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Runner: A Jane Whitefield Novel | [Thomas Perry]

Runner: A Jane Whitefield Novel

When a bomb goes off in the middle of a hospital fundraiser, Native American guide-turned-housewife Jane Whitefield finds herself face to face with the cause of the explosion: a young pregnant girl who has been tracked across the country by a team of hired hunters.That night, regardless of what she wants or the vow that she's made to her husband, Jane must come back to transform one more victim into a runner. And her quest for safety sets in motion a mission that will be a rescue operation - or a chance for revenge.
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Publisher's Summary

After a nine-year absence, the fiercely resourceful Native American guide Jane Whitefield is back, in the latest superb thriller by award-winning author Thomas Perry. For more than a decade, Jane pursued her unusual profession: "I'm a guide...I show people how to go from places where somebody is trying to kill them to other places where nobody is." Then she promised her husband she would never work again and settled in to live a happy, quiet life as Jane McKinnon, the wife of a surgeon in Amherst, New York.

But when a bomb goes off in the middle of a hospital fundraiser, Jane finds herself face to face with the cause of the explosion: a young pregnant girl who has been tracked across the country by a team of hired hunters.That night, regardless of what she wants or the vow that she's made to her husband, Jane must come back to transform one more victim into a runner. And her quest for safety sets in motion a mission that will be a rescue operation - or a chance for revenge.

©2009 Thomas Perry; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[A] deeply satisfying adventure" (Library Journal)
"Blending the frenetic pacing of a top-notch thriller with Native American mysticism, this entry will more than satisfy longtime fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jackie Lansing, MI, USA 02-20-09
    Jackie Lansing, MI, USA 02-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Riveting"

    This plot had me panting and drooling for more. Totally captivating. Well written, full of believable action and vivid descriptions. Makes you feel like you're standing alongside the characters. Also well read by narrator. If you like action, I recommend this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 07-23-09
    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 07-23-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Boring as a textbook"

    There is no mystery of any kind. This is merely a textbook on detailed tactics of evasion. From good guys down to bad guys, and everyone in between, none of the characters are believable, especially not in their motivations. ("That's a beautiful dress!" exclaims one of the characters, while escaping from a bombing.)

    A big deal is made out of the protagonist's native heritage, but it's gratuitous; it doesn't figure in, or add to, the story in any way
    and if it has any significance to the protaganist's character, the author fails to make that connection. It comes off like sticking a Groucho Marx nose on an evening gown model.

    AUDIO: Bean is adequate, making fewer errors than many, but not excellent. Maybe a C-.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 06-08-09
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 06-08-09 Member Since 2008
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    "great series, great read"

    I love this series and this is Perry at his best. Jane Whitefield represents alternative thought in her native American background, and in it's own way, alternative ethics. But it's a hard edge story that I did not guess the end to (and I can almost always guess the end).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Moses Lake, WA, USA 03-22-09
    Randy Moses Lake, WA, USA 03-22-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Intense"

    This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, and give you some insight into being prepared. Especially for real life in the business world today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Kirby 02-25-09
    David Kirby 02-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Awful"

    The premise is improbable. The characters are flat. The story is dull. Don't make this the first Perry book to hear or it probably will be the last.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James San Antonio, TX, United States 05-27-09
    James San Antonio, TX, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Runner"

    Super Woman and Fairy Godmother all in one. Probably the most boring, dullest book I have ever purchased. The narrarator was "corny" when she tried to do men's dialogue. Glad I bought this one on sale.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Susan texas 04-06-09
    Susan texas 04-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Waste of a credit"

    I felt like I wasted my credit. I couldn't even get through the first half of the book. The reader doesn't have any inflection. The book is to detailed and repetitive.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 02-23-09
    J. Broadlands, VA, United States 02-23-09
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    "Terrific"

    What I like most about this book, aside from the excellent narration, is that the story unfolds slowly rather than presenting everything up front. I've not read this author before, but I will be exploring his other books now that I've listened to his one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqui Marrickville, Australia 07-29-12
    Jacqui Marrickville, Australia 07-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I LOVED this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Runner the most enjoyable?

    It was exciting engaging & brilliant


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It certainly did. I crochet while I listen because I love reading but don't have the time. This way I can do both but many times I found I'd become so engrossed I forgot to crochet. I even played it while driving - every spare minute I could get I listened


    What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed her - she kept pace with the story. Her interpretation made the story more realistic. Some readers can undermine & spoil the book but that was so not the case here.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it. It was an implausible tale told in a very plausible & educating manner & a lot of thought went into its plot not to mention how well researched the book had to be


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Auckland, New Zealand 12-06-11
    Ian Auckland, New Zealand 12-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "I kept waiting for it to get better."

    It didn’t. Seven hours in I just had to stop. It was difficult not to keep reflecting on all the implausible plot elements or unrealistic character actions. If I had my credit to spend again it would not be here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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