In Harm's Way (Walt Fleming Series #4)by Ridley Pearson
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… See more details below
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.
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.
What People are saying about this
"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?"
"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."
"The multi-layered plot and fast pacing makes this edge-of-your-seat crime novel crackle with suspense and unexpected twists."
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