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Vanishing Act | [Thomas Perry]

Vanishing Act

Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity. Still, the supply of runaways - and the need for a woman who will take great risks to save them - have never been greater.
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Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity. Still, the supply of runaways - and the need for a woman who will take great risks to save them - have never been greater.

Jane knows all the tricks; in fact, she has invented several of them herself in the ten years she has been teaching fugitives to live with new identities. Many of her clients have been innocent people whom the institutions of society have been too slow and cumbersome to protect, but an increasing number have been like the gambler Harry Kemple: people who aren't especially admirable but who aren't bad enough to deserve to die prematurely.

Jane opens her door to find in her house an uninvited visitor named John Felker, the latest to run to her for sanctuary. Felker is not like the others Jane has helped, and everything about him is disquieting. He doesn't even know whom he is running from - only that whoever is framing him as an embezzler has already circulated an open contract in the prison system for his death. Maybe his problems began years ago, when he was a policeman; a good cop makes an enemy with each arrest. But perhaps he is still a policeman and has invented precisely the right story to entrap Jane. Or perhaps he is something even worse.

The unexpected guest draws this exceptional woman into an adventure of mystery, love and sacrifice, betrayal and vengeance, and propels her on a pursuit that takes her from the night streets of Los Angeles and Vancouver to the dark, unexplored regions of her own mind.

©2008 Thomas Perry; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Mike 08-07-12
    Mike 08-07-12

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    "Boring and Predictable"
    What disappointed you about Vanishing Act?

    It was so slow moving at the start. I fell asleep while listening, missed a chapter and 1/2 and woke up and feeling like I did not miss anything at all. It was so predictable I felt like shaking the main character and asking her how she can be so dim.


    Has Vanishing Act turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Limited character voices. Try not to make everyone sound the same


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It finally ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne 07-30-12
    Lynne 07-30-12
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    "Good read"

    Blends Native American Culture with mystery, suspense, intrigue, and romance. I will read more books by this author!

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    Diane 08-03-11
    Diane 08-03-11
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    "Great, Unique Storyline"

    Narrator is great. Story is very good, quite different from typical mysteries. Jane Whitefield is a neat character - indian who helps people disappear. This is the first book. Worth the listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra L. Jacob US 11-14-10
    Sandra L. Jacob US 11-14-10 Member Since 2014

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    "Not as good as the other one I listened to."

    The first half was a little dull. She has an affair with her client and I thought 'uh-oh' and sure enough it turned out to be a bad idea. Things got more exciting in the second half, so I can give it three stars.

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    G Reinhardt 04-24-10
    G Reinhardt 04-24-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun thriller"

    Although this novel is pretty outdated for a thriller of this sort, I still enjoyed the fun one-liners, the random native american facts, and the main characters. And, although I was able to guess the ending by the middle of the book, it still left me biting my nails.

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    Amy Batesville, AR, United States 02-26-10
    Amy Batesville, AR, United States 02-26-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Heartening Story about Helping People"

    I enjoyed the story of someone out there who could help you out of a life threatening situation. Who even had someone to watch her back. But with that much set-up and organization then having an ending with a brutal murder, turned me off.

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    J. M. Batista 02-13-12 Member Since 2013

    José M. Batista

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    "No Butcher's Girl"

    Big disappointment after the Butcher's Boy series and Metzger's Dog. I found the main character totally lacking credibility and was totally put off by the indian mystique part.

    The narration is overall ok but very inept and irritating when it comes to male voices.

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    W Modesto, CA, United States 02-04-10
    W Modesto, CA, United States 02-04-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Vanishing Act"

    Profanity and crude language really ruin a read for me. This was introduced in the first few minutes of the read and I decided not to continue. Someone who is less sensitive might enjoy it.

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
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