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Ridley Pearson , Keith Szarabajka
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dec 1 1999
Seattle police detective Lou Boldt and police psychologist Daphne Matthews return in No Witnesses to confront the most challenging case of their careers. People are dying throughout Seattle — victims of a madman who is placing poisoned food in neighborhood supermarkets. But the criminal is intelligent: he writes the police chilling extortion letters — faxed directly from a laptop computer over public telephone lines — and retrieves his ransom electronically, through automatic teller machines in hundreds of locations around the city. And while he is a murderer, his crimes take place miles and often days away from his innocent victims' demise. How can you stop a criminal when there is no crime scene to study — and no witnesses? Daphne knows that no killings take place in a vacuum: there must be psychological motivations that she should be able to determine if she digs deep enough. And Boldt knows that despite the seemingly impossible task, there must be some forensic trail that he can follow — even if it is only through the netherworld of computer networks. The two of them work their own ways, with their own agendas, to track a killer — only to find a truth darker than they ever imagined. No Witnesses is Pearson's most accomplished and complex crime novel — a book that brings the police thriller into fascinating new territory.
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Ridley Pearson's reputation for smoothly-paced, edgy suspense fiction is unassailable. In this, his eighth novel, a Seattle food company is under siege from an unknown poisoner/extortionist, and innocent consumers are in constant danger. Police sergeant Lou Boldt and psychologist Daphne Matthews -- both too close to the case for comfort -- work furiously to build a profile of the madman, but the police department is cracking under the strain as the lunatic slips away unapprehended from ATM machines one after another. As the manhunt builds to a furious crescendo, Boldt and Matthews are jolted again by the discovery that the man they seek may not be working alone. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In another thriller from Pearson featuring police detective Lou Boldt, the investigator is up against a serial killer who is poisoning supermarket food.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars CAREFUL WHAT YOU EAT Oct. 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A serial killer with no witnesses...a unique and fascinating concept for a book and for the most part, Ridley Pearson's "No Witnesses" is a compelling read. His dialogue is crisp, terse, and very believable. If he sometimes overdoes it, as with the character of Bernie, it does serve to educate the reader into the different types of things going on.
The leading characters of Lou Boldt and Daphne Matthews are complex, and well-developed. I did not realize that this is a part of a series featuring these two, so much of what they described happening in the past was new to me. Does make we want to read more in this series, though.
The plot in this one is chilling: someone is poisoning food and massing up killings in a revenge plot against the millionaire behind Adler Foods. Adler is also Daphne's love interest. There are no real clues in the beginning, but as the drama unfolds, ATM machines play a huge part in the extortion plan of the killer.
Lou's relationship with his wife, Liz, is credible and realistic. The supporting characters particularly John LeMoia and Kenny Fowler are also strong and well-written.
The biggest problem with the books is its length. It's long, and there are several times I found myself losing interest in some of the secondary storylines.
But it is an excellent read, and I do recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I should have known better May 31 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading his abysmal "Hidden Charges", I thought I would give the author one more shot. I picked a book that had a high customer rating but I guess I'm just not a Pearson fan. It's true that there is a plot but it's so thinly strung together that I kept forgetting what the point of the book was. Pearson does a terrible job at character development. He seems to grab random cliches and strings them together as obtusely as he "plots" his story.
I just couldn't finish the book. I think it was the supposedly clever thought by the main female character that "man's laughter" could also be read as "man slaughter". This was no clue or integral part of a character's development. It appeared out of nowhere and had no context. Were we supposed to think there's something evil about a man laughing? Was it a reflection on the character having the thought? The book is filled with this kind of dribble. The book is littered with random thoughts (though not as clever as this one) that I assumed were supposed to mean something but added nothing to the plot or character development.
If you want a lesson in bad story and character development, this would be worth the money but if you want a good mystery, look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Tension and Realism March 20 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No Witnesses is Ridley Pearson's third novel, of 6 to date, featuring Seattle homicide detective Lou Boldt and police department phsychologist Daphne Matthews. It is a superb part of one of the must successful and enjoyable mystery/suspense series going today. I am amazed that Hollywood, ever-starved for good storylines, especially when it comes to action films, has yet to film any of the Boldt/Matthews novels.
