Books by Ridley Pearson

CHOKE POINT by Ridley Pearson
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
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 >
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
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
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 >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

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
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
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 >

Released: Oct. 1, 2007

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
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 >
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

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 >

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 >

Released: Sept. 1, 2005

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
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 >
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

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 >

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
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
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
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
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
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 >

Released: Feb. 6, 1997

Patricia Cornwell could take lessons from Sgt. Read full book review >

CHAIN OF EVIDENCE by Ridley Pearson
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

Good cops, rogue cops, and unscrupulous pharmaceutical CEOs duke it out in this near-miss technothriller from normally reliable Pearson (No Witnesses, 1994, etc.). Three years ago, Hartford Detective Joe Dartelli kept quiet about a suspicious suicide because he was convinced the victim was the Ice Man, who'd raped and killed the wife of his mentor, legendary Sgt. Read full book review >

NO WITNESSES by Ridley Pearson
Released: Oct. 6, 1994

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
Released: April 9, 1993

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. Lou Boldt has been off the Seattle force for two years, tending his infant son and playing jazz piano at a local dive, but his extraordinary empathy for murder victims won't let him refuse the request of police shrink and ex-lover Daphne Matthews (whose throat was slashed in Undercurrents) to help with her new case—a series of street kids found dead and missing a kidney, liver, or lung. Read full book review >

HARD FALL by Ridley Pearson
Released: Jan. 17, 1992

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. The story opens with a literal bang as hero Cameron Daggett's FBI superior opens a booby-trapped suitcase and blows himself and Daggett's chief link to German radical environmental-terrorist Anthony Kort to kingdom come. Read full book review >