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The Left-Handed Twin: A Jane Whitefield Novel Hardcover – November 16, 2021
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"Another stunner from a modern master."―Booklist (Starred Review)
Rescue artist Jane Whitefield leads a deadly crime syndicate on a wild chase through the NortheastJane Whitefield helps people disappear. Fearing for their lives, fleeing dangerous situations, her clients come to her when they need to vanish completely―to assume a new identity and establish a new life somewhere they won’t be found. And when people are desperate enough to need her services, they come to the old house in rural western New York where Jane was raised to begin their escape.
It’s there that, one spring night, Jane finds a young woman fresh from LA with a whole lot of trouble behind her. After she cheated on her boyfriend, he dragged her to the home of the offending man and made her watch as he killed him. She testified against the boyfriend, but a bribed jury acquitted him, and now he’s free and trying to find and kill her.
Jane agrees to help, and it soon becomes clear that outsmarting the murderous boyfriend is not beyond Jane’s skills. But the boyfriend has some new friends: members of a Russian organized crime brotherhood. When they learn that Sara is traveling with a tall, dark-haired woman who disappears people, the Russians become increasingly interested in helping the boyfriend find the duo. They’ve heard rumors that such a woman existed―and believe that, if forcibly extracted, the knowledge she has of past clients could be worth millions.
Thus begins a bloodthirsty chase that winds through the cities of the northeast before finally plunging into Maine’s Hundred Mile Wilderness. But in a pursuit where nothing can be trusted, one thing is certain: only one party―Jane or her pursuers―will emerge alive.
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― Stephen King
"Perry seasons the fast-moving chase narrative with engrossing details about becoming a new person, from constructing a false identity to relearning how to move through daily life in an unrecognizable way. This time, though, there is a stunning extra: with the mobsters closing in, Jane hopes to lose her pursuers by hiking Maine's Hundred- Mile Wilderness, the most arduous stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Cue the ever-versatile Perry to display his outdoor-adventure-writing chops. Not only is the 100-mile chase itself excruciatingly exciting, it's also chockablock with "I-didn't-know-that!" facts about trail survival.
Another stunner from a modern master."
― Booklist STARRED REVIEW
"Perry is one of the best in the business today, and his latest is a brooding, peripatetic stunner."
― CrimeReads, The Most Anticipated Books of 2021
"Perry delivers nonstop action, relentless tension, and such three-dimensional secondary characters"
― Publishers Weekly
"At a time when franchise characters are publishing gold, [Jane Whitefield] is the sort of protagonist most crime novelists would kill for."
― The Wall Street Journal
"A master of nail-biting suspense."
― Los Angeles Times
"Mr. Perry’s characters come to life with a single sentence. . . . He’s one of the greatest living writers of suspense fiction."
― New York Sun
"Whitefield is an indelible figure―whip-smart, resourceful, brave and big-hearted."
― Seattle Times
"The tension is thick, the story unfolds at a rapid pace, the characters are well developed, and, as usual in a Thomas Perry novel, the tale is tightly written."
― Associated Press
"Some of the most thrilling fiction you will read this year. Jane Whitefield is such a unique and richly drawn protagonist that you cannot help but root for her, and THE LEFT-HANDED TWIN may very well be the best entry in the series to date."
"Thomas Perry always peppers his thrillers with a lot of unknown facts that enhance the narrative. He is such a pro at giving us readers what we want and have come to expect from him: an intelligent, thrilling ride."
― Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine
About the Author
- Publisher : Mysterious Press (November 16, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 321 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1613162596
- ISBN-13 : 978-1613162590
- Item Weight : 1.36 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Long time fans of the Seneca woman will appreciate how her and her husband have settled into a pretty good life. But once again, to a reader's delight, Jane's skills are called for. A young woman comes to Jane for help, pursued by a former boyfriend who wants her dead. She wants to disappear, and that is what Jane does. The work is much harder than it was 20 years ago. Facial recognition, internet, banking, travel security, even creating new ID is no longer as simple. But Jane stays current, ready to help when she can. She helps the young woman settle into a different world, as safe as anyone can be.
The work draws a kind of attention to Jane that is so perilous, Jane carries poison with her every where she goes. Jane decided a long time ago, she would die rather than give up one of the people she helped. This time, Jane has to face the fact that she is going to have to make that journey. This 9th installment in the Jane Whitefield story is one of the most spiritual and satisfying endings ever. Cats don't always have nine lives. Just really, really good ones.
I pre-ordered this new book the minute I learned of it. Had to wait months for it to be available. Downloaded it right away during a super busy week so I couldn't just read through it in a single sitting like I was dying to do. But still, it held my attention start to finish. Still, it gripped me by the eyeballs and held me on the edge of my seat. Still, after I finished the book, I still wanted more Jane.
It's been years since the last new Jane Whitefield novel and now I'm finished with this new novel. Sigh.
Guess I'll have to turn around and read them all again. And still, even knowing what will happen, they still won't disappoint.
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I fear that this will be the final dissappearance that Jane will make now that she’s going to be a mother and start a more normal life with Carey…kind of sad but she finds peace helping others in some other fashion. I just love ALL Jane Whitefield novels!!!