Boldt & Matthews Books In Publication Order
- Undercurrents (1988)
- The Angel Maker (1993)
- No Witnesses (1994)
- Beyond Recognition (1997)
- The Pied Piper (1998)
- The First Victim (1999)
- Middle of Nowhere (2000)
- The Art of Deception (2002)
- The Body of David Hayes (2004)
Chris Klick Books In Publication Order
- Dead Aim (1988)
- Aim for the Heart (1990)
- Concerto in Dead Flat (1999)
Kingdom Keepers Books In Publication Order
- The Kingdom Keepers / Disney After Dark (2004)
- Disney at Dawn (2008)
- Disney in Shadow (2010)
- Power Play (2011)
- Shell Game (2012)
- Dark Passage (2013)
- The Insider (2014)
- The Syndrome (2015)
Kingdom Keepers: The Return Books In Publication Order
- Disney Lands (2015)
- Legacy of Secrets (2016)
- Disney at Last (2017)
Lock and Key Books In Publication Order
- The Gadwall Incident (2016)
- The Initiation (2016)
- The Downward Spiral (2017)
- The Final Step (2018)
Never Land Books In Publication Order
- Escape from the Carnivale (2006)
- Cave of the Dark Wind (2007)
- Blood Tide (2008)
Peter and the Starcatchers Books In Publication Order
- Peter and the Starcatchers (2004)
- Peter and the Shadow Thieves (2006)
- Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (2007)
- Peter and the Sword of Mercy (2009)
- The Bridge to Never Land (2011)
Risk Agent Books In Publication Order
- The Risk Agent (2012)
- Choke Point (2013)
- The Red Room (2014)
- White Bone (2017)
Steel Trapp Books In Publication Order
- The Challenge (2008)
- The Academy (2010)
Walt Fleming Books In Publication Order
- Killer Weekend (2007)
- Killer View (2008)
- Killer Summer (2009)
- In Harm’s Way (2010)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Never Look Back (1985)
- Blood of the Albatross (1986)
- The Seizing of Yankee Green Mall / Hidden Charges (1988)
- Probable Cause (1990)
- Hard Fall (1991)
- Chain of Evidence (1995)
- Parallel Lies (2001)
- The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (As: Joyce Reardon) (2001)
- Cut and Run (2005)
- Science Fair (With: Dave Barry) (2008)
Graphic Novels In Publication Order
- Super Sons (2019)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Mid-life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude (1994)
- The Putt at the End of the World (2000)
- Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories About Love, Lust, and Murder (2006)
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 (2007)
- Hook, Line & Sinister (2010)
- Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All (2013)
- Silent Night, Deadly Night (2016)
- Super Puzzletastic Mysteries (2020)
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Ridley Pearson Books Overview
Seattle is a city paralyzed by fear. A serial killer is loose on its streets. And as each new victim surfaces chest slashed, eyes taped open the tide of panic rises. Driven by guilt and frustration, too exhausted to consider stopping, Detective Lou Boldt thinks he’s finally gotten the break he needs to end the Cross Killer’s twisted spree. But each new clue contradicts another. And each new corpse mocks Boldt’s efforts. To fathom the silent tale told by the latest corpse washed up in Puget Sound, Boldt has to go beyond every state of the art method at his disposal. But as he gets closer to the truth, he travels deeper into the tortured mind of a relentless killer…
into the depths of his own fear…
and into a whirlpool of madness more frightening than his worst nightmares.
Deep in the heart of a heartless city…
She could have been any homeless, nameless young woman trying to escape Seattle’s mean streets. Except the sixteen year old who stumbled into the shelter that night was missing a lot of blood, and something even more vital…
Somewhere between life and death…
For police woman Daphne Matthews, it was bizarre enough to call on the best cop she knew…
especially when a search turned up more than she knew…
especially when a search turned up more mutilated corpses. For ex homicide detective Lou Boldt, it was the kind of case he couldn’t resist. And for Elden Tegg, healer, only path to salvation…
Lurks The Angel Maker. And now, as the body count rises, tow cops try one last, desperate ploy. But they’d better start praying. Because it will take a miracle to stop a killer who’s about to make one final, unforgettable contribution to humankind…
From the Paperback edition.
Product tampering. Innocent lives. Nice suburban homes. A Seattle food company is victim to an ingenious extortion that has the FBI two steps behind. Seattle’s veteran homicide sergeant, Lou Boldt, and police psychologist Daphne Matthews approach the case from opposite ends: one undearthing micoscopic evidence, the other putting together a chilling psychological profile of a man willing to contaminate and kill if necessary. The cop Daphne Matthews secretly loves is being destroyed by the extortion. Boldt sees his department cracking. As the high tech manhunt builds to a furious crescendo, Boldt and Matthews are jolted again: the madman they’re hunting maynot be working alone…
A strange series of fires is raging in Seattle white hot fires that burn so cleanly even the ash is consumed, along with all traces of the fires’ victims. Brilliant forensic investigator Police Sergeant Lou Boldt is back, battling the mysterious arsonist. He is also keeping his eye on the Fire Warden, who seems to be a little too close to the heat. But police psychologist Daphne Matthews is more concerned about the victims of the blazes, especially the smart and wily ten year old boy who had a terrifying encounter with a disfigured, badly burned man. Beyond Recognition is the story of a deadly, taunting game of cat and mouse, where the stakes are raised to a burning point that might spell disaster for Boldt and the city of Seattle.
