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But police psychologist Daphne Matthews is more concerned about the victims of the blazes, especially the smart and wily ...
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.
Brilliant forensic investigator Police Sgt. Lou Boldt battles head-to-head with a mysterious arsonist. It's a deadly, taunting cat-and-mouse game where the stakes are raised to a burning point that might spell disaster. By the bestselling author of Probable Cause and Chain of Evidence. 2 cassettes.
The fires are so hot—one of them shoots a pillar of flame two miles into the air—that they destroy all physical evidence at ground zero, including the victims (the first is identified by a single bone). So The Scholar, so dubbed because he sends fire inspector Steven Garman a quotation from Nietzsche or Lao-tzu before carefully setting each fire, isn't leaving any trace—except one: a series of visits to low-rent psychic Emily Richland to ask whether such-and-such a date is propitious. Emily duly notifies the cops, but, meantime, her unofficial helper, 12- year-old Ben Santori, has already gotten into the act, following her sinister visitor and putting himself squarely in harm's way. At the same time, Boldt and Matthews have managed not only to compile a group portrait of the victims—they're all dark-haired divorcées with children between eight and ten who were spared from the fires that claimed their mothers—but to cobble together enough information about the arsonist's modus operandi to give them a prime suspect. Already on the ropes because of his wife Liz's suspicious behavior, Boldt struggles to put together a case, but not in time to save his family from being driven from their home. Now a point for the diabolically clever Scholar, now a point for the painstaking Boldt and Matthews—until they know enough to stake out a decoy in a hundred-page finale that'll give your heart more exercise than a ten-mile run.
Pearson's dazzling forensics will hook his usual fans. 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.
Posted October 29, 2012
Posted December 14, 2007
I have just about all of R. Pearsons work to date and this is one of his best. Gripping story that makes very hard to put down. I liked the way it kept you guessing in this book and the subltle twists that kept coming. It cant remember a boring part of the book. I would recommend this title to anyone. Ridley is a master in this genre.
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Posted January 22, 2007
Posted May 22, 2001
Pearson's Lou Boldt novels never disappoint me. BEYOND RECOGNITION is an intricate thriller that is a must for staunch crime fiction fans.
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Posted December 31, 2012
For me, the storyline was fine but there were too many overly long passages. Worse, it seemed like all the primary characters, were dealing with relentlessly depressing situations - a child with a glass eye and an abusive alcoholic step-father, a police sergeant with apparent domestic problems, his unshakeable crush on a female police psychologist who is about to enter into marriage with someone she does not love, and a disfigured arsonist who is targeting woman of a certain profile. There aren't many light-hearted moments.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2012
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