When I started this my second Thomas Perry novel, I thought it couldn't possibly match the intensity of his first novel, Vanishing Act. Fortunately for me, Dance for the Dead, was equally riveting. Although I didn't like the character Mary Perkins at all when she was first introduced, she really grew on me. I felt like watching her character grow and to someone who is more than she dreams she could be stronger, more courageous, more caring, it was like watching a missed opportunity revisited and done right. I'd really like to watch more about little Timmy, and hope he gets to actually grow up one day. So I'll continue reading the series to see where it leads Jane Whitefield on her next great adventure.
Perry lays out so much detail that it's really more than I care for. In this book the Indian character is helping to keep a boy safe. In the process she gets involved with a woman who has been involved in big banking and learned how to rip off the system of millions. Perry goes into great detail on how she did this - for me it was interesting and then it went into far more detail than I wanted. I felt like I was reading a manual on how to rip off the banking system. Perry is perfection in giving the details on how it is done, but I didn't want a How To manual. I kept wanting him to move on.
Jane Whitfield could have been a character in a Tony Hillerman novel. I admire this character, her toughness combined with her compassion for "disappearing" people she deems worthy. She's "all-in" risking her life for those she engages. Twists and turns, attention to detail, astute observations of human nature and foibles fill the pages. She could have been a con-man, but she chose instead to use her gifts for good, often outside the boundaries of the law. Perhaps my most enjoyable experience derives from Thomas Perry's having done his homework on Native American culture and traditions over the centuries. The author's protagonist reminds one of Hillerman's Navajo Policeman and medicine man, Jim Chee. She sees the world as it is, yet through the eyes of her people, reflecting mystically on the old days, before Europeans arrived to claim the continent. She embodies the spirit of her people that once made them a great Nation. Perry supplies enough encounters with a remnant of native Americans who have embraced their traditional identity and practice. I strongly recommend Dance of the Dead!
"Dance for the Dead" Jane Whitefield Series is the second book in the series & believe me it is packed full of action, mysticism, suspense, intrigue & conspiracy with every bend & turn. Jane is cunning, intelligent, devoted & has a unique ability to help her clients "vanish". The writer weaves the history of the Native American people of the region & their struggle to exist with mastery in every chapter. Jane Whitefield is a half Seneca Native American "guide" - a person that hides people from pursuers. It could be anyone like Timmy Phillips an 8 year little boy that has a multi-million dollar inheritance that is in grave danger from a master mind that is out to steal his inheritance & his life. Jane has laid out a plan & everything is in order - - just an uncomplicated day at the assigned courthouse to resolve the fact that Timmy is really alive & will need a court appointed person to handle his inheritance. Then all hell breaks loose and Jane's perfect plan unravels landing her in jail, the two people that were Timmy's so called parents-caregivers are dead. Now Jane has to delve deep into her Seneca heritage & training & come up with a reliable plan to insure Timmy's safety. Just when Jane is almost home free she is approached by Mary Perkins in the airport. She realizes that with a few twists and turns she can hide Mary and get back home - - the home of her parents & grandparents & her Native American Heritage. Maybe even see her long-time friend. Soon she discovers that Timmy is not safe & neither is Mary Perkins. The puzzle is intriguing - suspenseful - terrifying when she plays cat and mouse with some seriously sadistic people that do not blink an eye to assault & molest a woman to get the answers that they want or murder an innocent child. Hang on for a ride that will chill you to the bone when Jane constructs a plot to trap the one man that is behind this conspiracy to steal money from some innocent & not so innocent people. You will be caught in the spell and won't be able to put the book down until you come to the end. Then you will start all over at the beginning because it is so power packed that you will want the chilling ride.
Dance for the Dead is a thrilling, exciting book that is full of twists and turns. Jane is a character that the reader will always remember. Thomas Perry is a great writer and excellent with the details. In fact, I have some trouble keeping up with all the little tricks he has written for Jane to become such a professional person. If you like exciting books, this one is mandatory for you to read. I am steadily reading all of this series and think that all of them are really great. I am enjoying this series immensely.
I have read most of this series but I am reading it again along with later books I haven’t read yet. Love Jane Whiteman, a woman we would all like to be at least a little bit like. I highly recommend these books if you want something different to read. Keep them coming.
Jane Whitefield is one of my favorite characters. She is fascinating with her Indian background. I love her smooth handling of situations and how she does the job she does. All of the books are great reading. I have read them all several times and often go back and re-read (now digitally) whenever I am between books.
I really like these books for a quick easy entertaining read. All of them are interesting and I love having a lead female that is capable of using what she has at hand to defend herself and others. Like a woman James Bond only more believable and fallible. My choice for a rainy afternoon. Some female heroes just seem too fake and arrogant. This one seems more realistic.