Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads
solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their
enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed
on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest
way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity.
Still, the supply of runaways—and the need for a woman who will take great
risks to save them—have never been greater.
Jane knows all the tricks; in fact, she has invented several
of them herself in the ten years she has been teaching fugitives to live with
new identities. Many of her clients have been innocent people whom the
institutions of society have been too slow and cumbersome to protect, but an
increasing number have been like the gambler Harry Kemple: people who aren’t
especially admirable but who aren’t bad enough to deserve to die prematurely.
Jane opens her door to find in her house an uninvited
visitor named John Felker, the latest to run to her for sanctuary. Felker is
not like the others Jane has helped, and everything about him is disquieting.
He doesn’t even know who he is running from—only that whoever is framing him as
an embezzler has already circulated an open contract in the prison system for
his death. Maybe his problems began years ago, when he was a policeman; a good
cop makes an enemy with each arrest. But perhaps he is still a policeman and
has invented precisely the right story to entrap Jane. Or perhaps he is
something even worse.
The unexpected guest draws this exceptional woman into an
adventure of mystery, love and sacrifice, betrayal and vengeance, and propels
her on a pursuit that takes her from the night streets of Los Angeles and
Vancouver to the dark, unexplored regions of her own mind. There is no way for
Jane Whitefield to survive this particular vanishing act except to uncover the
hidden meanings of violent events that have kept police forces and criminal
syndicates equally mystified for years. She must see beyond the cement and
steel of the cities and learn to see as her Indian ancestors did.
Vanishing Act is
Edgar Award winner Thomas Perry at the top of his form, pitting a heroine like
no other against a cunning, implacable enemy in a world where mercy and
brutality exist in equal measure and the only way to survive is by one’s wits. Download and start listening now!