PLOT OR PREMISE
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.
WHAT I LIKED
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.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
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.
THE BOTTOM LINE / TWEET
Good book in a great series.
Legend: 1/5 Finished 2/5 Not bad 3/5 Good 4/5 Enjoyable 5/5 Excellent
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.
- Year of Release: 1999
- Publisher: Ballantine Books
- ISBN/ASIN: 978-0804115414
- Series: Whitefield (#5)
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