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, paranormal 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.
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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Dead Aim

3.27  

Chris Klick just wants to relax. He prefers the quiet life of rural Idaho, far from his past in the fast-paced music industry. Yet, when a woman named Nicole Russell tells the amateur sleuth about her missing husband, missing Labrador, and missing $50,000, Klick’s suddenly up to his ears in mystery. Aided by former basketball star and best friend Lyel, Klick pursues Nicole’s husband, dog, and lost cash in corrupt Snow Lake. Can the two help Nicole recover her money without losing everything?

Originally published under the name Wendell McCall from 1988 through 1999, author Ridley Pearson’s Dead Aim, the first 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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Aim for the Heart

4.67  

Chris Klick, amateur missing-persons bloodhound, ex-musician, and sometimes-sleuth, would really like a day off. But after a small plane plummets into a gas station in rural Idaho, Klick knows that’s impossible. Instead, he must team up with his buddy Lyel to track down a missing county courthouse employee connected to the plane crash and other freak accidents. Was she kidnapped? Is she on the run from her creditors? Searching for answers and finding only trouble, Klick’s questions pile on and the stakes climb higher.

Originally published under the name Wendell McCall from 1988 through 1999, author Ridley Pearson’s Aim for the Heart, the second 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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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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