Tuesday, January 06, 2015

What is Thomas Perry reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Thomas Perry, author of A String of Beads.

His entry begins:
Yesterday afternoon I finished some very unusual reading. It was my proofreading of my wife, Jo Perry's, second novel. The first in the series, Dead is Better, will be published by Page Burner Press in January. The one I was reading is Dead is Best. I met Jo in 1975. We've worked in two universities together and then wrote prime-time network television together for eleven years, raised our two children to adulthood together, and spent nearly every day together. I should know every atom of the contents of her mind by now, but reading her books has reminded me that's not possible. The human mind is endlessly inventive, and...[read on]
About A String of Beads, from the publisher:
After two decades protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane McKinnon, née Whitefield, has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York—or so she thinks.

One morning as she comes back from a long run, Jane is met by an unusual sight: all eight clan mothers, the female leaders of the Seneca clans, parked in her driveway in two black cars. A childhood friend of Jane’s from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he's fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. At the clan mothers’ request, Jane retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren’t the only ones after him. As the chase intensifies, the number of people caught up in this twisted plot multiplies, and Jane is the only one who can protect those endangered by it. A String of Beads is an addictive, fast-paced thriller about how abandoning the past can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, even when your life—and the life of those you love—depends on it.
Learn more about the book and author at Thomas Perry's website and Facebook page.

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