All I can say is "Wow" because this book is on the edge-of-your-seat intense. I have enjoyed the whole Jane Whitefield series with each book getting better than the last. The concept of guiding people out of their old world and inventing new lives for them while changing their whole thinking pattern is intriguing. I spend some of my time thinking of all that I'd have to change in order to be someone else. Jane's thinking is crisp and follows paths that you often overlook. Then, there are the bad guys that are trying to find them and/or her. Every time I think Thomas Perry has covered all the bases, he comes up with a new concept for the next runner.
Another decent entry in the Jane Whitefield series about the part Native American guide who helps people obtain new identities and a new life. In this one, Jane helps a young woman, Rita, who is on the run from members of the mafia. Rita was the maid for an old man in Florida who turns out kept track of the mob's money in his head. The man, Bernie the Elephant, was reported murdered and the mob suspects Rita of possibly having knowledge of Bernie's records which could be worth billions. But is Bernie really dead? Jane must help Rita evade the mob and obtain a new identity. Along the way she agrees to a plan to dispose of the billions that have accumulated in Bernie's accounts over the last 50 years which would really put a dent in the assets of the major crime families in the country.
This is the fifth novel in the Whitefield series and was a real thriller, as usual. Jane must travel the country trying to avoid the mafia's army that it has posted at airports, hotels, highways, and city streets while she tries to make a new life for Rita. I did enjoy this one for the most part, however, I thought the story didn't focus enough on Jane's Native American skills and instead spent too much time describing the doings of the mafia thugs in pursuit of her. Mild recommendation overall.
Even before she heard the teenager's story, Jane Whitefield's Native American intuition whispered DANGER. For a year, Rita Shelford kept house for an old man in Florida. When he disappeared, other men came and tried to kill her. That was before she knew that her employer was the Mafia's brilliant moneyman, recently reported murdered. Now the mob is after Rita....
A teenager shows up on Jane's doorstep and an elderly gentleman is shot. What's the connection? Jane must figure it out and hide them both at the same time dodging all the mob families in the entire nation.
Danger abounds, 10 billion dollars goes to charity via a very clever accountant who never sleeps and...I can't wait for the next book!
I loved the first three novles in this series, but the fourth fell flat and this one fails to satisfy or adequately wrap up the series. Jane hides a mafia turncoat who knows the bank account numbers to millions of hidden mob money. Many chapters are filled with Jane & company MAILING lots of checks to charities. MAILING. Kinda like the author mailed this one in. There is way too much time spent with the supporting characters, who are uninteresting/unlikeable and there is very little action compared to the first three books. A real shame.
Well I definitely enjoyed this 5th book in the series, but I find it strange that this huge chunk of who Jane is supposed to be now (a married society lady??) is barely ever spoken of in these last two books. It could have been never a part of the story arc and wouldn't change anything in regards to who she is, what she does, or how she goes about doing anything. To me it adds nothing to her character because it's never been integrated into much of anything about her. Nothing about her being married feels real or makes me feel tension, though I'm guessing it's supposed to. Remove her husband Carey and any interaction between them from any of the books and it takes nothing away, at least to me...
Anyway, again I've focused on what doesn't make sense to me about these books (and it's the same issue!) and not on what's awesome about them. Jane is an amazing woman! (Maybe that's my problem, she deserves an awesome man! Ack! Let it go!) I love what she does, who she helps, getting to know them and getting to see them have new lives. And I love the action of crisscrossing the US, dodging the bad guys and coming out on top.
Other than the 3rd book, so far this is a really solid, fun, entertaining series and I'm looking forward to what happens next.