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The Red Room (A Risk Agent Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Ridley Pearson
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“This installment is all about impossible escapes and elusive spycraft….Another hit in this knockout thriller series featuring nonstop danger, casually clever descriptions of exotic locales, evolving characterization, and evenhanded sociopolitical commentary. Recommended for every beach bag.” —Booklist

In the newest international thrill ride from New York Times-bestselling author Ridley Pearson, John Knox and Grace Chu, the incomparable and often incompatible duo, team up again, this time in the exotic “city between two worlds,” Istanbul.

What’s it like to see yourself in a picture you never knew was taken?

John Knox is an expert at surveillance and delicate, international dealings. So he is understandably thrown when David “Sarge” Dulwich, his contact at Rutherford Risk, hands him a photo of a transaction he recently facilitated in the Middle East. More curious to him, he’s shown that photo while in the Red Room, the private security company’s highly secure underground bunker, where eavesdropping is impossible and privacy ensured. Why all the cloak-and-dagger?

Knox is pressured into accepting a job as an art broker in the mysterious Istanbul, a city situated on two continents where East meets West and Islam meets Christianity. It is a melting pot of spies, terrorists, and conflicting interests.

Teamed with smart, quick, and fearless Grace Chu, Knox must navigate a murky operation, the only goal of which is to spend five minutes in the proximity of a man they’ve never met. Why? What can it possibly matter? And why are so many others bound and determined to see it never happens—at any cost?

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for the Chu-Knox Series

“Exciting…Pearson peels away the various layers of deception before the satisfying denouement.”
Publishers Weekly on The Red Room

"It's obvious why Pearson has earned praise as thriller grand master; the pacing is flawlessly anxiety ridden, and the investigative elements are richly layered."
Booklist on Choke Point

“Readers who like crime novels that teem with violence and provide more than a touch of sex will give Choke Point high ratings. So will readers who enjoy prose with a sharp edge.”
St. Louis Today on Choke Point  
 “Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai…and filled with breathtaking suspense. …Famous for his plotting and attention to details, Pearson is off to a great start with his compelling and multilayered new protagonists.”
Library Journal (starred)  on The Risk Agent

“A cunning thriller worthy of the promised series… Exotic locale. Credible heroics. Vicarious thrills. Fans will want more, and soon.”
Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Ridley Pearson is the New York Times-bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including The Risk Agent and Choke Point, featuring John Knox and Grace Chu; the Walt Fleming novels; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Saint Louis, Missouri, and Hailey, Idaho.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1522 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399163743
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (June 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3L6LLW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Red Room May 2, 2014
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I have always loved Ridley Pearson's books, however over the last few years I hadn't read any of his latest, so with this book I thought it would serve me well to read the first two books in this series before reading this one. So off to the library I went and got the two of them, Risk Agent and Choke Point. I read risk Agent and wasn't real impressed as I got tired of the following and the chasing and the beatings and the stalking and the chasing and the beatings, and oh yeah it took place in China - Shanghai to be more exact. So then I read Choke Point, more of the same only it took place in Amsterdam and for the first time ever with his books I couldn't finish it and stopped half-way through it. So then I read The Red Room. More of the same, stalking, chasing, beatings, high tech computer hacking, rinse, repeat and this time we are in Istanbul. I forced myself to finish the book and will not be in the least tempted to pick up any more books in this series. The location of the books never really mattered since the characters in the book spent more time running from the bad guys, being beaten up or beating others up or hacking on their computers that there was never enough time to get to know the city or country or look at scenery.

The main characters were John Knox and Grace Chu were basically one dimensional although we do get fleeting impressions that they have some sort of life other than being a Risk Agent. John having a brother, that unless you read the first book in the series, you don't really have a clue why John takes on these high paid dangerous jobs. He is apparently trying to earn enough to support his brother and his long term medical care and during this book he is on $10,000 a month medication.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Red red robin isn't bobbing along in this thriller April 21, 2014
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John Knox is an art expert and operative for Rutherford Risk. The company's bread and butter comes from government contracts, guarding convoys and providing intelligence. The company president styles his business in the manner of the first president of the CIA. Knox questions this assignment but accepts it because his brother has medical issues and Knox needs the money to pay for his brother's medicine.

John and his partner, Grace Chu are sent to Istanbul to meet with a man John has dealt with in the past. Their mission is to make contact with the man and offer a priceless piece of art to him. The man's brother is someone John's superiors are suspicious about. Then Grace, who is an expert with computers, can follow the money and see what illegal activities the two brothers might be involved with.

