The Body of David Hayes (Boldt and Matthews Series #9)

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"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." Now, years later, David Hayes is released from prison, only to be cornered and pressured by people who will torture and
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"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." 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.
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Editorial Reviews

The Baltimore Sun
Strong, inventive and a decided cut above standard police procedurals with well-drawn, intense characters and great plotting . . . a must.
Arizona Republic
He's industrious, persistent, and brave enough to take characters off the beaten path . . .
Publishers Weekly
Lt. Lou Boldt is still top cop in the ninth installment of Pearson's Seattle Police Department series. (Undercurrents; No Witnesses; etc.). This time the case involves Boldt's wife, Liz, who's weathered many a storm throughout her marriage: chemotherapy, a separation, the kidnapping of their daughter and now the revelation of her affair with David Hayes, a computer whiz at the bank where she's an executive. Hayes embezzled $17 million and went to jail, but now he's free and the never-recovered money has both cops and robbers interested in his whereabouts. Liz had nothing to do with the theft, but Russian mobster Gen. Yasmani Svengrad (known as the Sturgeon General because he's the head of a caviar importing company) thinks the money belongs to him, and she's the key to getting it back. It's all extremely complicated, but with the help of Sgt. John LaMoia and Boldt's former lover police, psychologist Daphne Matthews, who is now living with LaMoia, Boldt hopes not only to solve the case but to protect his wife's reputation and keep his marriage from foundering. The difficulty is that Boldt's personal problems, which mount to near soap opera levels, tend to distract from the more interesting crime elements. Pearson's uneven writing too often veers into the mawkish when attempting to reveal Boldt's inner feelings ("She touched him once lightly on the arm as he opened the door. The tenderness of that gesture cut him to his core and he felt emotions ripple through him"). Pearson wisely eschews the sentimentalism as he builds to a climactic finale in which Boldt cleverly manipulates friend and foe alike to save Liz and serve justice. (Apr. 5) FYI: Pearson is a real go-getter with a number of new projects on tap. He's writing a prequel to Peter Pan with Dave Barry, scripting a pilot that he hopes to sell to Showtime, has completed a documentary for The Animal Planet and still has time to tour with writer/rockers the Rockbottom Remainders. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From The Critics
"The latest Ridley Pearson book about Detective Lou Boldt is a fast-paced and exciting tale. Pearson has obviously done thorough and meticulous research into crime scenes and forensic science, creating a story any professional in the field would enjoy." (Donna J. Meade, Forensic Scientist II, Idaho State Police Forensic Services)
Library Journal
In Pearson's latest Detective Lou Boldt thriller, computer whiz David Hayes has embezzled $17 million from the bank where he worked and hidden it within the computer system. Now paroled for the crime, he wants to get the money and be free of all competing parties, including some utterly ruthless Russian Mafia types who will stop at nothing to get the loot. Years before, Hayes had an affair with Boldt's wife-now VP of systems at the bank-and he blackmails her into helping him recover the money. Though dedicated and skilled, Boldt and his team are human and fallible; Boldt must balance his jealousy as a husband with his professionalism as a detective. Pearson's novels are always well written, and he takes special care with richly drawn subordinate characters. Intriguing, exciting, and highly recommended for most popular fiction collections.-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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. Back when Liz Boldt allowed computer wizard David Hayes to seduce her, she didn't bargain on the sequel: He looted WestCorp, the Seattle bank she worked for, of $17 million that nobody's been able to trace to this day. Seattle's finest don't know where the money went, how Hayes hid it, or even where it came from. But now that Hayes has been paroled after serving five years for fraud, the case is back to haunt the Boldts. First, Lou is called to a fresh crime scene when Danny Foreman, the old friend from the Washington Bureau of Investigation who'd pushed hardest to close the case, is stunned and doped (and Danny's troubles are far from over). Then Liz is confronted, first with Hayes's unwelcome request for help, then with sordid evidence that her affair with Hayes could go public at any moment. In short order the Boldts are squeezed by a bunch of brutal, blackmailing bad guys headlined by Sturgeon General Yasmani Svengrad, a mafiya-connected importer; Lou's colleagues on the force, all of whom seem to be reading from different playbooks; Liz's bosses at the bank, whose impending merger sets a deadline for Hayes to recover the missing $17 million; and the elusive and unreadable David Hayes. The result is an impossibly tangled skein of double, triple, and quadruple crosses, as Lou and Liz struggle to keep their threatened marriage afloat by figuring out exactly which of their many demanding contacts they can trust to help to do what-and when they'll need to change plans at a moment's notice.Breathlessly exciting stuff, though impossible to follow in any detail either as it's going down or after it's over.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590867440
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 4/5/2004
  • Series: Boldt and Matthews Series, #9
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 7 cassettes, 10 hrs.
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 2.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson
Ridley Pearson is the author of more than two dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Killer Summer, Killer View and Killer Weekend, the bestselling Lou Boldt crime series, and many books for young readers. He lives with his wife and two daughters, dividing his time between St. Louis, Missouri, and Hailey, Idaho.


