaging. She mixes her pace and tones adeptly, allowing listeners to fully appreciate the richness of Whitefield's character.... This is an entertaining novel that benefits from Bean's narration." —-AudioFile

Meet the Author

Thomas Perry is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including the Edgar Award-winning The Butcher's Boy and the national bestsellers Death Benefits and Pursuit.

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to being an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, she has been nominated multiple times for a prestigious Audie Award, including for Good-bye and Amen by Beth Gutcheon.

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Dance for the Dead (Jane Whitefield Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Love this series! Perry's writing is flawless and the suspense he creates will keep you reading far into the night. Why does someone want an eight-year-old boy dead? Who is Mary Perkins? Perry grabs your attention with the first paragraph and never lets go. If you like this series, you would probably also enjoy the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.
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This book kept me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath. During bathroom breaks and food breaks all I thought of was "What's next? What now? Oh no! How'd that happen? What's next?" This is one of the most exciting series I've ever come across. Totally on par with Lee Child's Jack Reacher.
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Thought Dance for the Dead was not very believable,especially the ending. I would give Vanishing Act 4.5 stars.
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