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Ridley Pearson

Author of Peter and the Starcatchers

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About the Author

Ridley Pearson was born in Glen Cove, New York on March 13, 1953. He was educated at Kansas University and Brown University. In the early 1970s, he was a musician and songwriter for a rock band, eventually writing more than 300 songs and the score for an award-winning documentary. Having honed his show more craft writing scripts for television shows such as Columbo and Quincy, he turned to writing and published his first novel, Never Look Back, in 1985. His novels include The Angel Maker, No Witnesses, and Beyond Recognition. He has also published many children's books including The Kingdom Keepers series and a series of prequels to Peter Pan written with Dave Barry. His book Peter and the Starcatchers, written with Dave Barry, was adapted into a Broadway play that won 5 Tony Awards. He received the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship at Oxford University in 1990 and the Missouri Writer Hall of Fame Quill Award Winner in 2013. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Ridley Pearson

Peter and the Starcatchers (2004) 5,891 copies
Peter and the Shadow Thieves (2006) 2,623 copies
Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark (2005) — Author — 2,379 copies
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red (2001) — Author; Editor (fictional); Author (fictional) — 1,578 copies
Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn (2008) — Author — 991 copies
Peter and the Sword of Mercy (2004) 902 copies
Disney in Shadow (2010) — Author — 716 copies
Power Play (2011) 539 copies
Killer Weekend (2003) 538 copies
The Art of Deception (2002) 517 copies
Middle of Nowhere (2000) 503 copies
The Pied Piper (1999) 501 copies
Beyond Recognition (1997) 495 copies
The First Victim (1999) 461 copies
Shell Game (2012) 458 copies
Killer View (2008) 451 copies
Parallel Lies (2001) 439 copies
No Witnesses (1994) 410 copies
The Angel Maker (1993) 405 copies
The Body of David Hayes (1900) 399 copies
Undercurrents (1988) 396 copies
Science Fair (2008) 394 copies
The Bridge to Never Land (2011) 392 copies
Cut and Run (2005) 371 copies
Chain of Evidence (1995) 365 copies
In Harm's Way (2010) 364 copies
Dark Passage (2013) 361 copies
Killer Summer (2009) 347 copies
The Insider (2014) — Author — 287 copies
The Risk Agent (2012) 285 copies
Probable Cause (1990) 276 copies
Hard Fall (1991) 273 copies
Cave of the Dark Wind (2007) 271 copies
Kingdom Keepers: The Return Book One Disney Lands (2015) — Author — 260 copies
Steel Trapp: The Challenge (2008) 259 copies
Choke Point (2013) 201 copies
Lock and Key: The Initiation (2016) — Author — 149 copies
Hidden Charges (1987) 147 copies
The Syndrome (2015) 124 copies
Blood of the Albatross (1986) 100 copies
Blood Tide (2008) 99 copies
Steel Trapp: The Academy (2010) 91 copies
Walt Disney's Peter Pan (2009) — Author — 72 copies
Never Look Back (1985) 69 copies
Dead Aim (1988) 35 copies
Aim for the Heart (1990) 24 copies
Concerto in Dead Flat (1999) 20 copies
Disney Cautionary Tales (2022) 10 copies
Boldt's Broken Angel (2018) 4 copies
Peter and the Starcatchers Set Books 1-4 (2010) — Author — 1 copy
Drama City 1 copy
Assalto à Disney (2009) 1 copy
Unforseen 1 copy
[No title] 1 copy
No title 1 copy
No title 1 copy

Associated Works

Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down (2009) — Contributor — 228 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 185 copies
Death Do Us Part: New Stories about Love, Lust, and Murder (2006) — Contributor & Afterword — 125 copies


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Common Knowledge

Other names
Reardon, Joyce
Rimbauer, Ellen (pseudonym)
Riverside, Connecticut, USA
Places of residence
Riverside, Connecticut, USA (birth)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Rock Bottom Remainders (band)
Short biography
Married to Marcelle Pearson, with two daughters, Paige and Storey.



Walt Fleming is charged with being a member of security team for Liz Shaler who is soon to announce her bid for the presidency. Meanwhile, a man is out to get Liz.
dara85 | 16 other reviews | Nov 7, 2023 |
More like a 3.5 for me. Not nearly as good as some of his mysteries but still a fun read. It is mostly a long chase book. There is a little intrigue but if you don't buy into the two main characters immediately than this book is not for you. I enjoyed it enough to read the next one.
cdaley | 31 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |
I decided I needed to read this since we are seeing the show in San Francisco next month. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed every minute of it and when the book ended found myself wanting to read the next one.
cdaley | 159 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |
The year is 1901--it's been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook.

Meanwhile in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One night a visitor appears at her door; it's James, one of Peter's original Lost Boys. He is now working for Scotland Yard and suspects that the heir to England's throne, Prince Albert Edward, is under the influence of shadow creatures. These shadow creatures are determined to find a secret cache of starstuff which fell to London many centuries ago. The starstuff is hidden in an underground vault which has only one key: the Sword of Mercy, a legendary weapon kept with the Crown Jewels. Molly is determined to help, but when she suddenly goes missing, it is up to her eleven-year-old daughter, Wendy, to keep the starstuff out of the Others' clutches. She has heard her mother's stories of a flying boy named Peter Pan, and he may be her only hope in saving the world from a shadowy doom...… (more)
PlumfieldCH | 19 other reviews | Oct 26, 2023 |



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Greg Call Illustrator
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Tristan Elwell Illustrator, Cover artist
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Steven Rimbauer Afterword
Hugo Kuipers Translator
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