By Thomas Perry
Jane Whitefield is a reputation to be whispered like a prayer. A shadow girl who rescues the helpless and the hunted whilst their enemies depart them no position to conceal. Now with the bone-deep crafty of her local American forebears, she arranges a vanishing act for Pete Hatcher, a Las Vegas playing govt. it's going to be a bit of cake, yet she does not but find out about Earl and Linda--professional destroyers who will profit if Hatcher dies, killers who like to kill . . . slowly. From Vegas to upstate manhattan to the Rockies, the race among predator and prey slowly narrows till finally they proportion an intimacy damaged purely through dying. . . .
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