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Vanishing Act Audiobook

Vanishing Act

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Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity. Still, the supply of runaways - and the need for a woman who will take great risks to save them - have never been greater.

Jane knows all the tricks; in fact, she has invented several of them herself in the ten years she has been teaching fugitives to live with new identities. Many of her clients have been innocent people whom the institutions of society have been too slow and cumbersome to protect, but an increasing number have been like the gambler Harry Kemple: people who aren't especially admirable but who aren't bad enough to deserve to die prematurely.

Jane opens her door to find in her house an uninvited visitor named John Felker, the latest to run to her for sanctuary. Felker is not like the others Jane has helped, and everything about him is disquieting. He doesn't even know whom he is running from - only that whoever is framing him as an embezzler has already circulated an open contract in the prison system for his death. Maybe his problems began years ago, when he was a policeman; a good cop makes an enemy with each arrest. But perhaps he is still a policeman and has invented precisely the right story to entrap Jane. Or perhaps he is something even worse.

The unexpected guest draws this exceptional woman into an adventure of mystery, love and sacrifice, betrayal and vengeance, and propels her on a pursuit that takes her from the night streets of Los Angeles and Vancouver to the dark, unexplored regions of her own mind.

©2008 Thomas Perry; (P)2009 Tantor

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    Amazon Customer 12-16-15

    marshrat

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    "Strong lead. Native Am context adds interest"

    Strong female character with interesting references to American Indian culture.Fast pace without being chaotic. Did not know this was a series and will definitely pick up another.
    Reader was very good.

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    Lona Lincoln 11-02-15
    Lona Lincoln 11-02-15

    Lona Kramer

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    "Exciting and memorable heroine"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It introduces a principled character ready to die for her cause. It ties her mission to that of her Seneca ancestors. It has believable villains and victims. The plot develops in satisfyingly unpredictable ways.


    What other book might you compare Vanishing Act to and why?

    Nevada Barr's The Rope. The heroine exerts her will to overcome her own weakness. She drives herself to secure safety for others.


    What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her interpretation of the characters. The flexibility of an audiobook to go anywhere while listening.


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

    Jane Whitefield will kill you to save your life.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book a number of years ago and have been looking for it and others in the series. I looked under mysteries, native American fiction, women detectives, Native Women fiction. Finally I found it with the help of a librarian when I remembered Perry as the name of the author, and Jane as the character. It should be indexed in more ways to help potential readers.

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    S. Warkentin USA 07-04-15
    S. Warkentin USA 07-04-15

    shanyetta

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    "Enjoyable ride"

    Really enjoyed this book. Didn't foresee where it went half way through but it made for an exciting ride. Definitely recommend it.

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    Jeanne United States 03-13-15
    Jeanne United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Jane Whitefield appears!"

    What a great listen! Love that it segues into the next story! Thomas Perry doesn't disappoint! Can't wait to start the next one!

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    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 11-18-14
    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm hooked."

    I love this series. You should start here because it's nice to have order but each book is a stand alone and explains about Jane and her past. Great series.

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    LibbyListener SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States 11-04-13
    LibbyListener SCHAUMBURG, IL, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A great begining to a new series"
    Where does Vanishing Act rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Towards the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jane Whitefield is an excellent character. She uses her wits and her skills very naturally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like how she remembers her heritage after the case is over.


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

    I had already read this book, so I knew the story. I'm glad that there are more to come.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne 07-30-12
    Lynne 07-30-12
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    "Good read"

    Blends Native American Culture with mystery, suspense, intrigue, and romance. I will read more books by this author!

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    Carlee S. 04-22-12
    Carlee S. 04-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Introducing Jane Whitefield"

    Native American woman, Jane Whitefield helps people disappear. She is thoughtful, clever and resourceful. The plot is suspenseful and riveting, I find myself caught up in the story right away and prefer listening to it over most other books. I own all of the Jane Whitefield books, and listen to them at least once a year. This is the first book in the series, so the differences in technology are interesting. Jane evolves with the times, so book #7 has different challenges. Excellent work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. M. Batista 02-13-12 Member Since 2013

    José M. Batista

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    "No Butcher's Girl"

    Big disappointment after the Butcher's Boy series and Metzger's Dog. I found the main character totally lacking credibility and was totally put off by the indian mystique part.

    The narration is overall ok but very inept and irritating when it comes to male voices.

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    SoCal Walker Irvine, CA 11-20-10
    SoCal Walker Irvine, CA 11-20-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Sharp, clever, fresh and fun."

    I really enjoyed this mystery. It was sharp, clever, fresh and fun. I didn't see the plot twists coming, or anticipate the resolution. I'd read more by this author.

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