Poison Flower: A Jane Whitefield Novel by Thomas PerryPoison Flower: A Jane Whitefield Novel by Thomas Perry

Poison Flower: A Jane Whitefield Novel

byThomas Perry

Hardcover | June 18, 2013

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Poison Flower, the seventh novel in Thomas Perry's celebrated Jane Whitefield series, opens as Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the heavily guarded criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles. But the price of Shelby's freedom is high. Within minutes, men posing as police officers kidnap Jane and, when she tries to escape, shoot her.Jane's captors are employees of the man who really killed Shelby's wife. He believes he won't be safe until Shelby is dead, and his men will do anything to force Jane to reveal Shelby's hiding place. But Jane endures their torment, and is willing to die rather than betray Shelby. Jane manages to escape but she is alone, wounded, thousands of miles from home with no money and no identification, hunted by the police as well as her captors. She must rejoin Shelby, reachhis sister before the hunters do, and get them both to safety.In this unrelenting, breathtaking cross-country battle, Jane survives by relying on the traditions of her Seneca ancestors. When at last Jane turns to fight, her enemies face a cunning and ferocious warrior who has one weapon that they don't.
Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York, in 1947. He graduated from Cornell University in 1969 and earned a Ph. D. in English Literature from the University of Rochester in 1974. He held a series of positions ranging from fisherman to professor, weapons mechanic to television writer and producer. Perry's novels, successful both cr...
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Title:Poison Flower: A Jane Whitefield NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 inPublished:June 18, 2013Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802126057

ISBN - 13:9780802126054

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I love Michael Connelly's writing style. A little difficult to get used to a new character, but all in all a good read.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok Having not read the previous books, I had nothing to compare it to. It was ok.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Connolly classic Great new character, with an interesting back story and is almost a female version of Harry Bosch. Cannot wait to read more books with this character, and to watch her evolve #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great new character! Michael Connelly is hands down one of my favourite authors. I've really enjoyed the Harry Bosch character over the years, as well as newer addition Mickey Haller. But I was very excited to see that he has created a new lead in his latest novel, The Late Show. Meet Renée Ballard, a detective in the LAPD who works the night shift, aka The Late Show. Ballard was moved to the night shift after a harassment charge against a superior officer was dismissed. The kicker? Her then partner knew the truth and refused to back her. On the night shift, she and her new partner field calls, but pass them on to the day crew to pursue. But Renée's drive and determination to find answers and justice for victims is hard to suppress. She fields two calls one evening - the beating of a prostitute and a waitress killed on the periphery of a seeming gangland shooting. Against all protocol she decides to pursue both cases on her own in the day while still working the night shift. Oh, The Late Show is so very, very good on so many levels. Renée is intelligent, driven and tough. She has to be to do what she does - and to put up with what her superiors and fellow officers throw at her. I like her back story - it has some depth, unusual elements, is believable and makes this lead even more 'human'. Connelly's plotting in this latest is impeccable - intricate, detailed and oh so addicting. The 'who' question in the one case is at the heart of everything. The reader is alongside Renée as she puts together the pieces. I enjoy not having 'insider' information that the lead doesn't have. Danger and action are part of this book as well as the police work. There are a few scenes where my heart was in my throat and I couldn't put the book down. (And I admit I did peek ahead a few pages as I had to know the outcome.) The settings are detailed and the police procedures detailed and with the ring of authenticity. The Late Show was a fantastic read for me and I can't wait to see more of this character. Highly recommended! The author's notes at the end intrigued me..."A great debt of thanks goes to LAPD Detective Mitzi Roberts, who served in so many ways as the inspiration for Renée." Of course I had to google her - and yeah, she's a heck of a inspiration. She worked the Black Dahlia case amongst many others. Connelly also sneaks in a cameo reference to Bosch the television series in the plot.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Not my favourite of his books but still entertaining
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Child's best When we first discovered Reacher, we started with 61 Hours - what a ride! We devoured every Reacher we could get our hands on. We loved this character and how he interacted with the people and villains in the American Gothic towns that he found on his bus ride. The best part of this story was the backstory involving the messengers. The most predictable - how many chapters it will take Reacher to finally bed the latest female character. Child needs to find some new description of how ecstatic the female partner becomes. Also, there are more Americanisms than "a buck will get you ten". Further, we are finding errors in the books. Reacher would know exactly how many bullets he has left in his handgun. He wouldn't "double tap" two bad guys, put a bullet in each of their heads to be certain and then put in a new magazine because he was down 4 rounds. We've continued to buy the next Reacher in hopes that Lee Child will get back to the character he first put on the pages. Maybe Lee could go back to the beginning to re-find Jack.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Police Proceedural Michael Connolly's new series stars a female detective! Great start to this new series but after 50 pages, the story lags. Way too many details regarding policing rules & procedures, uniforms, even waxing surfboards. If you can last until the halfway point, then that's when the story shifts back into high gear. If you're a Michael Connolly fan, then you will probably eagerly eat up his latest offering, others will probably say "meh"........:)
