In Harm's Way (Walt Fleming Series #4)

In Harm's Way (Walt Fleming Series #4)

by Ridley Pearson

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ISBN-13: 9780515149715
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Series: Walt Fleming Series , #4
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 584,860
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Hometown:

St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

March 13, 1953

Place of Birth:

Glen Cove, New York

Education:

Kansas University, B.A., Brown University

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"A multi layered thriller with enough surprises to keep readers rooting for Walt and anxious about personal safety in Sun Valley.... In Harm's Way delivers a likable protagonist with relationship problems, kid issues, job challenges and the nagging suspicious that he'll never live up to his parents' expectations. Now, who among us can't relate?"
-Houston Chronicle

"Pearson manages to team up the heroes from both his suspense series fro a transfixing tale filled with secrets both large and small. At the center of the story lies Sheriff Walt Fleming, and this book in particular explores the relationships in his life. With a Pearson novel, you can always expect to get riveting suspense, excellent characterization and a well-crafted plot!"
-Romantic Times Book Review

"Sherriff Fleming makes for good company...He's terse, efficient and a font of common sense."
-St. Louis Dispatch

"The plotting is tight, the requisite scarlet herrings show up in biblical multitudes and the resolution will surprise all but the most hardcore genre aficionados."
-Bookpage.com

"The multi-layered plot and fast pacing makes this edge-of-your-seat crime novel crackle with suspense and unexpected twists."
-Tucson Citizen.com

