Search Results: "Ridley Pearson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST VICTIM by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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BEYOND RECOGNITION by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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WHITE BONE  by Ridley Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"This crackling adventure doubles as a survival guide for your next trip to the striking, endangered landscape of East Africa."
The improbable stars of Rutherford Risk tangle with murderous ivory poachers and warring local cops, rangers, and strongmen in Nairobi and the even wilder Kenyan countryside. Read full book review >

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CHOKE POINT by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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CHAIN OF EVIDENCE by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE INITIATION by Ridley Pearson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A disappointing reinvention of beloved characters. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Set in modern-day Boston, this first in a new series chronicles the interactions between high school age Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, James Moriarty. Read full book review >

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THE RISK AGENT by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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HARD FALL by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE RED ROOM by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 2014

"Filled with bromides about tradecraft—'We don't know who we're working for. We don't know who we're working against'; '[t]he easy answer is never the right one'; 'too many unknowns'—that are all too appropriate to this Rubik's cube of a thriller."
A third adventure takes globe-trotting independent contractor John Knox and forensic accountant Grace Chu to Istanbul—and all around, over and beneath this crossroads city as well. Read full book review >