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Shadow Woman (Jane Whitefield #3)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  1,792 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Jane Whitefield is a name to be whispered like a prayer. A shadow woman who rescues the helpless and the hunted when their enemies leave them no place to hide. Now with the bone-deep cunning of her Native American forebears, she arranges a vanishing act for Pete Hatcher, a Las Vegas gambling executive. It should be a piece of cake, but she doesn't yet know about Earl and L ...more
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Published April 29th 1998 by Ivy Books (first published April 1st 1995)
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Jun 16, 2008 jo rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
the chase and the thrilling are as reliably excellent as ever, but i was seriously annoyed by the representation of jane's and carey's marriage. i hoped for a twist that would indicate the absurdity of it, and maybe jane's and carey's side adventures, with their romantic frisson, are that, but i doubt it. perry seems dead serious when he represents jane as wanting a fully dedicated domestic marriage. that this is the novel's weak point is indicated also by perry's failure to resolve it (dramatic ...more
Perry, Thomas - 3rd Jane Whitefield

Jane Whitefield helps people to disappear. Her client this time is a Las Vegas casino executive who knows too much for the big boys at Pleasure, Inc, who have hired two assassins to take him out. Now the contract killers, Earl and Linda, are on the trail of the shadow woman, not just her client.

I really like this series. There was good suspense but I would have preferred less narrative and more dialogue. I'll definitely read the next.
May 18, 2009 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Jane Whitefield is a Native American who helps worthy people escape horrific circumstances & adopt a new identity. She is a fascinating character, cautious but wily with a good heart for helping people. I look forward to reading the rest of the series (but in order) so I can finish up with Runner, the newest release.
Jan 03, 2010 Jill rated it really liked it
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Feb 20, 2010 Joshua rated it it was ok
I was surprised that I didn't enjoy this book more. I typically enjoy these kinds of "thrillers," but there was something about the protagonist Jane Whitefield that I just didn't find compelling. The pacing of the story seemed a bit off, as I didn't really feel engaged until the last 50 pages or so.
Lisa H.
Apr 06, 2011 Lisa H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
I thought going into this book that I had read at least the first of Perry's previous two Jane Whitefield books, but maybe not. References to events that took place in the book just before this one didn't ring any bells, in any case, so some of the back story in Shadow Woman was a little unclear, but that ended up not mattering too much. (I'll definitely be going back and filling in the gaps before too long.)

Jane is a guide, a freelance "one-woman witness protection program" who helps people dis
Adrienne Campbell
Apr 02, 2011 Adrienne Campbell rated it it was amazing
Another amazing novel from the Jane Whitefield series.

Following synopsis taken from book cover.

"Jane Whitefield is a "guide"-she leads desperate people away from danger into safe places and gives them new identities.
In Shadow Woman, Jane designs a harrowing escape for Pete Hatcher, a Las Vegas casino executive whose suspicious employers are about to kill him. Once her client is safe, Jane makes herself vanish and retires from her dangerous profession to marry the man she loves.
But the risky b
Jan 18, 2016 Keri rated it it was ok
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Sheila Beaumont
This third Jane Whitefield novel is not only the best in the series so far, but one of the best, most riveting, most suspenseful thrillers I've ever read. Thomas Perry is a very skilled writer and storyteller, and his characters come to life on the page. The story is twisty, fast-paced and compelling, but the main attraction of this series for me is its strong heroine, Jane, the intelligent, courageous, confident, resourceful half-Seneca guide who arranges for desperate, endangered people to esc ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Jane Whitefield series is a bit of a departure for me. I don't often read straight suspense but I've been really enjoying this series. And, as exciting as the action was, what I've come to appreciate is the development of Janes's character over the last few books, and especially in Shadow Woman. Her relationship with Cary has forced her to change, and to make some hard decisions about her life as a guide. Sometimes I feel like Jane is a bit of a Mary Sue, but her abilities were really challe ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Sandy rated it liked it
Shelves: audible, series, 2016
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Jul 12, 2013 Lois rated it it was amazing
Want to read a book where the tension never stops, where there's suspense about whether the husband will fall to temptation or end up dead, whether the wife will succumb to temptation, how the right thing will happen with complications galore? This is the right book to read.

