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Dance for the Dead , A Jane Whitefield Novel (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Thomas Perry

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Title:Dance for the Dead , A Jane Whitefield Novel
Authors:Thomas Perry
Info:Ivy Books / Ballantine Books (1997), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 416 pages
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Dance for the Dead by Thomas Perry (1996)



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This is the second in the Jane Whitfield series. Following a successful child protection, Jane is enlisted by someone she met briefly in jail who is being pursued by several men. It turns out that “Mary Perkins” was involved in several schemes to make money off the deregulation of the S&L’s (I happen to like the details of historical financial corruption, but it may bore the crap out of most people.)

Mary is reluctant to follow Jane’s directions. Hiding involves changing one’s personality as much as one’s looks. Things one liked before need to be ignored or disliked. If you liked money and sunshine, you need to move someplace where it’s cold and live ostentatiously. The details for creating new paperwork for new identities is truly fascinating. I wondered just how much experience Perry has in this regard.

The scene then shifts back to the child who, Jane suspects, is still in danger from the law firm that handled his Grandmother’s trust. She realized that the firm had a way to scam all the money out of the trust. They way they intended to do this is a wonder of convoluted legal machinations that, I suspect, might provide a blueprint for the hoards of unscrupulous lawyers out there, so if you are a lawyer, please don’t read this book. Jane sets out to scam the scammers with the help of a friendly and honest judge. The two cases merge as Mary and Jane are pursued by an unscrupulous private investigator.

Again, Perry intermingles lots of Native American lore into the story. Again, for me, at least, it seemed too peripheral, if interesting. Sometimes, the books seems almost a primary on how to disappear. I doubt if it would surprise anyone that Jane gets her revenge in the end. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Second in the Jane Whitefield series. Another very good, very suspenseful novel. The Indian lore subtext continues but is more subtle than the first book, an improvement. ( )
  rwt42 | Nov 30, 2012 |
The main character, Jane Whitefield, has helped many fugitives disappear and start new lives. She works to help Timmy Decker when his parents die and he finds out they weren't his parents after all but his kidnappers. He is Timmy Philips - heir to a hugh inheritance, and becomes a pawn between parties who want to get their hands on the money. She also helps Mary Perkins, a professed former criminal, who won't divulge much information to Jane about her current troubles. ( )
  leahhenderson | Jan 2, 2009 |
Considering that this book was written quite a while ago, it still holds up as one action packed little story. In my opinion: Thomas Perry's books are fun to read, and reread! ( )
  Sharonkincaid | Sep 25, 2007 |
Instead of solving crimes that have already occurred, Jane Whitefield specializes in preventative action. Usually, this means that she helps people to vanish into new identities before they can be murdered or otherwise harmed.
In this book, she has two clients: one needs to appear, one needs to disappear. The first is a little boy who is the heir to millions of dollars; someone wants him declared legally dead before he can appear in court to collect his inheritance. The other is a crooked female banker who went to jail for S&L fraud. She swears that she hasn't stashed away any money from her previous malfeasances; but someone still thinks she's worth hunting down on the off chance. Jane helps produce the boy and hide the banker before realizing that the cases are linked to a criminal conspiracy of startling proportions.
I really enjoyed this one. This is the 3rd Jane Whitefield that I've read, although this is the middle book of the 3. Jane comes over as a very human person, but she does commit some horrific murders herself. In this one she promises to marry Carey McKinnon in a year's time. ( )
  smik | Jun 1, 2007 |
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The common aim of all war parties was to bring back persons to replace the mourned-for dead. This could be done in three ways: by bringing back the scalp of a dead enemy (this scalp might even be put through an adoption ceremony); by bringing back a live prisoner (to be adopted, tortured, and killed); or by bringing back a live prisoner to be allowed to live and even to replace in a social role the one whose death had called for this "revenge."

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  *The Washington Post Book World

When eight-year-old Timothy Decker finds his parents brutally murdered, it's clear the Deckers weren't the intended victims: Timothy's own room--ransacked, all traces of his existence expertly obliterated *is the shocking evidence. Timothy's nanny, Mona, is certain about only one thing. Timmy needs to disappear, fast.

Only Jane Whitefield, a Native American "guide" who specializes in making victims vanish, can lead him to safety. But diverting Jane's attention is Mary Perkins, a desperate woman with S&L fraud in her past. Stalking Mary is a ruthless predator determined to find her *and the fortune she claims she doesn't have. Jane quickly creates a new life for Mary and jumps back on Timmy's case . . . not knowing that the two are fatefully linked to one calculating killer. . . .

"Spellbinding . . . Terrific . . . Jane Whitefield may be the most arresting protagonist in the 90s thriller arena. . . . Thrillers need good villains, and this one has a formidable SOB who is cold-blooded enough to satisfy anybody's taste."

  *Entertainment Weekly

"A terse thriller . . . Perry starts the story with a bang."

  *San Francisco Chronicle

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Eight-year-old Timothy Decker finds his parents brutally murdered. It's clear they weren't the intended victims. He needs to disappear fast. He needs Jane Whitefield, the resourceful Native American heroine who helps people escape their lives in order to keep them.… (more)

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