Potent blend of medical thriller and police procedural that resurrects the cop-hero of Pearson's Undercurrents (1988) and pits him against--of all things--a maniacal veterinarian. Lou Boldt has been off the Seattle force for two years, tending his infant son and playing jazz piano at a local dive, but his extraordinary empathy for murder victims won't let him refuse the request of police shrink and ex-lover Daphne Matthews (whose throat was slashed in Undercurrents) to help with her new case--a series of street kids found dead and missing a kidney, liver, or lung. Immediately suspecting that a transplant surgeon is "harvesting" the organs and selling them at great profit, Boldt rejoins the SPD and pushes for advice from the medical examiner. The narrative bristles with the sort of forensic detail that informed Undercurrents. Meanwhile, Pearson bares his villain- - sociopathic society vet Elden Tegg--as we see him snatching social-worker Sharon Shaffer with an eye to selling her heart to a mobster whose wife is dying from heart disease. Unlike Undercurrents, then, where suspense derived from "whodunit," the tension here is strictly--and tightly--time-wound: Can Boldt i.d. the killer and rescue Sharon--or can Sharon herself escape from the remote dog kennel where Tegg's imprisoned her, naked and terrified- -before the vet wields his scalpel? Thriller fans will note that this setup strongly echoes Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs--but Pearson matches Harris's pace as the hours tick down, marking off twists (a hiker chancing on the kennel) and hot suspense sequences (a pawnshop sting to break into Tegg's computer) until the cathartic, brutal climax. Exceptionally gripping and full of amazing forensic lore (e.g., that Band-Aids emit low-level radioactivity from being sterilized): a top-flight offering from an author who's clearly found his groove.
Fire is a vicious killer. It consumes not only its victims but evidence of its creator. There's a homicidal arsonist in Seattle, targeting single mothers but sparing their children.
It starts out so simply for Jay Becker--he's just an overworked, underpaid musician trying to earn some extra cash by giving sailing lessons on Puget Sound. But he is drawn into a whirlwind of events and characters that will change his life--and perhaps the future of his country--forever. It begins when he meets the exotic, mysterious Marlene--a beauty with a dark secret who wants to hire Jay for what appears to be a simple sailing expedition. But once involved, he becomes a link in a deadly chain of events-manipulated by an international network of spies that will stop at nothing to get at the sensitive military secrets they want. Blood of the Albatross is a supercharged novel of espionage and romance that puts one young, innocent man in the middle of a kaleidoscope of spy, counterspy; cross, double-cross--with the lives of himself, the woman he loves, and his best friend hanging in the balance, as he fights to keep himself alive, to save the lives of the people he loves, and to protect the security of his country.
Lieutenant Lou Boldt's wife is caught in the middle of a $17,000,000 embezzlement plot. Lou Boldt must protect her from a Russian Mafia kingpin, a former Seattle PD officer and the computer genious that originally embezzeled the money. Complicating matters is that this computer genious also had an affair with Boldt's wife. Lieutenant Boldt gets assistance from his friends, Sergeant John LaMoia, police psychologist Daphnie Matthews and officer Bobby Gaines. Throughout the book, Boldt must confront his feelings about his wife, his marriage and her affair.
Police sergeant Joe "Dart" Dartelli can't even tell at first that the bodies have been murdered. They all look like suicides or accidents--except for a rare chemical in the blood of each. Even more terrifying to Dart is that the victims seem to be related to the long-ago murder of Lucky Zeller, the only man believed to be more brilliant at understanding the art of forensics than Dart himself. Could Zeller be behind the murders? Contains some strong language and some violence.
