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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.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Story, April 23 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No Witnesses by Ridley Pearson, was an exciting, nail-biting story that I was glued to until after I had finished the story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars nothing special July 10 2003
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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 than that. You can read a couple chapters and put it down and not really be driven to pick it up for a couple weeks or longer. And when you do, you won't have really forgotten anything important because there is little complexity and it's very straightforward.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars CAREFUL WHAT YOU EAT Oct. 26 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Author! Jan. 13 2002
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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. Every book leaves you wondering how he can be that in tune with his charactors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BOLDT IS GOOD!!! Aug. 29 2001
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This is a pretty good read. Much better than Angel Maker. Some one is killing people, even whole families. Pearson writes a good story, some places go into to much detail for me, that is the reason for the four instead of a five. All in all I enjoyed the book. Everytime I thought I had it figured out a new twist would show up and here we went again. The book is hard to put down and the ending is very good. I really like the characters of Boldt and LaMoia. They make a good pair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NO WITNESSES July 19 2001
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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.Thank you for the opportunity to review his works.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Please, learn how to write characters!! June 24 2001
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Light read (very light), good for rainly weekend, but hard to believe. Daphne never stops getting into those "tricky" situations - will she ever learn? Hard to believe one so young and attrative and has climbed the SPD ladder is such a "jerk" and can't learn from her previous perils! And Corky, all of 11 years old and obnoxious and still wants a clown selling ice cream at her birthday party - where the guests arrive on their boats to celebrate - I just don't think so - the author hasn't been around children - or is especially clueless about them - no -the author needs to know his characters, he still is a light weight - go Elizabeth George.
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