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Vanishing Act (Jane Whitefield #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,671 ratings  ·  284 reviews
Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads people out of the wilderness--not the tree-filled variety but the kind created by enemies who want you dead. She is in the one-woman business of helping the desperate disappear. Thanks to her membership in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca tribe, she can fool any pursuer, cover any trail, and then provide her clients with new ...more
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Published December 18th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jane Whitefield is a kick-ass and take no names heroine. She is my new fav. Those that are Tony Hillerman fans might like Jane as well, but without the woo-woo. Jane helps people step off the grid...way off the grid. As never to be heard from again and she is very, very good at what she does. But when a smooth talking tall dark man comes into Jane's life even she can't seem to see the forest for the pair of dark eyes looking into hers.

So when he needs help to disappear she can't seem to break h
Listening to this was like eating at a good restaurant; the appetizer was OK, the main course fantastic, but a roach crawled onto the last bite of dessert. I didn't care for the description & almost didn't read this because I really hate the whole Indian mysticism thing, but there wasn't much of that. Unfortunately, it started & ended with some - the end being the worst. I've really liked every other book that Perry wrote, so I took a chance. It was a great story for the most part, but c ...more
A friend recommended we try author Perry, so we glommed onto “Vanishing Act”, the first in his seven-book Jane Whitefield series. Whitefield is indeed an interesting leading lady – of Seneca Indian heritage, she lives in the same western New York state area from which Perry hails. Her “occupation” is like a one-woman Witness Protection Program – she helps people disappear through all manner of elaborate schemes and new identities.

In the first half of the tale, John Felker arrives on her doorstep
Chris May
Jane Whitefield is a native american woman who specializes in making people disappear, she is like a black market, 1 person witness protection crew. I picked up this book becase the series was recommended in the Seattle Times. The premise and protagonist are full of potential, but it is never realized in this book. Jane is interesting, but too solitary for any real character developemnt to take place, so the reader sympathetic to her, but always at arm's legnth. There are only two other "major" ...more
This is my first Thomas Perry novel. It will not be my last.

I am not usually enamored of female protagonists in crime thriller fiction. I'm in love with Jane Whitfield, though. Half Seneca, she has chosen to be a tribal member and acts accordingly. She has the ability to imagine how her ancestors, who inhabited the upstate New York area she lives in, were able to live and prosper before the coming of the Europeans.

She makes a living by helping people vanish. A career, she stumbled into when she
I really didn't like this book. I read it because my book club chose it and I had to force myself to finish. I found the plot totally opposite anything the main character, Jane, would have done. She totally trusted a guy and offered to help him ignoring all of the clues he gave about his true self. As aware as she was of her surroundings all the time I found this totally unbelievable.

Basically she is someone who helps people hide and gives them new identities, surely she must have thought at so
Zakariah Johnson
In Jane Whitefield, Thomas Perry has created a truly badass, totally believable, female hero with an inexhaustible capacity for backstory and unexpected twists. His straightforward portrayal of contemporary American Indian culture is also a gust of fresh air, even as the same non-stop action he perfected in The Butcher's Boy and Metzger's Dog leaves you holding your breath.
Olivia R. Burton
This is quite solidly a 3-star book. It's got some good aspects and some bad, and neither are to an extreme. Overall, the book is interesting and the story is engaging; the dialogue never feels faked or forced and the character interactions are mostly believable and also don't feel forced. The story moves at a pace that's just short of fast enough and it has some good twists and turns. It hits a wall, however with the excessive amount of narrative.

I was not interested in all the backstory the au
VANISHING ACT by Thomas Perry is 321 pages in paperback format. This is the first book in the Jane Whitefield Series.

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Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads people out of the wilderness--not the tree-filled variety but the kind created by enemies who want you dead. She is in the one-woman business of helping the desperate disappear. Thanks to her membership in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca tribe, she can fool any pursuer, cover any trail, and then provide her clients
Mike Debaptiste
WHOA!! This is the first Jane Whitefield novel, and I sure can't wait to read the others by this award winning author. Jane is a young Native-American woman who helps people 'disappear'. She is the main character, but I still shelved this as 'male' action-adventure because it follows that format. Jane is hot! In this book she helps a tough studly dude disappear - great escape scenes in western New York along Lake Ontario and the Niagara Falls area, all the way out west to Washington State and Lo ...more
This is a tale of conflict between a young resourceful woman and an older, stronger more experienced man. If you are a woman I think you know how this turns out. I know because ...I can see you grinning.
i did not really care for this book. Another reviewer said that they found the main characters actions contrary to her character. I have to agree. When Jane chose to sleep wth John, I was surprised. It totally did not agree with her actions up to that point nor with the character she was supposed to be playing.

