Killer Weekend by Ridley PearsonKiller Weekend by Ridley Pearson

Killer Weekend

byRidley Pearson

Paperback | June 24, 2008

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Controversial New York State Attorney General Liz Shaler is announcing her candidacy for president at a high-profile convergence of media heavy-hitters. Also in attendance is an assassin with a brilliant and foolproof plan.
Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller Killer Weekend; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children's novels Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, which he cowrote with...
Title:Killer WeekendFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.45 × 4.24 × 0.95 inPublished:June 24, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0515144797

ISBN - 13:9780515144796

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unsure... Not quite sure how to play this one. I really enjoy Pearson’s Boldt series, but this one… not that great, I hate to admit. I felt disconnected while reading this; like reading it because it’s there but the author fails to suck you into the story. Strange, but true. I found the characters were the same as everything else I’ve read - nothing to draw them apart, make them special. You get a glimpse of Walt’s past and understand why he and his father are always tense around each other, but in the now, Walt should have been able to get over that. I’m sure to a twelve-year-old it was too much, but as adults - I mean, come on! Enough is enough already. All the talk about Walt and his wife no longer together, that it didn’t work and yet, his feelings at finding out his ex-wife is with someone else, let alone a co-worker is spinning him around. I have to give kudos to Pearson, however: Walt is a very smart sheriff. I’m glad he solved it. And yet, still, with all the characters in the book, there’s nothing personal in it. While there are a couple of scenes between two secondary characters, it was more of a set up for what happens, and I felt cheated. You don’t get to the heart of any of the characters except for Walt, and even then it feels disconnected. The synopsis of the book talks about Liz, but she isn’t even close to a primary character in the book, even if all the events are surrounding her. It’s like there should have been a previous book on both characters so that you understand them better. And the whole killer in disguise thing - it’s been done before. Mind you, the way Pearson put it in his book was pretty inventive. And what he does to the dog… while I found that a little ‘tacky’, pretty inventive as well. Some might freak on the whole “animal cruelty’ thing, but the dog is fine, nothing happens to her, so get off it already. All in all, while it was pretty good and it had some high points, especially near the end, it still fell far short of expectations… and I hate it when that happens.
Date published: 2008-07-12