In Harm's Way (Walt Fleming Series #4)
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In Harm's Way (Walt Fleming Series #4)

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by Ridley Pearson, Christopher Lane
     
 

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Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming's budding relationship with photographer Fiona Kenshaw hits a rough patch after Fiona is involved in a heroic river rescue. Then Walt gets a phone call that changes everything: Lou Boldt, a police sergeant from Seattle, calls to report that a recent murder may have a Sun Valley connection. Walt knows there's a link-but can he

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Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming's budding relationship with photographer Fiona Kenshaw hits a rough patch after Fiona is involved in a heroic river rescue. Then Walt gets a phone call that changes everything: Lou Boldt, a police sergeant from Seattle, calls to report that a recent murder may have a Sun Valley connection. Walt knows there's a link-but can he pull the pieces together in time?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Pearson's subpar fourth crime thriller featuring Idaho lawman Walt Fleming (after Killer Summer), Sheriff Fleming is honored to receive a request for help from legendary Seattle homicide detective Lou Boldt (another Pearson series lead), who's after the killer of Caroline Vetta, a woman with a history of dating professional sports figures. Fleming assists his colleague by setting up interviews with two persons of interest in his jurisdiction, sports agent Vince Wynn and former football team owner Marty Boatwright. When another person connected with the victim, retired linebacker Martel Gale, is found bludgeoned to death, Fleming's inquiries lead him to some uncomfortable conclusions. The identity of Gale's killer may strike some as a cop-out, while Fleming's romance with subordinate Fiona Kenshaw never rises above formula ("If I could wrap up all the happiness in the world into a package, if I could give you that, I would"). With any luck, Pearson will get back on track in the next installment. Author tour. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"A multi layered thriller with enough surprises to keep readers rooting for Walt and anxious about personal safety in Sun Valley.... In Harm's Way delivers a likable protagonist with relationship problems, kid issues, job challenges and the nagging suspicious that he'll never live up to his parents' expectations. Now, who among us can't relate?"
-Houston Chronicle

"Pearson manages to team up the heroes from both his suspense series fro a transfixing tale filled with secrets both large and small. At the center of the story lies Sheriff Walt Fleming, and this book in particular explores the relationships in his life. With a Pearson novel, you can always expect to get riveting suspense, excellent characterization and a well-crafted plot!"
-Romantic Times Book Review

"Sherriff Fleming makes for good company...He's terse, efficient and a font of common sense."
-St. Louis Dispatch

"The plotting is tight, the requisite scarlet herrings show up in biblical multitudes and the resolution will surprise all but the most hardcore genre aficionados."
-Bookpage.com

"The multi-layered plot and fast pacing makes this edge-of-your-seat crime novel crackle with suspense and unexpected twists."
-Tucson Citizen.com

Kirkus Reviews

Pearson's (Killer Summer,2009,etc.) Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming tries to sort out his knotty personal life as he hunts for a killer, with a little help from Seattle cop Lou Boldt, another Pearson character.

Things have gotten complicated for Walt Fleming. He's a busy cop who still wants to be a part of his young daughter's lives. He has to work not only with Fiona, the crime-scene photographer with whom he has a budding romance, but also with the man who is currently shacked up with his ex-wife. And as always, he has to deal with the tension between the folks who live in Sun Valley and the rich sports agents and Hollywood types who keep homes there. When someone kills former linebacker Martel Gale on Fleming's turf, the complications in his life threaten to boil over. For one thing, he's going to have to spend more time away from his kids. Fiona has been acting strangely since right around the time they found the body. And suspicion for the murder quickly falls on a couple of pro-sports big shots with vacation homes—and good lawyers—one of whom threatened to kill Gale just a few days before his body was found. Luckily for Fleming, Pearson's Seattle cop Lou Boldt is in town working on a murder of his own, one in which Gale, who had a violent past, may have played a role. The two form an easy working relationship, and continue to compare notes via Skype after Boldt returns to Seattle. Much ofthe book deals with Fleming's feelings about his increasingly thorny private life. While explorations of Fleming's inner turmoil are fine in small doses, adding welcome depth to his character, the emphasis on his emotional life sometimes threatens to derail Pearson's pace. But Fleming is a supremely likable character, and this book has plenty of gripping moments, which do much to temper the sappy stuff.