A wave of babynappings has terrified parents from San Diego to Portland. And when The Pied Piper named for the penny flute he leaves in the cribs of his victims claims his first Seattle infant, the investigation draws in homicide detective Lou Boldt. Assigned temporarily to Intelligence so he can spend more time with his kids while his wife is hospitalized for chemotherapy, Boldt’s role is to keep the FBI out of the Seattle Police Department’s way. But FBI special agent Gary Flemming is a tough adversary so tough it almost seems as if he’s intentionally sabotaging the SPD’s investigation. Then The Pied Piper snatches Boldt’s own daughter, promising that unless Boldt throws both the Feds and the SPD off his trail he’ll never see his child again. Caught between his professional obligations and his fear for Sarah’s life, Boldt launches his own private manhunt with the help of John La Moia, his replacement in homicide, and police psychologist Daphne Matthews, his closest friend in the department. They form a sub rosa task force under the noses of the Feds and the SPD, and soon discover how the Piper has managed to stay a step ahead of the police, elude capture, and find his small victims. The chase moves from Seattle to Portland to New Orleans, culminating in a thrilling denouement in the daffodil fields of Washington’s Skagit Valley. Combining strong characterizations with an impressive command of both policing and pacing, Ridley Pearson, author of Chainof Evidence and Beyond Recognition, delivers another sure winner in this outing for Lou Boldt. Jane Adams
Lieutenant Lou Boldt, the Seattle cop who stars in Ridley Pearson’sdeservedly popular series, is a sharp and touching figure perhaps the most believable police officer in current fiction. Early in this ninth book about his public and private life, Lou has to put on a bullet resistant vest to lead a raid against some dangerous criminals. ‘The vest was notphysically heavy, but its presence was,’ Pearson tells us. It meant battle; it meant risk. For Boldt a vest was a symbol of youth. It had been well over a year since he had worn one. Ironically, as he approached the hangar’s north door at a light run behind his own four heavily armored ERT personnel, he caught himself worrying about his hands, not his life. He didn’t want to smash up his piano hands in some close quarters skirmish…
Boldt plays jazz piano one night a week in a local bar, and despite his concern for his hands, he takes every opportunity he can to get away from his desk and into the streets. But money pressures, caused by his wife’s recent illness, also make him think about the possibility of a better paying job in the private sector. Meanwhile, some extremely ruthless people are murdering illegal Chinese immigrant women and leaving their bodiesburied in newly dug graves. An ambitious local TV journalist named Stevie McNeal and the young Chinese woman she thinks of as her ‘Little Sister’ risk their lives to investigate the killings, while Boldt and his team round up a most unusual array of suspects. This combination of hard edged realism and softer sentiment has become Pearson’s trademark, and once again it works smoothly. Dick Adler
A brutal attack that leaves a young woman paralyzed is horrifyingenough, but when it happens to one of Seattle police lieutenant Lou Boldt’s ownofficers, and all the suspects wear the same uniform as the victim, it’s muchworse. The SPD has been struck by a not very mysterious case of the ‘blue flu,’a labor dispute that’s turned cop against cop. Frustrated by the work slowdownin the department, Boldt is working almost on his own, except for forensicpsychologist Daphne Matthews and detective John LaMoia, familiar characters inPearson’s popular series ThePied Piper, The FirstVictim. Despite not so veiled warnings from some of his colleagues, Louis determined to unmask Maria Sanchez’s attacker, even if it turns out to be afellow cop. And if that’s not enough, the piano playing lieutenant with adevoted wife and a lingering yen for his coworker Daphne has to deal with acrime wave that’s increasing every day as the blue flu fells more of theforce. Investigating a string of robberies, Lou and Daphne follow the evidence to atelemarketing operation in a Colorado prison and question an inmate who may haveused inside information to set up the robberies for his brother in Seattle tocarry out. When the inmate dies, his brother goes after Lou, who isn’t sure whoto blame when violence hits too close to home the brother or the strikingpolicemen. Middle of Nowhere isn’t Pearson’s best outing: the plot isthinner than usual and the pacing somewhat slower, although the detailedexplanation of how to catch a criminal using new telecommunications technologyis fascinating. Still, Lou Boldt is an always interesting character whose innerconflicts are well drawn and whose essential decency makes up for a lot. Hisunderstated romance with Daphne deepens in every new adventure; the real mysteryis what’s going to happen to the two of them. Jane Adams
Seattle police psychologist Daphne Mathews has her hands full with apregnant, addicted, runaway teenager, a murder victim’s brother whose strangebehavior unnerves her, and a deputy sheriff she once treated who’s now stalkingher. She’s frightened enough to move in with Detective John LaMoia, adevelopment that doesn’t exactly thrill Lou Boldt, their boss and Daphne’sex lover. But Lou’s too busy with his own cases to brood over John and Daphne:the recent disappearances of two local women, and the death of Billy Chen, thenephew of Mama Lu, an old friend and a powerful figure in Seattle’s Chinesecommunity, which appeared to be an accident but turns out to have been murder. The only thing the disappearances and murder have in common is location; allthree victims were last seen in a part of downtown built over the Underground, adark and dangerous warren of buildings abandoned after the fire that leveledSeattle more than a hundred years ago. While Seattle’s Underground has been thesetting for several mysteries by other authors Earl Emerson, J.A. Jance,Pearson makes the most of its creepy crawly atmosphere in a gripping thrillerwhose solid plotting pulls all of Daphne’s, LaMoia’s, and Boldt’s casestogether. It also wisely reconfigures the personal relationships among the threecentral characters, which bodes well for their future adventures in thislong running series Middle ofNowhere, The PiedPiper. Jane Adams
Years ago, Lou’s wife Liz had an extramarital affair with David Hayes, a young computer specialist at the bank where she is an executive. Drained by the overwhelming demands of marriage to a high profile cop, Liz fell into the temptation of an office fling, which she soon regretted. When Liz ended the relationship after reconciling with Lou, Hayes reacted by engaging in a daring embezzlement scheme that left millions missing. The money was never found. Now, years later, David Hayes is released from prison, only to be cornered and pressured by people who will torture and kill to get the missing money. Hayes contacts Liz and tries to coerce her into helping him gain access to the bank s mainframe. But for Liz, the past is only that. Torn between wanting to protect herself, her marriage, and also the bank, she is manipulated into playing double agent by a former colleague of Boldt s without her husband s knowledge. Boldt, sworn to uphold the law, but with his wife caught in the middle, must skate a delicate line between duty bound detective and jealous husband if he is to find the bank s money and keep his family from shattering. Then when Hayes goes missing, and no body is found, Boldt must combine ruse with violent action to sort out lie from fact.