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In Harm's Way (Walt Fleming Series #4) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
With the two positive reviews being published here even before the book was released, I wonder what my fellow readers will think of Pearson's latest, In Harm's Way. For me it reads like a book directed to high-schoolers, with simple prose and plotlines designed not to confuse. Publisher's Weekly describes the book as "lame" and I have to agree. It just did not excite me, and the romance with Fiona was just hard to believe.
Nook_A_Book More than 1 year ago
Not his best, but it was enjoyable!
lovesbooksNY More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of the Lou Boldt series and look forward to the next in the series. However, the Walt Fleming series is so awful, it's hard to believe that the same author is responsible for both. I won't waste my time with a synopsis of the story line, it's too banal. As to the statement about the previous reviews having been written before the publication of the book: That Harstan person LOVES every single book he/she reads.... some of them are truly awful... save yourself the time and totally ignore all of those reviews... they are lies. Don't waste your time with this book...
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Fresh from saving the life of a young girl Walt's crime scene photographer and recent romantic interest Fiona Krenshaw tries unsuccessfully to stay out of the camera's view finder, Walt mistaking this for modesty thinks little of it until it's apparent that there's something insidious going on. Now he has more crimes to solve than you can shake a stick at, still at war over his ex-wife's antics including her involvement with his star deputy and trying to raise his twin pre-teen daughters so the last thing he needs is a hot shot homicide dick from Seattle horning in on his territory too, but that's exactly what he's got. There are many things that stand out about the brilliance of Ridley Pearson he's a master storyteller as evidenced by my refusal to put down this latest thriller and his character development as evidenced by his many, many fans of both his series and his stand a lone novels. Well fans of his Lou Bolt and Walt Fleming series have something extra to love about in "In Harm's Way" both Lou and Walt are in the house, solving crimes and keeping the streets safer for their residents. Walt as the main protagonist is brilliant as a law officer so it's especially nice to see him bumbling around like a teenager with his first crush when you bring in the heroine in this case a feisty, independent and yet very vulnerable Fiona who has a slew of secrets of her own. The plot is always interesting as you mix the have and have not's of Sun Valley while the dialogue is not what you might expect of a crime drama and further evidence of Mr. Pearson's excellent writing ability because he can ably write a suspenseful, chilling, edge of your seat thriller without dropping the "f" bomb, or for that fact other crude and offensive language, not that I'm opposed to such language, but it is nice to have a refrain from it once in a while. His characters are amazing in their complexity from the one liner all the way to the star of the novel. This is one read you must not miss, believe me you will be sorry if you do. It will be an instant best seller. It reads well on it's own but I would strongly suggest starting the series from the beginning to get the full picture.
Tmtrvlr on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In Harm's Way is a good mystery/police drama with a likeable main character. Walt Fleming is a single dad trying to balance his difficult, time consuming job with the time he needs to spend with his children. There are interesting interactions with his coworkers, including his new romantic interest, Fiona Kenshaw. I thought Fiona's emotional issues were a little over-the-top without a complete explanation, and the character of Kira got a little lost in the story. Lou Boldt from another of Pearson¿s series is introduced in this book and I think it was a good addition. The mystery conclusion fell a little short for me. Although I did not figure out the end ahead of time, it still left me unimpressed. I still found the book interesting enough that I would like to read the other Walt Fleming series books, Killer Weekend, Killer View, and Killer Summer.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the first Ridley Pearson novel I have read so I feel as if I have walked into the middle of a situation where those around me know what is going on and I am playing catch-up. The plot would have held my interest except for the fact that I found the writing style hard to follow and, in some places, boring. One minute the book talks about the main character taking his two daughters to camp and then five paragraphs later the kids are in bed and the dishes washed. There is no transition. I also found much of the dialog to be choppy with incomplete sentences, making reading, as I said earlier, difficult to follow. This book is an uncorrected proof and not due to be released until August 3rd. I can only hope that the author will improve his writing in the final copy that goes to the printer and is released to the public. I am anxious to examine the final release and see if I change my mind about Mr. Pearson's writing style. I am hoping that then I can come back and tell you how much I enjoyed the book but until then I have to stretch to give it two stars.
khager on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Synopsis: "Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming's budding relationship with photographer Fiona Kenshaw hits a rough patch after Fiona is involved in a heroic river rescue and she attempts to duck the press. Despite her job and her laudable actions, she begs Walt to keep her photo out of the paper, avoiding him when he can't."Then Walt gets a phone call that changes everything: Lou Boldt, a police sergeant out of Seattle, calls to report that a recent murder may have a Sun Valley connection. After a badly beaten body is discovered just off a local highway, Walt knows there is a link--but can he pull the pieces together in time?"I've only read one other Ridley Pearson book (Cut and Run) but I remember enjoying it. This one, though--I couldn't really get into it, and even at the end where there's danger all over the place, I just didn't feel invested.But I haven't read any of the other Walt Fleming novels and maybe that would make a difference.I did really like Cut and Run though, so I would definitely give him another chance.
