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Publication Order of Boldt & Matthews Books

Undercurrents (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Angel Maker (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Witnesses (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond Recognition (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pied Piper (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The First Victim (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Middle of Nowhere (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Art of Deception (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Body of David Hayes (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chris Klick Books

as Wendell McCall
Dead Aim (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aim for the Heart (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Concerto in Dead Flat (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Kingdom Keepers Books

The Kingdom Keepers / Disney After Dark (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Disney at Dawn (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Disney in Shadow (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Power Play (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shell Game (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Passage (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Insider (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Syndrome (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Kingdom Keepers: The Return Books

Disney Lands (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Legacy of Secrets (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Disney at Last (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Kingdom Keepers: Inheritance Books

The Shimmer (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lock and Key Books

The Gadwall Incident (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Initiation (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Downward Spiral (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Step (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Never Land Books

with Dave Barry
Escape from the Carnivale (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cave of the Dark Wind (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Tide (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Peter and the Starcatchers Books

with Dave Barry
Peter and the Starcatchers (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peter and the Shadow Thieves (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peter and the Sword of Mercy (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bridge to Never Land (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Risk Agent Books

The Risk Agent (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Choke Point (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Room (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
White Bone (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Steel Trapp Books

The Challenge (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Academy (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Walt Fleming Books

Killer Weekend (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer View (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killer Summer (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Harm's Way (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Never Look Back (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood of the Albatross (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seizing of Yankee Green Mall / Hidden Charges (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Probable Cause (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hard Fall (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chain of Evidence (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Parallel Lies (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cut and Run (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Science Fair (With: Dave Barry) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Boldt’s Broken Angel (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Disney Cautionary Tales (With: Abigail Larson) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Super Sons (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lou Boldt (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Mid-life Confidential(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Putt at the End of the World(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Do Us Part(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Mystery Stories 2007(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thriller 2(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hook, Line & Sinister(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silent Night, Deadly Night(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Super Puzzletastic Mysteries(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The publishers of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red, written by an author with the pseudonym of Joyce Reardon, Ph. D., invented a beaumont university website to spread the belief of the fictive Rose Red mansion…

He has been asked to write for Disney…

He admits that he is not a solo writer. He prefers working on a collaboration.

He writes in the genre of thriller and children’s fantasy.

But, first things first.

Who is he?

Ridley Pearson, born March 13, 1953, Glen Cove, New York, United States, is among the New York Times bestselling authors, with more than 48 novels. And perhaps most famous for his crime fiction, translated in more than 20 languages in over 70 countries.

He grows up in Connecticut. He starts writing when he is ten. But his first love is music. He attends the Pomfret college preparatory boarding school and he definitely wants to be the leader of a band of musicians. He starts studying pre-medical at the University of Kansas, but he drops out, and it turns to be his life’s greatest regret. He loves science, as he admits.

He goes to college at Brown University, but he never graduates. In the meanwhile, he plays music with his friends at night. They soon realize it is hard being a full-time musician. They have different musical engagements for a long period of time, and playing at a coffe-house one night, they decide to quit. Writing is his second nature. He writes for more than eight years before his first manuscript is bought.

It is “Columbo” TV show that he starts writing scripts that he finally never sells. It is the genre that attracts him. The experience of trial and error leads him to an agent, and Pearson gets Never Look Back published. This is the time when he lives with his parents in Idaho. Now he knows the formula to never give up. Because his conviction is to be a storyteller.

Pearson’s passion for music brings him to Dave Barry, and the Rock Bottom Remainders band. The idea is to show how a bunch of writers can also play music, and it is conceived to be one-night charity. It goes for 20 years. It is also with Barry that both rewrite the story of Peter Pan in “Peter and the Starcatchers”; it sells like napkins, as Pearson likes to joke. That it’s a hit is the fact it’s on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.

Pearson is the first American with Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship at Oxford. He spends there a year. As a visiting don at Wadham College, he makes a research for his books. Some of the mysteries he learns from someone from Scotland Yard who visits the dons at the college.

When he settles in St. Louis with his wife, Marcelle, and two daughters, Storey and Paige, Ridley is joking that St. Louis has everything that Seattle had before Microsoft moved there – museums, universities, brilliant minds.

His favorite sports activities are recreational tree climbing and snowboarding.

It is always real-life events that impress him most. China is a source of inspiration for Pearson to shape the character of John Knox. Becoming aware of the stories of truck drivers from Kuwait, making supplies for Iraq, helps him outline the plot and characters in The Risk Agent suspense series. Knox has a background in security work of high risk. Grace Chu represents the collective model of the ambitious young women of the new generation in China. They both are hired by an international security company to deal with a hostage situation.

Now we come to the point that the publishers of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red, written by an author with the pseudonym of Joyce Reardon, Ph. D. – de facto Ridley Pearson – invent a beaumontuniversity website to spread the belief of the fictive Rose Red mansion. The standalone suspense novel is about Ellen and John Rimbauer and their Rose Red mansion in Washington. Mysterious tragedies occur in the mansion. Ellen is the young bride who starts keeping a diary. She pours her sole into it. It proves to document, in a peculiar way, the aristocratic daily life. The novel has been adapted for television and screen. The movie is warmly recommended to anyone having a ghost-movie library.

The Boldt and Matthews series – Boldt, being a detective in the forensic task force of Seattle, and Matthews a police psychologist are partners in Undercurrents, The Angel Maker, No Witnesses, Beyond Recognition, The First Victim, etc. It is with Undercurrents that Pearson introduces his two characters. They are fusing their professional skills to reveal murderers’ schemes, basing arguments on the evidence at the crime scenes and interrogations. Ridley is a frontrunner in utilizing forensic science (he loves science, remember?) as an essential tool for solving criminal cases. The two characters develop in the sequence of stories and reach even social dimension.

Pearson’s reputation also runs along the lines of a series of young adult adventure novels – Starcatchers and Kingdom Keepers. The Toy Story of the Kingdom Keepers is an imagined battle of the good and the villains for control of the Disney Parks. The readers’ age ranges between 8 and 80. Peter and the Starcatchers novel is picked up for a movie by the director of The Hunger Games. The legend says that the adventure novel is launched when Paige, one of Ridley’s daughters, asks her father about how Peter meets Captain Hook. Ridley pens the story, partnering with Dave Barry. As they also collaborate for The Bridge to Neverland, falling in the category of an adventure and fantasy for children and young adults 10+.

Ridley Pearson confesses that, it’s still thrilling of a lifetime to publish books. He keeps a notebook to write ideas down whenever they occur. Sometimes, it can happen that he rewrites a novel nine times. His advice for budding authors is to work with five senses and internal thoughts.

One of Ridley’s oddest activities – to water grass at a real estate development with a million empty houses in California.

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One Response to “Ridley Pearson”

  1. Nan Booth: 12 months ago

    I love your books! And I thank you for choosing good narrators for your audiobooks. Please write another Risk Agent book! Best regards.


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