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4.0 out of 5 starsThe shark hasn't been jumped, after all
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2014
This is the eighth book in the great Jane Whitefield series, which has been running since 1995. After two decades, the author has encountered a problem inherent in such a situation: his protagonist, who is called upon to outrun, outsmart, and outfight many opponents, is aging out. There are different ways to handle this. The late Ed McBain, whose 87th Precinct series ran for nearly 60 years, stalled all his characters in their 40s and never aged them afterwards. JD Robb's In Death series, also going strong after 20 years, has each book take place a few days or weeks after the previous one, so aging will never be a problem. Thomas Perry has chosen a third method of handing the situation: he has reversed time. In the last novel, Jane was clearly in her upper 40s. Now she is back to 34, though there are some editing anomalies which belie this. It works fine for me. Jane, who has had a secret and successful career assisting people to flee danger and create new lives in safety and anonymity, is now called upon to locate someone. He's an old childhood friend who is being framed for murder. Jane would turn down this assignment, but it comes from a source she can't refuse, the eight clan mothers of her Seneca tribe. Using her experience and her Indian history and culture as a guide, Jane goes after Jimmy. He's being sought by the police as well as by the folks who framed him, and since he has no idea why he's been targeted, it's up to Jane to figure it out and keep him alive. The last book in this series was a disappointment and I was afraid it had run its course, but this one shows that the author still has his game going, and I'm looking forward to more of Jane's adventures.
5.0 out of 5 starsI thought it would be a normal good book. Was I ever mistaken
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2014
From reading the beginning, or synopsis, I thought it would be a normal good book. Was I ever mistaken. This book starts off giving you some first class tips on how to protect yourself against people who might want to harm you. It gives you many valid security tips, and then the story really starts to move, and somehow or other, Thomas Perry does not stop the action long enough to give you a breath of fresh air. The suspense is continuing with no let up, and trying to lay the book down is futile. You immediately have to pick it up and continue with the action. So if what you want in a book is suspense, this is it. Jane Whitefield does not let you relax until the last page. You can't even skip a couple of pages to see what might happen net, because you are afraid you'll miss something important in what you temporarily skipped over. Enjoy! Once you finish, you'll definitely be loaning it out to your friends so they also can find out what true suspense is all about..
5.0 out of 5 starsWhen the clan mothers make a request, Jane must act
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2020
Jane Whitefield accepted the string of beads. She knew what it meant. Her childhood friend Jimmy was in trouble and on the run from the law. Author Thomas Perry uses "A String of Beads," the eighth in the saga of the Native American who hides people in trouble, to show the intense lengths Jane will go through to unravel the mysteries of the threats against those she's promised to protect. Jimmy is a special case. The two of them spent summers together learning woodcraft and the lessons of their Seneca people. But now Jimmy's been framed for murder. And he's on the run. Police figure he's guilty. The clan mothers of the Seneca tribe know of Jane's work. They know a lot about a lot of things. And they want Jane to sort out Jimmy's problems. They worry he'll be killed. A couple tribal members learned that if Jimmy were arrested, he'd be killed in jail. His prospects don't look good. Jane's handed all of this with very little to reveal the actual killer and why Jimmy was picked to take the fall. But Jane has her methods and she diligently tracks every lead like her ancestors would have by listening, hunting and using every advantage she can. Perry's development of his protagonist has only improved, and he describes Jane's process for getting to the heart of the mystery in such detail that it kept me fully engaged. I'd want to read the next paragraph even though I had little time available. And if I couldn't, I'd be thinking about Jane's next move. This was a fully satisfying read.
5.0 out of 5 starsI've found every book to be excellent. Whitefield is a Native American woman in western ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2016
In Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, I've found every book to be excellent. Whitefield is a Native American woman in western NY state; she's Seneca, one of the Six Nations/Iroquois League who were in NY before the American Revolution, and she follows the "old ways" both paths and customs, while remaining a modern woman. Her specialty is "making people disappear" when they have no other options but death at the hands of their enemies. She gives them new ID's, which she has gradually built up herself, and eventually settles them in cities and jobs very different from where their enemies would think to look. I thought Perry had given up on the Jane Whitefield series, and I was delighted when this one came out several years after the previous book. Every book in the series is suspenseful, with casts of truly interesting characters. Whitefield has been happily married in the last few books, and has intended to stop her "business" in order to devote herself to being a good wife (a conservative one) to her doctor husband whom she'd met in college years before. But exceptions have come up, and she reluctantly spends time far from home and largely out-of-touch with him, in order to help yet another person disappear. The longer she 'disappears' people, the better-known she becomes. Some very dangerous characters have begun to search for her, so she must make ever greater efforts to keep her "clients"... and herself... safe. I find the series thoroughly addictive. BTW: the words "business" and "clients" are in quotes, because Jane never asks to be paid; she only tells the person she is helping that people she's helped in the past send her "presents" after they've become comfortable in their new lives and feel safe again.
5.0 out of 5 starsA clever authorial trick has revitalized this run of wonderful thrillers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2017
TP has gone and done a James Bond. Instead of battling with the problems of an aging protagonist, he has simply written this latest installment with Jane now at least a decade younger. It works beautifully in a great yarn, because, although rejuvenated, Jane still has to deal with the difficulties posed by modern technology especially surveillance and tracking.
A great read, and there is no need to read the other Jane Whitefields. All is made clear.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother winner in the stories of Jane Whitefield
Reviewed in Canada on May 19, 2015
Perry continues to delight with Jane Whitefield. She is a well developed character and placed within a well-developed story. What seems like a simple (for Jane) task expands and twists. By the last chapter (or so) it's impossible to put the book down.