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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on July 9 2003 by mackattack9988
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 morePublished on Jan. 13 2002 by M Markel
This is a pretty good read. Much better than Angel Maker. Some one is killing people, even whole families. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2001 by Mac Blair
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 morePublished on July 19 2001 by Marlene S. Kelley
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 morePublished on June 24 2001 by jill oberheim
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 morePublished on Feb. 5 2001
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 morePublished on Jan. 20 2001 by Karen Rhyne
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 morePublished on Oct. 11 2000 by Donk