Dance for the Dead (Jane Whitefield, #2)
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Dance for the Dead (Jane Whitefield #2)

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When eight-year-old Timothy Decker finds his parents brutally murdered, it's clear the Deckers weren't the intended victims: Timothy's own room--ransacked, all traces of his existence expertly obliterated *is the shocking evidence. Timothy's nanny, Mona, is certain about only one thing. Timmy needs to disappear, fast.
Only Jane Whitefield, a Native American "guide" who spe...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published March 2nd 1997 by Ivy Books / Ballantine Books (first published 1996)
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Helen
I am delighted to have discovered Jane Whitefield, a one-woman witness protection program. She helps people disappear, mainly women and children fleeing abusive men or criminals fleeing other criminals. Naturally, the books are very suspenseful since the bad guys are chasing Jane a lot of the time (sometimes she's tracking them). This is the second book in the so-far seven-book series, and I thought it was great---definitely better than the first. The ending was especially satisfying.

Even thoug...more
Eric_W
This is the second in the Jane Whitfield series. Following a successful child protection, Jane is enlisted by someone she met briefly in jail who is being pursued by several men. It turns out that “Mary Perkins” was involved in several schemes to make money off the deregulation of the S&L’s (I happen to like the details of historical financial corruption, but it may bore the crap out of most people.)

Mary is reluctant to follow Jane’s directions. Hiding involves changing one’s personality as...more
jo
Jun 08, 2008 jo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who believe in beating the system
Recommended to jo by: Mike
Shelves: mystery-thriller
i would like to thank mike for leading me to this series, which i like to distraction. i'd give this book five stars if i hadn't given five stars to Portrait of a Lady and such other masterpieces. if goodreads allowed six stars, this novel would get five stars, for sure.

there is a brief and, as such things go, mild torture scene towards the end that blew me away. perry describes the tortured person's psychological evolution and eventual descent into psychosis in such a sensitive, intelligent, a...more
Lee
I read Vanishing Act a few years back, and really enjoyed the first in this series. Jane Whitefield is a unique character, in that if you need to not be found, she will make you disappear. In her second adventure, the suspense & chase scenes are in full throttle. With her "extra" ID's, and some very clever ingenuity for setting a trap or to not get trapped. Jane might change more planes in one day, than a commercial pilot in a month. I really like her.
Randee Baty
My library is doing a discussion series on "Native American Mysteries" so that's how I was introduced to this book and this author. Thank you, Parsons Public Library! It was a very interesting read that will have me looking for the rest of the series.

Jane Whitefield, a member of the Seneca tribe, helps people disappear. Or in the case of the boy she was helping, she needed to make someone reappear at just the right time. Unfortunately, while getting him into the courtroom to prove he wasn't dead...more
Jerry
When we read our first Thomas Perry, and first Jane Whitefield novel “Vanishing Act”, we were impressed by both the author’s story telling craft as well as the unique character and “occupation” of the leading lady. So we had high expectations for “Dance”, the second book in the Whitefield series.

As before, most of the tale involves Jane’s work as a private, one-Seneca-woman witness protection agency. When a young lad she’s been protecting is delivered to a courthouse to testify, and two people a...more
Tony
Perry, Thomas. DANCE FOR THE DEAD. (1996). **. The title obviously refers to what needs to happen for those readers who finally made it through the book. To call the book trivial would be to give it more credit than it deserves. This is apparently the second novel in a series featuring Jane Whitefield, a native American heroine, whose role in life is saving people threatened by bad guys (or gals) by hiding them out somewhere. She has no visible means of support, but, then, with her amazing power...more
Ellen
Jane Whitefield is better than a super hero. She rescues the victims from the bad guys by using her brains, body, and her senses. Well, maybe she has a bit of a sixth sense thing going--she's half Seneca and has prophetic dreams--but she also works, works, works at her job as a guide. Only her job doesn't involve hunting, but helping the hunted.
In Dance for the Dead she is trying to protect two people, an embezzler who's stalked by an opportunistic head of a security firm and a little boy whose...more
Jim
Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield # 2 "Dance For The Dead" is another excellent yarn as expected from Perry. This time out, Jane has to guide Mary Perkins off the grid, and out of the hands of some really bad guys. Once again Perry's knack for sharp and witty dialog is one of the strongest points of this novel. The characters he has created are almost life like, and have some colorful names such as, Mr. Barraclough, Cyrus Curbstone, Mona Turley, and Timmy Phillips. Yes,in "Dance For The Dead" Jane...more
Cateline
Dance for the Dead, A Jane Whitefield Novel by Thomas Perry

