Ridley Pearson

Ridley Pearson is a New York Times bestselling author with over 24 novels published. His work is extremely diverse, from children’s fiction to crime novels, paranormals and adventure; his novels often incorporate a compelling combination of realistic high-tech forensic wizardry and hair-trigger suspense. One of his best-known crime novels, Undercurrents, contained cutting-edge forensic ideas that helped solve a real-life homicide case. Another, Chain of Evidence, was the first to raise the possibility of a "crime gene"—which later became the focus of a high-profile genetics conference. He has published several popular crime series featuring recurring characters, as well as standalone novels under his own name and the pseudonyms Joyce Reardon, Ph.D. and Wendell McCall. A new thriller, The Red Room, featuring John Knox, will be coming out in June 2014.

Pearson was the first American to receive the Raymond Chandler Fulbright fellowship at Oxford University, the site of his research for best-selling novels No Witnesses and The Angel Maker. He was also a founding member and bass player for the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band comprised of best-selling authors including Dave Barry and Stephen King.

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Undercurrents

Police Sergeant Lou Boldt heads a special task force within Seattle’s Homicide bureau. His job: find and stop the Cross Killer, a twisted, perverse serial murderer who has eluded police for six months and paralyzed the city. But when a body washes up on the shore of Puget Sound, Boldt thinks the killer has finally made a mistake. This body shows some of the work of the Cross Killer—but a job badly botched. Did this woman die while trying to escape? Did she knowingly jump in the water to preserve a clue? And is she now desperately trying to tell Boldt something? With the help of the alluring Daphne Matthews, a police psychologist, Boldt pieces together the complex puzzle. Undercurrents is a roller-coaster ride in the dark that will intrigue, startle, and satisfy.
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Hidden Charges

Hidden Charges, first published as The Seizing of Yankee Green Mall, is a novel of intense dramatic power that brings the unthinkable into every American's backyard. The setting is The Yankee Green—an enormous shopping center and entertainment mall located in a suburb of Boston. A self-sufficient, environmentally controlled, electronically secure indoor city, The Yankee Green has tens of thousands of people pass through its five pavilions every day. The children play in the indoor amusement park; young professionals work out in the state-of-the-art health club and jog on the atrium's overhead running track; the elderly walk the promenades, sit on benches, chat under the fountains and in the manicured gardens. But in the labyrinth of service halls that are weaved into the superstructure lurks a demon, a madman with a grudge who plans to hold five thousand people hostage with hidden explosives. This book is a kaleidoscope of plot and character that spins greed, power, and passion, and explodes into a breathtaking rocker.
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Concerto in Dead Flat

Amateur sleuth Chris Klick wants only to enjoy the simple life of beautiful Idaho with his new love, Nicole. Instead, money comes knocking and Klick heeds the call. Tracking down philandering M.I.A. maestro Stephan Shultz proves to be a steep challenge from the get-go. From Atlantic City to Paris to London, Klick pursues Shultz amidst a secret Oxford lover, a missing don, some pilfered port, and a lost Mozart manuscript. Will he find Shultz after all, or will he lose everything—including Nicole?

Originally published under the name Wendell McCall from 1988 through 1999, author Ridley Pearson’s Concerto in Dead Flat, the third and final installment in the three-book Chris Klick Mysteries series, retains all of its hard-boiled wit, grit, and sense of adventure today.

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