Jane, who helps people disappear, has promised her new husband that she'll get out of that business. But her last project stumbles into trouble, and because Jane feels she didn't prepare the guy well enough, she goes to help
Donna Davis
Nov 01, 2013 Donna Davis rated it it was amazing
Shadow Woman is an adrenaline rush from the first chapter till the book ends. It builds with such a pounding intensity that you would think it was your own life that was at stake rather than that of the guy in the book.

Jane Whitefield is a character who uses her Seneca roots to help cover the trails of hunted humans. She helps them develop completely new identities as a do-it-yourself witness protection program. Under her helpful wing, others flee and get a second shot at a life that will precip
Nov 18, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
The third in the series, this Jane Whitefield novel is not as engaging the first two, but still easily rates five stars. It has all the action and fast-paced, complex plotting you'd expect from Perry and Jane remains a fascinating and very human character. I found the runner in this novel less sympathetic and the sections told from the point of view of the assassins were not as interesting as those focusing on Jane. I understand why Perry used this technique and it works, but the antagonists too ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing
In Thomas Perry's third Jane Whitefield novel "Shadow Woman " Perry has woven an extremely suspenseful tale. Newly married Jane Whitefield has one last client to guide. The client however cannot manage to stay off the grid, pulling Jane back into action. The bad guys looking for Jane's client have hired a hit man team and the chase is on! Complete with wonderful characters and Perry's unique ability to weave dialog makes this novel a hit. The story line is intense and flows quickly. This is firs ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The third Jane Whitefield novel is highly suspenseful with people pursuing Jane and her charge on three separate fronts. The recently-married Jane has decided to retire from the business of helping people flee from would-be assassins. Unfortunately, one of her former clients has gotten himself into trouble and calls on her for help. She abandons her husband and runs off to meet the guy, a Las Vegas casino exec whose in danger from his former associates. There are some great parts of this book. T ...more
Feb 17, 2016 E rated it it was ok
DNF. I've liked a Perry and the Whitefield series before. Except for too much time describing Miraculous Miranda's performances, this one went pretty well until Jane made her speech to Carey about how she was giving up her work to devote herself completely to being the perfect wifey- wife, which made me barf and seemed a complete negation of her personality and strengths as presented here and in other books. I trudged faithfully on for a while anyway, but lost faith in Jane and interest in the b ...more
Julie Kellner
Nov 05, 2014 Julie Kellner rated it liked it
Another great Jane Whitefield novel doesn't disappoint
Dec 22, 2014 IronBlossom rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
Gosh, I read this a little bit ago, actually listened to it on tape, and although I felt there were parts that were uneven (not a big fan of the boyfriend/husband storyline) overall it was good enough that I picked up a few others in the series and hope to find the first couple books as well. I did listen to this on tape, so it may be a little bit better, or a little bit worse, in print. However, overall, it kept me listening and wanting to listen (which means going running or at least walking o ...more
Apr 12, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans.
I like the Jane Whitefield series very much, however this was not one of the best entries - good but not great.

The book opened with Jane in Las Vegas helping a casino employee, Pete Hatcher, who's come under the usually fatal suspicion of his employers, disappear. She does not take the normal time to train him in being disappeared and heads back to her home near Buffalo, NY and marries her M.D. fiancee, Carey.

