A String of Beads
—Perry, Thomas, 1947- author.

A breathless and heartfelt mystery thriller featuring the unique investigative talents of Jane Whitefield. After two decades protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane McKinnon, née Whitefield, has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York -- or so she thinks. One morning as she comes back from a long run, Jane is met by an unusual sight: all eight clan mothers, the female leaders of the Seneca clans, parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane's from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he's fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers' request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way againches But it soon becomes clear that the police aren't the only ones after him. As the chase intensifies, the number of people caught up in this twisted plot multiplies, and Jane is the only one who can protect those endangered by it. A String of Beads is "another excellently engineered thriller" ( The New York Times Book Review ) about how abandoning the past can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, even when your life -- and the life of those you love -- depends on it. "Whitefield is an indelible figure -- whip-smart, resourceful, brave and big-hearted." -- The Seattle Times "Jane Whitefield is unique in the annals of detective fiction. She is a throwback to a tribal world, still loyal to the beliefs of the Seneca Indians and still adhering to the call of a lost era. Thomas Perry has once again resurrected a remarkable character who seems imbued with a strange immortality and an unusual morality, and he is to be congratulated." -- The Washington Times "First-rate suspense." -- Booklist (Starred Review).

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