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Middle of Nowhere

Format:  Paperback,

521 pages

Publisher: Hyperion Books

Publish Date: Apr 2005

ISBN-13: 9781401308179

ISBN-10: 1401308171

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A brutal attack that leaves a young woman paralyzed is horrifyingenough, but when it happens to one of Seattle police lieutenant Lou Boldt's ownofficers, and all the suspects wear the same uniform as the victim, it's muchworse. The SPD has been struck by a not-very-mysterious case of the "blue flu,"a labor dispute that's turned cop against cop. Frustrated by the work slowdownin the department, Boldt is working almost on his own, except for forensicpsychologist Daphne Matthews and detective John LaMoia, familiar characters inPearson's popular series (ThePied Piper, The FirstVictim). Despite not-so-veiled warnings from some of his colleagues, Louis determined to unmask Maria Sanchez's attacker, even if it turns out to be afellow cop. And if that's not enough, the piano-playing lieutenant with adevoted wife--and a lingering yen for his coworker Daphne--has to deal with acrime wave that's increasing every day as the blue flu fells more of theforce.Investigating a string of robberies, Lou and Daphne follow the evidence to atelemarketing operation in a Colorado prison and question an inmate who may haveused inside information to set up the robberies for his brother in Seattle tocarry out. When the inmate dies, his brother goes after Lou, who isn't sure whoto blame when violence hits too close to home--the brother or the strikingpolicemen. Middle of Nowhere isn't Pearson's best outing: the plot isthinner than usual and the pacing somewhat slower, although the detailedexplanation of how to catch a criminal using new telecommunications technologyis fascinating. Still, Lou Boldt is an always interesting character whose innerconflicts are well drawn and whose essential decency makes up for a lot. Hisunderstated romance with Daphne deepens in every new adventure; the real mysteryis what's going to happen to the two of them. --Jane Adams


Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publish Date: Apr 2005
ISBN-13: 9781401308179
ISBN-10: 1401308171
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 521
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.5
Walmart No.: 1401308171

About the author

Biography of Pearson, Ridley

Ridley Pearson was born in Glen Cove, New York on March 13, 1953. He was raised in Connecticut and attended Kansas University and Brown University. In the early 1970's, Pearson was a musician and songwriter for a rock band, eventually writing more than 300 songs and the score for an award-winning documentary. He is still musically active, playing bass for the "literary garage band", Rock Bottom Remainders. Having honed his craft writing scripts for television shows such as Columbo and Quincy, he turned to writing and published his first novel, Never Look Back, in 1985. Pearson received the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship at Oxford University in 1991 and has since published a number of novels, including The Angel Maker, No Witnesses and Beyond Recognition. These works are characterized by an attention to technical detail and forensic accuracy. He has also published many children's books, including The Kingdom Keepers series and a series of prequels to Peter Pan written with Dave Barry.


Review by Library Journal (2000-05-15)

In his new Detective Lou Boldt thriller, Pearson (The First Victim) whisks the reader on a lightning-paced chase through the grisly sights and sounds of Seattle's seedy underbelly. With cops out on strike, burglaries are rampant; Boldt is among the loyal blues showing up to investigate the burglaries and a brutal attack on a female officer. When he and other cops are assaulted, he suspects that the strikers are warning them for not observing the walkout.

Boldt's detective work leads him to a telemarketing prisoner in Denver and his volatile burglar brother, who is tied to criminal cop activity in Seattle. On a personal front, Boldt is drifting away from his noble wife, so it's no surprise when his love interest, police psychologist Daphne Matthews, has a kiss for him too tempting to resist. Readers will be riveted as Boldt's invigorating pursuit leads to a truly electrifying denouement. Highly recommended for all collections. DMolly Gorman, San Marino, CA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2001-03-15)

Middle of Nowhere is the seventh and current installment in the Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews police procedural series. Boldt, a homicide detective, is investigating a string of burglaries and assaults because a labor dispute has much of the Seattle Police Department at home with the "blue flu". The story weaves skillfully between the nuts and bolts of the forensic investigations, the possibilities of internal police corruption related to the "sick-out", and the characters' personal relationships, developing from previous books.

Authors are not, of course, automatically skilled at reading their own work for audiobook programs, but Pearson does the job extremely well; he clearly knows and likes his characters: he succeeds in finding their voices and conveying their personalities, as well as pacing the action and plot. One of the best in this series; highly recommended for mystery collections. DKristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

When the "Blu Flu" strikes the Seattle Police force, with many officers on unofficial strike, Detective Lou Boldt catches a string of robberies and the brutal near-murder of a female cop. With the help of psychologist Daphne Matthews and Sergeant John LaMoia, Boldt makes progress, but things soon spin out of control.

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