Books by Ridley Pearson

CHOKE POINT by Ridley Pearson
THRILLERS
Released: June 18, 2013

"Pearson plots resourcefully, and the complications are intelligently varied. The action is so nonstop, however, that long before the end, many readers will feel as exhausted, if nowhere near as battered, as Grace and Knox."
Now that they've established their credentials in Shanghai (The Risk Agent, 2012, etc.), John Knox and Grace Chu, of Rutherford Risk, go up against a coldblooded sweatshop owner in Amsterdam. Read full book review >
THE RISK AGENT by Ridley Pearson
THRILLERS
Released: June 19, 2012

"Exotic locale. Credible heroics. Vicarious thrills. Fans will want more, and soon."
If you have the right incentives, dollars in the billions can be made in Shanghai, where capitalism wrestles with communism. So says Pearson (In Harm's Way, 2010, etc.) in this first in a new series of thrillers. Read full book review >
THE BRIDGE TO NEVER LAND by Dave Barry
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Barry and Pearson effectively pull off the difficult trick of penning a stand-alone title that fans will adore while simultaneously causing newbies to flock back to their previous joint works—pretty nifty, that. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Captain Hook gets an iPad in Barry and Pearson's latest collaboration. Read full book review >
IN HARM’S WAY by Ridley Pearson
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"An excess of melodrama doesn't quite derail an otherwise cracking procedural."
Pearson's (Killer Summer, 2009, etc.) Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming tries to sort out his knotty personal life as he hunts for a killer, with a little help from Seattle cop Lou Boldt, another Pearson character. Read full book review >
KILLER SUMMER by Ridley Pearson
THRILLERS
Released: June 30, 2009

"A throwback to the time when plotting and pacing were the detective story's sine qua non; Pearson shows once again how it's done."
Sun Valley Sheriff Walt Fleming (Killer Weekend, 2008, etc.) must guard bottles of wine that once belonged to John Adams—or did they? Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The short chapters plus the promise of a sequel will please reluctant readers as well as those seeking laughs, suspense and floating amphibians. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Eighth-grader Toby Harbinger and his outcast friends would look forward to the science fair if it were a fair competition. Read full book review >
KILLER VIEW by Ridley Pearson
THRILLERS
Released: July 8, 2008

"Pearson may not send readers to the edges of their seats, but his practiced work lets them lean comfortably against the backs of them as they follow durable Sheriff Fleming's engaging pursuit."
Part-time Sun Valley resident and prolific thriller author Pearson (Killer Weekend, 2007, etc.) gives readers an informed take on valley politics, class divisions and rugged backcountry as Sheriff Walt Fleming returns for a second case. Read full book review >
STEEL TRAPP by Ridley Pearson
ADVENTURE
Released: March 25, 2008

Pearson's second solo outing for young audiences resembles his adult thrillers—sans all of the sex and most of the violence—even featuring Federal Agent Roland Larson from Cut and Run (2005) in a supporting role. Read full book review >
PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON by Dave Barry
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Kudos to Barry and Pearson for a funny, clever, melodramatic romp. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In this double-stranded, nearly nonstop close to the Starcatchers trilogy (at least its direct line; the authors are also producing spin-offs), peaceful Mollusk Island is overrun by savage invaders, while Peter, acerbic Tinkerbell and the Starcatchers are away in the North African land of Rundoon battling the darkness-loving Others. Read full book review >
KILLER WEEKEND by Ridley Pearson
THRILLERS
Released: July 10, 2007

"Hyperactive and fairly tense fare from Pearson (Cut and Run, 2005, etc.)."
Sun Valley's plucky sheriff must head off a hired killer and save the woman he rescued eight years ago. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM THE CARNIVALE by Dave Barry
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Older reluctant readers, however, may find the familiarity reassuring and the nonstop action an incentive to finishing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Disobeying their elders, Little Scallop and her mermaid friends Aqua and Surf go out past the reef in search of beautiful pearls. Read full book review >
PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES by Dave Barry
Released: July 1, 2006

The co-authors of Peter and the Starcatchers (2004) go to the same well, and that would be one trip too many. Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM KEEPERS by Ridley Pearson
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Though the adventure makes cunning use of Disney's mythos—a scene in which the "It's a Small World" dolls attack the adventurers while singing their famous song is chilling—flat characters and an anticlimactic finale detract from the cleverness. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
When Finn is selected as the model for a holographic guide in the Magic Kingdom, he never imagines it will pit him against the evil forces plotting to destroy Disney World. Read full book review >
CUT AND RUN by Ridley Pearson
THRILLERS
Released: April 6, 2005

