- Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books (Aug. 3 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786889284
- ISBN-13: 978-0786889280
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,190,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Beyond Recognition Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1998
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About the Author
Ridley Pearson is the co-author of the bestselling Peter and the Starcatchers. His novels have sold over six million copies and have been translated into twenty languages. The bestselling author of fourteen novels, including The Body of David Hayes and The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, he is the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in detective fiction at Oxford University. He divides his time between Sun Valley, Idaho, and St. Louis, Missouri.
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The plot has a parallel story structure, but we see not the criminal, who is very well hidden, but a poor boy dreadfully afraid to leave his extraordinarily abusive father. Pearson has a wonderful ability to make a small observation-like a cleaned window-develop into bone-chilling significance. There are many fine moments here despite a story that starts too fast and ends too tamely.
The lull is caused by a couple of scenes being too drawn out and what I felt a weaker subplot.
The story is riveting when the action revolves around the investigation of the Seattle serial arsonist and the interaction between Lou Boldt, Daphne Matthews and their team. The characters (on both sides of the law) are well developed and most credible.
Mr. Pearson did a couple of years of research on this one and it shows. It is based on an actual Seattle arson case and the procedural and technical aspects really ring true.
Seattle comes to life on every page with wonderful descriptive passages.
This is a terrific series and Mr. Pearson is masterful at forensic detail, without making it tedious. Highly recommended.
If you are looking for a book that will captivate you, this is the mystery for you. It should be required reading for all mystery addicts! Get this one; you won't be sorry!