Fast-paced action, beginning to end, with practically unpredictable turns and twists seem to be Thomas Perry's trademark. This is the second in the Jane Whitefield series, an Indian Guide that helps people disappear.

An 8 year old boy being hunted for his inherited fortune, a con woman on the run, seemingly unconnected but intertwine into an exciting and tension filled chase. Lives are at stake, including Jane's. Her hunt for the perpetr...more
Wesley
This one gets into Jane's background, and Seneca history more. Now I'm hooked, and will go on to the next one.
Elizabeth
This one got a little old and formulaic.
Adrienne Campbell
The second book in the Jane Whitefield Series by Thomas Perry does not disappoint. Sometimes I find it hard to believe this series is written by a man. He seems to have a very good understanding of how a woman or women like Jane would not only think but feel. One minute she's just your average ordinary woman, the next a brilliant guide whose attention to detail astounds, then in a flash, she becomes a warrior who will not run or hide but will fight to the death to protect her charge/s whomever t...more
Diane
I loved this book, as I love the whole series, though there is a very implausible connection between two characters. Jane Whitefield is a Seneca Indian, an enigmatic woman in her early thirties who is a guide - she leads people away from places where someone is trying to kill them, and creates new lives for them that will keep them safe and invisible. After two people are killed during one of her missions, she is shaken and starts to think that her life as a guide is over. But she finds herself...more
Laura
May 06, 2014 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
This is the second book in the Jane Whitefield series. I enjoyed both of these books for the characterization, action and plot. Jane is a strong, independent, and great at her job - she makes people disappear. Thomas Perry is a very detailed writer and described each scene precisely. There were moments when I thought "how is she going to get herself out of this mess." And then she did!

Joyce Bean narrates this book and her voice is not annoying, for me.
Rob
Barraclough was a former cop turned hunter, but unlike a bounty hunter, his human quarry ends up dead. Working for a big private investigation agency, he was able to masked his illegal activities. After working with an embezzler to illegally acquire the inheritance of a small boy, he tried to have him kidnapped and killed, but only succeeded in having the people protecting the boy killed. Only Jane Whitefield survived the attack outside an LA courtroom. A sympathetic judge released Jane and secu...more
Kelly
I am about 1/3 of the way in...and already want to navigate to my reading chair instead of my office...Wow. I have stated this before about Thomas Perry; but WOW, can he write. I am new to him and have started reading him due to recommends on Goodreads.com. I am 100% fan of his, and his series of Jane Whitefield. I am laughing one minute, shocked the next, and in fear the next. Each new adventure leads on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

I have to say I have a soft spot for the Native Americans...more
LJ
DANCE FOR THE DEAD (Suspense-U.S.-Cont) - VG
Thomas Perry (2nd in series)
Ivy Books, 1996-Paperback
Jane Whitefield, an expert at helping people disappear, is actually helping a small boy reappear in time to save him from being declared legally dead and his inheritance being taken over by the trustees. However, it seems someone would rather he disappear forever. A woman asks Jane to help her disappear from those pursuing her. Although the cases are unrelated, the bad guys are the same.
*** I love bo...more
Laura
Jane Whitefield is a 'guide,' someone who helps fugitives to safety. The book devotes a lot of text to describing her actions. I think the idea is to give an idea of how she does her disappearing tricks, but it can sometimes get boring. The plot has several different threads that are resolved reasonably well, even if one solution seems just a little too neat considering how the character was previously described. Jane is a strong, independent and intelligent woman, but Perry fails when he tries...more
Zakariah Johnson
Dance for the Dead plants Jane Whitefield fully in the hard-boiled tradition--a character at once willing to meet brutality with brutality and who holds the moral certainty never to back down from her own code of honor. This follow-up to Vanishing Act is the most violence-filled book I can remember reading with a female protagonist, especially in which so much of the violence is dished out by her (not that the people she pits herself against don't dish out their share, starting on page 1.) This...more
Cindy
This is another easy listener. This will not make you sit on the edge of your seat but I enjoyed it anyway. Jane has to help Mary Perkins and Timmy (the little rich boy). Timmy disappeared years ago so his Grandmother set up a trust and started searching for him. After her death the trustees started stealing the money but greed kicks in. They go to court to have him declared dead. The saga begins. Mary Perkins is a scam artist. People are trying to kill her because they think she is rich. Some o...more
Dawn
Can Jane do it again? She is up against a mastermind, Barraclough and Farrell who have a very large organization behind them. Her charge doesn't do as she says, so can they out wait someone who is always several steps ahead of them? Jane must make this women disappear as she has helped others, although the adversary here has so many weapons and is so ruthless.