"Awfully fast and agreeably scary. "
A throat slasher and a U.S. Marshall duel for possession of a woman who knows much too much about the government's witness protection program. Read full book review >
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This doesn't capture the subtler literary qualities of its progenitor, but readers drawn by authorial star power or swashbuckling will come away satisfied. (Fiction. 11-13, adult)"
A much-loved humorist and a renowned writer of adult thrillers make a strong combined crossover bid with this compulsively readable prequel to Peter Pan. Read full book review >
THE BODY OF DAVID HAYES by Ridley Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2004

"Breathlessly exciting stuff, though impossible to follow in any detail either as it's going down or after it's over."
A massive, long-dormant case of embezzlement bobs to the surface, spelling trouble for Seattle Lt. Lou Boldt (The Art of Deception, 2002, etc.) and his banker wife and nonstop suspense for their fans. Read full book review >
THE ART OF DECEPTION by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 7, 2002

"Middling, low-concept work from Pearson (Parallel Lies, 2001, etc.), whose handsome command of detail and breathless pace still bring it to the top of the summer's pile of procedurals."
Lieutenant Lou Boldt's eighth case (after Middle of Nowhere, 2000, etc.) uses Seattle's vast, unexplored Underground to link a pair of high-profile murder cases. Read full book review >
PARALLEL LIES by Ridley Pearson
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 2001

"Stick with the slow opening movement and you'll be rewarded with a bravura display of acceleration, even before the call for that fatal train. "
Pearson gives Seattle cop Lou Boldt (Middle of Nowhere, 2000, etc.) a well-earned sabbatical to concentrate on the high-speed pursuit of a vengeful saboteur obsessed with wrecking trains. Read full book review >
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2000

" Reliable thrills from a pro, though only about half of Pearson's usual 12 cylinders are firing this time out. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild selection; first printing of 125,000; $300,000)"
No, it's not murder this time—just a series of violent robberies: only the first sign that master-plotter Pearson (The First Victim, 1999, etc.) has taken some of his accustomed edge off Lt. Lou Boldt's latest case. Read full book review >
THE FIRST VICTIM by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 7, 1999

" Not even Pearson's niftiest action sequences can make up for the ho-hum forensics, the colorless villain, and the absence of any real urgency in the rescue. The master of the big-league police thriller has struck out in his own park. ($250,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
The smuggling of illegal aliens may be big business, but it makes for a surprisingly flat thriller for Seattle Police Lt. Lou Boldt (The Pied Piper, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE PIED PIPER by Ridley Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

Seattle cop Lou Boldt's been promoted to Lieutenant and shifted from Homicide to Intelligence—but all the changes don't protect him from the most painfully intimate contact with a kidnapper of small children. Read full book review >
BEYOND RECOGNITION by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 6, 1997

"But it's the richness of incident and the control of pace that'll keep them dangling as he switches gears each time you think the story's got to be winding down in this exhilarating entertainment. (Author tour)"
 Patricia Cornwell could take lessons from Sgt. Read full book review >
CHAIN OF EVIDENCE by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"His fans probably won't even notice when the brains in this page-turner turn into testosterone. ($250,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
 Good cops, rogue cops, and unscrupulous pharmaceutical CEOs duke it out in this near-miss technothriller from normally reliable Pearson (No Witnesses, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
NO WITNESSES by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 6, 1994

"Guaranteed to keep you reading till dawn—longer, if you wait for your fingers to unclench. ($150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
 Pearson's latest expert take on the Black Sunday formula pits his veteran team, Seattle Sgt. Read full book review >
THE ANGEL MAKER by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 9, 1993

"Band-Aids emit low-level radioactivity from being sterilized): a top-flight offering from an author who's clearly found his groove."
 Potent blend of medical thriller and police procedural that resurrects the cop-hero of Pearson's Undercurrents (1988) and pits him against—of all things—a maniacal veterinarian. Read full book review >
HARD FALL by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"Not as psychologically probing as Undercurrents, and hampered by the far-fetched premise, but, overall, a well-oiled thriller with every gear smoothly spinning at top speed."
 Coming back strong from last year's ragged Probable Cause, Pearson turns in a tale of international terrorism that offers the sort of breakneck action, mature characterization, and tight forensic detail that made Undercurrents (1988) a police-procedural classic. Read full book review >