Blood Money

Blood Money

A Novel

Book - 1999
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"Thomas Perry just keeps getting better," said Tony Hillerman, about Sleeping Dogs--and in this superb new novel by one of America's best thriller writers, Jane Whitefield takes on the mafia, and its money. Jane Whitefield, the fearless "guide" who helps people in trouble disappear, make victims vanish,has just begun her quiet new life as Mrs. Carey McKinnon, when she is called upon again, to face her toughest opponents yet.  Jane must try to save a young girl fleeing a deadly mafioso.  Yet the deceptively simple task of hiding a girl propels Jane into the center of horrific events, and pairs her with Bernie the Elephant, the mafia's man with the money.  Bernie has a photographic memory, and in order to undo an evil that has been growing for half a century,he and Jane engineer the biggest theft of all time, stealing billions from hidden mafia accounts and donating the money to charity.  Heart-stopping pace, fine writing, and mesmerizing characters combine inBlood Moneyto make it the best novel yet by the writer called "one of America's finest storytellers,"(San Francisco Examiner).
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1999
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780679453048
Branch Call Number: FIC Perry 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 351 p


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Sep 26, 2017

Good book in a great series
Jane Whitefield is happy in her new life as a suburban housewife. But then someone shows up at her door on the reservation, knowing she used to be the-woman-who-makes-people-disappear. And this one needs to disappear -- a young woman who worked for the mob, taking care of the house for an old man who was the mob's moneyman with a photographic memory, keeping it all in his head. When the man escapes, and then gets whacked, Rita knows she needs help to disappear before the mafia finds her and wants her to tell the moneyman's secrets -- secrets only he knew. Jane doesn't want to help, having left that life behind, but she has no real choice -- the girl has come to her door, her real door, in her new life.
The plot deals with the mafia's money, and their search for Jane. There is a strong sub-plot about the money, and while it is initially a little far-fetched, it takes the premise and breaks it down into manageable chunks that make it seem almost plausible.
Some of the story is pretty predictable -- Rita is flaky, and you know she's going to flake out on the group long before Jane realizes it, or at least, long before she admits it to herself. As well, there is a trigger for the initial premise that I figured out in the first few pages, and yet no one else ever figures it out in the book, leading to a surprise for certain people for no real apparent reason. Finally, there is a long series of circumstances that are either Jane simply driving around the country or a series of near-misses for the mafia spotting her that never feel particularly tense.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.

Jan 02, 2014

Fast paced, full of intrigue, well written!

jdaigle3 Nov 15, 2012

Very well paced, always interesting! They do become a bit of a formula book after awhile, but I think that is just due to the nature of the scenario.

Jun 28, 2010

recommended by "mystery" radio panel
A "guide" who helps people disappear; this time a young girl and a book keeper for the mafia are intertwined with the result of them trying to dispose of mega millions of mafiosa money

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