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Title:
Poison flower : a Jane Whitefield novel
Author:
Perry, Thomas, 1947-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Mysterious Press, [2012]

©2012
Physical Description:
274 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Protecting a man wrongly charged with the murder of his wife, Jane Whitefield is shot and abducted by the real culprits, who threaten to kill her if she does not reveal her client's whereabouts.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780802126054
Format :
Book

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Poison Flower , the seventh novel in Thomas Perry's celebrated Jane Whitefield series, opens as Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the heavily guarded criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles. But the price of Shelby's freedom is high. Within minutes, men posing as police officers kidnap Jane and, when she tries to escape, shoot her.

Jane's captors are employees of the man who really killed Shelby's wife. He believes he won't be safe until Shelby is dead, and his men will do anything to force Jane to reveal Shelby's hiding place. But Jane endures their torment, and is willing to die rather than betray Shelby. Jane manages to escape but she is alone, wounded, thousands of miles from home with no money and no identification, hunted by the police as well as her captors. She must rejoin Shelby, reachhis sister before the hunters do, and get them both to safety.

In this unrelenting, breathtaking cross-country battle, Jane survives by relying on the traditions of her Seneca ancestors. When at last Jane turns to fight, her enemies face a cunning and ferocious warrior who has one weapon that they don't.


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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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Perry's heroine, Jane Whitefield, continues to be one of the most original and intriguing characters in contemporary crime fiction. In the series featuring her, which began with Vanishing Act (1996), she takes it upon herself to spirit people away from dangerous situations, hide them from their pursuers, and give them new identities. Half Caucasian, half Native American, Whitefield draws upon the oral history of her Seneca warrior ancestors to cover up trails when she and those she's rescuing are being chased and also to track pursuers herself. The large opening chunk of the seventh Whitefield novel showcases the Seneca warrior's endurance under torture. Whitefield is strapped to a small mattress in a dark, locked, and guarded room, hours after she engineered the escape of a wrongly convicted killer from the criminal court in Los Angeles. The men who kidnapped her just outside the court are embarking on a torture regimen to make her reveal the runner's location so they can kill him. The intensity of Whitefield's commentary on her ordeal, delivered during and between beatings, as she summons the warrior skills of indifference and transcendence, suggest the sustained focus in Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum.And then Perry plunges us into one of his patented, nerve-racking, extended chase scenes before the novel's harrowing climax. Makes you cringe, and makes you think.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Near the start of Perry's exciting seventh Jane Whitefield novel (after 2009's Runner), Jane cleverly frees prisoner James Shelby, unjustly convicted of murdering his wife, from the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles, though crooks posing as cops who are working for the real killer seize Jane after shooting her in the leg. Jane, who later manages to escape, fights back by drawing on the special warrior skills passed down from her Seneca ancestors. As Jane takes on various thugs and assorted enemies, including a predatory hotel manager, she demonstrates that brains, cunning, and determination conquer brawn and arrogance. Despite the emphasis on action, Perry ensures the characters shine, notably Shelby and an abused wife who hooks up with Jane. While Jane lives a quiet double life as the devoted wife of a surgeon in upstate New York, she no longer need pretend that she wants to give up her job of helping the innocent. Agent: Robert Lescher, Lescher & Lescher. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Despite having promised her husband that she would retire, Jane Whitefield, a Seneca woman who helps abused women and other victims disappear, is drawn back to her calling by the case of James Shelby, an innocent man imprisoned for murdering his runaway wife. Jane engineers an ingenious escape and is soon on the run with Shelby. They are joined by a woman whose ex-husband is tracking her with deadly intent. On their trail are three goons, employed by a wealthy man who kills his sexual companions for kicks. The men capture and torture Jane, after which they intend to auction her off to the men she has harmed by her past heroics. But Jane, ever resourceful and always in touch with her tribe's spiritual roots, has other plans in mind. VERDICT Anyone who has read Perry knows the anticipatory pleasure that comes just from holding a new book with his name on the cover. Fans of Jane, last seen in Runner (2009), will enjoy this elegantly written tale of pursuit and revenge.-Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.