A String of Beads

A String of Beads

A Jane Whitefield Novel

Book - 2015
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After two decades spent 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 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: the eight female leaders of her Seneca tribe 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 again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren't the only ones after him.
Publisher: New York : The Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2015.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780802123299
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm.


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If you liked the other Jane Whitfield books then you will enjoy this one as well. However, it feels like the concept is getting stale; there’s nothing about this story that wasn’t already covered in previous ones, and there is little to be thrilled about since Jane always saves the day and none of the major characters is ever in any jeopardy. It may be time to let this series fade away.

Feb 11, 2017

Exceptionally well written! A delightful read, with unique protagonist of Native American heritage.

Mar 01, 2016

I have enjoyed all of Perry's books but I think he is reaching the end of the line on the Jane Whitfield series. String of Beads involves her in direct combat with the evil pursuers constantly and that is not what she is supposed to be about. She is supposed to be finesse, knowledge and skill not butt kicking with Mafia grease balls. She is after all now a refined married lady-supposedly.

Jul 06, 2015

Jane Whitefield #8. Nothing spectacular, but a good, easy, reliable read.

Apr 28, 2015

Extremely engaging and well written story.

Exciting from start to finish.

Love the train journey and the Clan Mothers.

The first I've read by this author. And, I'm looking forward to more.

Wouldn't mind seeing Ike again. He could make a good ally.

Apr 26, 2015

Plot weak and didn't make sense.


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Apr 28, 2015

(pg 77) Jimmy: I’ve been thinking, [Jimmy said]. What are you, really?
Jane: What are you talking about?
Jimmy: You tell me you’re just this doctor’s wife, but after those guys coldcocked me, you beat the s%$t out of them. Three men, and they all looked half dead.
Jane: Don’t be silly. How could I do that?
Jimmy: I don’t know. How?

Apr 28, 2015

(pg 54) Jane: I’ll tell you what I’m going to do for you.
Jimmy: What?
Jane: Remember those helicopters that used to come get you out of tight spots in Afghanistan?
Jimmy: Very well.
Jane: That’s me. That’s what I’m doing here….This is our people coming to take you out of trouble.

Apr 28, 2015

“This was not great, because in the western half of the state there are probably six people who couldn’t have made that shot, and I don’t know any of them.” (Jimmy, p 52)

Apr 28, 2015

(pg 304) Ike: Have you ever been shot?
Jane: I’m sorry to say I have. [she said] In the leg , just like you.
Ike: When?
Jane: No you don’t [she said]. You’ll try to use that to find my name.
Ike: Is anything you’ve said to me true?
Jane: All of it.
Ike: Are you even real?
Jane: If I weren’t, I’d probably say I was. That’s how dreams work. But I’m here on business.


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