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Killer View (Walt Fleming) Hardcover – July 15, 2008
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Pearson returns to his favorite protagonist as Sun Valley Sheriff Walt Fleming must race against the clock to uncover a volatile biohazard operation and head the search for his best friend who's disappeared. Christopher Lane reads with a firm, unwavering voice that captures the heightened tension in Pearson's prose without sounding too urgent or manufactured. Lane's slightly underplayed tone is fairly straightforward, but his characters are steeped in reality and, more importantly in a commercial thriller such as this, believability. Lane's reading does the story justice, managing to draw listeners into the mystery and set their pulses racing with every twist and turn. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, May 19). (July)
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*Starred Review* The rich and famous may regard Sun Valley, Idaho, as a retreat from reality, but for Sheriff Walt Fleming, there is no such escape. In Killer Weekend (2007), the first installment in Pearson’s latest series, Sheriff Fleming earned respect and a certain amount of celebrity when he saved the U.S. attorney general’s life. This time around, trouble hits much closer to home, when the brother of Fleming’s best friend, Mark, is killed during the search for a missing skier. Mark disappears soon after, and it quickly becomes clear these were not random acts. But Walt is at a loss as to what could have befallen Mark, a highly regarded local veterinarian. A series of clues, including the smell of burning wool, leads Fleming to ranches in the remote Pahsimeroi Valley, where he finds pits filled with dead livestock. Then there’s news of contamination at a local water-bottling plant. Fleming has long had his eye on a radical group called the Samakinn. Could they be behind this? Or, fears Walt, is this trouble on a much larger scale? Fans of Pearson’s numerous thrillers (including the best-selling Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews series) will welcome this newest entry, which sparkles with the writer’s crisp prose and unrelenting suspense. In Sheriff Fleming, Pearson has created a likable, sympathetic protagonist, forever challenged by ferocious weather, a feisty citizenry, and feral criminal minds. --Allison Block
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I've read and enjoyed the first and third books in Pearson's series. Unfortunately this second book was a bit of a disappointment. The principal villain is uninteresting, a madman--or close enough--who's motivated by ideology. It's never made very clear precisely what his cause is, so we don't get a great sense of what's at stake for him. The challenges Walt's up against are for the most part physical rather than cerebral. There are some parts of the book that go on too long and slow down the narrative--descriptions of guns or geography. Walt is beset by self doubt in this book more than in the others. It sometimes seems as if he's a character who's stepped in from a different series. And the book's climactic scene was over the top--the role played by a dead cow was like something out of Silence of the Lambs.
Happily, Pearson regained his mojo in book three, so I've high hopes for whatever he comes up with next.
-- Debra Hamel