Even rural Idaho has its mean streets…
Ex musician Chris Klick is no slouch. And no sleuth. He prefers to sit on the porch of an Idaho cabin and be one with nature, but groceries and some of life’s finer things have to be bought with cash. When a chance to earn a fee by restoring missing royalties to other musicians comes along, he levers up his six foot four frame and has at it. So what’s he to do when a beautiful woman with a mystery comes calling? When Nicole Russell invades his privacy and presents her story a missing husband and a mislaid $50,000 Klick jumps right in with his missing person skills. He’s got to ask why, if the husband did a bunk, he took along Nicole’s Labrador retriever? Luckily, for backup Klick’s got an even taller friend, the former basketball star Lyel. Lyel, although ‘dependently wealthy,’ is independent as hell and still a player who loves a challenge. Ridding nearby Snow Lake of its tangle of corruption while helping Nicole recover her money seems like sport. Unfortunately, the other side is playing for high and deadly stakes…
. First published in 1988, Dead Aim was right on target with Kirkus Reviews: ‘A beautifully handled debut novel that balances all the best P.I. elements with a lyrical sense of the country…
Sardonic, wry, and remarkable in both plotting and pacing.’
Guns and greed lead to grief…
Chris Klick, a guy who traces missing musicians to give himself a trace of the good life, has kicked back to relax over a bird watching, fly fishing Idaho summer. Klick’s buddy Lyel, a former pro basketball player, could get by clipping coupons. But he’s a sucker for a story, and Klick’s a sucker for a woman in distress. Together they succumb to Candy McGreggor and agree to find her missing sister, Roberta. Roberta, an employee at the Butte Peak County Courthouse, seems to have triggered a string of disasters that began with a recent plane wreck and a dead pilot. Has she she just been unlucky, or has she been a player in some deadly game? And, it must be asked, has she gone off voluntarily, is she outrunning her creditors, or has she been abducted? If so, what’s the payoff going to be? Aim for the Heart is the second Chris Klick detection, following Dead Aim 1988, reprinted by Poisoned Pen Press. Klick and Lyel move to undercover work at Oxford University in Concerto in Dead Flat Poisoned Pen Press, 1999.
Chris Klick, whose gig is to restore uncollected royalties to musicians for a percentage, comes to Paris on the trail of a famous conductor. The payoff due is large, but the man is elusive he’s begun an affair with a student cellist, and cleaned out his marital bank account. His wife is displeased, and feeling vengeful. So the maestro hides, and apparently at Oxford.
To flush him out, Klick goes undercover at venerable Wadham College as the visiting Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellow, there to research and write a mystery. His entre’ lies in a missing don whose absence alarms at least some of his colleagues. But the Warden seems oddly blase’. And what about the case of college port that’s missing? Even more puzzling are rumors of a lost Mozart manuscript restored…
While keeping up with own true love Nicole eludes him, Klick and his former basketball star buddy Lyel have successfully teamed before in Dead Aim and Aim for the Heart to score up the missing. The hoops may be different, but if they can win in Idaho, why not in England?
In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park ‘guides’ find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting edge technology called DHI which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming? Finn’s confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney’s beloved realm, and maybe more. This gripping high tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed.
It’s supposed to be a happy day at the Magic Kingdom the teenage holographic hosts have returned. But things go very wrong when a sudden lightning storm disrupts the celebration, and Amanda s mysterious sister, Jez, disappears. The only clue is the sighting of a wild monkey in the Magic Kingdom during the storm. The mystery deepens as Finn is contacted by Wayne, an old man he hasn t heard from in months. Wayne tells Finn that there s trouble at the Animal Kingdom: the evil Overtakers have gained control of one of the computer servers that will be used to operate Daylight Holographic Imaging there. That means if any of the holographic hosts fall asleep, they will go into comas permanently. Filled with action and brimming with the same meticulous detail as The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark also available in audio from Brilliance Audio, this second audiobook in the series Disney at Dawn is the result of hands on research behind the scenes at Disney s Animal Kingdom Park. Younger and older listeners alike will get a glimpse into a second Disney kingdom. The wild rides have only just begun, and the clock is ticking. How long can the teens keep themselves awake in their quest to find their friend and what happens if they fail?
When Disney Imagineers installed hologram guides for the Magic Kingdom, using teenage models they had no idea the technology might backfire. But backfire it did: some nights when the kids go to sleep, they wake up in one of the Disney parks as a hologram. With the adventures set forth in the first books now behind them, Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney in Shadow follows the five teens, Finn, Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck as they search to find Wayne, their mentor and head Imagineer who has mysteriously gone missing. Concerned Wayne has been abducted by the Overtakers Disney villains, who along with other Disney characters, take over the parks when the turnstiles stop spinning, and want desperately to steer the parks to a far darker place the five kids pick up a major clue from a close friend, Jess, whose dreams nightmares, really often accurately predict the future. The very few clues from Jess’s dream lead the kids into Disney s Hollywood Studios and Epcot through imaginary worlds that become real, by imaginary kids who are real. Each clue seems tied to the last, and with the stakes growing ever higher, what starts out as a puzzle ends up as a fight for their lives. Through a transparent paper box, a quest for a sword, rides on Soarin’ and Maelstrom, life and death encounters with giant snakes, and a devious Maleficent, the Kingdom Keepers not only begin to decipher deeper meanings to the clues, but discover new truths about themselves and their ever growing friendships.
