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Title:
A String of beads
Author:
Perry, Thomas, 1947- , author.
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : The Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., [2014]

©2015
Physical Description:
388 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
After two decades spent protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane McKinnon, née Whitefield, has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York--or so she thinks. One morning as she comes back from a long run, Jane is met by an unusual sight: the eight female leaders of her Seneca tribe parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane's from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he's fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers' request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren't the only ones after him.
General Note:
"A Jane Whitefield novel" --Cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780802123299
Format :
Book

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Summary

After two decades protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane McKinnon, n#65533;e Whitefield, has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York--or so she thinks.

One morning as she comes back from a long run, Jane is met by an unusual sight: all eight clan mothers, the female leaders of the Seneca clans, parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane's from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he's fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers' request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together whenthey were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren't the only ones after him. As the chase intensifies, the number of people caught up in this twisted plot multiplies, and Jane is the only one who can protect those endangered by it. A String of Beads is an addictive, fast-paced thriller about how abandoning the past can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, even when your life--and the life of those you love--depends on it.


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* In the eighth novel in this series, Jane Whitefield, now married to a surgeon, using her married name of McKinnon and trying to recover from the physical and mental trauma left by the bad guys in the preceding novel, Poison Flower (2013), wants nothing more than to be an ordinary housewife. But she still takes precautions, changing her routine constantly, going to as many as 14 grocery stores before she returns to the first, so that no one can track her. Jane herself is a tracker; her Seneca upbringing gave her skills in finding and hiding people that she has used for more than 20 years. And when eight older women, representing the eight Seneca clans, visit Jane at her Amherst, New York, home and ask her to find Jimmy, her childhood friend from summers at the reservation, Jane can't refuse. Jimmy is wanted for the murder of a man during a bar fight; the elders want Jimmy, whom they believe to be innocent, to come home and surrender. Jane quickly finds Jimmy, and then both of them are hunted down by an ever-growing cast of characters. Many scenes have an almost Twilight Zone atmosphere of sudden recognition. The landscape is filled with references to tribal history, and Perry also delivers fascinating information on how to hide and change identity, starting with dumping the cell phone. First-rate suspense.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Edgar-winner Perry's explosive eighth Jane Whitefield novel (after 2012's Poison Flower), Jane, who helps people in danger disappear, would like nothing better than to disappear herself-into the quieter side of her double life, as an upstate New York surgeon's wife-but her Seneca clan elders have other plans. At first, her mission seems straightforward enough: find her now-fugitive childhood friend from the rez, Jimmy Sanders, who faces a murder charge in connection with the shooting of a man he'd bested in a bar fight a few months earlier, and bring him in safely to surrender to authorities. But it quickly becomes clear the case is far more complex, with ruthless mob-connected muscle apparently determined to kill Jimmy first. During the extended, blood-splattered series of chases that ensues, those willing to suspend disbelief and overlook several cartoonish side characters can anticipate a hair-raising adventure with a woman warrior who would make her Seneca forbears proud. Agent: Mel Berger, WME. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Perry (The Boyfriend) is back with the eighth book (after Poison Flower) in his "Jane Whitefield" series. One year earlier Jane had been shot, beaten, and tortured before she was able to escape her captors. Still recovering from this incident at her home in Amherst, NY, she is approached by all eight Seneca clan mothers from the local reservation, who ask for her help in finding and protecting a childhood friend of hers. The women are concerned that Jimmy Sander's disappearance will be seen as a sign of guilt that he killed the white laborer with whom he had a bar fight. Jane sets aside her quiet routine to help a fellow Seneca evade arrest for a murder he says he didn't commit. She also needs to find out who and why another group of men is desperately looking for Jimmy. VERDICT Perry's thriller swings into action as soon as Jane is on the trail. A breathless pace sets the tone with numerous close calls as the expert, clever heroine tries to solve the crime before Jimmy gets caught. Enthusiastically recommended for series fans and for readers who appreciate strong female protagonists. [See Prepub Alert, 7/28/14; six-city tour.]-Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Jane drove south to the mechanic's shop that was owned by the Snows. She pulled close to the garage doorway, got out, and walked to the front of her car. "Janie?" Jane turned her head and saw a dark-skinned man about her age wearing blue work pants, steel-toed boots, and a gray work shirt with an embroidered patch above the pocket that said RAY. Jane stepped up and hugged him. "It's great to see you, Ray. I was afraid you would be on vacation or something." "No, the guys who work for me get vacations. I'm always here, like the doorknob. Got a car problem?" "I wondered if you could do the scheduled maintenance on my car--you know, oil, filter, lube, check and replace belts and hoses--and then keep it here safe for at least a week or so." "I'd be glad to. You staying around here?" "I thought I'd go on a hike, like we used to when we were kids." Ray Snow's brows knitted. "You trying to find Jimmy?" Jane looked around to see if anyone else was in earshot. She smiled and said, "Not me. That's the police's job. I wouldn't want to get involved." "Well, that's good. A person would have to be stupid to do that." He whispered, "Give him my regards." Excerpted from A String of Beads 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.

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