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The Art of Deception by Ridley Pearson

The Art of Deception (edition 2003)

by Ridley Pearson

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Title:The Art of Deception
Authors:Ridley Pearson
Info:Hyperion (2003), Edition: First Thus, Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:Adult Fiction, Mystery

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Not a bad book but too many cliches in it for my taste. It held my attention and went by pretty quick. ( )
  gopfolk | Nov 21, 2011 |
Another terrific crime thriller from Mr. Pearson. This is part of the Lou Boldt/ Daphne Matthews series but the Daphne features as the main character in this gripping tale. A suspected suicide, a suspicious boyfriend, an unwanted allied brother who becomes more and more erratic. The whole story keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. Great work as usual, Mr. Pearson.
I would like to see more with Daphne as the main character. ( )
  gwnsad | Apr 13, 2011 |
This is a book that is VERY difficult to put down. I love that it is unpredictable as well. A great murder mystery,not for the faint of heart. ( )
  Flirty | May 25, 2010 |
Setting: Seattle

Lou Boldt: Seattle Police Lieutenant, strong yet gentle
Daphne Matthews: Seattle Police psychologist, strong yet fragile
John LaMoia: macho cowboy Seattle Police Sargeant ("he doesn't walk, he swaggers")
Ferrell Walker: psycho brother of murdered girl whose case Daphne takes
Mama Lu: mysterious Asian power broker and friend of Lou Boldt (she calls him "Mr. Both" and he calls her "Great Lady")

First Line: "She lay on her side, her head ringing, her hair damp and sticky."

Main Theme: Everything seemingly disparate is connected! Daphne tries to solve a crime of a murdered girl without help, and almost gets herself killed. Boldt is trying to find two missing women. There has been a murder in Seattle's Chinese community.

Subtheme: Daphne and LaMoia discover feelings for one another [viz: "She wanted to get naked. She wanted him inside her, right here on the kitchen counter."]

Main Action: All roads lead to the Underground, a dark and dangerous warren of buildings under downtown Seattle abandoned after the fire that leveled Seattle more than a hundred years ago.

  nbmars | Apr 28, 2007 |
A good read. Tension,finger pointing to who did this crime of kidnapping and murder of young women who look alike. ( )
  StormyWeathers12 | Oct 21, 2006 |
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Friendship comes at a cost. For beautiful Mary-Ann Walker, who struggled with the challenges of a difficult family history, that cost proves to be her life. With Mary-Ann's past as its only guideline, the Seattle homicide unit must delve into the relationships between a misguided young woman and her family, friends, and lover. Let the psychological duels begin.

Seattle Police forensic psychologist Daphne Matthews, who volunteers as a teenage runaway counselor, is haunted by the loss of a suicide, a "jumper," a year earlier. When a woman's body is found beneath the Aurora Bridge, Matthews is one of the first at the scene--and begins a puzzling investigation that becomes entangled with her own past, that of the victim, and even that of Seattle itself.
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Seattle police psychologist Daphne Mathews has her hands full with a pregnant, addicted, runaway teenager, a murder victim's brother whose strange behavior unnerves her, and a deputy sheriff she once treated who's now stalking her. She's frightened enough to move in with Detective John LaMoia, a development that doesn't exactly thrill Lou Boldt, their boss and Daphne's ex-lover. But Lou's too busy with his own cases to brood over John and Daphne: the recent disappearances of two local women, and the death of Billy Chen, the nephew of Mama Lu, an old friend and a powerful figure in Seattle's Chinese community, which appeared to be an accident but turns out to have been murder. The only thing the disappearances and murder have in common is location; all three victims were last seen in a part of downtown built over the Underground, a dark and dangerous warren of buildings abandoned after the fire that leveled Seattle more than a hundred years ago. While Seattle's Underground has been the setting for several mysteries by other authors (Earl Emerson, J.A. Jance), Pearson makes the most of its creepy-crawly atmosphere in a gripping thriller whose solid plotting pulls all of Daphne's, LaMoia's, and Boldt's cases together. It also wisely reconfigures the personal relationships among the three central characters, which bodes well for their future adventures in this long-running series (Middle of Nowhere, The Pied Piper). --Jane Adams

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Seattle forensic psychologist Daphne Matthews investigates the life of Mary-Ann Walker to discover why she threw herself off the Aurora Bridge.

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