Just when life for the five Kingdom Keepers is beginning to settle down, an intriguing video suddenly appears on Philby’s computer at school. It’s a call to action: it seems that the Overtakers, a group of Disney villains, are plotting to rescue their two captured leaders, who were hidden away by Disney Imagineers after a recent violent encounter at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A staged attack by some mysterious new Overtakers at DisneyQuest confirms the Keepers’ fears. One of their own, Charlene, has been behaving oddly. Has she tired of her role as a Keeper, or is there something more sinister at play? When she’s caught sneaking into Epcot as a hologram – which is strictly against the group’s rules – Finn and Philby know the Keepers must act. The Keepers have so many puzzles to solve: has the impossible occurred? Have the Overtakers created their own holograms? Have they found a way to ‘jump’ from the Virtual Maintenance Network onto the Internet, and if so, what does that mean for the safety of the Parks, and the spread and reach of the Overtakers? Are they recruiting an army of kids for their evil purposes? Trouble looms as the Kingdom Keepers struggle to differentiate friend from foe and battle new and increasingly dangerous enemies, all the while knowing they may be nearing a point of no escape.
Little Scallop should be happy. She’s a princess of the Mollusk tribe, rulers of beautiful Mollusk Island. And she has two fun friends Aqua and Surf who just happen to be mermaids. But Little Scallop is bored. Her warrior brothers are allowed to do exciting things, like spying on the pirates who live on the other side of the island. Little Scallop longs to have a real adventure. When Aqua and Surf invite her to go pearl diving even though she knows she shouldn t she can t resist. So late one night, she sneaks off into forbidden waters with Aqua and Surf. That s when the trouble starts they run into a fierce storm and a strange ship sailed by men who would love to capture a mermaid. Soon, Little Scallop is caught up in the adventure she always wanted. The question is: can she and her friends get out of it?
While Peter is away from the island, James and the other Lost Boys discover a mysterious cave. Shining Pearl and her sister Little Scallop warn the boys that the cave is a dangerous place, inhabited by a creature known as the Goat Taker a beast so scary that even the Mollusk tribe fears it. But the boys can’t resist trying to discover the cave’s secrets. When the first of those secrets turns out to be a tantalizing hint of a famous haunted treasure, Captain Hook and his band of cutthroat pirates quickly join the hunt. Before long the children are fleeing for their lives in a dark and deadly underground labyrinth. and their only hope of escape is to solve the mystery of the Cave of the Dark Wind.
When an earthquake strikes Neverland Island, things quickly go very wrong. The Lost Boys’ underground hideaway is flooded, forcing them to leave. Meanwhile a mysterious barrel washes ashore and falls into the hands of the pirates. When their leader, Captain Hook, finds out what’s in the barrel, he hatches an evil plan. But worst of all is the change in the mermaids. These once peaceful friends of the natives have turned violent, using their needle sharp teeth to attack anybody who goes into the water. When they injure some members of the native Mollusk tribe, the Mollusk leader, Fighting Prawn, feels he has no choice but to fight back. As the warriors prepare to attack, the Lost Boys and the chief’s daughters, Shining Pearl and Little Scallop, set off on a secret mission to try to make peace with the mermaids. Instead they’re captured by the mermaids, and while in captivity they discover the cause of the problem the Blood Tide, which is poisoning the lagoon and will eventually kill the mermaids. With time running out, they must try to stop the tide and save the mermaids, as well as themselves. But to do so, they must deal with Captain Hook, whose plan threatens to destroy the Mollusk village and change life on Neverland Island forever.
In an evocative and fast paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil. Bestselling authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned back the clock and revealed a wonderful story that precedes J. M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. Peter and the Starcatchers is brimming with richly developed characters from the scary but somehow familiar Black Stache and the ferocious Mister Grin to the sweet but sophisticated Molly and the fearless Peter. Riveting adventure takes listeners on a journey from a harsh orphanage in old England to a treacherous sea in a decrepit old tub. Aboard the Never Land is a trunk that holds a magical substance with the power to change the fate of the world just a sprinkle and wounds heal and just a dusting and people can fly. Towering seas and a violent storm are the backdrop for battles at sea. Bone crushing waves eventually land our characters on Mollusk Island where the action really heats up.
In this riveting and adventure packed follow up to Peter and the Starcatchers, we discover Peter leaving the relative safety of Mollusk Island along with his trusted companion Tinker Bell for the cold, damp streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the darkand deadly, slithering part man/part creature Lord Ombra. It seems that the dreaded Ombra has a variety of mysterious powers including the ability to make shadows disappear. When Peter reaches London, he sets out to find the indomitable Molly. Together they must combat Ombra’s terrible forces to both protect the Starcatchers and the treasured starstuff and most importantly to rescue Molly s mother from the clutches of evil. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have done it again written a compulsively readable, impossible to put down tale that will delight readers of all ages.
In this action packed conclusion to the Starcatchers trilogy, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by the evil King Zarboff, who takes great delight in watching his pet snake, Kundalini, consume anyone who displeases him. But that’s just the start of the trouble facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil shadow creature, Lord Ombra, in a struggle to save themselves and Molly s father not to mention the entire planet from an unthinkable end. Meanwhile, back in Never Land, a tribal war is under way, and while Peter is off fighting to save the world, a young Mollusk princess has no choice but to join forces with sinister pirates to save her island from the vicious Scorpions. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon is a wild desert adventure with flying camels, magic carpets, and evil shadows that literally zooms toward an unforgettable and unimaginable climax. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have teamed together once again to pen a story with unrelenting action and adventure that can be enjoyed by listeners of all ages.
Grade Level: 4 6 Age Level: Listening Level: 9 11 Grades 4 6 The year is 1902 it’s been twenty three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile, in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One night, a visitor appears at her door; it s James, one of Peter s original Lost Boys. He is now working for Scotland Yard and suspects that the heir to England s throne, Prince Albert Edward, is under the influence of shadow creatures. These shadow creatures are determined to find a secret cache of starstuff, which fell to London many centuries ago. The starstuff is hidden in an underground vault, which has only one key: the Sword of Mercy, a legendary weapon kept with the crown jewels. Molly is determined to locate and protect, but when she suddenly goes missing, it is up to her eleven year old daughter, Wendy, to keep it out of the Others clutches. Wendy has heard her mother s stories of a flying boy named Peter Pan, and he may be her only hope of saving the world from a shadowy doom…
One summer morning while Aidan and Sarah are visiting their grandfather,they discover a secret compartment in his battered wooden desk. Insideis a yellowed envelope that contains a piece of very thin, almosttranslucent, white paper, on which, handwritten in black ink, are aseries of seemingly random lines; among them are what appear to befragments of letters, but not enough to make sense. At the bottom ofthe page is a verse about Peter Peter and a reference to a real hotelin London. As it happens, the family is aboutto embark on a trip to Europe, so the children decide that while inLondon, they will try to locate the hotel. Through some carefulsleuthing, they manage to discover its location, and once inside, theyfind another clue. The Bridge to Never Land willtake Sarah and Aidan on a quest that will challenge them to solve aseries of puzzles, which will gradually convince them that Peter Pan isnot fiction after all. They will discover what happened to theremainder of the starstuff cache that Wendy and Peter fought to protectmany years ago. But that’s only the beginning. They’ll find that in theearly twentieth century, Wendy and the other Starcatchers embarked onone last great mission tofind a way to protect Never Land island, withmagical creatures and its precious starstuff supply, from theincreasingly intrusive the outside world.
In this riveting thriller, 14 year old Steven ‘Steel’ Trapp sets off with his mom and their dog, Cairo, on a 2 day Amtrak journey to compete in the National Science Competition in Washington, DC. Steel is both blessed and cursed with a remarkable photographic memory just one look and whatever he sees is imprinted for keeps. Trying to be a good Samaritan on the train, he instead becomes embroiled in an ingenious, international plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists. Federal agents first seen in Pearson’s adult thriller, Cut and Run track Steel and his new found science geek accomplice, Kaileigh Augustine, as they attempt to put together the pieces of a complex puzzle. Using Steel’s science contest invention and with the help of Cairo Steel and Kaileigh lead readers on an action packed chase adventure as they attempt to prevent the unimaginable, before it’s too late.
Steven ‘Steel’ Trapp has been placed in an East Coast boarding school for gifted kids by his FBI agent father. He soon discovers that there’s a clubby element of the faculty and upper classmen that is very secretive and protective. To his surprise, his friend Kaleigh arrives to board at the school and it isn’t long before the two realize that this is not your normal boarding school. It seems a select few students are recruited, while still minors, to serve as special ‘translators’ for the US Government. People including diplomats and dignitaries will say things around kids that they wouldn’t otherwise dare speak outside of embassies. The willing student ‘agent’ takes a semester abroad and ends up spying for his country. But there are dark elements at play at the school. Foreign agents may have penetrated the school’s secrecy and may have sleepers in place: kids spying on future kid spies. There is conspiracy and competition among the elite faculty that threatens security. As Steel and Kaileigh are recruited for their first test run trying to break a ring of pickpockets in a Boston hotel things go impossibly wrong. Betrayal and conspiracy cloud what should have been a straightforward assignment. And all too soon, their very lives are in danger.
The 1 New York Times bestseller returns with a completely new setting the magnificent natural beauty of Sun Valley, Idaho and a heart stopping story in which a local sheriff struggles to protect a controversial politician from the elegant plan of a hired assassin.
Eight years ago, in Sun Valley snowcapped playground for the wealthy and ambitious all that stood between U.S. Attorney General Elizabeth Shaler and a knife wielding killer was local patrolman Walt Fleming. Now Liz Shaler returns to Sun Valley as the keynote speaker of billionaire Patrick Cutter’s world famous media and communications conference, a convergence of the richest, most powerful business tycoons. The controversial attorney general is expected to announce her candidacy for president. It’s a media coup for Cutter but a security nightmare for Walt Fleming, now the county sheriff.
As the Cutter conference gets under way, authorities learn of a confirmed threat on Shaler’s life, and various competing interests the Secret Service, the FBI, Cutter’s own security forces begin jockeying for jurisdiction. Amid the conference’s opulent extravagances, Walt is suddenly shaken by an apparent murder, his nephew’s arrest, and a haunting legacy from his family’s past. The clock ticks down toward Shaler’s keynote address as we track the chilling precision of her assassin’s preparations.