Crime may not always pay, but crime fiction always sells, and Ridley Pearson is one of the stars of the genre, the kind of writer whose royalties keep his family fed and cover a few extras as well (like, say, his own airplane). Yet Pearson didn't spend his youth dreaming of bestsellerdom. His first ambition was to be a musician, and he spent most of his twenties writing and performing folk-rock songs. The idea that he might become a novelist came later. As he explained in a Barnes and Noble interview, he was reading a Robert Ludlum novel when "a voice spoke up from inside me and said, 'I can do this.'" (Once he began writing and discovered firsthand the skill involved in crafting a cohesive thriller, he realized how much he had presumed!)

Pearson is renowned for fast-paced, thrill-a-minute suspense novels that include "a rare humanism and attention to detail" (Publishers Weekly). In a Greenwich Magazine interview he called his work "aerobic fiction, because I hope to get your heart pounding and get you turning pages." Entertainment Weekly dubbed him "the thinking person's Robert Ludlum."

As his fans know, Pearson works hard at nailing the details of forensic investigation and police procedure. In Undercurrents (the first novel in his Seattle-based Lou Boldt mystery series) his research was so thorough—he consulted an expert in oceanography—that the book helped convict an actual murderer. A Washington state prosecuting attorney happened to be reading it while working on a case similar to Pearson's fictional one: A woman's body had been found in a bay, and at first it appeared that she had committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. The oceanographer mentioned in Pearson's acknowledgments was called in as an expert witness to help prove that, based on tidal currents, the woman must have been dead before the time her husband claimed to have last seen her. Due largely to the expert testimony, the victim's husband was convicted of second-degree murder.

Of course, there's more to a Pearson novel than research. "Just what is it about Ridley Pearson that makes him the best damn thriller writer on the planet?" mused Bill Ott in BookList. "We've celebrated the forensic detail, the taut plotting, the multidimensional characters, and the screw-tightening suspense, but lots of fiction writers do all that. Here's a theory: Pearson is a master at manipulating opposites. His stories are forever jumping from high concept to small scale, from positive to negative charges, manipulating our emotions and minds with their polar hip-hopping."

When he's not writing, Pearson still makes music—he's the bass guitarist for the Rock Bottom Remainders, an amateur rock band made up of professional writers including Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, and Mitch Albom (the group's motto, coined by Barry: "We play music as well as Metallica writes novels").

It was while Pearson was in Miami to play with the Rock Bottom Remainders that he told Barry about his idea (actually, daughter Paige's idea) for a prequel to Peter Pan. The two authors had such a good time hashing out possibilities over breakfast that Pearson asked Barry to write the book with him. Published in 2004, their clever collaboration Peter and the Starcatchers became a huge bestseller, spawning two sequels (Peter and the Shadow Thieves in 2006 and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon in 2007) and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Even though Pearson thoroughly enjoys crafting juvenile fiction, his adult fans need not worry that he's abandoned his high-voltage crime novels. Indeed, he has said that writing gives him the same "adrenaline rush," no matter which audience he is targeting: Readers of all ages appreciate the imagination, suspense, and an impeccable eye for detail he brings to all his fiction.

Good To Know

Pearson calls himself a workaholic, "not so much by desire as out of necessity," since he reserves a lot of time for his two young daughters. His hobbies, which he now defines as "something you once did and no longer have the time for," include recreational tree climbing, fly-fishing, backyard volleyball, snow boarding—and, of course, bass guitar in his rock band. An avid reviser, Pearson says, "I'm said to have a nervous, worrying disposition, but rarely feel I live up to that description—perhaps internal calm is expressed as external nervosa."

Pearson loves to travel, especially to southern France, with wife Marcelle and second child Storey, who is adopted from China. We're certain to do a good deal of international travel in the years to come. He also attends local symphony and theater. But his "favorite avocation is to spend an evening around our dining table with two or three other couples. This, I feel, is where many of the world's ills are solved, and many souls restored. Mine, especially."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Wendell McCall; Joyce Reardon
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 13, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Glen Cove, New York
    1. Education:
      Kansas University, B.A., Brown University
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Tremendous tale that deserves best seller status.