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read A good plot with enough twists and turns and solid characters.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prime Reacher Reacher's intellect and strength are at its peak in this prequel set in the 90s. It's Germany, not long after the reunification. Terrorists have purchased something for an extraordinary amount of money. What's being sold? What's it for? The long journey from those questions to the answer is somewhat simple, but the drama skims along nicely thanks to the fast-paced whirring of Reacher's mental machinery. He's Sherlock Holmes with fighting chops. The fun is watching him slowly unravel the who, what, where and when of the puzzle, through a series of logical guesses, investigation and, of course, fists. An easy read, but worth it if you like the character.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a new series! Extremely tense, highly suspenseful and masterfully paced! The Late Show is a skillfully crafted, well-executed police procedural that introduces us to the feisty Detective Renée Ballard as she heads out on a shift that will have her hunting a burglar, a sadist, and a ruthless killer. The writing is tight and seamless. The characterization is spot on with a gang of multi-layered, gritty characters including the gutsy, tenacious Ballard. And the plot is a thrill ride of twists, turns, surprises, corruption, violence, forensics, police politics and murder that will have you hooked from the very first page. Connelly is a best-selling author, and with this new release it's easy to see why. The Late Show is a raw, action-packed page turner that is compelling, entertaining and will leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from meh Having been a long time fan of Connelly, and recently disappointed with his novels, I had hopes that this new series with a female protagonist would be better. His Bosch novels are stale and the Lincoln Lawyer was good for one book. This one is a dud right out of the box. If you have never read a police procedural/detective/crime novel or seen a TV show about any of those, you might enjoy this book. Connelly assumes the reader knows nothing about forensics and awkwardly describes things such as a bullet can be matched to a weapon by the striations left when it was fired.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Good novel by MC, from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Another great book by this author.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Late Show is worth staying up for. A new character with a sense of justice like my beloved Harry. Renee Ballard has been demoted to the night shift, called the "The Late Show" because she refused to retract an allegation against her lieutenant. The "Late Show" is the shift where the cops are mostly respsonsible for writing up the paperwork and leaving the investigating to the day shift cops. For Renee though, that isn't nearly enough and when a trans person is found nearly beaten to death, she takes it upon herself to see the investigation to the end. Combined with a multiple fatality homicide at a night club, Renee has her hands full and when her former partner is murdered, all of Renee's not inconsiderable skills are pulled out. Is the novel perfect? No. Is it a compelling read that will keep you turning pages late, late into the night? Absolutely. Renee Ballard is a great addition to the Connelley canon.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great new series from the master of LAPD fiction. A great introduction to the next great Character created by Michael Connelly. It was a nice refresher as, with the exception of Rachel Walling, all of the major characters written by him have been Men. I really liked how they were able to resolve the multiple cases and keep them intwined. With most of the Bosch books, he is focused on just the one case where in reality a lot of detectives are handling multiple cases so it was great to see that in a box. It was also nice to see how he continued to mention his other projects in the books. Like how they mentioned Blood Work in Angels Flight, it was great how the Bosch TV series was mentioned in the book while still acknowledging Bosch as a real detective in this Book Universe. The Audiobook narration did bother me at a couple points as the Editing was not the greatest. Heard a couple yawns and breaks in the reading. Overall, a great read and hope to see the next book in her series next year.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Terrific from the beginning to the very last page
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Another great novel. Very suspenseful. Kept me guessing throughout..couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! A great suspense and mystery novel. I couldn't put it down at all! It is an interesting plot and I was blown by the final twist in the story.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Baldacci book! I always enjoy David Baldacci's books and this one was no exception. The characters in the book had a very hard time solving this case and the story had a lot of twists and turns. I can usually figure out where the ending is going to be and I couldn't in this book. Another great read!