Even though there is a great deal of action, the novel is slow and unexciting. John is shot, stabbed, tasered and hit with a rebar but still overcomes those pursuing him. Both John and Grace are captured and released more than once and we finally wish they would get on with it. At one point John mentions that the pieces don't fit and the reader feels exactly the same.

That is the problem with the story. Who are the villains? Various scenarios are introduced and then disguarded before the reader has a chance to digest them. Are the men using art as a payment mode for weapons? Is it the Israelis? Iranians? Turkish gangsters? The reader doesn't know and after a time, we no longer care.

I've enjoyed Ridley Pearson's writing and consider myself a fan but the writing and plotting in his novel just don't measure up to his past efforts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have read everything Mr. Pearson has written --- from thriller to YA --- and thoroughly enjoyed all (particularly his Kingdom Keepers and Peter & the Starcatchers series).

THE RED ROOM is the third entry in the Risk Agent series that features John Knox and Grace Chu. Both protagonists work for an interesting organization that 'manages' insurance risk (but is actually a covert arm of a super-intelligence organization). This effort finds the pair working separately (initially) on an assignment in Istanbul, Turkey, where they are seeking to take down an arms trader via the world of fine art.

Regrettably, the novel is over-long and surprisingly dull. It takes nearly half of the novel for anything substantial to really happen that the reader should care about (the abduction of a curiously unwitting Ms. Chu). it is only when Knox is in revenge or retaliation mode that this novel works --- that does not happen nearly enough and the story could have been significantly trimmed down to make for a more taut and suspenseful thriller.

All great riders are bound to stumble and its a triumph its taken Ridley Pearson this long to put his name on a lack-luster effort. I'm sure he will bounce back as the final chapter in The Kingdom Keepers series is ironically being released at the same time as this novel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Tech for Me April 28, 2014
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I am a big Ridley Pearson fan. I have read all his Lou Boldt novels, and most of his Walt Fleming novels. I have always been impressed with Pearson's knack for coming up with some ungodly scheme before someone actually comes up with said ungodly scheme: shipping refugees in ship cargo holds, storing bodies in storage rental spaces, and other creepy pastimes.

I was looking forward to meeting his newer characters: John Knox and Grace Chu. And, as with all Pearson characters, they are interesting and driven and flawed and totally intriguing.

But Pearson went a bit too high tech for me this time, and I couldn't see the storyline for the technology. If you're an espionage fan, this could be perfect reading material for you. I guess I just need a brutal murder on a Seattle street corner.

Lou Bolt, do you hear me???
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A rather thin plot is padded out with personal stuff
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I did not spend any money on this
After reading the other reviews, I see I am not in the minority. I borrowed this from the library on my way to a working weekend - I always take something to read. Read more
Published 5 days ago by S. J. Schwartz
3.0 out of 5 stars This one is not bad. I like the characters and I hope Pearson ...
I rated the first two Risk Agent novels higher. This one is not bad. I like the characters and I hope Pearson keeps using them.
Published 11 days ago by Tinman
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I couldn't finish it.
Published 12 days ago by Janis Rosser
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearson is awesome.
enjoyed the book from cover to cover...i had forgotten about how well mr. pearson writes.
Published 12 days ago by steven gudelj
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointing!
I first encountered Ridley Pearson through his Lou Boldt detective novels set in Seattle. Those novels I enjoyed.

I found The Red Room extremely disappointing. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Scott Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridley Pearson is one of the best storytellers. His twists & turns &...
Ridley Pearson is one of the best storytellers. His twists & turns & subplots really leave you guessing. The Red Room in one of those novels that you can't put down.
Published 21 days ago by jayraysmom
3.0 out of 5 stars I got bored
This book is the 3rd one in the Risk Agent series featuring the characters John Knox and Grace Chu. The series starts with "The Risk Agent" and "Choke Point. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Sandy Kay
1.0 out of 5 stars I am usually a Pearson fan. I found this ...
I am usually a Pearson fan. I found this novel to be uneven, hard to follow and generally uninteresting. Have to think twice before purchasing another work by this author,
Published 22 days ago by Joseph Carlon
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, but not quite a cut above
John Knox and Grace Chu front a piece of art in order to gain a face to face meeting with a specific target.

That sounds like a strange plot line, and it is. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Rod M. Holland
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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.

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