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Publication Order of Boldt & Matthews Books

Undercurrents (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Angel Maker (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Witnesses (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond Recognition (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pied Piper (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Victim (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Middle of Nowhere (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Art of Deception (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body of David Hayes (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Chris Klick Books

as Wendell McCall
Dead Aim (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aim for the Heart (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Concerto in Dead Flat (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kingdom Keepers Books

Publication Order of Kingdom Keepers: The Return Books

Disney Lands (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legacy of Secrets (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disney at Last (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kingdom Keepers: Inheritance Books

The Shimmer (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kingdom Keepers Inheritance: Villains' Realm (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lock and Key Books

The Gadwall Incident (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Initiation (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Downward Spiral (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Step (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Never Land Books

with Dave Barry
Escape from the Carnivale (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cave of the Dark Wind (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Tide (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Peter and the Starcatchers Books

with Dave Barry
Peter and the Starcatchers (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter and the Shadow Thieves (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter and the Sword of Mercy (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bridge to Never Land (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Risk Agent Books

Publication Order of Steel Trapp Books

Publication Order of Walt Fleming Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Boldt’s Broken Angel (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Disney Cautionary Tales (With: Abigail Larson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

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

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

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: 2 years 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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