Killer Weekend (Walt Fleming Series #1)

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THAT-LL LEAVE READERS BREATHLESS.

Controversial New York State Attorney General Liz Shaler is announcing her candidacy for president at a high-profile convergence of media heavy-hitters. Also in attendance is an assassin with a brilliant and foolproof plan.

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Overview

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THAT-LL LEAVE READERS BREATHLESS.

Controversial New York State Attorney General Liz Shaler is announcing her candidacy for president at a high-profile convergence of media heavy-hitters. Also in attendance is an assassin with a brilliant and foolproof plan.

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This is the first in a new series for Pearson, whose cleverly interwoven plots and crisp, economical prose have graced more than a dozen thrillers, most notably the Lou Boldt-Daphne Matthews series. Pearson is the first American recipient of the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in detective fiction at Oxford University. The late, great creator of Philip Marlowe would be proud-both of the selection itself and of the recipient's latest work.
Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Pearson's workmanlike thriller, the first in a new series, has all the right ingredients: a down-to-earth hero, sheriff Walt Fleming; a neatly focused venue in the form of a weekend business conference at an Idaho resort; and a sense of impending danger in the form of a threat on the life of Elizabeth Shaler, the New York State attorney general, who's about to announce her candidacy for U.S. president. Shaler knows what it's like to be a victim. Eight years before the "killer weekend" of the title, she was attacked in her Sun Valley, Idaho, vacation home and saved by Fleming, then a patrolman. Fleming takes the present threat very seriously, but Shaler's handlers and the event's organizer, billionaire Patrick Cutter, won't cancel her speech. Fleming doggedly struggles to identify the assassin, who cleverly (if incredibly) overcomes massive security to infiltrate the event, but the motive for the threat is never satisfactorily explained. Pearson (Parallel Lies) tries hard to give his characters depth using an inventive array of backstories, but only the capable Fleming really comes across. 10-city author tour. (July)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Library Journal
Poor Walt Fleming. As county sheriff, he's sweating over the death threat Attorney General Elizabeth Shaler receives after landing in Sun Valley to announce her presidential candidacy. With a national tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sun Valley's plucky sheriff must head off a hired killer and save the woman he rescued eight years ago. Young patrolman Walt Fleming's scrupulous attention to criminal detail once led him to save upwardly mobile attorney Elizabeth Shaler from a murderous intruder in her vacation home. That bit of heroism put Fleming in the sheriff's seat from which, nearly a decade later, he must oversee the security of Ms. Shaler, now America's Attorney General, as she prepares to announce her candidacy for president at one of those rich-guy conferences. Fleming is trying to figure out what happened to an assassin who should have been on a plane from Salt Lake, where the locals found a fresh corpse. We know early on that the hired killer was indeed on the plane and that he is Milav Trevalian, a fake blind guy whose guide dog died en route in the baggage compartment. Who would suspect a blind guy, right? Trevalian has usurped the identity of the guy he murdered back in Utah, and he has an elaborate and fairly high-tech plan to make it past the layers of private security and secret-service agents surrounding the Attorney General. Poor Fleming has to work cheek by jowl with the deputy who's been cuckolding him and who may have his eye on that sheriff's star. But he keeps his mind on the job. There's plenty to keep him busy, with two murders in 24 hours and some concurrent cruelty to animals. Hyperactive and fairly tense fare from Pearson (Cut and Run, 2005, etc.). Agent: Al Zuckerman/Writers House LLC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515144796
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Series: Walt Fleming Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 395,251
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (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.

Biography

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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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Sheriff Walt Fleming is a truly likable guy who has to put up with all sorts of characters in Sun Valley. His personal life is a mess and he's been hurt a lot, but still has faith in himself, and others. He is tenacious when tracking criminals and has great insight into the mountain people and the mountains surrounding his little County in Idaho. Ridley Pearson is very good at developing characters and carrying them from one book to another so we can follow the stories of their lives. They feel like neighbors to us.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Ridley Pearson Not at His Best

    As much as I love Ridley Pearson, this is not one of my favorites. It's quite elementary -- which is good if you want a fast read. Most of his books are more "meaty" -- and I miss the Lou Boldt character, frankly. On the other hand, I had been reading some very heady stuff (involved historical novels, advanced metaphysics, etc.), and this was just what I needed at just the right time. I understand there is another book in this vein by Pearson on sale soon. I think it's called "Killer _____" I will continue to read this author, but maybe not this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2009

    Excellent!

