The Body of David Hayes (Boldt and Matthews Series #9)

The Body of David Hayes (Boldt and Matthews Series #9)

by Ridley Pearson


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Years ago, Lou Boldt's wife Liz had an affair with David Hayes, a young computer specialist at the bank where she is an executive. When Liz ended the relationship after reconciling with Lou, Hayes engaged in a daring embezzlement scheme. Now, years later, Hayes is trying to retrieve the money he hid for the Russian mob and contacts Liz to try to gain access to the bank's mainframe. Liz is torn between wanting to protect the bank and needing to protect her family. Boldt, ripped apart by the discovery of his wife's possible blackmail, must skate a delicate line between his incompatible roles as determined detective and jealous husband if he is to find the money while exposing and stopping Hayes.

Intensely involving and revealing new aspects of Boldt's emotional makeup never before seen, The Body of David Hayes is Ridley's most gripping and engaging thriller yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786867257
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/06/2004
Series: Boldt and Matthews Series , #9
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.


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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Body of David Hayes (Boldt and Matthews Series #9) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Six years ago, Lieutenant Lou Boldt¿s wife Liz had an affair with one of her co-workers and he found out about it. The man was convicted of embezzlement ($17 million worth) even though it was never found and in the mean time the Boldts put their marriage back together. Now David Hayes is out on parole and has gotten in touch with Liz who meets him to tell him she won¿t help him get the money. He sweet talks her into thinking about it but when she leaves him she goes to Lou and tells him everything................................. Although Lou is very angry, he holds his emotions in check because he knows there are very dangerous people who want to use Liz to get the money from a con artist to a Russian Mafioso to an over zealous police man. They only have a few days to get the money because the bank is merging with another bank and the way David set the system up, the money will be lost forever once the two financial institutions merge Law, Liz and a few trusted friends race against time to outsmart the thieves without risking their lives and their jobs............................................ Once again Ridley Pearson writes a wonderful crime thriller that is so mesmerizing the audience will read it in one sitting. The readers obtain an up front and personal look into the lives of the Boldts as they deal with guilty consciences and a crisis that could destroy their marriage. THE BODY OF DAVID HAYES is a tremendous tale that deserves best seller status............................ Harriet Klausner
busyreadin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a Lou Boldt mystery. I used to read a lot of them, but have drifted away. This wasn't one of the best, although it had lots of familiar characters.Lou's wife becomes involved with a man who wants to use her to rob a bank. Can Lou protect her, while using her to catch the robber?
ReadForLifeJJ More than 1 year ago
This Lou Boldt book was an easy read and kept me up long past my normal bedtime. Pearson does a good job of developing some of Boldt and his wife's past which he referred to in earlier books. Keep 'em coming.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wanted a good detective story, not a clinging wife and a spineless husband. Way too much of Liz....let's have her run off again...permanently.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this latest installment by Ridley Pearson in the Lou Boldt series, some of the story is told from Lou¿s perspective, but a lot of it is told from his wife¿s prespective. Some actions in Liz¿s past have put them in a sticky situation that comes to a head in this book. A past lover and ex-employee of Liz¿s, David Hayes who is now paroled, contacts her upon his release. He embezzled millions from the bank where she works. No one ever found the money when he went to prison. Now he¿s trying to enlist her help to get the money for the Russian mob, who he stole it from, before they kill him. She tells Lou about her past affair. In the meantime, Lou¿s long-time friend and fellow cop, Danny Foreman, enlists Lou to help him track down David Hayes. While Lou has a hard time with the affair, he knows his family will never be free without David Hayes being brought to justice. There are so many twists and turns in this book, it is very difficult to figure out exactly who the good guys and the bad guys are, let alone figure out the whole mystery. It is a very fast-paced, action packed book. It is hard to put down. You always want to read just a little more to find out what happens. I have always enjoyed the Lou Boldt series, but I think this was a great diversion from the normal way the story was told. It also gave me a better sense of the relationship between Lou and Liz. I liked that. I can¿t wait to read the next book in this series! I highly recommend this book and the whole series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another really good Lou Boldt novel by Pearson. Thoroughly enjoyable. Intricate plot .... moving at a fast pace and held together with good dialogue and descriptive narrative. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Body of David Hayes is a taut and intense thriller. The plot is intricate and compelling, driven by characters that seem to be made of flesh and blood. Ridley Pearson is at the top of his game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
White collar - crime. Almost sounds like a contradiction in terms, does it not? Yet stats show that between 1997 and 1999 there were over 5.8 million incidents of white collar crime, which is defined as financial, economic or corporate crime. Think of the latest case involving one of the best known names in America, think of the Enron scandal. Such incidents rivet our attention, and so will the latest crime thriller from Ridley Pearson. As always Pearson's scenario is cutting edge as suspense and sexual tension propel this complex tale that threatens to tear apart forever the marriage of Lou and Elizabeth Boldt. Readers remember Lou well, and so does a deputy sheriff who 'acted like a teenager in front of a rock star, trying to impress while fawning at the same time.' Lou has 'the highest case clearance per average in the history of the Seattle Police Department,' but here is one that challenges him professionally and may wreck him emotionally. Liz is doing well professionally - she's been promoted to executive vice president of Information Technology at a major bank. The couple have two young children, and both are now facing a challenge neither could have imagined. Some time ago Liz had an affair with young David Hayes, a computer geek at the bank. Office romances often don't last long, and this one didn't either. But once she got back together with Lou, David brilliantly executed the impossible - he embezzled millions from the bank. The money has never been found. Now, the time is the present and David has been released from prison only to be squeezed by those who will take his life without a second's hesitation if he doesn't come up with the money. He contacts Liz, pleading with her to help by letting him get to the bank's computer system. Liz wants the past to be dead and buried but she also wants to protect herself, her family, and the bank. All of this leaves Boldt smack in the middle - he's an honest detective who wants to locate the bank's money, and he's an irate, jealous husband when he discovers that Liz has once again seen David. Then suddenly David disappears - no body is found. There's simply no David. Ridley Pearson presents us with one more spellbinder that taxes the heart and mind of Lou Boldt. A gripping tale from start to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes you into Lou Boldt's most awesome challenge. He must deal with finding out who his wife had an affair with 8 years ago, and at the same time try to save this same man's life, save his wife's life, and save his marriage and career all at the same time without letting his own police team in on the whole thing. A complex and very suspenseful book that puts Boldt and his family in grave danger and yet resolves some questions, from their past. I highly recommend this book as one of the top books for 2004! I also recommend that this series be read in order as the characters really grow with each book. Each book is far better than the last, so keep reading them as Ridley has yet to disappoint! The Body of David Hayes will be out in hardback in April, so put it on your list!