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It!! Definitely a good read. Was able to read it very quickly. Love the way David writes however I did find this storyline progressed similar to some of his other books.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from some poor editing and strange plotting choices, but in all a good read I really liked Perry's early work. Of late, he's been hit and miss - The Boyfriend was truly awful - but this story showed a bit more thought and attention to believable characters. I did find, though, that the editing was poor. In a few places, at least in the e-book version, there were typos - twice I found the word "took" had been changed to "to ok". In one chapter, the protagonist fights off a mugger and then gives him $25 to buy food. Later, when he refers to the incident again, it is magically changed to $100. Worse, there were inconsistencies in the protagonist's motivation regarding his roommate, soon to be girlfriend. At first, he doesn't want an intimate relationship because he doesn't want to reveal anything about himself. Later, he manipulates her into falling in love with him because he thinks being part of a couple will make him harder to find. Which is it? When did he change his mind? A professional editor catches these things, but Perry's seemed to be asleep at the wheel for this book. But, the action is non-stop, the ingenuity of the main character is entertaining, and the underlying theme of the cruelty and inhumanity of the American government agencies and the uselessness of their foreign wars is a strong underlying theme. I think Perry wrote this book for himself, As a man who is getting older it must have been appealing to him to have a 60-something main character who is as indestructible and ruthlessly focused as Jason Bourne. The main character does come off a little cold though - principled, but cold.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific ! This is a fantastic read. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice Interesting and thoughtful work.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Read I am a huge fan of David's, and he doesn't let you down in this book. From the start of the book you can't put it down as he draws you into the story. Couldn't put it down, and didn't figure out the ending until you at the last 30 pages ofs the book. Great read and can't wait another book
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! Loved it, made my way through it very quickly, an great addition by David Baldacci.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent thriller steady plot This is book 17 and Joe Pickett is a well established law and order game warden with strong family ties. The cat & mouse investigation had many twists and frightening scenes for Joe's family. Joe & his family are threatened when Dallas Cates returns to Twelve Sleep County to avenge his family's tragedy. Poaching in the district has become a major problem and the new state governor isn't the politician the voters thought they elected, putting Joe's ethics to the test. Excellent reading. There is some violence in this novel.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Page Turner Definitely exciting and riveting.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Enjoyed reading this. Characters were easy to follow...story is well written. Keeps you interested from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling read Another Jack Reacher hit. keep 'em comin!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I loved this book. The plot and characters were off the charts!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Exciting, mysterious and hypnotic. I greatly enjoyed reading it. Everything about this book hooked me from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed it. Not usually my cup of tea but it was good
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyed it. Not usually my cup of tea but it was good
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Great read! Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Have the audio book. Just amazing. Received it as a gift. Couldn't stop listening until I was finished. Just as great as any of his other stories
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from was a bit boring this book was a bit slow to get into.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reacher delivers! I loved this story, I have some criticisms but I can't speak of them without spoiling story elements. Just know its a great read and hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not horrible Was kind of impressed, it's not a bad book at all, I recommend
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My dad loved this I am in line for this book. Can't wait until it's my turn.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book One of the character I like to read. Great book to read.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Lee Child never dissapoints!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lee Child doesn't disappoint Just finished - absolutely amazing. One of his best. Now all I want to see is a companion novel about Neagley! #indigoemployee
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it!! Totally recommend this book. It was a great read.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Wait to Get This One of my dad's fave authors. Can't wait to buy this.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A First Rate Crime Thriller! One of the most artistically- crafted, suspenseful thrillers I've read in 2015 is "A String of Beads" by Thomas Perry. It begins with a warrant for the arrest of Jimmy Sanders for the murder of a nasty, local bully, Nick Bauermeister. On the run from his home on the Tonawanda Reservation for a crime he didn't commit, the eight clan mothers, important dignitaries in the Seneca culture task Jane (Whitefield) McKinnon with finding Jimmy before he can be locked up and killed. Friends with Jimmy as teens when they trekked across Seneca land on a journey of self-discovery, Jane is the one person who can trace his whereabouts and help him become invisible before he's killed. For years she's guided runners to safety before they're murdered putting her own life in danger, even tortured and getting a bullet in the thigh on one of her assignments. What she doesn't expect is that there are more people than the police who are chasing Jimmy, and that she'll have to unravel clues to the crime and expose the real murderer before he's free. The plot is innovative and unique with its backdrop of Seneca culture and traditions mixed into an intense crime thriller. From the visit of the clan mothers who give Jane the "ote-ko-a" , shell beads, assigning her as their agent to track down Jimmy the plot begins heating up, as she evades a police tracker to find her friend. From then on the action never stops. With every high-speed car chase and gun fired Jane and Jimmy's invisibility