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The Art of Deception (Boldt and Matthews Series #8)

The Art of Deception (Boldt and Matthews Series #8)

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by Ridley Pearson

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New York Times bestselling author, Ridley Pearson, "the best thriller writer alive," (Booklist) delivers a nail-biting crime novel of betrayal and deception.

Friendship comes at a cost. For beautiful Mary-Ann Walker, who struggled with the challenges of a difficult family history, that cost proves to be her life. With Mary-Ann's past as its only guideline


New York Times bestselling author, Ridley Pearson, "the best thriller writer alive," (Booklist) delivers a nail-biting crime novel of betrayal and deception.

Friendship comes at a cost. For beautiful Mary-Ann Walker, who struggled with the challenges of a difficult family history, that cost proves to be her life. With Mary-Ann's past as its only guideline, the Seattle homicide unit must delve into the relationships between a misguided young woman, her family, friends and lover.

Let the psychological duels begin.

Seattle Police forensic psychologist Daphne Matthews, who volunteers as a teenage runaway counselor, is haunted by the loss of a suicide, a "jumper," of a year earlier. When a woman's body is found beneath the Aurora Bridge, Matthews is one of the first at the scene — and begins a puzzling investigation that is entangled with the pasts of Matthews, the victim, and even Seattle itself.

Mary-Ann's boyfriend has a record of physical abuse, and an attitude that Matthews finds difficult to crack. When the victim's grieving brother surfaces, throwing blame onto the boyfriend and craving revenge, Matthews gains an unstable ally she does not want. Then the stalking begins: the eerie phone calls, the noises outside the house, the shadows that move in the night. Someone has their eye on Matthews — but to stop her, kill her, or to help her solve the crime? While her colleagues, police lieutenant Lou Boldt and sergeant John LaMoia, pursue a hotel room peeper in hopes of solving a series of disappearances, the police and Matthews herself are led into the "Underground" — a perfectly preserved city-under-a-city, hidden beneath present-day Seattle.

Faced with the stalking that is wearing her down and terrifying her, Matthews engages in a mental game of cat-and-mouse, never knowing whom she can trust. She knows that she is caught up in something that could kill her if she can't solve the homicide. Crisscrossing Seattle, diving below the streets to ancient tunnels, running for her life, Matthews must unlock the psychological secrets behind Mary-Ann's death, before she herself is buried alongside her. Matthews' very survival will depend on her skills at the art of deception.

Filled with the kind of research and an eye for detail that has made Ridley Pearson's novels national best sellers, The Art Of Deception takes his writing and plotting to a new level. Spine-tingling, fascinating, and impossible to put down, The Art Of Deception is a novel not quickly forgotten.

With over 6 million copies in print, Ridley Pearson is the New York Times bestselling author of 14 novels. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright fellowship in detective fiction at Oxford University. His novels have been translated into 20 languages. He lives in the Midwest and Northern Rockies.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Better than a guilty pleasure.
New York Times Book Review
Beautifully orchestrated.
Bookstreet USA
Chilling and believable.
Michael Phillips
Seattle detectives Lou Boldt, John LaMoia and Daphne Matthews are working on a series of potentially related cases, including a suspicious drowning and the disappearance of two women who are presumed dead. Catching the crafty would-be killer becomes harder when a suspect starts stalking Detective Matthews and leads the trio on a chase through Seattle's Underground. It's in this unconventional and creepy setting that Pearson's book really excels.
Publishers Weekly
Seattle police detective Lou Boldt, Pearson's engaging cop hero, retired from the force a few years back when personal problems started stacking up, then returned when those same problems faded. These days, he's in more of a paper-shuffling role, letting his younger charges mix it up on the street. Taking center stage here, in the eighth Boldt entry (after Parallel Lies), are two longtime prominent series sidekicks, forensic pathologist Daphne Matthews and the skirt-chasing stud cop, John LaMoia. Together, they investigate the perplexing murder of a woman who was pushed off a bridge. The case turns creepy when the evidence against the prime suspect falls apart and the victim's brother, Ferrell Walker, simultaneously courts and lashes out at Matthews. Meanwhile, Boldt pursues his own case, following the trail of two missing women who appear to have been stalked before disappearing. As with many of Pearson's plots, the two story lines eventually mesh into a wild, drawn-out finale. The setting this time couldn't be better. It's Seattle's Underground, a subterranean ghost town of abandoned shops and homes now underneath the newer, more flood-resistant city built on top a century ago. It is within this spooky, cavernous landscape that Pearson's forte the manhunt bursts through with all its usual bone-tingling drama and suspense. And what of the somewhat marginalized Boldt? Longtime fans may feel a touch of sadness, yet Pearson ably layers Matthews's personality with new depths to make an appealingly quirky character. As for LaMoia, even he shows that he's more than just a pretty face with an insatiable sex drive. (Aug. 7) Forecast: A one-day laydown, television ads, an author tour and teaser chapters in Parallel Lies add up to major promo activity for this title and should stimulate the usual healthy sales. Don't confuse this with the nonfiction book published under the same title by computer hacker Kevin Mitnick (Forecasts, June 25). Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In Pearson's latest thriller (after Parallel Lies), deception is raised to the level of an art. Lou Boldt is back, but Daphne Matthews and John LaMoia take the spotlight in this Seattle-based suspense novel. A young woman is thrown off the Aurora Bridge, two women have vanished in the tourist area of the Seattle Underground, and a worker drowns under mysterious circumstances. These three cases are just the beginning, as Daphne discovers that she is being stalked. She starts to believe that same man has committed all three crimes and she is the next target. Her strong will keeps her involved in the case, even as her stable life starts to crumble around her. Pearson keeps the sense of danger and paranoia intense as the various characters' emotions spill from each page. The atmospheric descriptions of Seattle are dead-on, causing this Seattle-based reviewer to feel uneasy when moving around town. This is hands-down one of the best thrillers of the year. - Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Brilliance Audio
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Boldt and Matthews Series , #8
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Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
March 13, 1953
Place of Birth:
Glen Cove, New York
Kansas University, B.A., Brown University

