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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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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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  • Ellen
  • Chesterton, IN, United States
  • 06-08-09

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).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Randy
  • Moses Lake, WA, USA
  • 03-22-09

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Annette
  • bloomington, IL, United States
  • 09-01-16

I couldn't even finish listening

The story is very strange with the main character seeing ghosts and other apparitions but the worst part is the narration. I couldn't get past the terrible voices and lack of reflection in her voice. I can usually listen to any book while walking my dogs but this one was just plain irritating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jacqui
  • Marrickville, Australia
  • 07-29-12

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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-.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Was on edge of my seat from beginning to end!

Great story, very intriguing. Highly recommend. Will be listening to other books in this series.

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  • Rodney
  • Nashville, TN, United States
  • 06-22-16

Never disappointed

This book is hard to put down, well written, performance superb. I recommend it highly