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Dance for the Dead (Jane Whitefield series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Perry
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Book Description

In the tradition of popular female sleuths like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone and Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski, Thomas Perry presents his new novel, featuring Native American heroine Jane Whitefield. Perry's previous novel, Vanishing Act, has been optioned for a film.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

As usual, Perry (The Butcher's Boy) cuts to the chase. In the opening scene of this riveting mystery thriller, Jane Whitefield, an expert at helping people in danger disappear, slugs it out with three brawny hoodlums in an L.A. courthouse. At that point, she has traveled across half the country trying to protect Timmy Phillips, an eight-year-old heir to millions, from the stop-at-nothing professional killers on their trail. The same criminals, led by a powerful ex-cop named Barraclough, murdered Timmy's adoptive parents. Now they want Mary Perkins, a fugitive savings-and-loan fleecer who also asks Whitefield for help. Perry launches a complex pursuit, during which Whitefield relies on her Seneca heritage for insight and on friends for crucial assistance. A love interest highlights the personal price Whitefield pays for doing her secretive, dangerous work. The nail-biting climax takes place on a snowy night in a location that seems tailor-made for film: the rusting remains of a huge steel mill near Buffalo. The denouement may strike some readers as too neat, but it's a minor quibble. With his distinctive protagonist, thoroughly amoral villains and the unrelenting action, Perry scores again. 75,000 first printing; major ad/promo.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Jane's attempt to help an orphan boy overlaps with her work for a woman accused of stealing $50 million in Perry's (Vanishing Act, LJ 12/94) latest thriller.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804114250
  • Publisher: Ivy Books; 1st edition (April 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5ZY74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From page 1...... October 18, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jane Whitefield comes to us a fully developed character as only Kate Shugak of the Dana Stabenow has before. The action starts (explodes?) from page 1. I was settled to read a chapter or 2 before bed as is my wont but ended up putting this book down at the back cover just in time to shower for work. I read incessantly and have rarely found a book of this caliber and unlike so many other authors, the series maintains the standard. Looking forward to the new one Jan 2000!!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The first three Jane Whitefield books are the classiest alternative to Tony Hillerman's "Navajo mysteries." Nobody is more fun to read about than Jane Whitefield. She's clever, she's beautiful, she's seriously dangerous to bad guys.
Like that Holmes guy, she's been so popular that Perry tried unsuccessfully to get shet of her for three novels. And maybe she will "rise from the dead" once more. Meantime, there are three good novels (*Vanishing Act,* *Dance for the Dead*, *Shadow Woman*) and two better-than-average-but-kind-of-half-hearted ones (*Face-Changers,* *Blood Money*). In each of the last three books, Jane promises her husband that she will stop now. Perry's done two novels since *Blood Money*, and it looks like Jane's last retirement took. What a shame.
In *Dance for the Dead*, the action begins on page one, and by page five Jane has fought her way through a gauntlet and five or six key people are dead. From this dazzling start, it's a wild ride of switched identities, super-killers, and Jane's mysto/techno woodlore that brings us, breathless, to a celebration on the Seneca rez. On the way we meet a woman we learn to love almost as much as we do Jane.
Wow. Read this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Mess With Jane Whitefield July 18, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is book two of the delightful Jane Whitefield series. She's an attractive, 32 year old Indian who runs her own private "witness protection" program. Thomas Perry brings us a smart, capable protagonist whom bad guys simply should not mess with. Great fun. There is a feeling of ominous dread creeping in at the end of the book, though. It appears that Jane may be on the road to matrimony (which she does, I gather, in the next novel in the series). I really, really do not like this idea.
