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First Victim, The (Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews)
First Victim The - Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews Author:Ridley Pearson, Scott Rosema Lou Boldt is back and entering dark new territory in Ridley Pearson's gripping new thriller. A shipping container washed ashore leads Seattle television news anchor Stevie McNeal and 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-... more »purposes with the 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 INS.
With a storyline that mirrors today's headlines, meticulous research, and fascinating forensic details, this latest thriller confirms Pearson's place at the top of the genre.« less
From Publishers Weekly
Impeccably paced, beautifully observed and moving with a crescendo of suspense, this is another thoughtful and exciting Seattle-based police thriller from Pearson (The Pied Piper), whose skill at maintaining a balance between the narrative thrust of his plot and the personal lives of his characters makes him a top-notch practitioner of the genre. We learn just enough about Lt. Lou Boldt's current situation to realize that his recent promotion has had mixed benefits: he misses street work and bends the rules to get out from behind his desk. We also discover that his wife Liz's apparent remission from cancer has created some domestic tensionAshe credits her good results to faith; he can't quite make the same leap and that financial pressure caused by the loss of her income has made him think about leaving the police force.