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Title:
Runner
Author:
Perry, Thomas, 1947-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Orlando, Fla. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
Physical Description:
441 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Native American guide Jane Whitefield returns from retirement to the world of the runner determined to hide a young pregnant girl who has been tracked across the country by a team of hired hunters.
General Note:
"An Otto Penzler book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780151015283
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Jane Whitefield--New York Times best-selling writer Thomas Perry's most popular character--returns from retirement to the world of the runner, guiding fugitives out of danger.
After a nine-year absence, the fiercely resourceful Native American guide JaneWhitefield is back, in the latest superb thriller by award-winning author Thomas Perry.
For more than a decade, Jane pursued her unusual profession: "I'm a guide . . . I show people how to go from places where somebody is trying to kill them to other places where nobody is."Then she promised her husband she would never work again, and settled in to live a happy, quiet life as Jane McKinnon, the wife of a surgeon in Amherst, New York. But when a bomb goes off in the middle of a hospital fundraiser, Jane finds herself face to face with the cause of the explosion: a young pregnant girl who has been tracked across the country by a team of hired hunters.That night, regardless of what she wants or the vow she's made to her husband, Jane must come back to transform one more victim into a runner. And her quest for safety sets in motion a mission that will be a rescue operation--or a chance for revenge.
Runner is Thomas Perry at the top of his form.


Author Notes

Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York, in 1947. He graduated from Cornell University in 1969 and earned a Ph. D. in English Literature from the University of Rochester in 1974.

Perry's novels, successful both critically and with the public, are suspenseful as well as comic. Butcher's Boy received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel in 1983, and another one of his novels has been adapted in the movie, The Guide (1999). His other novels include: Death Benefits, Nightlife, Fidelity, and Strip.

(Bowker Author Biography) Won an Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New Yor Times Notable book of the Year. Vanishing Act was chosen as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Perry's other works include: Death Benefits, The Face Changers, Shadow Woman, Dance for the Dead, and Blood Money. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.

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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Perry returns to his Jane Whitefield series (The Face-Changers, 1998) after several stand-alones and picks up right where he left off unrelenting suspense surrounded by a detail-rich exposition on the art of disappearing. Whitefield, a Native American living a quiet life as the wife of a surgeon in upstate New York, is retired from her under-the-radar work as a guide, someone who helps people in peril vanish from their pursuers. Then a bomb explodes during a hospital fund-raiser, and Jane discovers that the explosion was directed at a pregnant young woman, a runner  desperately in need of disappearing. Back in the game but having lost more than a step (cell phones and ubiquitous databases, among other technological innovations, have dramatically changed the business of disappearing), Jane sets out to guide one more runner to safety. Naturally, it doesn't go as planned, and rather than protecting the hunted, Jane becomes the hunter. Perry's premise demands remarkable attention to detail, and much of the appeal in this series is watching those details fall into place, especially as the ever-quickening pace pumps into overdrive. Like Ridley Pearson, though, Perry never sacrifices nuances of character to the demands of his breakneck pace. A first-class thriller and the welcome return of an outstanding series.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2008 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Perry's exciting if relatively formulaic sixth Jane Whitefield novel (after 1999's Blood Money) finds Jane, a Native American "guide" who helps people assume new identities, living quietly under an alias in western New York State, married to a local doctor. Shortly after pregnant Christine Monahan shows up at the hospital where Jane's husband works, desperately searching for Jane, a bomb explodes in the hospital. The two women wind up fleeing cross-country with a cadre of thugs hot on their trail. Jane learns that Christine is the girlfriend of an abusive real estate mogul in San Diego obsessed with finding her and their unborn child. By giving Christine and her baby new identities, Jane once again puts herself in mortal danger. Blending the frenetic pacing of a top-notch thriller with Native American mysticism, this entry will more than satisfy longtime fans, though newcomers to the series may be confused by the lack of any kind of substantial backstory. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

In this long-awaited sixth entry in Edgar Award winner Perry's (The Butcher's Boy) Jane Whitefield series, a bomb explodes during a hospital fundraiser, prompting the Native American guide to go on the run with the bomb's intended target, a young pregnant girl. Though it's been ten years since the publication of Blood Money, the last series entry, Perry effortlessly captures the old juice, further using Jane's sudden return from retirement to add a poignancy and fierce determination to this complex tale. Narrator Joyce Bean (The Long Road Home) struggles a bit with male voices but paces the story well. Highly recommended. [Audio clip available through www.tantor.com; all the previous titles in this series are also available on audio from Tantor Media.-Ed.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Jane felt a wave of uneasiness. Something was wrong. She moved toward the doorway that led to the kitchen, and she knew what she had been feeling. Nothing was happening. It had been at least twenty minutes since anyone had come out of the kitchen. There were two men in dark suits standing on both sides of the kitchen door with their backs to the wall. She had not seen either of them inside the party. There was something odd about the way they held themselves, as though they were holding their breath, waiting. Excerpted from Runner by Thomas Perry All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.