becomes harder to maintain, especially when Mattie Sanders and Chelsea Schnell join the runner and unknowingly leave clues to their safe house. Threads of the plot not only follow Jane's struggle to keep Jimmy hidden as well as her own investigation, but also the killer whose connections to organized crime will have a far-reaching impact. In a riveting novel where tension mounts as events unfold, the reader is on the edge-of-their-seat wondering if the runners will die and Jane will be exposed. Like all Jane Whitefield novels this one can be read as a standalone, but her background, ingenious sleuthing skills and tenacity make her a character worth following. The personalities in this exciting caper are well-developed, realistic and unforgettable; each one with flaws and faults that add to the drama and power of the storyline. Jane is a skilled and athletic warrior living under the guise of a volunteer, a teacher and a surgeon's wife in Amherst, New York. She's resourceful, cautious and smart, but the pain of her injury has crippled her self-confidence. Torn between her love and loyalty to her people and to her husband, she doesn't hesitate to take on the task, hoping Cary's logic and sensibility will help him understand her commitment. Jimmy Sanders a former army sniper has little tolerance for nasty bullies like the murder victim Nick Bauermeister which gets him into trouble. A loving son who's honest, sincere and amiable he believes only Jane can help him stay out of harm's way. Chelsea Schnell is the former beauty pageant contestant who's naive, vulnerable and susceptible to domineering and controlling men while Technical Sergeant Isaac (Ike) Lloyd the dogged police tracker is trustworthy and brave in his search for the truth. Of the antagonists who lend chilling dread to this fascinating story;wealthy Dan Crane is ambitious and driven in getting what he wants; Bobby Salamone over-confident, intimidating and heartless; and Lorenzo Malconi the boss of the Buffalo mafia, unscrupulous and vicious. I rate "A String of Beads" highly, a thoroughly addictive crime novel filled with explosive tension, electrifying thrills and a slice of the paranormal.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Thomas Perry used to be one of my favorite thriller writers. His early Jane Whitefield books were great. But this latest effort seemed rushed, like he had to make a deadline because he needed a mortgage payment. The characters are poorly developed, there are far too many coincidences for me to be able to buy the story, and the ending was just abrupt, like Perry's book agent called him that day and said, "OK, get it in before noon or they're cancelling your contract." Spoiler alert: The contract killer serially seduces escorts and gives them a distinctive necklace and anklet set he stole from the first escort he killed. He keeps taking the necklace back every murder. The detective tracks him by seeing the necklace in the escort ads. Honestly, do escorts take new pictures of themselves every week for their ad, that this necklace shows up in all those pictures? I have no idea when the detective meets the first escort why he doesn't warn her she's living with a killer. And at the end, when he tells the girl to lie about being abducted so she can avoid a manslaughter charge, it seems to be conveniently forgotten that there's a witness who saw her shoot the gun. The whole story just needed a lot more work to hang together.
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Bad This review was originally published on my book review blog http://j9books.blogspot.com. In the first book in a new series Thomas Perry introduces Jack Till a former LAPD homicide detective turned PI who discovers a killer who is killing all across the USA. Jack Till retired from the police force to try to have more of a normal life, and while the Private Investigator work is at times like police work it affords him more time with his daughter Holly. However, when parents of a recently murder daughter (about Holly's age) comes in asking for his help he is unable to say no. This girl had been living a secret lifestyle as a high class escort, that had recently turned deadly and the parents want Till to find out who murdered their daughter. What Till actually discovers is a series of escorts who have been killed around the USA and all of them have a remarkable resemblance to his murder victim. Till must find what else connects the girls and what is the killer’s end game, as it appears that more is going on than “just” the murder of high class escorts. I am having a hard time deciding whether or not I liked this book. I'm not sure if it was the writing style, the plot or something else, but the whole book has seemed a little off to me. This book did not have the thrills I was looking for (I believe some other reviews classify this book as a Thriller, I would not). I found that there was no suspense throughout the book, and while the mystery was okay, the reader knows who the killer is way before Jack Till, therefore, you are always waiting for Till to catch up. For some reason I could not get invested in the main character Jack Till. There were things about him I liked and disliked but I never felt invested in him, therefore, I found I did not become too attached to him. I actually found that I like the escorts that Perry introduced more than Till, as he humanized them more than he did Till. He attempts to humanize Till with the introduction of his grown daughter who has down syndrome and how he raised her himself, but she still seemed to only be a side part of his life. I think that Perry has plans to develop this relationship further in the future, but I could not get invested in Till as it always appeared that he had nothing to lose. I will say that Perry did a good job of showing his investigative techniques and his tenacity to help the parents of this girl and he grows to great lengths (and sometimes too far) to find the killer. As with many of the mystery book I read I like when there are chapters from the killer's point of view. I enjoyed that Perry took the time to show how Joey became who he is and what lead him to kill. Additionally, it was interesting to be a part of his thought process once he is given a target and once he finds an escort to his liking. Those who do not like reading from the killer's point of view will not enjoy this book, as the chapters tend to go back and forth between Till and Joey. Overall this book was okay. It did not have the thriller aspect that I wanted this book to have, and the mystery throughout was okay at best. Where Perry shines is his depiction of the killer and how he became who he is. I enjoyed the insight that Perry provided into Joey's life and did enjoy the chapters from his point of view. I know that Perry has written another series (Jane Whitefield series) that has been well reviewed, so I think I will check out that series. Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2013-02-06