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Publisher's Summary

In this exciting seventh entry in Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles-but the price of Shelby's freedom is high.

©2012 Thomas Perry (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Anyone who has read Perry knows the anticipatory pleasure that comes just from holding a new book with his name on the cover. Fans of Jane, last seen in Runner, will enjoy this elegantly written tale of pursuit and revenge." (Library Journal)

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  • John
  • St. Peters, MO, United States
  • 05-14-12

Non-stop action all the way

Would you consider the audio edition of Poison Flower to be better than the print version?

I love audio and I love print. Can't say for sure which is better.

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

This was definitely a rocket ride from the beginning. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone. Jane starts out moving fast, and never slows down.

What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

Joyce is very good in this series and she is Jane's voice that I hear in my head when I re-read the stories.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen in one sitting. I'm retired and have the time. I stayed up VERY late. It was worth it.

Any additional comments?

If you have never read any other Jane Whitefield books, DO NOT START with this one. It brings in characters and situations from earlier books. As a series reader I loved it, but it would not make sense to someone who wasn't. <br/>Start at the beginning with Vanishing Act and come forward.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Meg W
  • LIncoln, NE USA
  • 05-14-12

Love the Jane Whitefield series!

I have been hooked on the Jane Whitefield book since I read Vanishing Act years ago so was excited to see another addition to the series. The one thing I did not like about Poison Flower was the torture scenes. Not that they did not fit in the story - just that I found them too disturbing to listen to. (If I had been reading rather than listening to the book I would have simply skipped over those parts.)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Carolyn
  • Oshkosh, WI, United States
  • 04-09-12

Love Jane's Attitude

If you have read the whole series then you will love this one just as much or more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very Graphic

Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Perry again?

Yes, I love Thomas Perry as an author, but this book was very dark, very graphic in image. <br/>The image and details presented in the torture process was horrible. It is not necessary to go into so much detail.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joyce Bean?

The narrator was good

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

After you get past the chapters of torture, the book is a typical Thomas Perry novel that keeps you involved in the story.

Any additional comments?

Don't read this book if you have a weak stomach; the torture details are to graphic, it is not needed for this story. It ruined the book and made me think twice about reading a Thomas PERRY NOVEL AGAIN.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • ES
  • 08-13-12

Perry missed with "Poison Flower"

Would you try another book from Thomas Perry and/or Joyce Bean?

Previous Perry novels kept me in constant suspense; "Poison Flower" plods along with unengaging situations and a very predicable bland climax. Nothing new is revealed about Jane Whitefield's character. Even her capture and torture seemed passionless and mechanical

Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Perry again?

Even a quality author such as Perry can have a bad book once in a while. This is such an exeception that suspense fans should keep reading as he generates new offerings

What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

As a Narrator, Bean moves the story along. She is so skilled she slips into the background giving the listener the experience of being in the story. Well done.

Do you think Poison Flower needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Poison Flower deserves to remain where it ended: Dead

Any additional comments?

Jane Whitefield is damaged at the end of this story. Lets hope that Perry has the old magic to revive her and restore her to the engaging heroine she truly is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not his best, but pretty damn good

What did you love best about Poison Flower?

The Jane Whitefield character is heroic and wonderfully drawn.

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

The action's fast paced and clever, as always in a Perry novel. But the bad guys are cartoonish, even by the standards of the genre.

What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

Joyce did a fantastic job of covering the many characters and accents, with warmth and consistency. It was a pleasure listening to her.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

More sequels than Rocky!

Any additional comments?

Sadly, it''s probably time to retire Jane.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Running is Taking Its Toll

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Didn't like this one as much as the previous. Because I was listening instead of reading I couldn't skip over the winceable parts. A little too grim for me.

If you’ve listened to books by Thomas Perry before, how does this one compare?

Have only read before and always loved the Jane Whiteside character.

What three words best describe Joyce Bean’s voice?

Flat affect

Any additional comments?

It's hard to sustain a long running series. While it's important to put the character under pressure I don't like to witness on-going torture.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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antepenultimate again

Each of these Jane books feels like the last one, the kiss-off of a series, an adieu to a character, an abandonment of an oft-traveled plot device. Without spoiling the plot, I can say this feels yet again like the end for Ms. Whitfield, who is growing older and more battered and even perhaps a little cynical about the whole proposition. The paranormal plays a bigger role here than in previous texts, which probably foreshadows The End even more . . . but what do I know.

It's a nice addition to the series, and if you've read any of the others you'll want to read this one, too. I just hope Mr. Perry isn't getting tired of his own schtick, as he writes amusing potboilers and I'm not ready for him to stop.

The narration is adequate, better than some of Perry's books, like the Butcher's Boy series read in a monotone; this female narrator does an adequate job, and I'd listen to more books read by her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Slightly expected.

Love the character; loved the previous books, but this one was lacking the vitality which comes from surprise. Previous books seemed a touch more imaginative. I hope Perry is not tiring of his own character. Still glad I read it.

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  • Julia
  • berkeley, CA, United States
  • 04-13-12

It's a bit short, but I enjoyed it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I haven't ready any of the Jane Whitefield stories, so I didn't know what to expect. I thought it was well written and interesting. Not my favorite book, but good enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful