The Art of Deception (Boldt and Matthews Series #8)

The Art of Deception (Boldt and Matthews Series #8)

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by Ridley Pearson

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Seattle police psychologist Daphne Mathews has her hands full with a pregnant, addicted, runaway teenager, a murder victim's brother whose strange behavior unnerves her, and a deputy sheriff she once treated who's now stalking her. She's frightened enough to move in with Detective John LaMoia, a development that doesn't exactly thrill Lou Boldt, their boss and


Seattle police psychologist Daphne Mathews has her hands full with a pregnant, addicted, runaway teenager, a murder victim's brother whose strange behavior unnerves her, and a deputy sheriff she once treated who's now stalking her. She's frightened enough to move in with Detective John LaMoia, a development 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, the nephew of Mama Lu, an old friend and a powerful figure in Seattle's Chinese community, 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; all three victims were last seen in a part of downtown built over the Underground, a dark and dangerous warren of buildings abandoned after the fire that leveled Seattle more than a hundred years ago.

While Seattle's Underground has been the setting for several mysteries by other authors (Earl Emerson, J.A. Jance), Pearson makes the most of its creepy-crawly atmosphere in a gripping thriller whose solid plotting pulls all of Daphne's, LaMoia's, and Boldt's cases together. It also wisely reconfigures the personal relationships among the three central characters, which bodes well for their future adventures in this long-running series (Middle ofNowhere, The Pied Piper). —Jane Adams

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Better than a guilty pleasure.
New York Times Book Review
Beautifully orchestrated.
Bookstreet USA
Chilling and believable.
Michael Phillips
Seattle detectives Lou Boldt, John LaMoia and Daphne Matthews are working on a series of potentially related cases, including a suspicious drowning and the disappearance of two women who are presumed dead. Catching the crafty would-be killer becomes harder when a suspect starts stalking Detective Matthews and leads the trio on a chase through Seattle's Underground. It's in this unconventional and creepy setting that Pearson's book really excels.
Publishers Weekly
Seattle police detective Lou Boldt, Pearson's engaging cop hero, retired from the force a few years back when personal problems started stacking up, then returned when those same problems faded. These days, he's in more of a paper-shuffling role, letting his younger charges mix it up on the street. Taking center stage here, in the eighth Boldt entry (after Parallel Lies), are two longtime prominent series sidekicks, forensic pathologist Daphne Matthews and the skirt-chasing stud cop, John LaMoia. Together, they investigate the perplexing murder of a woman who was pushed off a bridge. The case turns creepy when the evidence against the prime suspect falls apart and the victim's brother, Ferrell Walker, simultaneously courts and lashes out at Matthews. Meanwhile, Boldt pursues his own case, following the trail of two missing women who appear to have been stalked before disappearing. As with many of Pearson's plots, the two story lines eventually mesh into a wild, drawn-out finale. The setting this time couldn't be better. It's Seattle's Underground, a subterranean ghost town of abandoned shops and homes now underneath the newer, more flood-resistant city built on top a century ago. It is within this spooky, cavernous landscape that Pearson's forte the manhunt bursts through with all its usual bone-tingling drama and suspense. And what of the somewhat marginalized Boldt? Longtime fans may feel a touch of sadness, yet Pearson ably layers Matthews's personality with new depths to make an appealingly quirky character. As for LaMoia, even he shows that he's more than just a pretty face with an insatiable sex drive. (Aug. 7) Forecast: A one-day laydown, television ads, an author tour and teaser chapters in Parallel Lies add up to major promo activity for this title and should stimulate the usual healthy sales. Don't confuse this with the nonfiction book published under the same title by computer hacker Kevin Mitnick (Forecasts, June 25). Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In Pearson's latest thriller (after Parallel Lies), deception is raised to the level of an art. Lou Boldt is back, but Daphne Matthews and John LaMoia take the spotlight in this Seattle-based suspense novel. A young woman is thrown off the Aurora Bridge, two women have vanished in the tourist area of the Seattle Underground, and a worker drowns under mysterious circumstances. These three cases are just the beginning, as Daphne discovers that she is being stalked. She starts to believe that same man has committed all three crimes and she is the next target. Her strong will keeps her involved in the case, even as her stable life starts to crumble around her. Pearson keeps the sense of danger and paranoia intense as the various characters' emotions spill from each page. The atmospheric descriptions of Seattle are dead-on, causing this Seattle-based reviewer to feel uneasy when moving around town. This is hands-down one of the best thrillers of the year. - Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Hachette Books
Publication date:
Boldt and Matthews Series, #8
Edition description:
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson is the award-winning co-author, along with Dave Barry, of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy, Escape From the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair. In addition to Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, and Kingdom Keepers: Power Play, he is also the author of the young adult thrillers Steel Trapp: The Challenge and Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

Brief Biography

St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
March 13, 1953
Place of Birth:
Glen Cove, New York
Kansas University, B.A., Brown University

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The Art of Deception (Boldt and Matthews Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Art of Deception is the first book I'v read by Ridley Pearson. I found it very entertaining and attention-grabbing. I am a big fan of suspense novels and I will be back for more Pearson. There were a few slow parts but overall I can highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A taping by Dick Hill, named one of the industry's golden voices by AudioFile Magazine, guarantees a first-rate listening experience, which is precisely what one finds with the latest installment of the Boldt/Matthews series by Ridley Pearson. Seattle police biggie Lou Boldt is trying to track a serial killer, while Daphne Matthews, gorgeous forensic psychologist is investigating the untimely demise of Mary Ann Walker who was thrown (?) jumped (?) from Aurora Bridge. A boyfriend, known for physically abusing Mary Ann, is a prime suspect. Before we know it Pearson, always a master of surprises, connects the two cases by spotlighting one suspect. However, a solution is never that easy. Along the way emotions are stirred as a member of Boldt's team finds himself drawn to Daphne, who once had a fling with Boldt. Add a mega underground chase scene through streets long buried beneath contemporary Seattle and you have a high octane finish. Pure Pearson - pure pleasure.
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IzzyIM More than 1 year ago
I have found the problem with most mysteries is that the ending is too predictable. This will keep you guessing, it is rare that I start a book, stop midway , then make it a point to hunt it down to finish it, it was worth the journey.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ridley is a darn great writer for sure but this book seemed to stall for me at a few points. Never had that happen in any of his other titles I have read. Overall the book was a 4 outta 5 I would say. Great story but a little hinky when talking about the underground city, I just couldnt picture some of the story that went on down there but in the end the book finished strong. As always full of twists and suspense. Cant go wrong with anything he writes in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just 30 or 40 pages in, but already I like it far more than the vaunted Hour Game. The characters have shape and feeling. The story is moving fast so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frankly Boldt comes off as a dolt in this novel--but I always suspected he was, so this was no surprise. John is fast becoming my favorite man--and I can easily relate to Daphne. Putting them together and having a romance blossom was a stroke of genius. I didn't see it coming, but I should have. It's been simmering below the surface since at least Beyond Recognition. Most readers are going to be disappointed because Daphne's not pining after Lou, and John's not chasing every adult woman in Seattle anymore, but I am not. John is proving himself to be more a man than Lou ever was.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed by this characterization of Matthews. She is described as successful officer but she keeps doing studid things! Author's other titles with men as main characters don't have this problem. Urge Pearson to fix this; he's too good to let something like this hurt his reputation. Otherwise I would have given this 4-5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another good read by one of the great authors. This thriller will keep your interest and as you turn each page, you get deeper into the plot as well as the underground city. Mr. Pearson does another outstanding job. Even if the book did not involve or concern the same familiar faces and personalities, it would be a winner. Take this one with you on vacation or on the train to work, you will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a page turner. A great psychological thriller, if you like Silence of the Lambs, or any James Patterson books, you will like this book. There are twists and turns at every corner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey is this book good for children. I hope it is.