Fans of this series should note that Perry wrote several excellent thrillers before starting his Jane Whitefield books. They are well worth reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dance for the Dead March 10, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A no-nonsense, no-frills, and fast-paced read. Jane Whitefield is a native American Houdini on a life mission to save others. Her escapes from danger are clever and provide the reader (or listener) a sort of "how to" on avoiding detection, capture and/or death. This is not the usual who-dunnit or action thriller. The native American thread woven through it is fascinating and Jane is a remarkable and unique heroine. There isn't a dull moment. After listening to the audiobook version, I immediatelly went out and bought the first book featuring Jane: "Vanishing Act." It was equally compelling. If there was a negative about "Dance for the Dead," it was the audiobook reader, Lindsay Crouse. Her monotone reading became, well, monotonous. But the author's story overcame her flat recitation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Jane! March 1, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a big fan of mystery/suspense novels, but one dull Sunday afternoon I saw this book sitting on my parents' coffee table, and began flipping through it. The concept hooked me almost at once -- there's something enormously appealing about Jane Whitefield and her endless supply of ingenuity as she helps people create new identities. I read my way through the series and strongly recommend the books to anyone. Sure, Jane's clever escapes and rescues occasionally stretch credulity, but that's part of the fun of reading fiction. I like it when the good guys win, thanks.
I would love to read more about Jane sometime -- it would be interesting to see how she would cope with the increased security of post-September 11th America.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series to read! June 23, 2000
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There aren't very many authors who write about a woman protagonist that actually has brains, guts and a strong will. Thomas Perry is one author that does. I love reading this series just to see what tricks Jane has up her sleeve. If you haven't read them go, buy and enjoy! They will not let you down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Perry is a great author! December 13, 2006
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I have read all of Thomas Perry's books. He is a great author! He manages to combine huge amounts of action and suspense with literate writing and well-developed, sensitive and interesting characters. "Dance for the Dead" is about Jane Whitfield, my favorite Thomas Perry character. Jane is a Seneca Indian who grew up near Niagara Falls, and the book is loaded with Indian history. Jane saves people by giving them a new identity and helping them to hide from whatever trouble they are in. This puts her in a lot of danger and provides plenty of opportunity to meet interesting people. Since her life is so dangerous, she keeps a very low profile and doesn't have much of a social life. In this book, she begins a romance with a doctor from her hometown who she has known for a long time, but thankfully this series really sticks to the action and adventure, and never veers too far into romance territory. As other reviewers have noted, it makes me really happy to find a male author who chose to write about such a take-charge, capable woman. I would recommend this whole series to anyone who likes well-written action adventure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another great Perry mystery
Published 10 hours ago by chauncey r.
5.0 out of 5 stars These are a great read.
this is not the first time I have read the Jane Whitfield series, I use to own the whole set, then I let someone read them all and they never gave them back. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LiL' Bit
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Much more clever than a shoot 'em up action story. More akin to the Bourne trilogy.
Published 1 month ago by Bill Welte
5.0 out of 5 stars A pure adrenalin high
Now that Tony Hillerman has passed into the Great Beyond, Thomas Perry's mystery/suspense novels starring half-Seneca, Jane Whitefield are my top choice for a series with a native... Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. A. Lovitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another really good Jane book, can't wait for the next one after Runner.
Published 2 months ago by norma71
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Every Perry book prompts me to read other. Excellent!
Published 3 months ago by Marilyn Outerbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular series
Thomas Perry weaves this thriller as through Jane is part of you. Some of the best books I have read
Published 3 months ago by Gazell42
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 3 months ago by Wilma Rucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author
A while ago, I discovered this author and this series. Loved it then, and still continue to enjoy his writings. Was a very nice and exciting read. Will be reading the whole series.
Published 5 months ago by John M. Cooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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THOMAS PERRY is the author of 22 novels including the Jane Whitefield series (Vanishing Act, Dance for the Dead, Shadow Woman, The Face Changers, Blood Money, Runner, Poison Flower, and A String of Beads), Death Benefits, and Pursuit, the first recipient of the Gumshoe Award for best novel. He won the Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New York Times Notable Book. The Independent Mystery Bookseller's Association included Vanishing Act in its "100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century," and Nightlife was a New York Times bestseller. Metzger's Dog was voted one of NPR's 100 Killer Thrillers--Best Thrillers Ever.
Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. He lives in Southern California.  His website:

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