    Great book. Very entertaining. Lots of twists and turns throughout the book. I just bought the second book in the series - Killer View. I hope it's as good as the first.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Killer, For Sure

    After reading another Pearson book which I liked (David Hayes), I picked this one up and was quite disappointed. No suspense whatsoever. I'd put it down and couldn't even remember much when I returned to it. I gave up about 2/3 of the way through. Too bad, because I also bought Killer View!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    Definetly recommend

    Really enjoyed. Read in two sittings. Great characters, protaganist, setting, and story line. Lots of stories have not kept my interest lately, this one definetly did. Will read his next Killer View.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Attorney General Elizabeth Shaler reflects back to eight years ago when she was a victim and almost killed when an intruder attacked her in her Sun Valley, Idaho vacation home. Only the efforts of a dedicated rookie cop Walt Fleming saved her life. Walt¿s excellent police work has been rewarded as he is the Sun Valley sheriff. However, he and his staff are preparing for a difficult weekend as Ms. Shaler, who is planning a run for the White House, has come to town to announce her intentions at an upper crust conference. Fleming is concerned that a hitman coming for Shaler has vanished off the radar screen when he should have been on the plane from Salt Lake City. Shaler¿s security team and the zillionaire host scoff at Fleming¿s paranoia writing him off as a local rube trying to pretend he belongs with the big guys. Meanwhile assassin Milav Trevalian has usurped the identity of a Utah blind man he killed because he knows no one would expect a ¿blind¿ person to be the professional killer. --- This is an exciting police procedural political thriller starring a likable dedicated hero who is treated with disdain by the ¿big boys and girls¿ and by his staff one deputy believes the job should be his just like Fleming¿s wife is apparently his. The motive why Trevalian¿s employer wants Shaler dead is not provided with any depth, but most readers will not care as the action never stops. The audience will enjoy this fine tale starring an overworked sheriff struggling with a murder investigation, an animal cruelty case, the Shaler protection entanglement, and his ambitious treacherous deputy in what proves to be a lost KILLER WEEKEND. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Great book! Good story line, keeps you wondering!

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

    interesting exciting?

    This started out a little slow but soon caught on to a faster pace. I liked the story line. The pace picked up almost half way through. Very good ending. A quick read. The political string was relevant with current politics. I didn't see the end and was quite surprised at who the " enemy" was.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    Pearson does it again in Idaho

    This book is a great follow up to his previous Killer Weekend series. I don't want to give anything away but Pearson's book took me by surprise as I got to the third chapter. The plot twists and manner of describing the good vs Bad charachters keeps you ont eh edge of your seat. I really enjoy it. It is hard to find a story with strong charachters like the sheriff and how he protects the town and it's visitors.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

    Killer Read!

    I was not impressed with the story but felt like stopping after about thirty pages. It gave me the feeling that it was not going anywhere and very predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

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    I was a bit surprised by this book. Usually Ridley keeps me guessing but this one I had figured out very quickly and it turned out how I suspected which still has me shocked. I am not the brightest bulb in the batch but seriously this might have been to easy, to straight forward. I believe the story was great, good twists and likeable characters, what I have come to expect from Ridley's books but to date I was always twisted around with his stories only to have him brilliantly lead me down the path, holding on for the great climax. I dont know what happened with this book. It was just to obvious what was going on and who was involved in the plot. At first I thought I had it all wrong and I was gonna get a great surprise but nope, none of that. It started and ended how I expected up until the very end. Even though I had it pegged the book was still fantastic. He is a master at keeping you hooked and feeding you little bits so you come back for more. I did and I enjoyed it alot. I think his work is some of the best but this one just didnt get the five star from me for the simple facts listed above. I look forward to his next book especially the Boldt series. Nothing better than that!

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