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Publisher Comments:

The #1 New York Times bestseller returns with a completely new setting — the magnificent natural beauty of Sun Valley, Idaho — and a heart-stopping story in which a local sheriff struggles to protect a controversial politician from the elegant plan of a hired assassin.

Eight years ago, in Sun Valley — snowcapped playground for the wealthy and ambitious — all that stood between U.S. Attorney General Elizabeth Shaler and a knife-wielding killer was local patrolman Walt Fleming. Now Liz Shaler returns to Sun Valley as the keynote speaker of billionaire Patrick Cutter's world-famous media and communications conference, a convergence of the richest, most powerful business tycoons. The controversial attorney general is expected to announce her candidacy for president. It's a media coup for Cutter — but a security nightmare for Walt Fleming, now the county sheriff.

As the Cutter conference gets under way, authorities learn of a confirmed threat on Shaler's life, and various competing interests — the Secret Service, the FBI, Cutter's own security forces — begin jockeying for jurisdiction. Amid the conference's opulent extravagances, Walt is suddenly shaken by an apparent murder, his nephew's arrest, and a haunting legacy from his family's past. The clock ticks down toward Shaler's keynote address as we track the chilling precision of her assassin's preparations.

Review:

"Bestseller Pearson's workmanlike thriller, the first in a new series, has all the right ingredients: a down-to-earth hero, sheriff Walt Fleming; a neatly focused venue in the form of a weekend business conference at an Idaho resort; and a sense of impending danger in the form of a threat on the life of Elizabeth Shaler, the New York State attorney general, who's about to announce her candidacy for U.S. president. Shaler knows what it's like to be a victim. Eight years before the killer weekend of the title, she was attacked in her Sun Valley, Idaho, vacation home and saved by Fleming, then a patrolman. Fleming takes the present threat very seriously, but Shaler's handlers and the event's organizer, billionaire Patrick Cutter, won't cancel her speech. Fleming doggedly struggles to identify the assassin, who cleverly (if incredibly) overcomes massive security to infiltrate the event, but the motive for the threat is never satisfactorily explained. Pearson (Parallel Lies) tries hard to give his characters depth using an inventive array of backstories, but only the capable Fleming really comes across." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'Bestseller Pearson's workmanlike thriller, the first in a new series, has all the right ingredients: a down-to-earth hero, sheriff Walt Fleming; a neatly focused venue in the form of a weekend business conference at an Idaho resort; and a sense of impending danger in the form of a threat on the life of Elizabeth Shaler, the New York State attorney general, who's about to announce her candidacy for U.S. president. Shaler knows what it's like to be a victim. Eight years before the 'killer weekend' of the title, she was attacked in her Sun Valley, Idaho, vacation home and saved by Fleming, then a patrolman. Fleming takes the present threat very seriously, but Shaler's handlers and the event's organizer, billionaire Patrick Cutter, won't cancel her speech. Fleming doggedly struggles to identify the assassin, who cleverly (if incredibly) overcomes massive security to infiltrate the event, but the motive for the threat is never satisfactorily explained. Pearson (Parallel Lies) tries hard to give his characters depth using an inventive array of backstories, but only the capable Fleming really comes across. 10-city author tour. (July) Selwood's debut opens in Los Angeles, in the middle of Isabelle Raven's 'meteoric rise to fame,' as her obnoxious art dealer, Juan Dahlman, orchestrates her transformation from 'unknown hack into... 'It Girl' artist.' Juan's efforts include circulating on the Internet nude photos of Isabelle and her participation in an ad campaign for vaginal rejuvenation surgery, as well as pimping her out to a dot-com magnate who purchases her work. Isabelle mopes and halfheartedly battles her 'abject artistic prostitution' as she dodges earthquake-related damage to her apartment building and wonders whether her chef-to-the-stars boyfriend is cheating on her with 'a sixteen-year-old wannabe Aguilera.' The novel is packed with pop culture caricatures (notably in Isabelle's paintings, which are re-creations of masterpieces updated with pop icons; The Death of Marat, for instance, features 'a turbaned and bloody Kurt Cobain') and amusing bit players, but the cultural artifacts don't build to a larger statement; they simply pile on. Selwood is a talented writer and his novel is frequently funny, though readers may wish for more substance. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Pearson is the first American recipient of the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in detective fiction at Oxford University. The late, great creator of Philip Marlowe would be proud — both of the selection itself and of the recipient's latest work." Booklist

Review:

"[It] is nice to see Pearson back in the thriller fold, where few come close to his prowess." Library Journal

Review:

"Hyperactive and fairly tense." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THAT?LL LEAVE READERS BREATHLESS.

