Killer Weekend (Walt Fleming Series #1)

Killer Weekend (Walt Fleming Series #1)

by Ridley Pearson

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Controversial New York State Attorney General Liz Shaler is announcing her candidacy for president at a high-profile convergence of media heavy-hitters. Also in attendance is an assassin with a brilliant and foolproof plan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515144796
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Series: Walt Fleming Novel Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 468,479
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(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.


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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Killer Weekend (Walt Fleming Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
LadyDiColorado More than 1 year ago
Sheriff Walt Fleming is a truly likable guy who has to put up with all sorts of characters in Sun Valley. His personal life is a mess and he's been hurt a lot, but still has faith in himself, and others. He is tenacious when tracking criminals and has great insight into the mountain people and the mountains surrounding his little County in Idaho. Ridley Pearson is very good at developing characters and carrying them from one book to another so we can follow the stories of their lives. They feel like neighbors to us.
LindyMom More than 1 year ago
As much as I love Ridley Pearson, this is not one of my favorites. It's quite elementary -- which is good if you want a fast read. Most of his books are more "meaty" -- and I miss the Lou Boldt character, frankly. On the other hand, I had been reading some very heady stuff (involved historical novels, advanced metaphysics, etc.), and this was just what I needed at just the right time. I understand there is another book in this vein by Pearson on sale soon. I think it's called "Killer _____" I will continue to read this author, but maybe not this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Very entertaining. Lots of twists and turns throughout the book. I just bought the second book in the series - Killer View. I hope it's as good as the first.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
After reading another Pearson book which I liked (David Hayes), I picked this one up and was quite disappointed. No suspense whatsoever. I'd put it down and couldn't even remember much when I returned to it. I gave up about 2/3 of the way through. Too bad, because I also bought Killer View!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed. Read in two sittings. Great characters, protaganist, setting, and story line. Lots of stories have not kept my interest lately, this one definetly did. Will read his next Killer View.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Attorney General Elizabeth Shaler reflects back to eight years ago when she was a victim and almost killed when an intruder attacked her in her Sun Valley, Idaho vacation home. Only the efforts of a dedicated rookie cop Walt Fleming saved her life. Walt¿s excellent police work has been rewarded as he is the Sun Valley sheriff. However, he and his staff are preparing for a difficult weekend as Ms. Shaler, who is planning a run for the White House, has come to town to announce her intentions at an upper crust conference. Fleming is concerned that a hitman coming for Shaler has vanished off the radar screen when he should have been on the plane from Salt Lake City. Shaler¿s security team and the zillionaire host scoff at Fleming¿s paranoia writing him off as a local rube trying to pretend he belongs with the big guys. Meanwhile assassin Milav Trevalian has usurped the identity of a Utah blind man he killed because he knows no one would expect a ¿blind¿ person to be the professional killer. --- This is an exciting police procedural political thriller starring a likable dedicated hero who is treated with disdain by the ¿big boys and girls¿ and by his staff one deputy believes the job should be his just like Fleming¿s wife is apparently his. The motive why Trevalian¿s employer wants Shaler dead is not provided with any depth, but most readers will not care as the action never stops. The audience will enjoy this fine tale starring an overworked sheriff struggling with a murder investigation, an animal cruelty case, the Shaler protection entanglement, and his ambitious treacherous deputy in what proves to be a lost KILLER WEEKEND. --- Harriet Klausner
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A female presidential hopeful is about to announce her candidacy at a posh resort in Sun Valley, Idaho while at the same time a contract killer is going to try and eliminate her. This is headache enough for the local sheriff, Walt Fleming, but throw in the secret service, private security and some high profile media bigwigs and he has the makings of on disastrous weekend. Of course his previous connection to the future candidate and a troublesome past don¿t help either.This book covers a four day period leading up to the candidate¿s announcement and the attempt on her life. I did find that the characters were lacking development but the book had lots of action with an intricate plot. Set in the beautiful Sun Valley area of Idaho, I found Killer Weekend to be a quick and easy read.
katiefeldmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great first in a series about a sheriff in Sun Valley, Idaho. Fleming is the sheriff of this popular resort town and is tasked with offering protection for the Attorney General who will be announcing her candidacy for President at an upcoming Apple-type convention. I enjoyed the "two-faced-ness" (literally) of the assassin and how that played out. There were some weird coincidences, but at the end it all made sense. I will definitely continue with the series.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ridley Pearson has written a love story to the people and town of Sun Valley, Idaho, disguised as a murder mystery. He fictionalizes real denizens of Sun Valley, including the sheriff Walt Femling (who becomes protagonist Walt Fleming in the book). Mark Aker of the Sun Valley Animal Clinic even gets to keep his real name in the book. Pearson loves these people and it shows. In fact, he must assume we know them as well as he does, since he doesn¿t provide much character description.In mostly very short chapters, Pearson guides us through a whirlwind weekend centered on a famous yearly conference for VIPs. New York State Attorney General Elizabeth Shaler is the keynote speaker and is expected to announce her run for U.S. President. Fleming knows her, since he saved her life eight years previously. Now she¿s in danger again, and we all know that only Super Boy Scout Walt Fleming can come to the rescue.A hired killer, who we meet right away, has several disguises. The plot is a race to see if Walt and other security agents will discover him before he can do away with Shaler. A potential romance between forensic photographer Fiona and the recently divorced Walt spice up the proceedings a bit.I like Pearson a lot, but I¿m glad I read his other books first, especially his Lou Boldt series. This book doesn¿t show the same intelligence or depth as his others. Nevertheless, his love for the characters brings warmth to the story, and it was still diverting if not exceptional.(JAF)
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Great book! Good story line, keeps you wondering!
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