Jane always surprises us.... You will enjoy this different type of heroin in any of the Jane Whitefield stories.

Jane tries to trap them I...more
Pauline
This fast-paced Jane Whitfield novel is a page turner. The concept of saving people by hiding them from a hunter is interesting. The main bad guy is a former police officer. He runs a nation-wide corrupt detective agency. The main plot is about a young boy whose parents have died. He has inherited millions from his grandmother. Barraclough is the main bad guy. He owns the agency. His aim is to kill the young boy and acquire as many of the boy's millions as possible.

Jane's goal is to save the bo...more
Joyce
Feb 28, 2009 Joyce added it
Shelves: librarybook
It's always a little shock to read a pre-9/11 book with lots of procedural details, and discover how easily people used to be able to take airplane rides without identification. Also people used pay phones and read newspapers -- even the morning and evening editions of newspapers! -- in 1996. And banks made bad loans on overvalued real estate, in transactions that might be fraud or might just be stupidity... oh, hmmmm, maybe that one does still happen. In any case, I hope Thomas Perry can find a...more
Dorian
May 06, 2012 Dorian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dorian by: local library shelf
Shelves: crime, fiction, thriller
I love a kick-ass, take-no-prisoners heroine, and Jane is all that. Two people need rescue, one an innocent child and the other, a not very sympathetic adult so I always find it interesting to see how the author gets us to care about that person. In this case, the bad guys are sooo bad that there's no contest. A lot of how-to-disappear information is provided and while interesting it's now dated. Not so easy to travel by air anymore. Jane's romantic relationship rings false but perhaps if I'd re...more
Keri
Another Jane Whitefield. I heart Jane, she is just such a great heroine. She is trying to bring in a little boy to make sure he doesn't get declared dead. But on the way, things go horribly wrong as people start to die that have been protecting him this entire time.

Once Jane realizes that someone in the shadows is puller her strings she sets out with a big set of scissors. This series just gets better and better. I was on the edge of my seat up until the very ending, wondering how Jane was goin...more
Beck
I might read more in this series, but I only "liked" it, didn't even "really like" it. I like the concept of a series around somebody who makes people disappear, rather than a straightforward crime solver. But I don't know that I buy much of it, I'm not sure I'm comfortable with the role played by Jane's Seneca roots (this needs more thinking), and for what it's worth, it's now dated--travel and identity records have changed a lot since 9/11...or I assume so.

I don't know. I know this review is r...more
Christy
Really fast read that i could not put down. Had to force myself to stop last night in order to get to bed at a reasonable hour. didn't think this was as good as the first, but still liked it. Just got Shadow Woman, the 3rd in the series and will start it now
Sandy  Kemp
Really liked this
George
#2 in the Jane Whitefield Seneca indian mystery series. Jane helps people disappear and this story deals with Jane's separate efforts to help a young boy and a woman. At first Jane's efforts are separate, but the cases become intertwined. To keep them safe, Jane becomes involved with a determined man behind the scenes who has vast resources. Like the first in the series, it is often a life and death struggle for Jane.

This novel is as compelling a read as the first and you see more of Jane's per...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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