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After two decades protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane McKinnon, née Whitefield, has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York - or so she thinks. One morning as she comes back from a long run, Jane is met by an unusual sight: all eight clan mothers, the female leaders of the Seneca clans, parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane's from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he's fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers' request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were 14 in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren't the only ones after him.

As the chase intensifies, the number of people caught up in this twisted plot multiplies, and Jane is the only one who can protect those endangered by it. A String of Beads is an addictive, fast-paced thriller about how abandoning the past can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, even when your life - and the life of those you love - depends on it.

©2015 Thomas Perry (P)2015 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books.

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Great series so glad to read the next one

It's wonderful to have a well balanced super intelligent confident heroine. There's no glaring deficit in her personal life like most female leads in suspense plots. She's believable and I learn something new with each book. Keep writing them!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Back!

I am so glad that Jane has returned. The last book I read said she was never going out again. She does, did and succeeded! I loved the return of her Indian family.The was well-planned and exciting. Please let her continue as a "guide."

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  • Ellenaeddy
  • Chesterton, IN, United States
  • 03-13-15

Top Notch

Tom Perry is back to his usual excellence in this book. It's a fabulous thriller, and an unexpected plot. The Jane Whitefields in general are a fabulous read and this is an excellent one.
You will want to probably take the order in sequence. I think you'd miss a great deal if you read them out of order.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • K
  • 06-12-15

Love books, tired of stupid victims

Would you listen to String of Beads again? Why?

Yes. I like the series overall.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jane of course.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy the stories and the Native American references- though I really don't know enough to judge the validity of them.
I'm tired of the consistent portrayal of "runners" as very stupid and unable to follow directions and/or use common sense.

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Another enjoyable book by Perry

I learn so much about remaining safe & becoming invisible from his books. And the history of the Seneca Indians is interesting since i am from NYS. I do get a little tired out though from following along, haha

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  • Doug
  • Highland Park, IL, United States
  • 06-07-15

Compelling and Exciting

As with most of Perry's Jane Whitefield novels, the pace is unrelenting and the sense of worry for the characters gets ramped up to the max. This is a great getaway read from start to finish. My only complaint is with the stiffness of Perry's dialog. When Jane is tracking a bad guy or running from one, I'm enthralled. When the characters have to talk to one another, they instead talk AT each other and I start paging ahead.

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  • Sherry
  • Oceanside, CA. United States
  • 01-09-15

Love this series

I am such a fan of Jane Whitefield that I can't gobble up each book as fast as they come out. Love her Seneca history and lore, her unusual expertise, and her strength and courage. Wish this story wasn't over....

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  • EAA
  • Rochester, NY United States
  • 01-14-15

First novel I read in this series and my last

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This book was poorly crafted and I found the writing terrible. Living in upstate NY I was looking forward to learning a little something more about the Seneca Indian culture in an area I've lived all my life. It started out ok but quickly went down hill for me. Mostly what I remember is the barrage of route numbers, town names and street names that were constantly thrown around and had nothing to add to the otherwise laughable plot line. I found myself picking apart inaccuracies in locations because there was little else that held any interest for me. I have a hard time understanding all of the positive reviews on this dreadful book.

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  • traceyo
  • Oceanside, CA USA
  • 01-14-17

My favorite character

Does not disappoint! Thomas Perry captivates me & Jane is one of my favorite characters. Another great story.

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keep these coming

I had thought all the Jane Whitefield books were over, and was happy to find this one. I like all of T. Perry's stuff, though there was a bad narrator on some of the Butcher Boy stories. This is a good one . . .

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