ART OF DECEPTION, THE(LIBR.ED.)(10 CD'S) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Seattle police psychologist Daphne Mathews has her hands full with a pregnant, addicted, runaway teenager, a murder victim's brother whose strange behavior unnerves her, and a deputy sheriff she once treated who's now stalking her. She's frightened enough to move in with Detective John LaMoia, a development that doesn't exactly thrill Lou Boldt, their boss and Daphne's ex-lover. But Lou's too busy with his own cases to brood over John and Daphne: the recent disappearances of two local women, and the death of Billy Chen, the nephew of Mama Lu, an old friend and a powerful figure in Seattle's Chinese community, which appeared to be an accident but turns out to have been murder. The only thing the disappearances and murder have in common is location; all three victims were last seen in a part of downtown built over the Underground, a dark and dangerous warren of buildings abandoned after the fire that leveled Seattle more than a hundred years ago. While Seattle's Underground has been the setting for several mysteries by other authors (Earl Emerson, J.A. Jance), Pearson makes the most of its creepy-crawly atmosphere in a gripping thriller whose solid plotting pulls all of Daphne's, LaMoia's, and Boldt's cases together. It also wisely reconfigures the personal relationships among the three central characters, which bodes well for their future adventures in this long-running series (Middle of Nowhere, The Pied Piper). --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Seattle police detective Lou Boldt, Pearson's engaging cop hero, retired from the force a few years back when personal problems started stacking up, then returned when those same problems faded. These days, he's in more of a paper-shuffling role, letting his younger charges mix it up on the street. Taking center stage here, in the eighth Boldt entry (after Parallel Lies), are two longtime prominent series sidekicks, forensic pathologist Daphne Matthews and the skirt-chasing stud cop, John LaMoia. Together, they investigate the perplexing murder of a woman who was pushed off a bridge. The case turns creepy when the evidence against the prime suspect falls apart and the victim's brother, Ferrell Walker, simultaneously courts and lashes out at Matthews. Meanwhile, Boldt pursues his own case, following the trail of two missing women who appear to have been stalked before disappearing. As with many of Pearson's plots, the two story lines eventually mesh into a wild, drawn-out finale. The setting this time couldn't be better. It's Seattle's Underground, a subterranean ghost town of abandoned shops and homes now underneath the newer, more flood-resistant city built on top a century ago. It is within this spooky, cavernous landscape that Pearson's forte the manhunt bursts through with all its usual bone-tingling drama and suspense. And what of the somewhat marginalized Boldt? Longtime fans may feel a touch of sadness, yet Pearson ably layers Matthews's personality with new depths to make an appealingly quirky character. As for LaMoia, even he shows that he's more than just a pretty face with an insatiable sex drive.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this book, Pearson puts his greatest weaknesses front and center--Daphne emerges as a lead detective, and she and LaMoia develop a romantic relationship.
For Pearson, that move is a brave departure, but not so smart. Thius book puts his weaknesses on glaring display, in my opinion.
In this book, Daphne is presented as something of an emotional mess. She pronounces (and insists upon) a lot of psychological speculation, without any data or evidence to back it up, but she doesn't "detect" much. The book's romance between her and LaMoia could have been written by a mildly talented ninth grader, so deep is its insight and subtle its progression.
And the plot isn't great--you figure out whodunnit fairly early. The red herrings confuse the plot more than mislead the reader. And the resolution turns on lots of amazingly correct guesses and overly improbable clues. For instance, at one point, when she is being kidnapped, Daphne reaches into her underwear and rips out the tag, dropping it on the ground as a "crumb" to lead detectives to her. Not only is the tag spotted-amidst all the detritus of a city street in a bad part of town-- but LaMoia (a) recognizes the tag as Daphne's, though at this point he hasn't had occasion to see her intimate apparel (he's even amused to see the brand, for the first time, in the midst of this chase), and (b) realizes immediately that it means to go underground through a man hole! That's quite a feat of semiotics!Read more ›
The authorial tactic of personally involving the hero in criminal attacks is a cheap way for an author to ratchet up tension in his story without the effort of creating another victim from whole cloth-but you also know he won't eliminate a central series character. This tactic also tends to turn a "good, clean" mystery into an hysterical horror story-the reason I don't read Patricia Cornwall's Kay Scarpetta series anymore. Sorry, you might not have the same dislike.
What's neat is that even with a suspect in hand early, there are more surprises. And Pearson has again researched obscure facts about the city of Seattle that provide vital sidelights. There are two suspects chased into a fascinating Underground historic city (who knew?)-but how Boldt decides between the two eerie suspects is still a mystery to me.Read more ›
Boldt and LaMoia both have active cases that they're investigating as well. Boldt as a favor to an old friend, Madame Lu, head of the large Chinese community of Seattle, is looking into the death of a Billy Chen. Chen apparently fell down a sewer during a flood under mysterious circumstances. LaMoia, ex pain pill popper and stud of the department, complete with ostrich skin cowboy boots is involved in the disappearance of 2 young women. Both women had been stalked by peeping Toms and one was a close personal friend of Boldt's wife.
The common thread between the crimes was the Seattle underground, a subterranean remnant of the old city burned by a fire 100 years ago and used as a foundation for new construction.
Matthews probing leads her to identify the corpse as a Mary Ann Walker. She had been shacking up with a boyfriend with a violent history of abuse to women. He is the prime suspect in the death. While investigating, Matthews interviews Walker's brother Ferrell, a down and out 20 year old psychotic fisherman who offers his unwanted assistance. Matthews who recognizes that Ferrell Walker is a psychological nightmare cannot brush him off. He begins to stalk her, further complicating her efforts.
He story goes on in a predictable fashion until all the mysteries are unraveled and tied up into a neat little package. Ho-hum!
Most recent customer reviews
Seattle police biggie Lou Boldt is trying to track a serial killer, while Daphne Matthews, gorgeous forensic psychologist is investigating the untimely demise of Mary Ann Walker... Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by Gail Cooke
Art of Deception has all the elements which make for a great mystery/detective. The Seattle underground was actually really cool-- I was interested in the victims, it wasn't too... Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by frumiousb
This is the first of this series that I read and it has a real solid plot line. Lots of layers and plot development in several directions. Read morePublished on July 4 2003 by Ken Dandrea
What a unintelligent shallow story. You got a lame incompetent female police forensic psychologist and a super
duper perfect cop doing/being stupid. That's it. Read more
LaMoia has beaten an addiction to oxycodone, and Matthews is turning into the workaholic that Boldt narrowly avoids becoming. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2003 by Elizabeth Reynolds
"Disappointing" may be too negative a description of this
book, because Pearson is a great writer, and this description
only applies when compared to other Pearson... Read more
Lou Boldt is third banana in "The Art of Deception" and psychologist Daphne Matthews takes over the lead with studly Jack LaMoia in the co-starring role. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2002 by sweetmolly
Daphne Mathews, a forensic psychologist, is the first to arrive at the crime scene where a young woman's body has been found underneath the Aurora Bridge. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2002
Having read other books written by this gentleman, I anticipated a plot with some devious twists and turns. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2002 by Broonie
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