Killer View - Walt Fleming, Bk 2 Author:Ridley Pearson Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming returns in a stunning new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. — When a skier goes missing at Sun Valley's Galena Summit, Sheriff Walt Fleming quickly assembles his crack search-and-rescue team and heads out into the snowy night. Despite the treacherous conditions, Walt and his group, includi... more »ng deputy Tommy Brandon and Walt's best friend, Mark Aker, set off on skis, accompanied by highly trained search dogs. Within minutes, something goes horribly wrong: a shot rings out, and one of their team is dead. By morning, Mark Aker has disappeared.
Torn between professional responsibility and the desperate urge to find his friend, Walt is further challenged by an unexplained illness at a local water-bottling plant that sends workers to the hospital and sets off biohazard warnings. Following threads of questionable evidence through the glitter of Sun Valley leads Walt to an unlikely -- and darker -- source, and reveals a crime played out on a much larger scale than he originally envisioned. Waist-deep in snow and knee-deep in lies, the life of his friend in the balance, Walt begins to suspect that the whole operation is controlled by people of great wealth and power, which leaves him where he started: out in the cold.
From adrenaline-charged start to explosive finish, Killer View is heart-stopping suspense at its very best.« less
I can honestly say that I've never read a Ridley Pearson book that I disliked. His writing is great, his descriptions put your right into the action, his characters are complex with real problems and his bad guys are downright evil. What's not to like?
Police chief Walt Fleming gets called out on a search and rescue mission during a nasty blizzard where his best friends brother is murdered and shortly thereafter his best friend is kidnapped. Even without knowing who or why, he knows he has to quickly find Mark Aker and unravel the mystery surrounding his disappearance and the brutal rape of his secretary. There's quite a bit of back story involving Walt's personal life. First of all his soon-to-be ex-wife is boffing his best deputy. He has custody of his twin daughters and is trying to be the best dad he can be while still working way too many hours. He is interested in the police photographer but she isn't returning his interest. And of course, Mark is his best friend and he is worrying over who has taken him and why.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Walt is one of those characters that you can really enjoy "being around". He's an all-around good guy (regardless of what his ex thinks) and a good father.