When a skier goes missing at Sun Valley’s Galena Summit, Sheriff Walt Fleming quickly assembles his crack Search and Rescue team and heads out into the snowy night. Despite the treacherous conditions, Walt and his group, including deputy Tommy Brandon and Walt s best friend, Mark Aker, set off on skis, accompanied by highly trained search dogs. Within minutes, something goes horribly wrong: one of their team is dead. By morning, Mark Aker has disappeared.
Torn between professional responsibility and the desperate urge to find his friend, Walt is further challenged by an unexplained illness at a local water bottling plant that sends workers to the hospital and sets off biohazard warnings. Following threads of questionable evidence through the glitter of Sun Valley leads Walt to an unlikely and darker source, and reveals a crime played out on a much larger scale than he originally envisioned. Waist deep in snow and knee deep in lies, the life of his friend in the balance, Walt begins to suspect that the whole operation is controlled by people of great wealth and power, which leaves him where he started: out in the cold.
From adrenaline charged start to explosive finish, Killer View is heart stopping suspense at its very best.
A terrific villain, an appealing protagonist, and breakneck pacing. Ridley Pearson writes thrillers, the kind that try to yank you to the edge of your seat and keep you there. Boston Sunday Globe
Ridley Pearson writes thrillers, the kind that try to yank you to the edge of your seat and keep you there. Boston Sunday Globe
Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming returns in this high intensity thriller from New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson.
Sun Valley, Idaho playground of the wealthy and politically connected is home to an annual wine auction that attracts high rollers from across the country, and Blaine County Sheriff Walt Fleming is the one who must ensure it goes off without a hitch. The world’s most elite wine connoisseurs have descended on Sun Valley to taste and bid on the world’s best wines, including three bottles claimed to have been a gift from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams. With sky high prices all but guaranteed for these historic items, it’s no wonder a group of thieves is out to steal them. Walt is responsible for all aspects of the glitzy event, from security of the dignitaries to the physical safety of the auction site to the transportation and safeguard of the wines themselves.
Walt is enjoying a rare afternoon of freedom, fly fishing with his nephew, Kevin, when a passing truck catches his eye his suspicions throwing him headlong into the discovery of a complicated plan to steal the rare wine. When a bomb detonates just as the auction revs up, the investigation explodes as well, pulling Walt in a dozen different directions. It seems Walt is caught in the middle of a heist of epic proportions and not the heist he had prepared for all orchestrated by the ingenious mind of Christopher Cantell, a man who appears to have covered everything, including the way Walt’s own sheriff’s office will react.
Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming’s budding relationship with local photographer Fiona Kenshaw hits a rough patch after she is responsible for a heroic river rescue yet attempts to avoid the press. Despite her laudable actions, she begs Walt to help keep her photo out of the local paper. Confused by her protests, Walt thinks she’s just being modest about her heroism. While Sun Valley is known as a billionaire’s playground, Walt’s job still keeps him grounded firmly in reality. One day he’s rubbing elbows with political royalty; the next he’s stepping over spilled jam jars while investigating the vandalism of a local home by a brown bear, and trying to find sitters for his twin daughters. He’s dodging Fiona, chasing down criminals, and attending charity fund-raisers, feeling like he’s leading a double life. It’s at one charity benefit that a young woman he once rescued is convinced she has seen a ghost: her former captor, a man Walt watched die. Then Walt gets a phone call that changes everything: Lou Boldt, a legendary homicide sergeant out of Seattle, reports that a recent murder in his city may have a high-profile Sun Valley connection. Their shared search for information is soon complicated by the discovery of a body at the side of the valley’s busiest road, not far from where the spooked young woman lives. A young woman who happens to be under the watchful care of Fiona. Walt and Boldt sense a connection – but are some cases better left in the cold-case file? Can Walt turn away from what seems an impossible truth? Can Boldt trick the suspect out into the open? Walt and Boldt begin to fit together the pieces of a terrifying puzzle – in the process putting themselves and everyone around them in harm’s way.
The cardinal rule of espionage: Never Look Back. KGB agent ‘Dragonfly’ knows it. A master of disguise, he’s the ultimate terrorist, leaving headlines in his bloody path. Andrew Clayton forgot it. For eighteen inactive months, the hardnosed Security Intelligence agent has blamed himself for his brother’s death at Dragonfly’s hands. But now Dragonfly has surfaced in Canada, and Clayton knows he’s got one last shot at revenge. What Clayton doesn’t know is that Dragonfly is armed with the supreme biological weapon, set to release its toxic devastation should his mission be compromised. Stopping Dragonfly without triggering a major disaster will be deadly if not impossible. But for Andrew Clayton, it’s something that must be done…
Seattle sailing instructor by day, rock musician by night, Jay Becker leads a life others only dream about…
until he meets his new sailing student. A German beauty named Marlene, she soon sparks trouble beyond Jay’s darkest imagining: beyond the lies about her ’employer’ a shadowy figure known only as Albatross…
beyond the brutal deaths surfacing in her wake…
Soon Becker will be drowning in a sea of stolen U.S. defense secrets and high treason, trapped by a cold savagery that will test or break his last mortal fiber…
It’s the boldest, most satisfying Ridley Pearson novel ever the one that confirms his status as today’s most powerful thriller writer!No one writes heartpounding suspense like Ridley Pearson. In Undercurrents, his taut, edge of the seat plot gripped you from the start and didn’t release you until the sharp, thrilling conclusion. In Probable Cause, he brought you to a whole new level of hard edged excitement. Now he turns it up another notch, in Hidden Charges. In this ‘complex tale of greed, power and passion’ Indianapolis News, a shopper’s paradise becomes a city under siege held hostage by a madman armed with the skills and the weapons of a trained soldier, and possessed with an uncontrollable lust for vengeance, destruction…
by a mindless act of violence that changed his life forever, James Dewitt decided to become a cop. Shackled…
by a web of red tape and corruption, Dewitt now fights desperately to solve a string of murders cleverly staged to look like suicides. Submerged…
in the deranged world of the psychopathic mind, Dewitt struggles to outwit the killer the man they call the ‘trapper’ before it’s too late…
and to use every fingerprint and every fiber and every last ounce of his strength to escape the ultimate evil.
