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Product Details

  • Series: Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786867256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786867257
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lt. Lou Boldt is still top cop in the ninth installment of Pearson's Seattle Police Department series. (Undercurrents; No Witnesses; etc.). This time the case involves Boldt's wife, Liz, who's weathered many a storm throughout her marriage: chemotherapy, a separation, the kidnapping of their daughter and now the revelation of her affair with David Hayes, a computer whiz at the bank where she's an executive. Hayes embezzled $17 million and went to jail, but now he's free and the never-recovered money has both cops and robbers interested in his whereabouts. Liz had nothing to do with the theft, but Russian mobster Gen. Yasmani Svengrad (known as the Sturgeon General because he's the head of a caviar importing company) thinks the money belongs to him, and she's the key to getting it back. It's all extremely complicated, but with the help of Sgt. John LaMoia and Boldt's former lover police, psychologist Daphne Matthews, who is now living with LaMoia, Boldt hopes not only to solve the case but to protect his wife's reputation and keep his marriage from foundering. The difficulty is that Boldt's personal problems, which mount to near soap opera levels, tend to distract from the more interesting crime elements. Pearson's uneven writing too often veers into the mawkish when attempting to reveal Boldt's inner feelings ("She touched him once lightly on the arm as he opened the door. The tenderness of that gesture cut him to his core and he felt emotions ripple through him"). 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.
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From Booklist

Pearson found a perfect groove early on for his much-acclaimed Lou Boldt-Daphne Matthews series, and it has been running flawlessly through eight installments. He changes focus this time, moving forensic psychologist Matthews to the background and elevating the wife of Seattle police Lieutenant Boldt to center stage. What results is a novel that adds depth and resonance to the ongoing series but that, as a stand-alone thriller, proves slightly less galvanizing than usual, which is not to say that there isn't plenty of pulse-pounding suspense and lovingly laid-out procedural detail. The plot revolves around the reappearance of David Hayes, with whom Liz Boldt had an affair and who embezzled millions from the bank where she is a high-ranking officer. Hayes is out of prison and needs Liz to access the bank's mainframe if he is to recover the embezzled millions, now dangling in cyberspace, and avoid the wrath of the Russian mob. In order to find the money and keep Liz out of harm's way, Boldt must balance the contradictory roles of jealous husband and objective investigator. Give Pearson credit for turning away, albeit temporarily, from the edgy relationship between Boldt and Matthews and tackling instead a much trickier topic: the sinews that hold together a long-term marriage. No easy task for any writer, especially one who must simultaneously face the plot-driven demands of the high-octane thriller. Mission accomplished, even if the plot burns a slightly lower-grade fuel this time. Bill Ott
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More About the Author

Ridley Pearson (, the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Wadham College, Oxford University, is the bestselling author of over 35 novels including, Peter And the Starcatchers (co-written with Dave Barry), the young adult novel, The Kingdom Keepers, and two dozen crime novels including: Probable Cause, Beyond Recognition and Killer Weekend (July 2007). His novel The Diary Of Ellen Rimbauer, a prequel to a Stephen King miniseries, was a New York Times #1 bestseller, as was Peter and the Shadow Thieves (#1 for 6 weeks). Ridley adapted The Diary Of Ellen Rimbaurer for ABC Television; it aired in 2003.

Peter and the Starcatchers is to open as a stage play, off-Broadway in March 2011, under Disney Theatrical.

Ridley is a founding member of, and plays bass guitar in, the all-author rock band, The Rockbottom Remainders (, with Dave Barry, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, Amy Tan and Greg Iles. The band has raised over 2.5 million dollars for charities over its 18 year history.

