Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 416 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in
Published: June 1, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0786889667
ISBN - 13: 9780786889662
From the Publisher
Lieutenant Lou Boldt, the Seattle cop who stars in Ridley
Pearson''s deservedly popular series, is a sharp and touching
figure--perhaps the most believable police officer in current
fiction. Early in this ninth book about his public and private
life, Lou has to put on a bullet-resistant vest to lead a raid
against some dangerous criminals. "The vest was not physically
heavy, but its presence was," Pearson tells us.
It meant battle; it meant risk. For Boldt, a vest was a symbol of
youth. It had been well over a year since he had worn one.
Ironically, as he approached the hangar''s north door at a light
run behind his own four heavily armored ERT personnel, he caught
himself worrying about his hands, not his life. He didn''t want to
smash up his piano hands in some close quarters skirmish. . . .
Boldt plays jazz piano one night a week in a local bar, and despite
his concern for his hands, he takes every opportunity he can to get
away from his desk and into the streets. But money pressures,
caused by his wife''s recent illness, also make him think about the
possibility of a better-paying job in the private sector.
Meanwhile, some extremely ruthless people are murdering illegal
Chinese immigrant women and leaving their bodies buried in newly
dug graves. An ambitious local TV journalist named Stevie McNeal
and the young Chinese woman she thinks of as her "Little Sister"
risk their lives to investigate the killings, while Boldt and his
team round up a most unusual array of suspects.
This combination of hard-edged realism and softer sentiment has
become Pearson''s trademark, and once again it works smoothly.
From the Jacket
In this gripping novel, Lou Boldt is back and entering dark new territory. A shipping container washed ashore leads Seattle television news anchor Stevie McNeal and her reporter friend, Melissa, on the trail of a scam involving the importation of illegal aliens. A career stepping-stone for McNeal, the investigation puts her at cross-purposes with Seattle Police Department''s Lou Boldt and Sergeant John LaMoia. When Melissa disappears, perhaps at the hands of the Chinese Triad, McNeal turns from foe to ally and teams up with the detectives on an investigation that takes them from Seattle''s docklands to the offices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
About the Author
Ridley Pearson is the award-winning co-author, along with Dave
Barry, of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow
Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of
Mercy, Escape From the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind,
Blood Tide, and Science Fair. In addition to
Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers:
Disney at Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow,
and Kingdom Keepers: Power Play, he is also the author of
the young adult thrillers Steel Trapp: The Challenge and
Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has written more than twenty
best-selling crime novels including Killer View and
Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded
the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at
From Our Editors
When Stevie McNeal discovers a shipping
container washed ashore, the news anchor and her friend Melissa see
a great career opportunity. She's soon at odds with the Seattle
police, including Lou Boldt and John LaMoia, until Melissa
disappears. McNeal joins forces with the police to find her friend,
who could be a hostage of the Chinese Triad. Ridley
Pearson's gripping suspense novel The First
Victim looks at the fate of illegal aliens.
"Pearson''s Seattle police detective Lou Boldt is rapidly growing
into one of the better fictional detectives ever penned".
-- Book Magazine