Pearson's has two great strengths as a writer. First, he has the ability to weave a complex plot while sustaining tension. Second, he can present the details of police work, especially regarding forensic evidence, in a manner that is both realistic and attention-holding.
No Witnesses does not disappoint in either respect. Someone is blackmailing food conglomerate Adler Foods by threatening deadly contamination of their products. As Matthews (who is romantically linked to Adler's CEO) and Boldt begin a low-profile investigation, it becomes clear that the blackmailer has the means to carry out his deadly threats--he seems to be able to introduce poisoned products right onto grocery store shelves. While Boldt begins to build a chain of evidence that he hopes will lead him to the killer, deaths begin to mount, and some of those who are supposedly on Boldt's side reveal that they have their own agendas.
Pearson creates strong, three-dimensional characters, none more so than Lou Boldt himself. Boldt, along with Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, ranks among the most interesting fictional cops of the 1990's.
Anyone who enjoys a good mystery, especially one centered on realistic police work, would enjoy No Witnesses. The Boldt/Matthews novels, while a series, can be read out of sequence, so if this one sounds good, don't hesitate to dive right in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Money TalksAll The Way to the Bank Feb. 21 2003
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Daphne's lover is being blackmailed and an inspector of the WA state Heaslth Dept has perpetrated fraud, costing a family their livelihood and eventually costing 8 people their lives. Meanwhile, someone is demanding money; the killer or someone else? They're going through ATM's which means Lou needs Liz's bank connections to solve this one. One plot comes to a climax at Dorky's (the adopted daughter of Daphne's lover) Monty the clown, ( a typical 7 year old's party) The other, when Lou realzes that a mistake has been made and they correct it and help a young prostitute get free. Add to this a scene with Bear that gets you thinking about the cameras around you, Daphne's unusual engagement, Lou getting cooperation because of his status as the cop who caught the crosskiller (and the ramifications of that), a rogue cop, a crazy Prosecutor, an over ambitious cop, and La Moia just being himself--you've got an excellent read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Story,
No Witnesses by Ridley Pearson, was an exciting, nail-biting story that I was glued to until after I had finished the story.
Published on April 23 2004 by Ashley Kane
2.0 out of 5 stars nothing special
This is very mediocre serial murder mystery from Ridley Pearson. That's not to say it won't occupy your time and provide a simple diversion, but it won't leave you with much more... Read more
Published on July 9 2003 by mackattack9988
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Author!
Pearson is without a doubt one of the best authors of all time. It doesn't hurt that I'm from Seattle though. All of his descriptions are vivid. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2002 by M Markel
4.0 out of 5 stars BOLDT IS GOOD!!!
This is a pretty good read. Much better than Angel Maker. Some one is killing people, even whole families. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2001 by Mac Blair
5.0 out of 5 stars NO WITNESSES
Absolutely wonderful! I read all mysteries and Ridley Pearson's No Witnesses was the first one of his. Now I definitely plan on reading much more. Read more
Published on July 19 2001 by Marlene S. Kelley
2.0 out of 5 stars Please, learn how to write characters!!
Light read (very light), good for rainly weekend, but hard to believe. Daphne never stops getting into those "tricky" situations - will she ever learn? Read more
Published on June 24 2001 by jill oberheim
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Pearson I've read yet
This is the fourth book by Ridley Pearson I've read, and I found it the best. I just finished "The First Victim" and while it was also very enjoyable, I found "No... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! One word that describes it all!
I was so pleased to read this book. This is his third book, but unlike the first 2 books, I found the storyline to be entirely believable and something that could happen today. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2001 by Karen Rhyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
In this, the 3rd installment, Pearson's Lou Boldt series really takes off. As usual, the technical details are all there, and there is a fast-moving plot. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2000 by Donk
2.0 out of 5 stars Technoboring
A dull, low paced story even though there were some very good situations to exploit in order to entertain and make an excellent read. Many times I wanted to put it down. Read more
Published on April 14 2000 by Manuel Gwiazda
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