In this exciting seventh entry in Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles-but the price of Shelby's freedom is high.
©2012 Thomas Perry (P)2012 Tantor
"Anyone who has read Perry knows the anticipatory pleasure that comes just from holding a new book with his name on the cover. Fans of Jane, last seen in Runner, will enjoy this elegantly written tale of pursuit and revenge." (Library Journal)
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"Non-stop action all the way"
I love audio and I love print. Can't say for sure which is better.
This was definitely a rocket ride from the beginning. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone. Jane starts out moving fast, and never slows down.
Joyce is very good in this series and she is Jane's voice that I hear in my head when I re-read the stories.
I did listen in one sitting. I'm retired and have the time. I stayed up VERY late. It was worth it.
If you have never read any other Jane Whitefield books, DO NOT START with this one. It brings in characters and situations from earlier books. As a series reader I loved it, but it would not make sense to someone who wasn't.
Start at the beginning with Vanishing Act and come forward.
"Love the Jane Whitefield series!"
I have been hooked on the Jane Whitefield book since I read Vanishing Act years ago so was excited to see another addition to the series. The one thing I did not like about Poison Flower was the torture scenes. Not that they did not fit in the story - just that I found them too disturbing to listen to. (If I had been reading rather than listening to the book I would have simply skipped over those parts.)
Yes, I love Thomas Perry as an author, but this book was very dark, very graphic in image.
The image and details presented in the torture process was horrible. It is not necessary to go into so much detail.
The narrator was good
After you get past the chapters of torture, the book is a typical Thomas Perry novel that keeps you involved in the story.
Don't read this book if you have a weak stomach; the torture details are to graphic, it is not needed for this story. It ruined the book and made me think twice about reading a Thomas PERRY NOVEL AGAIN.
"Love Jane's Attitude"
If you have read the whole series then you will love this one just as much or more.
"Perry missed with "Poison Flower""
Previous Perry novels kept me in constant suspense; "Poison Flower" plods along with unengaging situations and a very predicable bland climax. Nothing new is revealed about Jane Whitefield's character. Even her capture and torture seemed passionless and mechanical
Even a quality author such as Perry can have a bad book once in a while. This is such an exeception that suspense fans should keep reading as he generates new offerings
As a Narrator, Bean moves the story along. She is so skilled she slips into the background giving the listener the experience of being in the story. Well done.
Poison Flower deserves to remain where it ended: Dead
Jane Whitefield is damaged at the end of this story. Lets hope that Perry has the old magic to revive her and restore her to the engaging heroine she truly is.
"Not his best, but pretty damn good"
The Jane Whitefield character is heroic and wonderfully drawn.
The action's fast paced and clever, as always in a Perry novel. But the bad guys are cartoonish, even by the standards of the genre.
Joyce did a fantastic job of covering the many characters and accents, with warmth and consistency. It was a pleasure listening to her.
More sequels than Rocky!
Sadly, it''s probably time to retire Jane.
"Running is Taking Its Toll"
Didn't like this one as much as the previous. Because I was listening instead of reading I couldn't skip over the winceable parts. A little too grim for me.
Have only read before and always loved the Jane Whiteside character.
It's hard to sustain a long running series. While it's important to put the character under pressure I don't like to witness on-going torture.
Each of these Jane books feels like the last one, the kiss-off of a series, an adieu to a character, an abandonment of an oft-traveled plot device. Without spoiling the plot, I can say this feels yet again like the end for Ms. Whitfield, who is growing older and more battered and even perhaps a little cynical about the whole proposition. The paranormal plays a bigger role here than in previous texts, which probably foreshadows The End even more . . . but what do I know.
It's a nice addition to the series, and if you've read any of the others you'll want to read this one, too. I just hope Mr. Perry isn't getting tired of his own schtick, as he writes amusing potboilers and I'm not ready for him to stop.
The narration is adequate, better than some of Perry's books, like the Butcher's Boy series read in a monotone; this female narrator does an adequate job, and I'd listen to more books read by her.
Love the character; loved the previous books, but this one was lacking the vitality which comes from surprise. Previous books seemed a touch more imaginative. I hope Perry is not tiring of his own character. Still glad I read it.
"It's a bit short, but I enjoyed it"
I haven't ready any of the Jane Whitefield stories, so I didn't know what to expect. I thought it was well written and interesting. Not my favorite book, but good enough.
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