When an award-winning foreign journalist reveals the existence of an Amsterdam-based sweatshop known as a "knot shop" that employs and enslaves young girls as laborers, private security firm Rutherford Risk is hired by a philanthropist to find it and shut it down. David "Sarge" Dulwich, Knox's former boss from their government contractor days, knows that Knox's cultural knowledge, combat skills, and sympathy for the abused make him right for the job. Joined by Grace Chu, whose more subtle skills for acquiring sensitive tech information help to balance Knox's improvisational style, he heads to Amsterdam in an attempt to dismantle the child labor operation and rescue the girls. In their way is a crime organization that has permeated the neighborhoods with goodwill turning even the victims' parents against their would-be saviors. With enemies around every corner, Knox and Grace can't tell the good from the bad.
Taut and edge-of-the-seat compelling, Cut and Run is a spellbinding thriller pitting a U.S. federal marshal against the mob's most resourceful killer - in a race to save the woman he loves.
The Kingdom Keepers and their friends discover that Maleficent and the Overtakers are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney unless they solve a puzzle that is revealed during the Disney Cruise Line's inaugural passage through the Panama Canal.
In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park "guides" find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI-which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging- Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming? Finn's confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney's beloved realm, and maybe more. This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed. Ages 10 and up
It's supposed to be a happy day at the Magic Kingdom--the return of the teenaged holographic hosts. But things go very wrong when a sudden lightning storm disrupts the celebration, and Amanda's mysterious sister, Jez, disappears.
The Kingdom Keepers' third adventure takes place at Epcot.
FBI Agent Cam Daggett took the bombing of Flight 1023 personally--his parents and son were on board. For two years he's been after the man responsible. But all he has to go on is a name, and the knowledge that he must be stopped before striking again.
Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming's budding relationship with photographer Fiona Kenshaw hits a rough patch after Fiona is involved in a heroic river rescue and she attempts to duck the press. Despite her job and her laudable actions, she begs Walt to keep her photo out of the paper, avoiding him when he can't. Then Walt gets a phone call that changes everything: Lou Boldt, a police sergeant out of Seattle, calls to report that a recent murder may have a Sun Valley connection. After a badly beaten body is discovered just off a local highway, Walt knows there is a link - but can he pull the pieces together in time?
Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming returns in this high-intensity thriller from New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson. Sun Valley, Idaho, playground of the wealthy and politically connected, is home to an annual wine auction that attracts high rollers from across the country, and Blaine County Sheriff Walt Fleming is the one who must ensure it goes off without a hitch. The world's most elite wine connoisseurs have descended on Sun Valley to taste and bid on the world's best wines, including three bottles claimed to have been a gift from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams. With sky-high prices all but guaranteed for these historic items, it's no wonder a group of thieves is out to steal them. Walt is responsible for all aspects of the glitzy event, from security of the dignitaries to the physical safety of the auction site to the transportation and safeguard of the wines themselves. Walt is enjoying a rare afternoon of freedom, fly-fishing with his nephew, Kevin, when a passing truck catches his eye, his suspicions throwing him headlong into the discovery of a complicated plan to steal the rare wine. When a bomb detonates just as the auction revs up, the investigation explodes as well, pulling Walt in a dozen different directions. It seems Walt is caught in the middle of a heist of epic proportions--and not the heist he had prepared for--all orchestrated by the ingenious mind of Christopher Cantell, a man who appears to have covered everything, including the way Walt's own sheriff's office will react.
Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming returns in a stunning new thriller from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. When a skier goes missing at Sun Valley's Galena Summit, Sheriff Walt Fleming quickly assembles his crack search-and-rescue team and heads out into the snowy night. Despite the treacherous conditions, Walt and his group, including deputy Tommy Brandon and Walt's best friend, Mark Aker, set off on skis, accompanied by highly trained search dogs. Within minutes, something goes horribly wrong: a shot rings out, and one of their team is dead. By morning, Mark Aker has disappeared. Torn between professional responsibility and the desperate urge to find his friend, Walt is further challenged by an unexplained illness at a local water-bottling plant that sends workers to the hospital and sets off biohazard warnings. Following threads of questionable evidence through the glitter of Sun Valley leads Walt to an unlikely--and darker--source, and reveals a crime played out on a much larger scale than he originally envisioned. Waist-deep in snow and knee-deep in lies, the life of his friend in the balance, Walt begins to suspect that the whole operation is controlled by people of great wealth and power, which leaves him where he started: out in the cold. From adrenaline-charged start to explosive finish, Killer View is heart-stopping suspense at its very best.
