The Risk Agent

The Risk Agent

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by Ridley Pearson, Todd Haberkorn
     
 

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A Chinese national working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight. His one-man security detail goes missing as well.
Rutherford Risk, the company’s international security contractor, specializes in negotiation for and recovery of kidnapped hostages. Private investigation is illegal in today’s

Overview

A Chinese national working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight. His one-man security detail goes missing as well.
Rutherford Risk, the company’s international security contractor, specializes in negotiation for and recovery of kidnapped hostages. Private investigation is illegal in today’s China. Operating within her borders is difficult at best: complex political situations and corrupt individuals combined with the intricacies of Chinese culture make such work anything but straightforward.

The security company recruits two unique outsiders to do its bidding. Grace Chu is a forensic accountant hired to follow the money; John Knox is a civilian with unparalleled training in both combat and the street culture of Shanghai, brought in to support her. Chu’s top-notch American education as well as her Chinese military service makes her an unassuming but effective operative, while Knox’s take-no-prisoners attitude provides the street smarts and arm-twisting necessary to pursue the location of the hostages. Following the money trail leads to more complex — and dangerous — consequences than either Chu or Knox anticipated. Who is actually behind the kidnapping? More important, can Knox and Chu locate the two hostages ahead of the ransom deadline?

Rich with the atmosphere of today’s Shanghai in all its contradictory beauty, crackling with tension-filled suspense, The Risk Agent introduces us to two compelling, original characters — and ushers in the start of a brilliant series.

Editorial Reviews

In his debut fiction assignment, security agent John Knox tackles the gnarly case of a double kidnapping in Shanghai. Knox and his forensic accountant partner Grace Chu face additional problems because private investigation is illegal in China. Authentic atmosphere; gathering suspense; a series starter now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455854615
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Series:
Risk Agent Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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From the Publisher
“If we had a Thriller Hall of Fame, Ridley Pearson would be a first-ballot certainty.”—Lee Child

“Ridley Pearson writes some of the tightest thriller fiction around.”—Scott Turow

“Brace yourself.”—Chicago Tribune

“A cunning thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai and filled with breathtaking suspense.”—Library Journal (starred review)

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson is the author of more than two dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers In Harm’s Way, 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 and Hailey, 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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The Risk Agent 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
LeeNV More than 1 year ago
I agree with KenCady's review. Too convoluted, and I too was really taken aback by the Chinese corruption portrayed...did not realize China was so awful. Had a rough time keeping the various bad guys separated. I have always liked and have all of Pearson's books, but I doubt if I'll follow this series.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
The Risk Agent is a convoluted story taking place in Shanghai. I had a strong desire to visit Shanghai until I read this. Are the Chinese really so totally corrupted? The book introduces a multitude of players and it is hard to keep track of them. I think it would have been helpful if the author used a flow chart to keep the reader more in tune with the action. As it is, we bounce from one fight to the next, never quite sure if this is the Mongolian bad guy, the Yang bad guy, or one of their employer's deceitful tactics. The Shen character is a hard one to accept. I did like Grace, and a sequel with her and John Knox where the action was a little clearer could be fun.
Twink More than 1 year ago
For this reader, Ridley Pearson is an author whose books I pick up without even glancing at the flyleaf. I enjoy his writing and just know I'm in for a good read. The Risk Agent is Pearson's latest release. The American firm of Rutherford Risk specializes in 'extraction' - the recovery of kidnap victions and hostages. Chinese national Lu Hao is kidnapped, as is Cletus Danner - the American who was keeping an eye on Lu Hao. This operation is going to require some finesse.......and some unique operatives. Civilian John Knox is approached - he has an intimate knowledge of the country and the language. And he has specialized military training as well. His counterpart? Grace Chu. On the surface she is simply a forensic accountant, hired to follow the money. But she too has military training. I found the background behind the Risk Agent interesting. Ridley Pearson spent a year in Shanghai with his family while teaching at a local university. This year's residence added much detail to The Risk Agent. The customs, culture, language and descriptions of the land and it's people were richly described and definitely added to the overall tone of the book. My favourite series of Pearson's have been the Lou Boldt novels. With The Risk Agent, Ridley takes us in a new direction - espionage instead of suspense. I felt a little lost in the beginning as there are many, many characters introduced very quickly. The book hits the ground running from the first chapter and never lets up. There are layers upon layers in the plot, with everyone having their own agenda hidden below the primary objective. You'll want to be on your toes to keep track of all the machinations going on. But the real draw are these new characters. Pearson has wisely created both a strong male and female protagonist, appealing to all readers. I enjoyed both characters, but was more drawn to John. I think his personal back story engaged me more. The Risk Agent is the first offering in a new series. I'll be looking forward to the next novel featuring this pair. Now that the stage has been set, I think there's lots of action ahead for this intrepid duo. Fans of the Ludlum novels and those of Vince Flynn would enjoy this new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chu and Knox make a good team; amusing interpersonal relationship, exciting most of the time. I'm anticipating more adventures with them.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
I meandered away from Ridley Pearson a few years ago. He has me back with this super thriller. It looks to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship if this is a start of a new series. Grace Chu and John Knox are more than a mere forensic accountant (Chu) and a wandering procurer of folk art and treasures (Knox). Thrown together to make up a team to rescue two kidnap victims in China where nothing is as it seems, including the two main characters. Intrigue and action abound throughout, leaving the reader thoroughly exhausted, but definitely satisfied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ridley Pearson has done is again! He is truly amazing. The book takes you on whipping turns and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Honestly, he has done it again! Ridley Pearson, please keep releasing books because we're all wanting to come back for more. Bravo.
AMA001 More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was pretty good. Kept me interested, but all the corruption in China was a bit much. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed getting to know the characters. Look forward to more books with these characters.
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MontanaQuilter More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the writing and the suspense. The main character was believable, and the descriptions were good. A great mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't like it. Didn't finish it.
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Patarma6 More than 1 year ago
The story it totally plausible and while the "China" that is emerging in the 21st century is ready, willing, and capable of absorbing "western" technology for its own uses, China is still the China of ages ago. The story is fast paced and the protagonists are all too human.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always exciting, another cannot-put-it-down book.
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cooknbooks More than 1 year ago
The story involved many level of business dealing in China with many parties with different agendas; difficult to keep track in the beginning. Mr. Pearson had depicted the real situation in China with some effort but all he revealed is only the tip of the iceberg. To answer fellow reader KenCady's question, "are the Chinese really so totally corrupted?" The answer is yes and, in fact, it is much worse in real life. This is from personal experience in doing business in China. It is okay to visit Shanghai as a tourist; but making a living there is a different story.
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