Regular price: $24.49

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    180
  • 4 Stars
    129
  • 3 Stars
    84
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    8

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    136
  • 4 Stars
    89
  • 3 Stars
    36
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    8

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    136
  • 4 Stars
    87
  • 3 Stars
    40
  • 2 Stars
    11
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Fun thriller

Although this novel is pretty outdated for a thriller of this sort, I still enjoyed the fun one-liners, the random native american facts, and the main characters. And, although I was able to guess the ending by the middle of the book, it still left me biting my nails.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amy
  • Batesville, AR, United States
  • 02-26-10

Heartening Story about Helping People

I enjoyed the story of someone out there who could help you out of a life threatening situation. Who even had someone to watch her back. But with that much set-up and organization then having an ending with a brutal murder, turned me off.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Great, Unique Storyline

Narrator is great. Story is very good, quite different from typical mysteries. Jane Whitefield is a neat character - indian who helps people disappear. This is the first book. Worth the listen!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting relationship with Indians of New York

Would you listen to Vanishing Act again? Why?

No, I don't usually relisten to books

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character is a strong women

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was good. I think the book would have been better with a man and women tandem narrating and the editing, towards the end, had repetitive issues.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • W
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 02-04-10

Vanishing Act

Profanity and crude language really ruin a read for me. This was introduced in the first few minutes of the read and I decided not to continue. Someone who is less sensitive might enjoy it.

4 of 15 people found this review helpful