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Runner

by Thomas Perry

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | May 2, 2005 | Hardcover |

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Jane Whitefield-the fierce and resourceful heroine of Thomas Perry''s most popular thrillers-returns from retirement to guide a fugitive out of danger.

 

For more than a decade, Jane Whitefield pursued her unusual profession: "I''m a guide . . . I show people how to go from places where somebody is trying to kill them to other places where nobody is." Then she promised her husband she would never work again, and settled in to live a happy, quiet life as Jane McKinnon, the wife of a surgeon in Amherst, New York. But when a bomb goes off in the middle of a hospital fundraiser, Jane finds herself face to face with the cause of the explosion: a young pregnant girl who has been tracked across the country by a team of guns-for-hire. That night, regardless of what she wants or the vow she''s made to her husband, Jane must come back to transform one more victim into a runner. Her quest for safety sets in motion a mission that may be as much of a rescue operation as it is a chance for revenge.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: May 2, 2005

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618542981

ISBN - 13: 9780618542987

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Runner

Runner

by Thomas Perry

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: May 2, 2005

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618542981

ISBN - 13: 9780618542987

About the Book

From the award-winning author of "Night Hoops" and "Painting the Black" comes this suspenseful, psychologically astute novel with themes of terrorism and patriotism, fear and courage.

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1 The girl kept half-turning in the back seat to stare out the rear window of the cab, as though she were being chased across Buffalo to the hospital. It made Pete Sawicki as nervous as she was. He kept flicking his eyes to the rearview mirror, but all the way to the hospital he saw trucks, people driving station wagons to the supermarket, kids throwing baseballs beside empty streets-nothing at all that was suspicious except her. He pulled up to the emergency room entrance and got out of his cab to open her door. She had a pretty face. She was very young, maybe even jailbait, with long light brown hair, eyes that looked gray-green, full lips that seemed to pout as she concentrated on getting out of the back seat of the cab. Pete held his hand out to help her, but she deflected his attention with a look that went past him as though he were gone already. Usually somebody who wanted a cab ride to the hospital emergency room wanted a hand. She stood and once again her belly showed, stood out from her body under the loose shirt. It was none of his business, but Pete couldn''t help seeing the pregnancy as tragic in somebody her age. How could it not be? "How much?" she said, her hand already moving into her purse. "Eight bucks." She frowned. "It can''t be." He pretended to look inside at the meter, and chuckled to himself. "You''re right. It''s twelve." He took the fifteen dollars she handed him. "Thanks. And thanks for noticing that." He stepped around the cab to his door, watched
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Jane Whitefield-the fierce and resourceful heroine of Thomas Perry''s most popular thrillers-returns from retirement to guide a fugitive out of danger.

 

For more than a decade, Jane Whitefield pursued her unusual profession: "I''m a guide . . . I show people how to go from places where somebody is trying to kill them to other places where nobody is." Then she promised her husband she would never work again, and settled in to live a happy, quiet life as Jane McKinnon, the wife of a surgeon in Amherst, New York. But when a bomb goes off in the middle of a hospital fundraiser, Jane finds herself face to face with the cause of the explosion: a young pregnant girl who has been tracked across the country by a team of guns-for-hire. That night, regardless of what she wants or the vow she''s made to her husband, Jane must come back to transform one more victim into a runner. Her quest for safety sets in motion a mission that may be as much of a rescue operation as it is a chance for revenge.

About the Author

THOMAS PERRY is the author of the Jane Whitefield series as well as the best-selling novels Nightlife, Death Benefits, and Pursuit, the first recipient of the Gumshoe Award for Best Novel. He won the Edgar Award for The Butcher''s Boy, and Metzger''s Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

THOMAS PERRY is the author of the Jane Whitefield series as well as the best-selling novels Nightlife, Death Benefits, and Pursuit. He won the Edgar Award for The Butcher''s Boy, and Metzger''s Dog was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Thomas Perry

 

"Thomas Perry is, quite simply, brilliant. And as each book comes out he becomes more so."-Robert B. Parker

 

"Nobody writes thrillers like Thomas Perry . . . His books are unpredictable, action-packed, and fueled by a cynical wit and observant eye for detail."-San Francisco Chronicle

 

"Perry is so skillful with the old chase-and-pursuit routine, creates such interesting characters, and writes about them so tellingly, one wants more immediately, not next year-right now."-Boston Globe

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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