I also found the history lessons on the Native Americans out of sync with the rest of the book, like little subtexts. I am also not a fan of how the book was laid out - where you sorta st
Tracye Quinlan
Excruciating to get through... I had the feeling the author really wanted to write a history of Native Americans of the NE but didn't think it would sell... There was TOO much nothingness in it... Just because the character is paddling in a canoe for days doesn't not mean reading about it should take the same amount of time... Every time I was ready to put it down it would get interesting enough to keep me going a bit further. I will chalk it up to "first book" syndrome and give book 2 a try, bu ...more
Julie Kellner
I've forgotten how much I enjoy reading the Jane Whitefield. Thoroughly recommended
The first in a new series featuring Jane Whitefield, a woman of Seneca descent who helps threatened people disappear to start new lives with new identities, this book is uneven and could have used more editing. When it is good it is very good and Jane is the consummate professional, but she does not follow her own rules, makes amateurish mistakes and gets into needlessly hazardous situations which cost people their lives. There is excessive background about Indian lore and the spirit world; Per ...more
Tammy K.
I pushed this book up to a four rather then a three but its not a solid four. Tends to get slow in spots as the author does a lot of explaining of things that could have been left out. This is book one of an on-going series. I have read some of the other books of this series, one of which is far better then this one. If you are looking for 'a cat and mouse chase' book with likeable characters, clear good guys vs bad guys this is that kind of book and series.
This was a pretty good suspense novel with a very original premise.

Jane Whitefield is a Seneca Native who helps people in trouble disappear and start fresh lives with new identities. Recently I read a very good review about Dance For the Dead, the second in this series, so I figured I'd better read this one first. Even though I could pretty much see what was going to happen I still enjoyed it. Those of you who enjoy a good chase will love this one.
Gary Sedivy
I re-read this book (took it off the shelf to recommend it to my wife for her book club, and since I had it out...) after a long time. My daughter recommended this one to me several years ago, and I have become a loyal fan. I love Perry's writing, especially the history and lore of the eastern North American Indians. It gives substance to Jane's reasoning and decision making. This type of background information is similar to Hillerman's novels set in the American southwest. Insights into the mor ...more
The first book in Thomas Perry's "Jane Whitefield" series is a powerful vehicle to introducing us this series. "Vanishing Act" is a very intense tale of guide Jane Whitefield's ability to make people who are wanted to disappear. At the completion on her latest mission, Jane looking for some down time, but is confronted by John Felker. Felker a former cop, and now an accountant is in big trouble. The problem is Felker took some illegal funds from scheme the mob was running out of his employer's c ...more
Linda Munro
This is the book for our upcoming book club. I have to say I was a bit astonished because this is far from the norm where the book club is concerned.

What can I say about this book; it was good; although not one of the on the edge of your seat type action books. Having lived near a Reservation all of my life, I find it difficult to believe that all of what Perry wrote concerning the Indian custom and tradition, difficult to swallow. Throughout my life I have known several Native Americans who, n
Not my normal read but entertaining enough. My problem with the the smart, tough female lead is I didn't buy some of her actions or choices sure they made for an interesting plot but why would someone so careful and smart trust someone that I myself as the reader thought was a bad idea.
Jane Whitefield is a strong, resourceful, intelligent woman ... who helps people to disappear. That is not without risk, as getting between the hunter and the hunted can be dangerous territory. Vanishing Act is the introductory novel in this series, and it's a roller coaster ride to remember. I especially liked Jane's character - she's deeply attuned to her heritage, she's clever, she's intuitive ... and she's human. She makes mistakes. It's what she does about those mistakes that builds her str ...more
High adrenaline, high octane thriller with a strong female protagonist. The author leaves clues that makes the reader uncomfortable with the story and Jane's decisions but never enough to say "that's it!" Also full of Native American lore, culture and mystic.
It was a little predictable, but overall a good book. I'm interested to see where the series goes, i think it does have alot of potential. The main character is very compelling if not a little naive.
Julia Hendon
First in the series and one of the best. Jane Whitefield makes a living helping people in trouble disappear. She is smart, observant, and careful, a more believable tough woman than is usually the case. She is also capable of making mistakes. Her misjudgment about a new client and her efforts to set things right propel the plot. The events in this story resonate in subsequent books in the series. The author has made her a member of the Seneca tribe. For the most part this feels like a legitimate ...more
Nancy Groves
Excellent thriller. I was hooked from page one and could hardly put it down. It's early in a series that had been unfamiliar to me featuring a Native American woman who helps people disappear, using a combination of very practical skills and techniques, like knowing who can make foolproof fake IDs and other documentation, a network of friends and acquaintances who will lend a hand and not ask too many questions, and some knowledge from her Seneca background. I'll definitely be reading more of th ...more
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Adrienne Campbell
I read this series years ago and loved it. I finally found it again after forgetting the name of the author, titles, and the main character and I'm so glad I did!

Jane Whitefield is a "guide". An Indian of the Seneca tribe, she is a contemporary woman living in a modern world and yet she follows the voices of her ancestors and the earth. She specializes in helping those who can no longer help or protect themselves. Her clients are children, women, and sometimes men who are being hunted and will e
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Lisa H.
It was really interesting reading the first book of the Jane Whitefield series after having finished the 3rd and 4th entries. No, this is not how I usually approach a series of books like this. I had been under the mistaken impression when I picked up Shadow Woman at a used bookstore that I had read the previous two books, and then I found the fourth book, The Face Changers, before I found Vanishing Act. Perry does a good job, though, of filling you in on the backstory without making the explica ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Jane Whitefield (8 books)
  • Dance for the Dead (Jane Whitefield, #2)
  • Shadow Woman (Jane Whitefield, #3)
  • The Face-Changers (Jane Whitefield, #4)
  • Blood Money (Jane Whitefield, #5)
  • Runner (Jane Whitefield, #6)
  • Poison Flower (Jane Whitefield, #7)
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