An excess of melodrama doesn't quite derail an otherwise cracking procedural.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423383550
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Series:
Walt Fleming Series, #4
Edition description:
Unabridged, 9 CDs, 11 hrs.
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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From the Publisher

"A multi layered thriller with enough surprises to keep readers rooting for Walt and anxious about personal safety in Sun Valley.... In Harm's Way delivers a likable protagonist with relationship problems, kid issues, job challenges and the nagging suspicious that he'll never live up to his parents' expectations. Now, who among us can't relate?"
-Houston Chronicle

"Pearson manages to team up the heroes from both his suspense series fro a transfixing tale filled with secrets both large and small. At the center of the story lies Sheriff Walt Fleming, and this book in particular explores the relationships in his life. With a Pearson novel, you can always expect to get riveting suspense, excellent characterization and a well-crafted plot!"
-Romantic Times Book Review

"Sherriff Fleming makes for good company...He's terse, efficient and a font of common sense."
-St. Louis Dispatch

"The plotting is tight, the requisite scarlet herrings show up in biblical multitudes and the resolution will surprise all but the most hardcore genre aficionados."
-Bookpage.com

"The multi-layered plot and fast pacing makes this edge-of-your-seat crime novel crackle with suspense and unexpected twists."
-Tucson Citizen.com

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller Killer Weekend; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children's novels Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, dividing their time between Missouri and Idaho.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
March 13, 1953
Place of Birth:
Glen Cove, New York
Education:
Kansas University, B.A., Brown University
Website:
http://www.ridleypearson.com/

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In Harm's Way (Walt Fleming Series #4) 3.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 35 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
With the two positive reviews being published here even before the book was released, I wonder what my fellow readers will think of Pearson's latest, In Harm's Way. For me it reads like a book directed to high-schoolers, with simple prose and plotlines designed not to confuse. Publisher's Weekly describes the book as "lame" and I have to agree. It just did not excite me, and the romance with Fiona was just hard to believe.
Nook_A_Book More than 1 year ago
Not his best, but it was enjoyable!
lovesbooksNY More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of the Lou Boldt series and look forward to the next in the series. However, the Walt Fleming series is so awful, it's hard to believe that the same author is responsible for both. I won't waste my time with a synopsis of the story line, it's too banal. As to the statement about the previous reviews having been written before the publication of the book: That Harstan person LOVES every single book he/she reads.... some of them are truly awful... save yourself the time and totally ignore all of those reviews... they are lies. Don't waste your time with this book...
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Fresh from saving the life of a young girl Walt's crime scene photographer and recent romantic interest Fiona Krenshaw tries unsuccessfully to stay out of the camera's view finder, Walt mistaking this for modesty thinks little of it until it's apparent that there's something insidious going on. Now he has more crimes to solve than you can shake a stick at, still at war over his ex-wife's antics including her involvement with his star deputy and trying to raise his twin pre-teen daughters so the last thing he needs is a hot shot homicide dick from Seattle horning in on his territory too, but that's exactly what he's got. There are many things that stand out about the brilliance of Ridley Pearson he's a master storyteller as evidenced by my refusal to put down this latest thriller and his character development as evidenced by his many, many fans of both his series and his stand a lone novels. Well fans of his Lou Bolt and Walt Fleming series have something extra to love about in "In Harm's Way" both Lou and Walt are in the house, solving crimes and keeping the streets safer for their residents. Walt as the main protagonist is brilliant as a law officer so it's especially nice to see him bumbling around like a teenager with his first crush when you bring in the heroine in this case a feisty, independent and yet very vulnerable Fiona who has a slew of secrets of her own. The plot is always interesting as you mix the have and have not's of Sun Valley while the dialogue is not what you might expect of a crime drama and further evidence of Mr. Pearson's excellent writing ability because he can ably write a suspenseful, chilling, edge of your seat thriller without dropping the "f" bomb, or for that fact other crude and offensive language, not that I'm opposed to such language, but it is nice to have a refrain from it once in a while. His characters are amazing in their complexity from the one liner all the way to the star of the novel. This is one read you must not miss, believe me you will be sorry if you do. It will be an instant best seller. It reads well on it's own but I would strongly suggest starting the series from the beginning to get the full picture.
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