Some of Thomas Perry’s novels include “Runner,” “The Butcher’s Boy” and “A String of Beads.” Perry is a popular suspense writer known for his “Jane Whitefield” series of novels.
Released in 2009, “Runner” is the sixth entry in Perry’s “Jane Whitefield” series. The series’ eponymous protagonist is a Native American guide who helps clients disappear and assume new identities, but as the novel opens she has renounced her work to live a quiet married life in upstate New York. A bombing at a hospital fundraiser shakes Whitefield from her harmony, and she’s soon back in the business of helping a desperate young mother try to disappear.
“The Butcher’s Boy” is the first entry in another of Perry’s major series, this one highlighting a ruthless professional hitman. The Butcher’s Boy assassinates a Colorado senator and travels to Las Vegas to collect his pay, but upon arriving he realizes that his employer has another agenda. Hunted by both law enforcement and the world of organized crime, Perry’s anti-hero must accept help from a bright young Justice Department analyst to escape his pursuers.
“A String of Beads” finds Jane Whitefield again settled into a life of quiet domesticity, only to be shaken out of it by circumstance. Wanted for the murder of a white man, Jane’s childhood friend has fled from law enforcement, and the tribal leaders believe only Jane can find him. Retracing old memories as she searches for her friend, Jane quickly realizes she is not the only one pursuing him.