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.
Pearson takes a break from his young adult flights of fancy with Dave Barry (e.g., Peter and the Starcatchers) to concoct a brilliant and fascinating adult thriller. Sun Valley, ID, has become the hot spot for the rich and famous to cavort, and County Sheriff Walt Fleming realizes that is just a routine part of his job. When the attorney general of the United States arrives for a conference to announce her candidacy for president, Fleming finds his hands full maintaining both security and his sanity. An assassin has targeted the attorney general and plans to use the conference to obtain his objective while hiding in plain sight. Small-town mentality collides with Day of the Jackal in this amazing book-Pearson's first with Putnam and a series opener. While his Peter Pan books are good, it is nice to see Pearson back in the thriller fold, where few come close to his prowess. For all fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/07.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.