nbmars on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I used to like Ridley Pearson¿s work quite a bit, but I haven¿t been knocked out by him lately. In Harm¿s Way has an unexpected fun element in it however. Although this book is in the series featuring Sun Valley Sheriff Walt Fleming, Pearson adds some characters from his series featuring Seattle Police Sergeant Lou Boldt. Since I think that his quality declined when he abandoned Seattle for Sun Valley, I saw this as a welcome development.Sheriff Walt Fleming, divorced with a pair of eleven-year-old twins, is interested in his crime scene photographer, Fiona Kenshaw. Fiona runs from steaming hot to icy cold with Walt, and for some reason, he doesn¿t seem to mind ¿ in fact, he just figures he has forgotten how to read women. (I would like to say I would have dumped her asap, but since I myself have been known not to make good, rational relationship choices, I can¿t do that and be honest. However, if I were more perfect, I would definitely counsel Walt to dump her.) Fiona is house-sitting for a wealthy couple who are away for the summer, and she has brought in Kira Tulivich as her associate caretaker. Kira is a 21-year-old girl who was the victim of a violent assault two years earlier. Fiona, staying in the guest cottage, has developed a close relationship with Kira, who is at the main house. When a prowler starts vandalizing the rich homes in the area, both women are terrorized and keep baseball bats by their doors. And when a famous football player shows up dead from a baseball crack to the skull, Walt fears that either or both of the women may be implicated.Lou Boldt enters the picture because he has also encountered a dead body with ties to some of the glitterati in Sun Valley. Although the two men join forces to solve the crimes, Walt holds back: he may be in love with Fiona, and in any event he wants to protect Kira after her previous trauma.Evaluation: Readable, but not memorable. I would primarily recommend it for fans of Ridley Pearson and in particular, those who follow either or both of the two detective series.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sun Valley is a generally peaceful place, but there are always trouble spots. Sheriff Walt Fleming doesn't expect to encounter one wrapped around his crime scene photographer and recent romantic interest, however. Fiona and Walt have finally managed to get past the tentative stage, but Walt is beginning to suspect that Fiona has secrets she's not entirely ready to share. With a big city police detective flying in for an interview, a mysterious backcountry thief on the loose, and a famous sports star turning up dead in a ditch, Walt has a lot on his plate.My thoughts? The plot seemed needlessly convoluted and the set-up forced. When things finally start moving, the action is good, and his characters relate in a mainly believable fashion - but the connecting bits are thin, I think because there's just too much going, all of which ties together but wouldn't have had to.
Unkletom on LibraryThing 8 months ago
`In Harm¿s Way¿ is the third Ridley Pearson book I¿ve read (along with `Kingdom Keepers¿ and Peter and the Starcatchers¿) but the first book with his character, Sheriff Walt Fleming. I probably won¿t be reading any more.The plot is okay, although it¿s not going to appear on anybody¿s top reads list. The mystery kept me guessing and it could have been a real nail-biter. Unfortunately, even a good plot is not going to get off the ground if the author is not a good writer and Ridley Pearson, surprisingly for one who has authored as many books as he has, is not a good writer. Not a page went by where I didn¿t wince at some stilted language or awkward dialogue. As an example, in chapter 19 Sheriff Fleming interviews a woman who is described as ¿¿could have been going on sixty but looked more like forty¿. Keep in mind that a scene, even if written in the third person, must consistently maintain a single point of view. This means that, in this case, Sheriff Fleming thinks that this woman looks to be both 60 and 40 years old. Huh?Finally, in a world where we have become inured to product placement in movies and television, I shouldn¿t be surprised to see it in books but Pearson seems to have found a lucrative niche in this market. In his books kids don¿t watch movies; they watch a `Disney Channel Original Movie¿, and they do it while playing `Animal Crossing¿ on their `Nintendo DS¿. He doesn¿t videoconference; he uses `Skype¿. He doesn¿t look up tree house plans on the internet; he goes to `Google¿ and clicks on the `Images link at the top of the page¿. I¿m sorry, but if I want advertising I¿ll pick up a newspaper or a magazine.As far as ranking goes, I give the plot four stars but subtract one each for the poor writing and the product placement. Final score: 2 stars.
ATechwreck on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Walt Fleming, sheriff of Sun Valley, returns to sort out a murder in this small community of locals mixed with vacationing celebrities. A Seattle homicide draws Detective Boldt to Sun Valley and the two men become friends as well as allies in solving the crimes.An apparent bear intrusion, a steroid-driven ex-football player and a new love interest for Sheriff Walt Fleming make this a character driven mystery. The action is slow until the somewhat predictable ending. A good read, but not one of Pearson's bests.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Okay. A second LibraryThing book that I haven't been able to really enjoy. Oh well. I will be honest with this review. I didn't HATE it by any means but I was disappointed in the plot. This book was dubbed a thriller but it wasn't all that thrilling. The plot and characters all felt forced to me and really didn't reach to me and pull me in. The author shows talent in creating a police story, but he really couldn't capture my mind with his work. I will be going back however to his first three books in this series to see if maybe reading the books in order will help me to better understand this particular book's plot line and characters.
