Jane Whitefield is her name. Not her true name, just one she uses. Like a cat, the name Jane Whitefield was given to her by loving parents and she has lived well, never taking her life or her personal good fortune for granted. A new reader could meet Jane in The Left-Handed Twin for the first time, and understand that what she is, what she does, how her gifts are used to balance the tug of war between good and evil. Also ambiguity. Pragmatism. Relativity. Creativity. Most of all, love and discipline.
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.