Vanishing Act

Thomas Perry, Author Random House (NY) $23 (289p) ISBN 978-0-679-43536-5
Perry's sixth novel (after Sleeping Dogs) is a taut thriller that at times reads like an extended, though flawed, character study of its heroine. Jane Whitefield, half-white, half-Indian member of the Seneca Wolf clan, helps people disappear-people like Rhonda Eckerly, fleeing her abusive husband, or Harry Kemple, hoping to stay alive after witnessing a gangland shooting. Like a one-woman witness protection program, Jane has helped both vanish by giving them new identities and new starts at life. Now an alleged new victim has invaded Jane's upstate New York house: John Felker claims that he's a cop-turned-accountant, is being framed as an embezzler and has a contract out on his life. Almost immediately, the men chasing Felker appear, and Jane leads him farther upstate, to a Canadian Indian reservation where he can build a new life. Jane is an original and fascinating creation. Like Andrew Vachss's series hero, Burke, she operates outside the law, but with a particular slant born of her distinct character and Seneca heritage. Perry tells her story in a trim and brisk manner, moreover, with plenty of action and suspense. It takes Jane far longer than it will most readers to figure out that Felker is other than what he says, however, and while her trusting nature, which borders on gullibility, generates tension, it doesn't mesh with her hard-boiled profession and hunter-like wiles. It's only when the truth behind Felker is revealed, and Jane acts decisively on it, that most readers will regain the respect they've lost for this otherwise likable and unusually intriguing heroine. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/02/1995
Release date: 01/01/1995
Show other formats
FORMATS
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-8041-1650-3
Mass Market Paperbound - 351 pages - 978-0-8041-1648-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 368 pages - 978-0-8041-1387-8
Hardcover - 978-0-517-17150-9
Paperback - 353 pages - 978-1-56895-234-5
Compact Disc - 978-1-4001-4025-1
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-61574-556-2
MP3 CD - 978-1-4001-6025-9
Book - 1 pages - 978-1-4001-9025-6
Compact Disc - 978-1-4001-1025-4
Open Ebook - 368 pages - 978-0-307-41763-3
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-283-99826-0
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.