Only Jane Whitefield, a Native American "guide" who specializes in making victims vanish, can lead him to safety. But diverting Jane's attention is Mary Perkins, a desperate woman with S&L fraud in her past. Stalking Mary is a ruthless predator determined to find her---and the fortune she claims she doesn't have.
Jane quickly creates a new life for Mary and jumps back on Timmy's case...not knowing that the two are fatefully linked to one calculating killer.
©2008 Thomas Perry; (P)2009 Tantor
This was the last of three books in this series and it didn't disappoint. If you haven't read the others, wait to read this one- this is a series that is best read in order. Love Thomas Perry's writing.
Audible brings the printed word to vibrant life. It's such fun to listen while driving or doing the chores.
I have now read the first three Jane Whitefield novels, which were gifts to me. I really wanted to give the Series a chance, because I was so impressed with "The Butcher Boy" Series and my favourite Perry, "Metzger's Dog".
I think Ms Bean delivers a compelling narration, and her character voices fit the people to whom they've been assigned. Her story telling doesn't get in the way, a pet peeve I have, where a narrator's overly dramatic take on a book overpowers the story, like a pianist playing so loudly you can't hear the singer.
I found it hard to suspend my disbelief when it came to Jane Whitefield herself, as a construct. Cool, aloof, detached, this Native American detective then accepts traditional marriage to a (get this!) doctor in upstate New York. She surrenders her life, her passion, and it strikes me that for Mr. Perry, there is no other course of action for her. Makes me wonder if he gets a charge out of creating this incredible super-woman and then having her willingly subvert and subordinate herself to her Man.
It wouldn't be the first time. Elizabeth Waring in the otherwise wonderful "Butcher's Boy" series is borderline incompetent at times, and unlucky and ineffective. But as she is really a foil for the infinitely smarter and luckier sociopathic killer, the real star of the show, the stories in the Butcher's Boy Series are great fun to read.
But with Jane Whitefield, the author has created a female protagonist we can't accept or believe or even like that much. It's a risky move that doesn't quite come off.
The other issue I have with these books is the author's love of detailed geography lessons and endless hippity-hoppity criss-crossing the country. The novels get mired in airports and on highways, and sometimes in national parks. For me, he is a strong enough writer that I put up with these forays into narrative nowhere, but I was tempted to fast-forward a few times.
I would consider listening to more Jane Whitefield if I thought the author would replace the didactic travelogue or exposition about, say, guns, with more compelling and believable narrative line that includes characters like those he brilliantly created in Metzger's Dog, a wonderful, sly, witty, laugh-out-loud book where even the cat has personality and attitude you can appreciate.
We want to inhabit the world of these books, not watch from the sidelines, as we shake our heads in disbelief. .
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
I have thoroughly enjoyed almost everything T. Perry has written. Inventive plots, fast dialog, and intriguing characters are all to be found in his books.
While Jane Whitefield is truly and intriguing character, this book doesn't take much advantage of that. This is mostly confection without a whole lot to sink your teeth into. Yes, there are both tension and twists in the plot, but they don't really carry the reader anywhere that contains those wonderful surprises that we all love in good books.
One of Perry's trademarks is his ability to turn his plots into puzzles that the reader is compelled to figure out before the bad guys do. "Dance for the Dead" had some of that but just not enough to make it a 4 or 5 star listen.
Re the narrator: Ms. Bean has a wonderful timbre to her voice when narrating a woman's or child's role. But when she is reading as a man, her throat seems to tighten up and you could swear that she is recovering from laryngitis
Interesting reading. If I were planning an alternate life I imagine some of these books would have a few pointers. But not just that. I find Jane a most likable character and a great deal more patient than I. So at times I find myself in the middle of my own dialogue while listening to the Perry books. Somewhat crazy I guess. I hope so.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
This book took off in the middle of a fight scene, one in which you did not know the characters, their motivations, or a clue of what JANE was up to. The answers drifted through the book like leaves in early fall...most of the time I was just trying to figure out WHY Jane chose to help this woman, she doesn't meet Jane's screwy criteria for assistance and it trudges most of the way thru with bright ahining moments of activity...I will say I now have a better idea of the S&L debacle in the 80's. I'm sticking thru book four only because I already bought 3 & 4, 5-8 are very unlikely...but we'll see if Jane fleshes out first.
This was my first Jane Whitefield book. I made the mistake of thinking, since it is written by Thomas Perry, it would be like the Butcher's Boy series. It isn't. I had to get used to Joyce Bean's narration, first off. She did grow on me. The story dragged in parts, filled with detail that, in my opinion, did not move the story forward.I did like Jane's attachment to her Indian heritage. And the fact that the main character is a tough, strong, smart woman. I stayed with it, and will probably try another Jane Whitefield in fact. It was entertaining enough, but not riveting. Would give 3 1/2 stars if I could.
I read (listened to) the Butcher's Boy and the Informant before this one and find the ratings for Dance for the Dead too high. The narration is a let down. I have observed, for my own taste, that men can do women's voices pretty well but women fail when portraying men... generally. Beyond this observation, the narrator also sounded like she was reading rather than acting the parts, at times.
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