Killer Weekend (Walt Fleming Series #1)

Killer Weekend (Walt Fleming Series #1)

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by Ridley Pearson
     
 

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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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
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)

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515144796
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/24/2008
Series:
Walt Fleming Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
289,243
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Killer Weekend (Walt Fleming Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
LadyDiColorado More than 1 year ago
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.
LindyMom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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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Great book! Good story line, keeps you wondering!
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