First there was Lockerbie. Then Eurotour’s Flight 1023. Now the bomber is ready to strike again! The bombing of Eurotours flight 1023 was big news. To FBI agent Cam Daggett it was more than that. It was personal. His parents and son were on that plane. And for two years he’s been after the killer who did it. All he has is a name: Anthony Kort…
and the knowledge that Kort is in the United States with a detonator no airport security can detect. Cam’s colleagues at the Bureau and his girlfriend tell him to get behind a desk, to leave the investigation to other agents. But Cam has painstakingly built a portrait of the terrorist, and he alone has a snowball’s chance in hell of predicting Kort’s next target. Except hell is a much kinder, gentler place than where Cam’s headed into Kort’s depraved world of madness and revenge. From the Paperback edition.
The author of the best selling, critically lauded No Witnesses delivers a powerhouse thriller featuring Sergeant Joe ‘Dart’ Dartelli, a forensic doctor who confronts a string of deaths caused by a rare chemical. Major Tour.
Penzler Pick, June 2001: Ridley Pearson, who has written 14 previous books, many of them featuring his Seattle cop Lou Boldt, ups the ante in his latest thriller. Northern Union Railroad has been experiencing a series of accidents with their freight trains, but it is not until they find a freight car covered with blood that they call in outside help. Peter Tyler used to be a cop until he nearly beat a black man to death and lost his badge. When he gets a second chance via an old friend at the National Transportation Safety Board, he drives a convertible through a snowstorm with the top down he suffers from claustrophobia to view the freight car. He arrives at the scene to discover that he will have to deal with Northern Union’s own security officer, Nell Priest, a black woman who already knows Tyler’s history. Meanwhile, Umberto Alvarez, the train wrecker, is systematically working his way towards his ultimate wreck, Northern’s F.A.S.T. train due to make its maiden run from New York to Washington, D.C. Alvarez lost his wife and children when their car stalled between the gates at a crossing and were crushed by one of Northern’s trains. Although Northern Union was cleared of all responsibility and Alvarez’s wife was found negligent, he doesn’t think that’s so. As Peter Tyler’s investigation proceeds, he begins to come to the same conclusion. Closing in on Alvarez, he tries to interview the crossing guard who was on duty the day the wreck occurred. On arriving at the man’s apartment, he finds the man bludgeoned to death with the same stick with which Tyler beat the black man all that time ago. It’s time to get paranoid. Who at Northern is covering up and what role does Nell play in all this? As always in a Ridley Pearson thriller, the action doesn’t stop until the final page. Otto Penzler
At the turn of the twentieth century, Ellen Rimbauer became the young bride of Seattle industrialist John Rimbauer, and began keeping a remarkable diary. This diary became the secret place where Ellen could confess her fears of the new marriage, her confusion over her emerging sexuality, and the nightmare that her life would become. The diary not only follows the development of a girl into womanhood, it follows the construction of the Rimbauer mansioncalled Rose Redan enormous home that would be the site of so many horrific and inexplicable tragedies in the years ahead. The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red is a rare document, one that gives us an unusual view of daily life among the aristocracy in the early 1900s, a window into one womans hidden emotional torment, and a record of the mysterious events at Rose Red that scandalized Seattle society at the timeevents that can only be fully understood now that the diary has come to light. Edited by Joyce Reardon, Ph.D. as part of her research, the diary is being published as preparations are being made by Dr. Reardon to enter Rose Red and fully investigate its disturbing history.
The most harrowing and deeply emotional thriller to date from bestselling author RIdley Pearson. A spellbinding thriller pitting a U.S. federal marshal against the mob’s most resourceful killer in a race to save the woman he loves. Six years ago witness protection agent Roland Larson did the unthinkable: he fell in love with Hope Stevens, a protected witness whose testimony had put away prominent members of the Romero crime family. They planned to ‘Cut and Run‘ together, escaping from both the government and the mob, but in the end only Hope ran taking with her the daughter Larson never knew they had. Larson thought he would never see them again but when the Romeros steal the master witness protection list from the Justice Department, Larson is put back on Hope’s trail. In a series of terrifying encounters, Larson matches wits with a brutally ingenious henchman who has kidnapped Hope and Larson’s daughter in his ruthless quest to destroy Hope. For Larson, the stakes couldn’t be higher how can he continue to protect Hope, save the daughter he has never met, and prevent the mob from auctioning off the witness protection list, putting the lives of thousands of innocent people in jeopardy? Taut and edge of the seat compelling, Cut and Run is a unique thriller that skillfully blends romance and suspense Ridley Pearson at his heart pounding best.
