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Dance for the Dead by Thomas Perry

Dance for the Dead (1996)

by Thomas Perry

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Series: Jane Whitefield (2)

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My second book in the Jane Whitefield series and while I enjoyed the first I really loved this one.

She's a Seneca woman, living in nearby (for us) just across the border, in Buffalo/Niagara Falls. Jane makes people disappear - no not offs them but aids them to get away from nasty folk. In this book, set in the 1990's, it's all about savings and loans nasties and a couple of victims - a young boy and a woman who was at one time a con-artist. The descriptions of how the crooks cheated the banks, yes the banks are not the real baddies here, is intricate and fascinating.

Another superb one. ( )
1 vote martinhughharvey | Jan 5, 2016 |
I did not enjoy this book as much as the first one. It seemed to drag on for me and something, I don't know what, is missing. ( )
1 vote lewilliams | Nov 16, 2015 |
How does he make this character so appealing? another fine addition. ( )
1 vote sberson | Jun 12, 2015 |
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. ( )
1 vote 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. ( )
1 vote rwt42 | Nov 30, 2012 |
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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."

Anthony F. C. Wallace, The Death and Rebirth of the Seneca, 1969
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The tall, slim woman hastily tied her long, dark hair into a knot behind her head, planted her feet in the center of the long courthouse corridor, and waited.
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Thomas Perry
Pete Hatchers arbeidsgiver mener han ikke har vært snill gutt, men Pete er uskyldig, og vil bare gjøre jobben sin og siden hengi seg til det han liker best - jakten på damer. Han kommer i kontakt med Jane Whitefield, som gjemmer hjelpeløse og forfulgte når fienden ikke lar dem være i fred. Pete kommer seg til Denver, og skal leve stille og rolig. Men han gjør en feil, og Earl og Linda, to profesjonelle drapsmaskiner, kommer på sporet av ham. Jane og Pete flykter, og Linda smigrer seg inn hos mannen Jane skal gifte seg med, for å komme nær de to som flykter.
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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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