Eight years ago in Sun Valley, all that stood between State attorney general Liz Shaler and a knife-wielding intruder was patrolman Walt Fleming. Now, Fleming is the county sheriff. Controversial New York State Attorney General Liz Shaler is announcing her candidacy for president of the United States at a high-profile convergence of media heavy-hitters. Also in attendance is an assassin with a brilliant and foolproof plan. Once executed, it will collide not only with Shaler's future, but--as the clock ticks down--with Walt Fleming's haunted past.
The "Blue Flu" has struck the Seattle Police Force and a majority of the officers are on an unofficial strike. Overworked and understaffed, Detective Lou Boldt is remaining on the job, but a string of robberies and the brutal near-murder of a female cop, pressure threatens Boldt's psyche. With the help of police psychologist Daphne Matthews and Sergeant John LaMoia, Boldt is able to make slow progress cracking the case, and their work leads them to Denver to a hardened criminal. Boldt refuses to drop the investigation, and is in danger because of it.
Leonid Borikowski, code name Dragonfly, has been seen entering the US and agent Andy Clayton is the only man who may be able to find him, and stop him.
Truth remains elusive. Every six or eight weeks, another train derailment. Images fill our TV sets and cover the front pages. "Driver error," "mechanical failure," "a failed signal"--the rail company provides the reasons behind the accidents. But they are hiding the truth. Umberto Alvarez, a suspected terrorist, blames Northern Union Railroad for the crossing guard collision that killed his wife and twins two years earlier. He believes he and his family are the victims of a massive cover-up. The truth is nothing but a publicity stunt. Peter Tyler is an ex-cop looking to redeem himself after being suspended from the force for an assault that was taken out of context. Now a "temp" investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, Tyler sees an opportunity to jumpstart his career. The truth of what happened that night will never be known, but a woman who steps out of a snowstorm and into his life may just hold the key to unlocking the past and allowing Tyler to move on.
In this action-packed finale to the Star catchers series, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by an evil king who enjoys watching his pet snake consume those who displease him.
In this riveting and adventure-packed follow-up to "Peter and the Starcatchers", we discover Peter leaving the relative safety of Mollusk Island -- along with his trusted companion Tinker Bell -- for the cold, damp streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly, slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra. It seems that the dreaded Ombra has a variety of mysterious powers including the ability to make shadows disappear. When Peter reaches London, he sets out to find the indomitable Molly. Together they must combat Ombra's terrible forces to both protect the Starcatchers and the treasured star stuff and most importantly to rescue Molly's mother from the clutches of evil.
Young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger. Discover richly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary but familiar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerses the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan .
It's been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook.
For the five teens who modeled as Disney Hologram Imaging hosts, life is beginning to settle down when an intriguing video arrives to Philby's computer at school. It's a call for action: the Overtakers, a group of Disney villains, seem to be plotting to attempt a rescue of two of their leaders, both of whom the Disney Imagineers have hidden away somewhere following a violent encounter in Epcot. A staged attack by new Overtakers at Downtown Disney, startles the group. One of their own, Charlene, is acting strange of late. Has she tired of her role as a Kingdom Keeper or is there something more sinister at play? When caught sneaking into Epcot as her DHI, acting strictly against the group's rules, Finn and Philby take action. Has the impossible occurred? Have the Overtakers created their own holograms? Have they found a way to jump from the Virtual Maintenance Network onto the Internet, and if so, what does that mean for the safety of the parks, and the spread and reach of the Overtakers? Are they recruiting an army from outside the parks? A dark cloud in the Kingdom Keeper era is unfolding, and with dissension in their own ranks, it's unclear if there's any chance of escape.
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