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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786890061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786890064
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Ridley Pearson's reputation for smoothly-paced, edgy suspense fiction is unassailable. In this, his eighth novel, a Seattle food company is under siege from an unknown poisoner/extortionist, and innocent consumers are in constant danger. Police sergeant Lou Boldt and psychologist Daphne Matthews -- both too close to the case for comfort -- work furiously to build a profile of the madman, but the police department is cracking under the strain as the lunatic slips away unapprehended from ATM machines one after another. As the manhunt builds to a furious crescendo, Boldt and Matthews are jolted again by the discovery that the man they seek may not be working alone. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

In another thriller from Pearson featuring police detective Lou Boldt, the investigator is up against a serial killer who is poisoning supermarket food.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Ridley Pearson (www.ridleypearson.com), 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 (www.rockbottomremainders.com), 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

Just finished reading this book yesterday.
Linda Moore
As usual the plot was good, well developed characters and I just like Ridley Pearson's work.
Stephanie Bessette
You'll keep reading and when the end comes, you'll be so satisfied.
Karen Rhyne

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wylie on March 20, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No Witnesses is Ridley Pearson's third novel, of 6 to date, featuring Seattle homicide detective Lou Boldt and police department phsychologist Daphne Matthews. It is a superb part of one of the must successful and enjoyable mystery/suspense series going today. I am amazed that Hollywood, ever-starved for good storylines, especially when it comes to action films, has yet to film any of the Boldt/Matthews novels.
Pearson's has two great strengths as a writer. First, he has the ability to weave a complex plot while sustaining tension. Second, he can present the details of police work, especially regarding forensic evidence, in a manner that is both realistic and attention-holding.
No Witnesses does not disappoint in either respect. Someone is blackmailing food conglomerate Adler Foods by threatening deadly contamination of their products. As Matthews (who is romantically linked to Adler's CEO) and Boldt begin a low-profile investigation, it becomes clear that the blackmailer has the means to carry out his deadly threats--he seems to be able to introduce poisoned products right onto grocery store shelves. While Boldt begins to build a chain of evidence that he hopes will lead him to the killer, deaths begin to mount, and some of those who are supposedly on Boldt's side reveal that they have their own agendas.
Pearson creates strong, three-dimensional characters, none more so than Lou Boldt himself. Boldt, along with Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, ranks among the most interesting fictional cops of the 1990's.
Anyone who enjoys a good mystery, especially one centered on realistic police work, would enjoy No Witnesses. The Boldt/Matthews novels, while a series, can be read out of sequence, so if this one sounds good, don't hesitate to dive right in.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karen Rhyne on January 20, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was so pleased to read this book. This is his third book, but unlike the first 2 books, I found the storyline to be entirely believable and something that could happen today. I got this book on a Friday, and thank goodness, it was Friday, because the next thing I know, I hear the garbage truck that comes at 8 am on Sat! I couldn't put the book down. It has so many twists and turns, really surprising, but yet to the reader's approval. I was especially taken by the scenes at the ATM. I thought I was really watching this happen. Trust me. Get this book. You won't put it down once you read the first page. You'll keep reading and when the end comes, you'll be so satisfied. You can't go wrong with this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2001
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This is the fourth book by Ridley Pearson I've read, and I found it the best. I just finished "The First Victim" and while it was also very enjoyable, I found "No Witnesses" better. The central figure in this series, Lou Boldt, reminds me a lot of the policemen Delaney in Lawrence Saunders early "Deadly Sin" books from the 70's (before he began writing the shallow "McNally" stuff), which also included well-rounded characters, and were an engrossing read. I'm looking forward to the next adventure of Boldt and LaMoia!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
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What a great book! This was my first book by Ridley Pearson - I can't wait to read the rest of them.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1997
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This is by far the best crime novel I have ever read. Fans of Thomas Harris will love this book, it's just fantastic.
If you like a detailed search, fast read action; then this book will grab you by your throat at once. Once you've started, it's impossible to put this book down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 1999
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With a brisk pace and a stunning evocative power that ranks it up there with 'The Triumph and the Glory' and 'The Devil's Teardrop', this exceptional novel fulfilled all of my expectations from beginning to end. It was one of the best books I've read in the last year, a book well worth your consideration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dianne on May 28, 2013
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Desperate for something - anything - to read I fell for the author, publisher and Amazon money grubbing trick of marking a book with a false release date. This book was first released in 1994 but when ordering I always check release date on all novels and this was said 2011. The end product was a miserable failure, using cellphones infrequently but relying on pay phones or phone booths (do they still exist) and dwelling for at least half of the book on explaining the use of modern day surveilence equipment. When a book is released for the 2nd time it should be noted so readers like me (probably, likely read original) will not be duped. I am not surprised by the author and publisher resorting to this tactic but I was surprised Amazon would agree.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The third novel featuring Sgt. Boldt shows that Pearson is getting better and better!
The bus ride/trap was so suspensfull that it was hard to read in one sitting.
The characters are so believable, and after reading all three, and following
each character, they become almost family.
My husband and I are looking forward to the next Boldt mystery
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