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Poison Flower: A Jane Whitefield Novel (Jane Whitefield Novels) Hardcover – March 6, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 270 customer reviews
Book 7 of 8 in the Jane Whitefield Series

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Praise for Poison Flower

"At a time when franchise characters are publishing gold, (Jane Whitefield) is the sort of protagonist most crime novelists would kill for." —The Wall Street Journal

"Spellbinding. . . Jane shares some traits with another outstanding protagonist, Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Both are resourceful, fearless, and whip-smart." —The Seattle Times

“Perry’s heroine, Jane Whitefield, continues to be one of the most original and intriguing characters in contemporary crime fiction . . . . Perry plunges us into his patented nerve-wracking, extended chase scenes before the novel’s harrowing climax.” —Booklist (starred review)

"A tour de force. . . an hours-long jolt of pure, adrenaline-fueled plot." —Kirkus Reviews

"[E]xciting. . . . Perry ensures the characters shine.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for Thomas Perry

“There are probably only half a dozen suspense writers alive who can be depended upon to deliver high-voltage shocks; vivid, sympathetic characters; and compelling narratives each time they publish. Thomas Perry is one of them.” —Stephen King

“[Perry is] a master of nail-biting suspense.” —Los Angeles Times

“Perry is so skillful with the old chase-and-pursuit routine, creates such interesting characters, and writes about them so tellingly, one wants more immediately, not next year—right now.” —The Boston Globe

“The best thing about Thomas Perry’s thrillers are the devilishly ingenious schemes his protagonists devise to outwit their pursuers . . . Perry keeps readers engrossed with wickedly smart protagonists . . . Perry can really write.” —San Francisco Examiner

“Mr. Perry’s characters come to life with a single sentence. . . . He’s one of the greatest living writers of suspense fiction.” —The New York Sun

About the Author

Thomas Perry has written 21 books, many New York Times and national bestsellers, including seven featuring Jane Whitefield, and 1982’s The Butcher’s Boy, which won the Best First Novel Edgar. He lives in Southern California.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Jane Whitefield Novels
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press; First Edition edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802126057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802126054
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carol Roberts VINE VOICE on January 2, 2012
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Readers who know Jane Whitefield as an Indian guide will find a different Jane in this novel-an Indian warrior. Jane, a descendant of the Seneca Nation in western New York state, has made it her life's work to guide those in danger of death or great bodily harm to new lives.

This book starts out on the same note. Jane is asked to help a man who has been falsely accused and convicted of murdering his wife. His escape from the courthouse is going well when they are accosted by three men. Her client escapes, but Jane is caught and thrown into a car. They are not police as she thought but agents of a man who wants her client dead. They are determined to learn his whereabouts from her and proceed to torture her.

She escapes but is still in danger as her captors have discovered that men are looking for her to find others she has helped and will pay well to have her. The plot moves rapidly as she uses her skill to avoid capture while helping her client stay safe. This is a different Jane than we have known- one who has survival skills that serve her well and is not cowed by violence. The book is violent as the others were not, but the violence was visited on her and she could only react.

I could only wonder at the end how this episode would affect Jane's marriage and her desire to be a normal physician's wife in her community. Perhaps there will be a book eight to tell us.
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I first started reading the Jane Whitefield series just this past year or so when I found them in our local library. I was bummed after I finished them all, and hoped Perry would write more. So when I saw his latest pre-release copy available, I jumped on it.

Like all of his previous books in the series I could not put this one down and I read it in one day. As I expected, the story starts out full of excitement from page one and never lets up. It begins with Jane orchestrating another of her brilliant schemes, this time to free James Shelby, a prisoner who is innocent of the murder he has been convicted of. Shelby gets out of the building, finds the getaway car, and all goes well until some men masquerading as police officers abduct Jane, shoot her, then torture her for whereabouts info on the Shelby. As you can imagine, the bad guys know Shelby is innocent and they are connected with the real murderer.

Jane of course endures the torture & escapes, and that's when the story gets even better. Without giving too much away I'll just say that in an interesting twist, many of Jane's previous enemies are involved in an incident. It didn't go as the enemies had planned. Then another incident involving a group of eight new enemies was even more riveting. I'll let you guess whether or not that one went as planned.

Back to the prisoner....In addition to Shelby, there are a couple of secondary victims that Jane ends up rescuing as well. These characters tie in very well with the existing plot and add even more juice to the story. Although the pace rarely lets up, the events and details are easy to keep up with and will keep you glued to the page.

As always, Jane is a brave, brilliant, strong heroin while still seeming human.
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I wonder if Thomas Perry regrets marrying Jane Whitefield to her white-bread doctor. Since she has become Mrs Dr Carey McKinnon she has vowed to cease her disappearing acts, something that would be the end of the series. In the last 3 novels, Jane's ambivalence and guilt take up most of the psychic room in the narrative.

They don't, however, crowd out the violence, which increases geometrically with each volume.

In the early novels, Jane kills or maims in self-defense only. This gradually changes to killing to avoid risk -- killing prophylactically, as it were. And in this novel, that killing goes wholesale.

At first this seems to be a narrative of Jane's ability to endure pain -- another element of the novels that sounds good/positive (strong hero, and all that) but an element which begins to dominate the narratives. Then the narrative takes a big jump and Jane is back in the Adirondacks, showing us a higher-tech version of the Seneca skills she uses to save herself in _Vanishing Act_, the first novel. But this isn't self-defense, except in the broadest general terms.

These are executions.

It must be very hard to write a thriller with a tough woman hero. If the author makes her a girl, people like me will complain. If the author makes her too blood-thirsty, people like me will complain. But, to be fair, I'm complaining about Jane's development, not Jane as she was at the dawn of the series. "What?" you say. "Aren't characters supposed to develop?"

Yes, indeed they are. But they are supposed to develop in ways which -- if not necessarily logical -- will allow a constant reader to sustain willing suspension of disbelief. But Perry has Jane increasingly at odds with her own values.
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Thomas Perry is one of the best thriller writers of our time.

His "Jane Whitfield" series is him writing at the top of his game.

This, latest. hits the ground running and only gains momentum with each page.

In the FIRST 15 pages, Jane executes a brilliant escape plan for her latest "client"; discovers herself to be targeted by some very dark forces who (we will discover) are very p.o.'ed at her success; tries any number of clever ploys to evade these dark force; AND she FAILS!

What happens next well (to paraphrase Sondheim) that's the book!

Don't start it if you don't have time to finish it!

It's that good!
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