EXCLUSIVE: The CW has put in development Jane Whitefield, a drama project based on the Vanishing Act book series by Thomas Perry. Produced by CSI maiden Carol Mendelsohn and written by Natalie Chaidez, Jane Whitefield centers on a quirky young woman in search of her biological parents and her own identity who runs a private investigation/”eraser” company in Portland. CBS TV Studios and studio-based Mendelsohn Prods. produce, with Mendelsohn, Chaidez, Perry, Bob Wunsch and Carol Mendelsohn Prods.’ Julie Weitz exec producing.

Perry’s critically praised Jane Whitefield book series includes Vanishing Act, Dance For The Dead, Shadow Woman, The Face Changers, Blood Money, Runner, and Poison Flower. UTA-repped Natalie Chaidez has worked on Heroes, V, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and In Plain Sight.

In addition to Jane Whitefield, Carol Mendelsohn Prods. has Second Sight at CBS, a drama based on the 2000 British series starring Clive Owen, with Michael Cuesta co-writing, directing and exec producing.