Synopses & Reviews
With more than six million copies of his books in print, New York Times
bestselling author Ridley Pearson returns with another great Lou Boldt novel.
Years ago, Lou Boldt's wife Liz had an affair with David Hayes, 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.
"Pearson's prose is tense and taut, his plots labyrinthine and dexterous, his dialogue sharp and often brutal. This is a thriller impossible to put down until you've crossed the finish line, and everything miraculously falls into place." Providence Journal
"[N]onstop suspense....Breathlessly exciting stuff, though impossible to follow in any detail either as it's going down or after it's over." Kirkus Reviews
"Pearson's uneven writing too often veers into the mawkish when attempting to reveal Boldt's inner feelings....Pearson wisely eschews the sentimentalism as he builds to a climactic finale in which Boldt cleverly manipulates friend and foe alike to save Liz and serve justice." Publishers Weekly
"Despite The Body of David Hayes' convoluted bank embezzlement intrigue and well-paced sting-within-a-sting plotting, we truly feel keyed in to how its characters feel. And boy, do they feel. (Grade: B+)" Entertainment Weekly
"Pearson's novels are always well written, and he takes special care with richly drawn subordinate characters. Intriguing, exciting, and highly recommended." Library Journal
"Strong, inventive and a decided cut above standard police procedurals with well-drawn, intense characters and great plotting...a must." The Baltimore Sun
"I've been a Ridley Pearson fan for a long time in the field of crime fiction, he always plows new ground." Michael Connelly
"Pearson...has once again worked his unique magic, creating a plausible high-tech tale that never gets bogged down in the minutiae of computer jargon while playing his characters' emotions off of each other....One is left truly caring about what will happen to these people..." BookReporter.com
Seattle police lieutenant Lou Boldt returns in this latest mystery by the New York Times bestselling author. Ripped apart by the blackmail of his wife by her former lover, who's trying to retrieve money he hid from the Russian mob, Lou skates a delicate line between detective and jealous husband.
About the Author
Ridley Pearson is the co-author, with Dave Barry, of the bestselling Peter and the Starcatchers. His novels have sold over six million copies and have been translated into twenty languages. The bestselling author of fourteen novels, including The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, he is the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in detective fiction at Oxford University. He divides his time between Sun Valley, Idaho, and St. Louis, Missouri.