crazy4reading on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the first book that I have ever read by Ridley Pearson and I have to say I find his work pleasantly enticing. I love reading mysteries and was thrilled to win this book from the Early Reviewers program. I started reading the book as soon as it arrived in my mailbox.In Harm's Way is the 4th book in the Walt Fleming Novels. I am honored to say that I was able to enjoy the book even though I was not familiar with the characters in the novel prior to reading this book. Walt Fleming is sheriff in a small town in Idaho who is raising two twin eleven year old girls. I found Walt Fleming to be a complex character while still being interesting and entertaining. He has a small staff of deputies and a photographer whom is the love interest of Walt. I found some of the characters of little interest and didn't create a bond towards them while reading In Harm's Way.In Harm's Way is a well crafted story of intrigue and suspense. As I read the book I found myself getting more and more drawn into the story and thinking I knew who did it before I finally reached the end. It is enjoyable when reading a book and not being able to figure out who committed the crime before the end. I was getting to the point where I started to actually talk back to the characters while reading the book. When that happens you know I am drawn into the story.
eviltammy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The 4th entry into Pearson's Walt Fleming series falls short of the previous books. Story is a bit vague and unfocused and flits around too much. Walt is still an interesting character, but the actual mystery wasn't very interesting. The crossover with Pearson's other series, starring Lou Boldt, was well done though - very well handled - Boldt (and Matthews) made an impact, but didn't take over and the interaction between the characters was interesting. Not a book newcomers would want to start with and not one that will thrill fans. Nice stuff with fleshing out Walt's character, but the mystery part just wasn't there.
readafew on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In Harm's Way is the 4th Walt Fleming novel. This is the only one I've read of the series but I didn't find that a problem as far as the story goes. I did not really enjoy this book, nor did I dislike it, I found it very 'meh'. I suspect many will like it, but for a mystery it never really got me hooked. I kept reading it more out of inertia than because I really wanted to know what was coming next. It was missing something and I am not quit sure what. It was so close but kept missing the mark. It even had a character guest appearance from one of Pearson's other series trying to get cross series interest, but I don't know. So much of the story seemed contrived just to make some things difficult for Walt.The mystery wasn't terribly mysterious, the love interest wasn't very interesting, the clues were fairly obvious and found at very convenient times, the red herrings stank. There was a second mystery that had almost nothing to do with this book, and a child molester who got in caught for a 'tax evasion' crime that was marginally related to the main murder mystery. Overall, I put this one right in the middle, I doubt I'll try another Walt Flemming novel, though his other series sounded interesting enough I might give one of those a try.
LaurieDoc on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book wasn't as great as some of Pearson's other books, but was still an enjoyable read. Fleming is quite the character, and the crossover with Boldt and Matthews was well done. The story line wasn't super believable, but in my opinion most murder mysteries aren't! I would definitely read more in the series.
woodbear on LibraryThing 8 months ago
So I've read all four books in this series and In Harm's Way is by far my least favorite. The story line is messy, confusing and crouched in cryptic writing. I think I understand why Mr. Pearson choose to tell his story this way but it didn't make for inviting reading. I'll give the series one more book but if it continues this way I'll be done and move on.
jamespurcell on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A paradoxical book, good characters including Lou Boldt, one of my favorites, interesting location, OK plot but I kept putting it down to read other books. I usually have one SF, one WW2 history and a mystery going at one time so it was not atypical for me to put a book down for a while. What was different was that I kept passing it over until I finished the others and started new ones. I have read most of the Lou Boldt series so I was hopeful in engaging his other series. I finally did finish and will read one of the other Fleming books to see if it is the series or just this book. Checking back through the book, I found that I usually put it down when Walt was pondering his relationship with Fiona, perhaps a little too much personal interaction for a mystery
SandyLee on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Walt Fleming is a sheriff in Sun Valley investigating the death of a star athlete which might be connected to another murder, Caroline Vetta, who was assumed to be a call girl. Maybe this is a series (I haven't read Pearson before) because I was dropped into a "budding" romance between Fleming and his crime scene photographer, Fiona Kenshaw. He is divorced from his wife who took up with one of his deputies. Neither Fleming nor Fiona his girlfriend were that interesting. Fleming is sensitive about his 5 ft 7 in height as well as his father's opinion of him, and the author took until page 200 to explain Fiona's "secret." (In the opening she had saved a young girl from drowning but was frantic about her picture not appearing in the news.) The author repeatedly breaks a golden rule critics always point out: He describes characters by saying they look like famous people thereby getting the reader to draw the description visually by planting the famous person's image in their head. There are also names that are too similar and get confusing. The dead guy is Gale yet the sheriff's ex-wife is Gail. But this is an uncorrected proof so perhaps some of these will be corrected. Author endorsements on the cover call this a thriller but I thought it was more a police procedural/cozy.
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