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Thomas Perry won an Edgar for The Butcher's Boy, and Metzger's Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His other books include The Face-Changers, Shadow Woman, Dance for the Dead, and Vanishing Act. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.

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Once again, the quiet Mrs. McKinnon reemerges as Jane Whitefield, back at her old job of helping people disappear. This time she hides a young woman from the Mafia. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Jane Whitefield, first introduced in Perry's Vanishing Act, makes her fifth appearance as a ghostmaker, someone who provides new identities for people in trouble. In this fast-paced thriller, Jane, a one-woman witness protection program, is semiretired, married to a doctor and living a quiet life until a teenage girl, Rita Shelford, comes to her door seeking help. The girl is being hunted, having witnessed a mob shakedown at the Florida house she was employed to clean. Protecting the girl propels Jane into a series of adventures involving Bernie the Elephant, an old man with a photographic memory who has kept Mafia financial records in his head for decades. With Jane's help, Bernie steals billions of dollars from the Mafia accounts and donates the money to charity. Not happy, the mobsters use every trick to capture Jane and Rita. The two women cross the U.S. several times, barely staying one step ahead of their pursuers. While there are many exciting moments, the story bogs down in several places while the mobsters speculate, rehashing information the reader already knows. Perry's writing style and vocabulary are easy and simplistic, and Jane sometimes seems too cool, and too smart, for her own good. The Mafia characters are numerous and interchangeable, and the story ends limply, with four unnecessary closing chapters. This is far from Perry's best, but it's still a quick, easy read with a few thrills. (Jan.) FYI: Perry won an Edgar for The Butcher's Boy. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"Brilliant . . . Buy it: I guarantee you'll be up all night."
-Los Angeles Times

"DOWNRIGHT DAZZLING. . . The little voice that promises adventure and danger in Thomas Perry's hide-and-seek thrillers sends out another irresistible summons in Blood Money."
-The New York Times Book Review "It didn't take long before I was hooked, totally immersed in the life of Jane Whitefield. . . . The plot takes one unexpected turn after another."
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Austin American Statesman

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