She intends to totally give up her previous life but she gets a call from Hatcher that
Jul 01, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2015
I like Thomas Perry as a writer (I mean, as a writer of dialogue and description, and as a pacer of a story) and in this book he starts to acknowledge some of the logistical changes in the world. For example, in this novel, published in 1995 originally, the heroine needs to create credit cards to match her fake identities so she can buy plane tickets. In earlier installments, she just walked up and gave them any old name and paid in cash, which I'm sure was possible in the '80s, but gave the boo ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Megargee rated it really liked it
This is the third and, in my opinion, the best so far of the Jane Whitefield series. There is less of the Seneca mysticism and lore and more of the chase. Although Jane promised her new husband that she would abandon her vocation as a guide helping threatened people disappear, she feels obligated to rescue a former client whose failure to follow her advice led to him being tracked down by a pair of vicious contract killers hired by his former employers. Jane consistently underestimates their sk ...more
This came close to being a DNF - I'm one of those people who can't handle animals being harmed. I slogged through it, though. I'm not sure why. The OCD kicked in again, maybe.

Jane's attitude toward her marriage - um. Well. She chugged the Kool-Aid without coming up for air. Carey as a husband - uhhh, no. He's obviously TSTL. I expected Jane to have higher standards.

The book starts out with Jane's promise that she's abandoning her career so she can be a Stepford Wife. I kept waiting for the pun
Sep 20, 2015 Frank rated it it was amazing
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

Although it's maybe earlier than some of the books in the series I read before, this had no deductions. Mainly, none of the native american supernatural stuff which seems to creep into the other novels.

The history of native americans in upper new york is a strong context builder, and Buffalo is a rare setting.

I was thinking the major plot device of the hitman team of a murderous male and a seductive but submissive and insecure female partner had appeare
Oct 10, 2015 Frank rated it it was amazing
This is the best, in my opinion, so far in the Jane Whitefield series about a Native American guide who helps people obtain new identities and a new life. In this one, Jane helped a Las Vegas gambling executive, Pete Hatcher, disappear when he had discovered that his bosses were suspicious that he might reveal to the FBI some of the illegal activity known to him. But after leaving Hatcher in Denver and returning to her home near Buffalo, New York, Jane gets a hurried call from him saying that so ...more
Another good thriller from Perry. I thought I knew a couple of things that were going to happen that did & several I didn't. Awesome! There was a lot of moving around from the bright lights to the loneliest wilderness, all done pretty well with the exception of some of the shooting scenes with the rifle. For instance, you don't hold the crosshairs on a target 50' away when the rifle has been shooting 500 - 1000 yards. You might not even be able to get a target that close in sight. Oh well, i ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-as-ebook, 2015
The first book in this series was great and I couldn't imagine how Thomas Perry could maintain the excitement and stakes through subsequent books. But he does! And so I am binge reading this series. Off to download the fourth book now.
Mar 17, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it
Shadow Woman is a Native American Lady with an inward beauty as well as outward. She has fallen in love with a young doctor and plans to marry him and start a new life. Her prior life being a person who makes others disappear. She knows how to evade others and how to change documents and to obtain new identities. However, some one is on her trail, as her last client has contacted her, and he is in danger. Jane Whitefield, leaves her new groom and tries to help her last client. There are killers ...more
Mar 19, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
Third in a series, this book continues to expand the character - Jane - who helps people disappear. Recently married, she is determined to cease her efforts to help people, and while believing she is capable of stopping, she is called back to re-disappear her last client who has been found. She ultimately succeeds, but her new husband is endangered which again increases her resolve to not work with clients again. I like how she makes mistakes, but learns from them. I also liked the client and ho ...more
Tony Hisgett
Sep 29, 2016 Tony Hisgett rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I really liked the first two books in this series mainly because I was impressed with Jane. She is smart, strong and gets things done without messing around. Her background and her role as guide make her more interesting than a standard sleuth and make her stand out from the usual crowd of investigators.

It seems that I’m out of step with quite a few of the other people who have reviewed this book because I didn’t enjoy this story as much as the earlier books.

My problems started as soon as Jane
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Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. He lives in Southern California with his wife ...more
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Jane Whitefield (8 books)
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