Perry, Thomas. Blood Money. Random House. Jan 2000. c.352p. ISBN 0-679-45304-0. $24.95. Fiction.

In Perry’s tenth novel (the fifth in the Jane Whitefield series), Jane—who is part Native American and who regularly helps fugitives disappear—leaves the attractions of husband and home to help an 18-year-old and an old man who are fleeing the mob. About to be replaced by computers and facing certain death, Bernie “the Elephant” Lupus, who handled—in his head—the finances of 12 major mob families for 50 years, fakes his own murder and winds up in the hands of Jane, at first out to help only his maid. But soon the three of them, along with an accountant, are involved in a plot to steal over $14 billion of the mob’s investments and then donate the funds to charity. Even readers who find the setup far-fetched will enjoy the fast pace of this entertaining thriller with its resourceful heroine, fascinating characters, convincing development of intrigue, and ever-present menace.

LJ, 124, no. 16 (October 1, 1999), 136.

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