Synopses & Reviews
and#160;A Chinese National working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight. and#160;His one-man security detail goes missing as well. and#160;
Rutherford Risk is a firm specializing in extraction: the negotiation for, and the recovery of hostages. Private investigation is illegal in today's China. Operating within her borders will be difficult at best.The security company recruits two unique outsiders to do their bidding. Grace Chu is a forensic accountant hired to follow the money; John Knox is a civilian with unparalleled training in both combat and culture. Graceandrsquo;s top-notch American education and Chinese military service make her an unassuming, but effective, operative, while Knoxandrsquo;s take-no-prisoners attitude brings them perilously close to harm. Following the money leads to more complex andndash; and dangerous andndash; consequences than either anticipated. Who is actually behind the kidnapping? And more important, can Knox and Grace locate the two hostages ahead of the deadline?Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai and crackling with tension-filled suspense, Pearson's latest introduces two compelling new charactersandmdash;and heralds in the start of a brilliant new series.
"A gripping page-turner of a novel."
-ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
"Tension-filled...Will have readers furiously turning pages until the end."
and#160;andldquo;Ridley Pearson writes thrillers, the kind that try to yank you to the edge of your seat and keep you there.andrdquo;
andldquo;Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai and filled with breathtaking suspense. andhellip;Famous for his plotting and attention to details, Pearson is off to a great start with his compelling and multilayered new protagonists.andrdquo;andmdash;Library Journal (starred)
andnbsp;andldquo;Bestseller Pearson introduces John Knox, a importer and highly trained security agent based in Shanghai, in this entertaining first in a new action series. andhellip;Thriller fans will look forward to seeing more of Knox.andrdquo;andmdash;Publishers Weekly
andldquo;Pearson takes readers on a roller-coaster ride deep into the world of Chinese politicsandhellip;.The pacing is fast and furious and the danger nonstop in this incredible new thriller. Pearsonandrsquo;s definitely got his game on!andrdquo;andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andmdash;Romantic Times
“If we had a Thriller Hall of Fame, Ridley Pearson would be a first-ballot certainty.”—Lee Child
“Ridley Pearson writes some of the tightest thriller fiction around.”—Scott Turow
“Brace yourself.”—Chicago Tribune
“A cunning thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai and filled with breathtaking suspense.”—Library Journal (starred review)
andldquo;If we had a Thriller Hall of Fame, Ridley Pearson would be a first-ballot certainty.andrdquo;andmdash;Lee Child
andldquo;Ridley Pearson writes some of the tightest thriller fiction around.andrdquo;andmdash;Scott Turow
andldquo;Brace yourself.andrdquo;andmdash;Chicago Tribune
andldquo;A cunning thriller.andrdquo;andmdash;Kirkus Reviews
andldquo;Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai and filled with breathtaking suspense.andrdquo;andmdash;Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for Ridley Pearson and his and#8220;stunningand#8230;international thriller seriesand#8221; (St. Augustine News):
and#8220;The perfect wayand#8230;to acquire a new reading addiction.and#8221; and#8212;BookReporter.com
and#8220;[A] Rubikand#8217;s Cube of a thriller.and#8221;and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
and#8220;Will keep you turning the pages until the very end.and#8221;and#8212;Suspense Magazine
and#8220;Brace yourself for a thrilling afternoon.and#8221;and#8212;Chicago Tribune
and#8220;A cunning thrillerand#8230;Fans will want more, and soon.and#8221;and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
and#8220;Pearson can plot a heist with ingenuity and delicious complexity.and#8221;and#8212;St. Louis Post-Dispatch
and#8220;A master of that all-too-rare book: the read that is both exciting and intelligent.and#8221;and#8212;The Associated Press
and#8220;Ridley Pearson writes thrillersand#8230;that try to yank you to the edge of your seat and keep you there.and#8221;and#8212;Boston Sunday Globe
and#8220;Ridley Pearsonand#8230;[is] fully worthy of comparison to Michael Connelly.and#8221;and#8212;Scott Turow
and#8220;Consummate entertainment.and#8221;and#8212;The Baltimore Sun
and#8220;Ridley Pearson packs a wallop.and#8221;and#8212;The Cincinnati Enquirer
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. Then Walt gets a phone call that changes everything: Lou Boldt, a police sergeant from Seattle, calls to report that a recent murder may have a Sun Valley connection. Walt knows there's a link-but can he pull the pieces together in time?
When a skier goes missing from a Sun Valley mountaintop, Sheriff Walt Fleming's crack search and rescue team becomes a target. Waist-deep in snow and neck-deep in lies, Walt suspects that people of great wealth and power-including a former state senator-want to keep him where he started: out in the cold.
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.
It begins as a heist in Sun Valley, Idaho-until the local sheriff discovers a more sinister underlying plan. The crime gets more personal. The stakes are raised, and nothing is as it seems.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson begins an electrifying new thriller series
After a Chinese national working for an American-owned construction company is kidnapped in Shanghai, Rutherford Risk—a hostage rescue firm—is called in. But in China, private investigation is illegal, and operating within its borders will be difficult.
For the job, the company recruits two outsiders: Grace Chu, a refined forensic expert, to follow the money—and John Knox, a hard charger who is experienced in both combat and the street culture of Shanghai. But following the money leads to more complex and hazardous consequences than either anticipated. Who is behind the kidnapping? What are their true motives? And more important, can Knox and Grace save the hostages before the deadline?
John Knox and Grace Chu are back in the new Risk Agent noveland#151; and#147;another hit in this knockout thriller seriesand#8221; (Booklist) by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Choke Point.
Security operative John Knox and former Chinese Army spy Grace Chu have accepted a simple job in Istanbul: initiate the sale of a piece of ancient art worth millions to an anonymous client. But in Istanbul they find themselves in a melting pot of government agents and terrorists, where East meets West. Now Knox and Chu realize they are players in a bigger, more dangerous game than they ever imagined. Their client is himself a pawn in Iranand#8217;s nuclear program.
As they move closer to the truth, they understand better their own vulnerability. They are not alone in wanting contact with this client. Forced to test the loyalty of the very people who hired them, aware their next move could trigger a power shift in the Middle East, the two arrange a meeting that threatens to kill all involved.
About the Author
Ridley Pearson is the author of more than two dozen crime novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Killer Summer, Killer View, and Probable Cause. He is also the author of the bestselling Lou Boldt crime series, and, with Dave Barry, coauthor of the bestselling Peter and the Starcatchers series. In 1990, Pearson was awarded the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship at Wadam College, Oxford. In 2009, he was a visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. He lives with his wife and their two daughters, dividing their time between Hailey, Idaho, and St. Louis.