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.

Synopsis:

The first in a new series for Pearson, "Killer Weekend" pits rural Sheriff Walt Fleming against threats political and corporeal, as madness erupts in Sun Valley, Idaho, when a local attorney announces her candidacy for president.

About the Author

Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the acclaimed Lou Boldt crime series, and several books for young readers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399154072
Author:
Pearson, Ridley
Publisher:
Jove
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Assassins
Subject:
Sheriffs
Subject:
Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Walt Fleming Novel
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20080624
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.3 x 1.15 in 1.17 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bestseller Pearson's workmanlike thriller, the first in a new series, has all the right ingredients: a down-to-earth hero, sheriff Walt Fleming; a neatly focused venue in the form of a weekend business conference at an Idaho resort; and a sense of impending danger in the form of a threat on the life of Elizabeth Shaler, the New York State attorney general, who's about to announce her candidacy for U.S. president. Shaler knows what it's like to be a victim. Eight years before the killer weekend of the title, she was attacked in her Sun Valley, Idaho, vacation home and saved by Fleming, then a patrolman. Fleming takes the present threat very seriously, but Shaler's handlers and the event's organizer, billionaire Patrick Cutter, won't cancel her speech. Fleming doggedly struggles to identify the assassin, who cleverly (if incredibly) overcomes massive security to infiltrate the event, but the motive for the threat is never satisfactorily explained. Pearson (Parallel Lies) tries hard to give his characters depth using an inventive array of backstories, but only the capable Fleming really comes across." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Bestseller Pearson's workmanlike thriller, the first in a new series, has all the right ingredients: a down-to-earth hero, sheriff Walt Fleming; a neatly focused venue in the form of a weekend business conference at an Idaho resort; and a sense of impending danger in the form of a threat on the life of Elizabeth Shaler, the New York State attorney general, who's about to announce her candidacy for U.S. president. Shaler knows what it's like to be a victim. Eight years before the 'killer weekend' of the title, she was attacked in her Sun Valley, Idaho, vacation home and saved by Fleming, then a patrolman. Fleming takes the present threat very seriously, but Shaler's handlers and the event's organizer, billionaire Patrick Cutter, won't cancel her speech. Fleming doggedly struggles to identify the assassin, who cleverly (if incredibly) overcomes massive security to infiltrate the event, but the motive for the threat is never satisfactorily explained. Pearson (Parallel Lies) tries hard to give his characters depth using an inventive array of backstories, but only the capable Fleming really comes across. 10-city author tour. (July) Selwood's debut opens in Los Angeles, in the middle of Isabelle Raven's 'meteoric rise to fame,' as her obnoxious art dealer, Juan Dahlman, orchestrates her transformation from 'unknown hack into... 'It Girl' artist.' Juan's efforts include circulating on the Internet nude photos of Isabelle and her participation in an ad campaign for vaginal rejuvenation surgery, as well as pimping her out to a dot-com magnate who purchases her work. Isabelle mopes and halfheartedly battles her 'abject artistic prostitution' as she dodges earthquake-related damage to her apartment building and wonders whether her chef-to-the-stars boyfriend is cheating on her with 'a sixteen-year-old wannabe Aguilera.' The novel is packed with pop culture caricatures (notably in Isabelle's paintings, which are re-creations of masterpieces updated with pop icons; The Death of Marat, for instance, features 'a turbaned and bloody Kurt Cobain') and amusing bit players, but the cultural artifacts don't build to a larger statement; they simply pile on. Selwood is a talented writer and his novel is frequently funny, though readers may wish for more substance. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Pearson is the first American recipient of the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in detective fiction at Oxford University. The late, great creator of Philip Marlowe would be proud — both of the selection itself and of the recipient's latest work."
"Review" by , "[It] is nice to see Pearson back in the thriller fold, where few come close to his prowess."
"Review" by , "Hyperactive and fairly tense."
"Synopsis" by ,
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THAT?LL LEAVE READERS BREATHLESS.

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.

"Synopsis" by , The first in a new series for Pearson, "Killer Weekend" pits rural Sheriff Walt Fleming against threats political and corporeal, as madness erupts in Sun Valley, Idaho, when a local attorney announces her candidacy for president.
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