No Witnesses (Boldt and Matthews Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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Product tampering. Innocent lives. Nice suburban homes. A Seattle food company is victim to an ingenious extortion that has the FBI two steps behind. Seattle's veteran homicide sergeant, Lou Boldt, and police psychologist Daphne Matthews approach the case from opposite ends: one undearthing micoscopic evidence, the other putting together a chilling psychological profile of a man willing to contaminate and kill if necessary.

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No Witnesses (Boldt and Matthews Series #3)

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Product tampering. Innocent lives. Nice suburban homes. A Seattle food company is victim to an ingenious extortion that has the FBI two steps behind. Seattle's veteran homicide sergeant, Lou Boldt, and police psychologist Daphne Matthews approach the case from opposite ends: one undearthing micoscopic evidence, the other putting together a chilling psychological profile of a man willing to contaminate and kill if necessary.

The cop Daphne Matthews secretly loves is being destroyed by the extortion. Boldt sees his department cracking. As the high-tech manhunt builds to a furious crescendo, Boldt and Matthews are jolted again: the madman they're hunting may not be working alone . . .

Pearson's newest novel packs Michael Crichton-style high-tech and Thomas Harris-tinged psychological terror into a taut, tension-raising tour de force with the realistic edge of true crime and the verve of a race-against-time whodunit. Seattle police detective Lou Boldt, hero of Undercurrents and The Angel Maker, returns to confront an insane poisoner.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A rare humanism and meticulous attention to procedural detail have marked Pearson's thrillers featuring Seattle cop Lou Boldt (Undercurrents; The Angel Maker). In the mournful detective's third match-up against a maniacal serial killer, Pearson outdoes himself by eschewing scenes from the murderer's point of view (and the pandering to bloodlust inherent in such scenes) in order to focus solely on the terrible toll wrought on victims and cops. Here the villain is tampering with products of Adler Foods, a giant company that he or she blames for a long-ago crime. The bodies of poisoned children and adults turn up everywhere as Boldt and his SPD/FBI task force, including series regular Daphne Matthews, a police psychologist, race to ID and trap the killer. Instead of forensic detail, Pearson this time highlights high-tech procedures: computer warfare against the killer's use of ATMs to collect a ransom; cutting-edge surveillance techniques. A tangled subplot about a possible culprit among the cops drags the suspense slightly but some extraordinarily tense cat-and-mousing between cops and killer more than makes up for it. This is a serial-killer novel that speaks to readers' hearts even as it jangles their nerves-and it's not to be missed. $150,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections; author tour. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Wealthy food industry mogul Owen Adler receives a series of FAXes demanding that he liquidate his business and commit suicide within a month. The alternative is that consumers of Adler Foods will begin to die. After the deadline passes and two children are hospitalized with a mysterious infection, Adler lets his girlfriend, Seattle forensic psychologist Daphne Matthews, contact detective Lou Boldt. Boldt's empathy for the rising number of victims compels him to put his life at risk as he coordinates an extended investigation while trying to prevent mass panic. Coincidences figure prominently in the plot, yet the genuine humanness of Boldt and Matthews and the breakneck speed of the action will please fans of Pearson (The Angel Maker, Delacorte, 1993). For most public libraries. [Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections.]-V. Louise Saylor, Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney
Bill Ott
A crime without a crime scene? That's the scenario in Ridley Pearson's latest thriller starring Seattle detective Lou Boldt and police psychiatrist Daphne Matthews. A brilliant but deeply disturbed young man with a big-time grudge against the owner of a frozen-food company decides to take his revenge by poisoning the company's products, first with cholera, then with strychnine. Ugly deaths follow, but the man responsible stays far out of reach, faxing extortion letters from a laptop over public-telephone lines and retrieving ransoms electronically, through ATM transfers. Boldt, a master at close analysis of forensic evidence, is stymied: without a crime scene, a place where the criminal is known to have been, there are no physical links to his identity and, of course, no witnesses. As the harried detective struggles to find a forensic trail through vaporous electronic backroads, Matthews works the psychological soil, creating mental fingerprints in the absence of physical ones. As in past Bold-Matthews adventures--"Undercurrents" (1988) and "The Angel Maker" (1993)--the combination of meticulous investigative detail and excruciating, screw-tightening suspense is utterly riveting. The personal dramas that serve as subplots--Matthews involvement with the frozen-food mogul and Boldt's struggle to balance work and home--add texture, but, finally, like Boldt himself, we are obsessed with the case and come to resent our heroes' personal lives for taking us away from the action even momentarily. The serial-killer novel is a much-abused genre these days; it is as if the success of "Silence of the Lambs" has spawned a whole generation of literary copycat killers. Prosecute the copycats but, by all means, don't include Pearson among them. He elevates any genre in which he chooses to work, and right now he's the best thriller writer alive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401305178
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Boldt and Matthews Series , #3
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 90,024
  • File size: 573 KB

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson
Ridley Pearson is the award-winning co-author, along with Dave Barry, of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy, Escape From the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair. In addition to Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, and Kingdom Keepers: Power Play, he is also the author of the young adult thrillers Steel Trapp: The Challenge and Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    Recommend

    Good story line with recurring characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

    A great one.....

    Pearson is a talented writer. I have only read one other title of his (standalone). I decided to try one of the books that follow Det. Boldt. I was impressed. He hooks you early and never lets you go. I have read 2 others recently of his and they just keep getting better and better. I like when a book keeps you thinking about getting a few more pages in or one that keeps you in suspense and for me Pearson does that - totally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2002

    Wow! So much fun to read! I couldn't put it down!

    Looking for an enjoyable, non-stop action, techno-thriller? If you are like me who didn't know where to start, try this one! I picked this book up at an airport terminal bookstore, never having read Pearson. I never expected to turn into a fan of crime fiction. But I am one now, and I am looking forward to reading other great stories from Pearson. Go for this book, and enjoy it cover to cover.

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