BLOOD MONEY

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Jane Whitefield, a half-Seneca Indian guide who helps people in trouble disappear into new identities, would like to retire. Shes married to a wonderful man now, and doesnt want to endanger him or to leave him for the months it takes to get her clients safe and settled in their new lives. But when Rita, a teenager on the run from a vicious mobster, seeks her out, Jane cant just turn her away.

It turns out that the young woman was the housekeeperand only friendof Bernie the Elephant, a legendary Mafia accountant with a photographic memory who kept all the numbers in w that hes in his seventies, Bernies mob employers would like to let Bernie (and Rita) retiresix feet under. With the entire LNC (La Cosa Nostra) chasing them, Jane, Rita and Bernie embark on a perilous scheme of poetic justice: steal the 10 billion in hidden Mafia accountsand give it all to charity.

Jane is one of the best characters in crime fiction, and Perry is a master of the genre. With heart-stopping action and suspense, characters youll love (or love to hate), and a brilliantly tricky plot, BLOOD MONEY is already one of the years best! (Jan., 351pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Laurie Davie