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The Art of Deception (Boldt and Matthews Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Art of Deception is the first book I'v read by Ridley Pearson. I found it very entertaining and attention-grabbing. I am a big fan of suspense novels and I will be back for more Pearson. There were a few slow parts but overall I can highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A taping by Dick Hill, named one of the industry's golden voices by AudioFile Magazine, guarantees a first-rate listening experience, which is precisely what one finds with the latest installment of the Boldt/Matthews series by Ridley Pearson. Seattle police biggie Lou Boldt is trying to track a serial killer, while Daphne Matthews, gorgeous forensic psychologist is investigating the untimely demise of Mary Ann Walker who was thrown (?) jumped (?) from Aurora Bridge. A boyfriend, known for physically abusing Mary Ann, is a prime suspect. Before we know it Pearson, always a master of surprises, connects the two cases by spotlighting one suspect. However, a solution is never that easy. Along the way emotions are stirred as a member of Boldt's team finds himself drawn to Daphne, who once had a fling with Boldt. Add a mega underground chase scene through streets long buried beneath contemporary Seattle and you have a high octane finish. Pure Pearson - pure pleasure.
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IzzyIM More than 1 year ago
I have found the problem with most mysteries is that the ending is too predictable. This will keep you guessing, it is rare that I start a book, stop midway , then make it a point to hunt it down to finish it, it was worth the journey.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ridley is a darn great writer for sure but this book seemed to stall for me at a few points. Never had that happen in any of his other titles I have read. Overall the book was a 4 outta 5 I would say. Great story but a little hinky when talking about the underground city, I just couldnt picture some of the story that went on down there but in the end the book finished strong. As always full of twists and suspense. Cant go wrong with anything he writes in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just 30 or 40 pages in, but already I like it far more than the vaunted Hour Game. The characters have shape and feeling. The story is moving fast so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frankly Boldt comes off as a dolt in this novel--but I always suspected he was, so this was no surprise. John is fast becoming my favorite man--and I can easily relate to Daphne. Putting them together and having a romance blossom was a stroke of genius. I didn't see it coming, but I should have. It's been simmering below the surface since at least Beyond Recognition. Most readers are going to be disappointed because Daphne's not pining after Lou, and John's not chasing every adult woman in Seattle anymore, but I am not. John is proving himself to be more a man than Lou ever was.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed by this characterization of Matthews. She is described as successful officer but she keeps doing studid things! Author's other titles with men as main characters don't have this problem. Urge Pearson to fix this; he's too good to let something like this hurt his reputation. Otherwise I would have given this 4-5 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another good read by one of the great authors. This thriller will keep your interest and as you turn each page, you get deeper into the plot as well as the underground city. Mr. Pearson does another outstanding job. Even if the book did not involve or concern the same familiar faces and personalities, it would be a winner. Take this one with you on vacation or on the train to work, you will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a page turner. A great psychological thriller, if you like Silence of the Lambs, or any James Patterson books, you will like this book. There are twists and turns at every corner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey is this book good for children. I hope it is.