"Poison Flower," the seventh novel in Thomas Perry's celebrated Jane Whitefield series, opens as Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the heavily guarded criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles. But the price of Shelby's freedom is high. Within minutes, men posing as police officers kidnap Jane ...Read More"Poison Flower," the seventh novel in Thomas Perry's celebrated Jane Whitefield series, opens as Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the heavily guarded criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles. But the price of Shelby's freedom is high. Within minutes, men posing as police officers kidnap Jane and, when she tries to escape, shoot her. Jane's captors are employees of the man who really killed Shelby's wife. He believes he won't be safe until Shelby is dead, and his men will do anything to force Jane to reveal Shelby's hiding place. But Jane endures their torment, and is willing to die rather than betray Shelby. Jane manages to escape but she is alone, wounded, thousands of miles from home with no money and no identification, hunted by the police as well as her captors. She must rejoin Shelby, reach his sister before the hunters do, and get them both to safety. In this unrelenting, breathtaking cross-country battle, Jane survives by relying on the traditions of her Seneca ancestors. When at last Jane turns to fight, her enemies face a cunning and ferocious warrior who has one weapon that they don't.Read Less
Perry continues to work his magic with Jane Whitfield. There were scenes of places I have been and his descriptions are right on. The story line stays true to character and he has yet to disrespect the culture.
Jul 18, 2013
Maybe I had my expectations too high for Thomas Perry. I was [really] waiting for his new book. Every book so far was new, interesting and the "I don't want to put it down before I finish reading it" kind. Maybe that is why Poison flower was a bit disappointing for me. I saw the same plot structure with a little slower flow and some "fill in" sections. Jane Whitefield is an interesting and very enterprising heroine with skills that outdo her enemies and that is the soul of these series. It seemed like she lost her pace in Poison flower and that's out of character.
Al in all not a bad book but, after reading all the other Perry books, a little bit on the tepid side.
I'm still a big fan of Perry and I am convinced he has a lot more to offer. I'm looking forward to his new books.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-12-19 Near the start of Perry's exciting seventh Jane Whitefield novel (after 2009's Runner), Jane cleverly frees prisoner James Shelby, unjustly convicted of murdering his wife, from the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles, though crooks posing as cops who are working for the real killer seize Jane after shooting her in the leg. Jane, who later manages to escape, fights back by drawing on the special warrior skills passed down from her Seneca ancestors. As Jane takes on various thugs and assorted enemies, including a predatory hotel manager, she demonstrates that brains, cunning, and determination conquer brawn and arrogance. Despite the emphasis on action, Perry ensures the characters shine, notably Shelby and an abused wife who hooks up with Jane. While Jane lives a quiet double life as the devoted wife of a surgeon in upstate New York, she no longer need pretend that she wants to give up her job of helping the innocent. Agent: Robert Lescher, Lescher & Lescher. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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