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Middle of Nowhere Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1900
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" . . . Pearson is able to effortlessly intertwine several deatiled plot lines while still keeping his story firmly robed in reality." -- New York Post
"Excitement quotient: high; technology details: intriguing." -- USA Today
"Just what is it about Ridley Pearson that makes him the best damn thriller writer on the panet?" -- Booklist
"Master plotter, reliable thrills from a pro." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Pearson . . . exposes the psychologicsl doubts and fears of his characters and keeps the plot racing from scene to scene." -- Providence Sunday Journal
About the Author
Ridley Pearson is the award-winning co-author, along with Dave Barry, of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy, Escape From the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair. In addition to Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, and Kingdom Keepers: Power Play, he is also the author of the young adult thrillers Steel Trapp: The Challenge and Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.
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This book just took too darn long to get where it's going. But there's also a lot to like. The recurring character of Lou Boldt is an interesting one, and his relationship to his fellow detective, Daphne Matthews, is interesting. The plot, in which Boldt is trying to solve the brutal attack on a fellow officer, whose neck was broken, is quite good. The attack took place during a "Blue Flu" and pits striking officers against working officers like Boldt. There are clues that suggest cops might have been involved in this and other attacks. The author does a good job of showing us how torn up Boldt is by the tension between him and his fellow officers.
I would recommend the book to avid Pearson and Boldt fans, but warn them they'll have to suffer through a lot of extraneous pages to get to the good stuff.
Better yet I'll read the new James Lee Burke novel. At least Dave Robicheaux wrestles with real demons and draws some real blood now and then.
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