A String of Beads
A Jane Whitefield NovelBook - 2015
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 whenthey 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.
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(pg 77) Jimmy: I’ve been thinking, [Jimmy said]. What are you, really?
Jane: What are you talking about?
Jimmy: You tell me you’re just this doctor’s wife, but after those guys coldcocked me, you beat the s%$t out of them. Three men, and they all looked half dead.
Jane: Don’t be silly. How could I do that?
Jimmy: I don’t know. How?
(pg 54) Jane: I’ll tell you what I’m going to do for you.
Jane: Remember those helicopters that used to come get you out of tight spots in Afghanistan?
Jimmy: Very well.
Jane: That’s me. That’s what I’m doing here….This is our people coming to take you out of trouble.
“This was not great, because in the western half of the state there are probably six people who couldn’t have made that shot, and I don’t know any of them.” (Jimmy, p 52)
(pg 304) Ike: Have you ever been shot?
Jane: I’m sorry to say I have. [she said] In the leg , just like you.
Jane: No you don’t [she said]. You’ll try to use that to find my name.
Ike: Is anything you’ve said to me true?
Jane: All of it.
Ike: Are you even real?
Jane: If I weren’t, I’d probably say I was. That’s how dreams work. But I’m here on business.
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