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3.85470588235294 out of 53.85470588235294 out of 53.85470588235294 out of 53.85470588235294 out of 53.85470588235294 out of 5 3.85 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Perry Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jane Whitefield Series Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781400180257
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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 whom 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!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are probably only half a dozen suspense writers alive who can be depended upon to deliver high-voltage shocks; vivid, sympathetic characters; and compelling narratives each time they publish. Thomas Perry is one of them.”

    Stephen King

  • Bean's performance is an act that's hard to follow. She's highly believable as Whitefield and modulates the story's emotional ups and downs easily. AudioFile
  • “Thomas Perry is, quite simply, brilliant. And as each book comes out he becomes more so.”

    Robert B. Parker

  • “The best thriller of the year, from one of the most thoroughly satisfying writers around.”

    Lawrence Block

  • “Thomas Perry has given us a chase of heart-stopping velocity, a good dash of ice-dry humor, and best of all, a heroine of uncommon appeal and intelligence.”

    Martha Grimes

  • “Thomas Perry keeps pulling fresh ideas and original characters out of thin air. The strong-willed heroine he introduces in Vanishing Act rates as one of his most singular creations.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Bean’s performance is an act that’s hard to follow. She’s highly believable as Whitefield and modulates the story’s emotional ups and downs easily.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gini | 2/19/2014

    " Nice mystery that ends differently than I expected. Towards the middle I was thinking, "really?", but then there was a nice twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Gowin | 2/8/2014

    " Love the series. They keep getting better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 1/28/2014

    " Highly recommended by Sidran! Jane Whitefield is a great character. I am going to read the rest of these books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesa | 1/23/2014

    " Rating the series. Excellent storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/21/2014

    " This was a very exciting read that kept you wondering what was going to happen next. Native American, Jane Whitefield, is a special guide who helps people who are in trouble of some kind. After being betrayed by a client who stole her heart she learns to go back to some of the ancient native ways to survive. I plan to add others in this series to my to-read list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debdanz | 1/20/2014

    " I like this whole series w/ jane whitefield hiding people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/8/2014

    " Worth reading. In addition to being well-written, the legends and customs of Native American tribes of the area are woven into the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 12/30/2013

    " First in the Jane WHitefield series. The main character is a guide who helps a people disappear. The author includes a lot of details about native americans and the new York area but sometimes all the details slow downturn plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 12/21/2013

    " Good mass-paperback crime thriller set in Native American culture ala Tony Hllerman. I'm hooked now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/20/2013

    " Such an incredibly distinctive voice. This is one of those books that I read again as soon as I finished it the first time. I love the blend of intense practicality coupled with overt mysticism. Tremendous start to a great series. My grandmother even liked it, and she's picky as hell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 12/15/2013

    " liked this a lot. looking for the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Couchcmdr | 11/19/2013

    " It was OK with clever twists in the plot but nowhere near as good as his later books. The Native American thread didn't work for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 11/19/2013

    " Love this series!! Mystery and history of the Indians. I love Thomas Perry's way of writing and I don't want to put it down until I'm done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 9/3/2013

    " This is the first in Jane Whitefield series by Thomas Perry. I will definitely read more. Having grown up in New York I enjoyed all the description about different areas of our state. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 8/30/2013

    " Another series I owe to Annie. Hard to categorize, the story of an American-Indian woman who makes a living establishing new identities for a variety of people in trouble. She also maintains multiple identities for herself to use in the course of her work. Unique subject and a good writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 7/26/2013

    " Sort of predictable. The main character is a lonely woman who falls for the wrong guy and winds up in major danger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 4/19/2013

    " Almost stopped reading, first half was a 2, second a 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KarenC | 12/6/2012

    " One of my very favorite characters. Nice to see a male author not afraid to create a strong female character who doesn't fall back on some male in her life to save her. Instead she risks her life to save others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesly | 9/24/2012

    " I liked the heroine, Jane Whitefield and the Native American history/philosophy sprinkled throughout the story. I would read more of Thomas Perry's series with this character "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moogie Horimoto | 3/26/2012

    " probably my all time favorite book-a big plus is that this is the start of a series about Jane Whitefield that is fabulous! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/14/2012

    " I found it an engrossing who done it but the relationship was contrived "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 1/1/2012

    " Enjoyed it. It was different than the mystery I thought it was going to be. Buy very engaging and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosebud | 11/2/2011

    " First book by this author, would like to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 7/24/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 6/22/2011

    " This one was big on blah, blah when blah would have worked better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 6/13/2011

    " I usually like this type of book but this one just wasn't my cup of tea. I couldn't relate to the main character, Jane, and had a hard time following the convolutions of the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The rest of the series was not as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/7/2011

    " Part of an addictive series. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 3/20/2011

    " Probably a 4.5. Intense story of a Native American heroine who gives people new identities. Interesting cultural notes about the tribes in NYState and a great chase scene in the Adirondack Wilderness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosebud | 3/8/2011

    " First book by this author, would like to read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 10/20/2010

    " A little uneven. Might try another to see if it was just me. Nice to have a strong, but fallible woman character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 9/25/2010

    " Good mass-paperback crime thriller set in Native American culture ala Tony Hllerman. I'm hooked now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 9/12/2010

    " The first half was a little dull. She has an affair with her client and I thought 'uh-oh' and sure enough it turned out to be a bad idea. Things got more exciting in the second half, so I can give it three stars. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Perry

Thomas Perry received a BA from Cornell University and a PhD in English from the University of Rochester. He won an Edgar for The Butcher’s Boy, and Metzger’s Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in Southern California.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.