    Six years ago, Lieutenant Lou Boldt¿s wife Liz had an affair with one of her co-workers and he found out about it. The man was convicted of embezzlement ($17 million worth) even though it was never found and in the mean time the Boldts put their marriage back together. Now David Hayes is out on parole and has gotten in touch with Liz who meets him to tell him she won¿t help him get the money. He sweet talks her into thinking about it but when she leaves him she goes to Lou and tells him everything................................. Although Lou is very angry, he holds his emotions in check because he knows there are very dangerous people who want to use Liz to get the money from a con artist to a Russian Mafioso to an over zealous police man. They only have a few days to get the money because the bank is merging with another bank and the way David set the system up, the money will be lost forever once the two financial institutions merge Law, Liz and a few trusted friends race against time to outsmart the thieves without risking their lives and their jobs............................................ Once again Ridley Pearson writes a wonderful crime thriller that is so mesmerizing the audience will read it in one sitting. The readers obtain an up front and personal look into the lives of the Boldts as they deal with guilty consciences and a crisis that could destroy their marriage. THE BODY OF DAVID HAYES is a tremendous tale that deserves best seller status............................ Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Easy, fast-paced reading

    This Lou Boldt book was an easy read and kept me up long past my normal bedtime. Pearson does a good job of developing some of Boldt and his wife's past which he referred to in earlier books. Keep 'em coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    Too much Liz....

    Wanted a good detective story, not a clinging wife and a spineless husband. Way too much of Liz....let's have her run off again...permanently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    A great new installment in the Lou Boldt series

    In this latest installment by Ridley Pearson in the Lou Boldt series, some of the story is told from Lou¿s perspective, but a lot of it is told from his wife¿s prespective. Some actions in Liz¿s past have put them in a sticky situation that comes to a head in this book. A past lover and ex-employee of Liz¿s, David Hayes who is now paroled, contacts her upon his release. He embezzled millions from the bank where she works. No one ever found the money when he went to prison. Now he¿s trying to enlist her help to get the money for the Russian mob, who he stole it from, before they kill him. She tells Lou about her past affair. In the meantime, Lou¿s long-time friend and fellow cop, Danny Foreman, enlists Lou to help him track down David Hayes. While Lou has a hard time with the affair, he knows his family will never be free without David Hayes being brought to justice. There are so many twists and turns in this book, it is very difficult to figure out exactly who the good guys and the bad guys are, let alone figure out the whole mystery. It is a very fast-paced, action packed book. It is hard to put down. You always want to read just a little more to find out what happens. I have always enjoyed the Lou Boldt series, but I think this was a great diversion from the normal way the story was told. It also gave me a better sense of the relationship between Lou and Liz. I liked that. I can¿t wait to read the next book in this series! I highly recommend this book and the whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2004

    Another Hit !

    Another really good Lou Boldt novel by Pearson. Thoroughly enjoyable. Intricate plot .... moving at a fast pace and held together with good dialogue and descriptive narrative. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004


    The Body of David Hayes is a taut and intense thriller. The plot is intricate and compelling, driven by characters that seem to be made of flesh and blood. Ridley Pearson is at the top of his game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004


    White collar - crime. Almost sounds like a contradiction in terms, does it not? Yet stats show that between 1997 and 1999 there were over 5.8 million incidents of white collar crime, which is defined as financial, economic or corporate crime. Think of the latest case involving one of the best known names in America, think of the Enron scandal. Such incidents rivet our attention, and so will the latest crime thriller from Ridley Pearson. As always Pearson's scenario is cutting edge as suspense and sexual tension propel this complex tale that threatens to tear apart forever the marriage of Lou and Elizabeth Boldt. Readers remember Lou well, and so does a deputy sheriff who 'acted like a teenager in front of a rock star, trying to impress while fawning at the same time.' Lou has 'the highest case clearance per average in the history of the Seattle Police Department,' but here is one that challenges him professionally and may wreck him emotionally. Liz is doing well professionally - she's been promoted to executive vice president of Information Technology at a major bank. The couple have two young children, and both are now facing a challenge neither could have imagined. Some time ago Liz had an affair with young David Hayes, a computer geek at the bank. Office romances often don't last long, and this one didn't either. But once she got back together with Lou, David brilliantly executed the impossible - he embezzled millions from the bank. The money has never been found. Now, the time is the present and David has been released from prison only to be squeezed by those who will take his life without a second's hesitation if he doesn't come up with the money. He contacts Liz, pleading with her to help by letting him get to the bank's computer system. Liz wants the past to be dead and buried but she also wants to protect herself, her family, and the bank. All of this leaves Boldt smack in the middle - he's an honest detective who wants to locate the bank's money, and he's an irate, jealous husband when he discovers that Liz has once again seen David. Then suddenly David disappears - no body is found. There's simply no David. Ridley Pearson presents us with one more spellbinder that taxes the heart and mind of Lou Boldt. A gripping tale from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    They keep getting better!

    This book takes you into Lou Boldt's most awesome challenge. He must deal with finding out who his wife had an affair with 8 years ago, and at the same time try to save this same man's life, save his wife's life, and save his marriage and career all at the same time without letting his own police team in on the whole thing. A complex and very suspenseful book that puts Boldt and his family in grave danger and yet resolves some questions, from their past. I highly recommend this book as one of the top books for 2004! I also recommend that this series be read in order as the characters really grow with each book. Each book is far better than the last, so keep reading them as Ridley has yet to disappoint! The Body of David Hayes will be out in hardback in April, so put it on your list!

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