Toby Harbinger, an eighth grader at Hubble Middle School near Washington, D.C., is in big trouble. He made the mistake of selling his dad’s priceless original Star Wars blaster to a lunatic who thinks he s Darth Vader and travels with a large, hairy sidekick known as the Wookiee. Now the lunatic wants more from Toby, whose only hope of getting out of this mess is to win first prize at the school science fair: $5,000. But others want the prize too a group of rich students and their super ambitious, high powered parents, who will stop at nothing to see their spoiled kids win. What these parents don t know is that an evil mastermind is using them to get hold of top secret military technology as part of a fiendish plan to destroy the United States. When Toby discovers this plot, he and his two best friends, Tamara and Micah, try to alert the school authorities, including the fearsome principal, known as The Hornet. But powerful forces are working against Toby and his friends: they re snared in a frame up and get taken into federal custody, facing espionage charges. Meanwhile, the mastermind proceeds with his evil plan of destruction. In a desperate bid to escape, the kids find themselves in league with a fairly mad scientist and two bumbling foreign dignitaries armed with cheese so smelly it is used as wolf repellent. With the seconds ticking away and the FBI close on their heels, this bizarre band sets off on a madcap mission to stop the science fair and save the country before it s too late…
Part gossip, part behind the scenes tell all, part confessional, this book details the strangest tour in rock history, as 15 of America’s most popular writers including Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, and Barbara Kingsolver left their ‘day jobs’ for life on the rock ‘n’ roll road. Features 100 candid and often excruciatingly embarrassing photos, 30 in color.
‘ Sex. Money. International terrorism. And, of course, the ultimate question: Can a compact backswing save the world? Now, in the tradition of Naked Came the Stranger and Naked Came the Manatee, a clubhouseful of acclaimed authors pass the baton or the six iron to create an ensemble tour de force of suspense, romance, and hilarity on the links. Golf is not a team sport. But who says fiction can’t be? Get ready. The gallery is hushed and the approach shot nears. The birdie has landed…
The Putt at the End of the World Fore? No, nine! That’s right. Nine literary grand masters each contribute a chapter and together bring you a full round robin of characters, not to mention a blistering drive of a story line that beats par with every page. Alfonzo Zamora is the venerable Mexican Senior player who’s just discovered he’s going blind. Billy Sprague is the country club pro with a swing as elegant as an eagle in flight except when money’s on the line. Rita Shaughnessy is the hard drinking, hard loving, hard luck golfer on the women’s pro tour. All three receive an invitation from multibillionaire Phillip Bates, founder of Macrodyne Software. To inaugurate his dazzling new course in Scotland, Bates is spending millions to host a tournament starring the superpro trio. The gala will welcome world leaders in the name of global peace and the universal language of golf. Launching Bates’s new, revolutionary computer operating system, the weekend volley will also attract a long scorecard of wild and unanticipated guests, including the world’s most elusive environmental terrorist, a Spanish caddie named Humpy who inspires bogeys, a caddish pro who can’t pass the Rorschach test, a sexy male female counterterrorist team who keep driving into traps of their own making, a certain naked golfer making a bid for his hole in one, and enough plastique to end the world as we know it…
. Will things get rough in the rough? Will the green run red? Where is the mysterious nineteenth hole? And in an apocalyptic final play that will determine the fate of the world, ecoterrorists will converge on the course for an explosive putt to end all putts. The ‘Good Walk’ has never been more fun!’
From the Civil War–era south to 1950s New York to the present day’s gritty cities and seemingly innocuous suburbs, the eighteen stories in this anthology edited by the award winning mystery writer Harlan Coben chart the complications always surprising, sometimes deadly that arise between lovers, dear friends, and even complete strangers coming together for a single, shocking encounter. In Lee Child’s ‘Safe Enough,’ a blue collar city boy takes up with a wealthy suburban wife, with dire consequences. In Harlan Coben’s ‘Entrapped,’ a woman’s husband disappears and is replaced by a handsome impostor. In Laura Lippman’s ‘One True Love,’ a high end prostitute seeks a radical solution to a public relations problem. And in P. J. Parrish’s ‘One Shot,’ a man returns to his childhood home to learn the truth about a long ago tragedy. Other contributors of original stories include Ridley Pearson, R. L. Stine, Jim Fusilli, Jeff Abbott, Charles Todd, and Tom Savage.
The best selling author Carl Hiaasen takes the reins for the eleventh edition of this series, featuring twenty of the past year’s most distinguished tales of mystery, crime, and suspense. Laura Lippman introduces us to a suburban soccer mom who moonlights as a call girl and who has a fateful encounter with a former client at her son s soccer game. Ridley Pearson traces a famous author of horror tales who becomes trapped in a real one after his wife vanishes while jogging. Joyce Carol Oates travels to a New Jersey racetrack where the animals that break down are of the two legged type. Lawrence Block tells the story of Keller, a hitman for hire who happens to live in Greenwich Village, loves spicy food, and collects stamps as a hobby. And Scott Wolven plunges us into the world of an ex con who takes a job at a private and very illegal Nevada racetrack where each day millions are won and lost. Mostly lost. As Carl Hiaasen notes in his introduction, The stories in this collection would do honor to any anthology of short literature. More than transcending the genre of crime, they blow away its nebulous boundaries. The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 is a powerful collection certain to delight mystery aficionados and all lovers of great fiction.
Original short stories by best selling mystery writers about their favorite pastime shing. Sixteen of America’s favorite author anglers spin tales of mystery and fishing in this collection. From the tragic to the comic with many stops in between, these stories reflect the authors’ passions for both making stories and catching fish. Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson, John Lescroart, Don Winslow, Melodie Johnson Howe, Victoria Houston, and others all share a mysterious affection for things piscatorial when not busy writing best selling books. This collection of all original short stories will entertain even the most discriminating mystery reader. Proceeds from this book will help support two charitable groups, Casting For Recovery, which helps women cancer survivors to heal body and soul through fly fishing, and Project Healing Waters, which does the same for our returning veterans. Contributing authors include Ridley Pearson Mark T. Sullivan Michael Connelly John Lescoart Andrew Winer Dana Stabenow Don Winslow Melodie Johnson Howe James W. Hall C.J. Box Victoria Houston William Beall Spring Warren Brian M. Wiprud William Tapply T. Jefferson Parker .