Customer Reviews

The book was padded as hell with overly long, boring dialog.
Pearson does a good job of summing up the back story so that the new reader is informed without it becoming cumbersome.
DJK ver 2.0
This isn't a state you will find yourself in at the end of the book, you will find yourself here several times.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LCrawford on April 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ridley Pearson does a masterful job of leading us into the lives of Liz and Lou Boldt as the bomb of David Hayes release, and Liz's long-ago infidelity, drops on their heads. Only if they work together can they hope to escape the fall out. From personal to professional crisis, both Boldts are stretched to their physical and emotional limits. This is nail-biting tension at it's best. Pearson's intricate plotting of smart moves and countermoves will keep you up all night. You don't want to miss this one!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Bowes on April 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Pearson likes to take technology or science and fashion a plot around cutting edge discoveries. This time the science is old,and the ultimate solution is unexplained and leaves the reader unsatisfied. The relationship between Boldt and his wife, with all they have been through, just doesn't feel right in this one. He's done better.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DJK ver 2.0 on June 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
'The Body of David Hayes' is the latest installment in the drama that centers around Lieutenant Lou Boldt, family, and friends. Ridley Pearson's series has, in the past, focused on Lou Boldt, psychologist Daphne Matthews, and detective, now sargeant, John Lamoia as they used high tech forensic science, psychology, and a bit of good old fashioned detective work to track down kidnappers, killers, and rapers. Along the way, Pearson has gone into great depth about the home lives concerning the characters.
Daphne and John have settled into a live in relationship. This came about in the previous novel, which featured Matthews. Consequently, these two figures, while always prominent in past novels, are really no more than side characters in 'The Body of David Hayes.' John gets a fair amount of attention, but Matthews only really appears in about a dozen pages.
The attention of this novel is squarely on Lou Boldt and his wife Liz. The novel reaches back into the earlier installments of the series, and a past lover of Liz's is parolled after serving several years on his sentence for embezelling millions from the bank Liz worked out. Suddenly, Liz finds her entire world, including her career and marriage, in peril as the affair is threatened to be exposed.
While the Boldt's focus on this disruption on their lives, Lou sets out to piece together what exactly is happening. An old friend appears to have gone maverick in an attempt to close the old embezzlement case. The prosecuting attorney suddenly doesn't look so good either. David Hayes is on the loose, and what he is up to is an enigma. To top it all off, the Russian mafia enters the scene. Suddenly, who is an ally and who is an enemy is not quite so clear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David W. Nicholas on June 29, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ridley Pearson is one of the most intellectual and cerebral detective novelists around, at least among those who are popular. He even held the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright fellowship in detective fiction at Oxford University, a decade and a half ago. He started his career writing suspense fiction, but gradually settled into a series of police procedurals whose main characters, Seattle Police Sergeant (now Lieutenant) Lou Boldt, and his sometime partner, psychologist/detective Daphne Matthews. The current book is the ninth in that series. The series is good, and so is this book, but one warning to start things off: you shouldn't read this book first. There's too much going on here that plays off events in previous books, so start with one of the others, preferably Undercurrents, which was the first.

In this book, the focus is much more on Boldt and his wife Liz than on Daphne Matthews. Liz works at a bank, where she has a place of considerable responsibility. Some years before she had an affair with a co-worker, which almost destroyed her marriage. It turns out that the co-worker in question was later arrested for embezzlement, and went to prison for six years. He'd embezzled $17 million, but no one ever stepped forward to claim that they'd lost the money. This raised eyebrows, and authorities were further fascinated in that the money was never found, either. The embezzler (and adulterer) somehow hid the money and it hasn't ever been found.

Now the embezzler (the David Hayes of the title) is out of prison, and various people are competitively trying to watch him and recover (or perhaps steal) the money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Having read all of Ridley Pearson's books and thoroughly enjoyed every one, I'm wondering if he really wrote The Body of David Hayes. It just does not measure up to his previous novels. Other reviewers have pointed out the timeline discrepancy, and I could not get "connected" with the characters as I have in the past. And to think, this is the first Pearson novel I've purchased in hardback!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Verlen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ridley Pearson is an author that I've come to eagerly await each new release with great anticipation. The Body of David Hayes was such a let down. The past several books have led up to a very interesting relationship between LaMoia and Daphne. They were hardly referred to in this book at all and it was as tho they were cardboard characters when reference was made to their relationship. The book could have been an opportunity for Lou and Liz Boldt to strengthen and grow within their relationship while letting the reader gain a greater understanding and appreciation of their characters. Instead, Lou and Liz are just about the last two folks I'd invite to lunch. They were boring, whiney, and for two people that have been thru as much as they have--they showed a marked non-understanding of each other and their characters as well as being unable to get past the past. If you are reading the Lou Boldt series for the first time--this is not representative of Pearson's ability or writing skill. Go back and read the previous books and then hope that he finds his muse again for the next book!
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