Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Killer Summer with Ridley Pearson

Wednesday July 1 at 7 pm Ridley shows views of Shanghai where he and his family have just lived for a year. Pearson is bringing us a power point show of the city AND a nifty prize from Shanghai to give away in store..And a mail order customer prize as well for those purchasing Killer Summer (Putnam $24.95) before July 1.

Ridley writes to us, "Every year the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities (Sun Valley, Idaho) throws a fund-raising wine auction that attracts the well-heeled from around the world to bid up wine bottles into the stratosphere, all for a good cause. As patrons grow more and more 'cheerful' with the free wine at the dinner, the prices soar, as do the egos of those bidding. It's a sight to behold."I've always wanted to write about the event. That backdrop ran headlong into some research I stumbled upon. I'm a Google freak, and when I discovered that some bottles from Thomas Jefferson's wine collection had sold for over $600,000. I knew I'd landed on my next thriller:, the third for Sheriff Walt Fleming who exists in part thanks to the real sheriff who takes all this in good part."Even the savviest readers will be fooled as Pearson drags poor Walt and friends through a series of clever twists and turns in this fast-paced nail-biter."-- Publishers Weekly

And I thought you'd enjoy this comment from, all of things, the Romantic Times:"Fleming is up against a criminal mastermind trying to settle a score. As always, Pearson's taut plotting ensures plenty of twists and heart-pounding action."Read Walt's earlier cases in Killer Weekend; Killer View ($10 each).

Click Here to View the trailer of Killer Summer

We willl also draw for three lucky people to head to the wine bar with Ridley and Barbara to sample a wine flight or two in the spirit of Jefferson. And further, we will have a special prize for a drawing for all those ordering Killer Summer who live outside the Phoenix Metro area.Finally, a word to Ridley's fans about Boldt:"Boldt's Broken Angel" is a long short story appearing in Thriller 2 (Mira $25 Signed already by Cussler and Deaver) that catches the reader up on developments in Boldt's career, his continued attraction to Daphne Matthews, and pits him against an unusual killer. This story is meant as an interlude to the next Boldt novel which Ridley hopes to write in the coming year! A short preview: As Boldt is demoted to sergeant, he picks up a case involving a woman going missing from a Seattle office building.Too soon, there's another woman missing, and this one hits much closer to home. Boldt's deepening affection for co-worker, Daphne Matthews, can no longer be denied. Through the terror of this case, Boldt finds a way to finally speak the truth...Or so says Ridley, who signs the story while he's here.

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