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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (Dec 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553702157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553702156
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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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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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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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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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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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