The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper Detective Lou Boldt is on the hunt for a kidnapper and it s just got personal

  • Title: The Pied Piper
  • Author: Ridley Pearson
  • ISBN: 9780752843513
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Detective Lou Boldt is on the hunt for a kidnapper and it s just got personal

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    1. I bought this book a couple of years ago having sought recommendations from a couple of fellow readers on Shelfari, having asked about American crime authors I might like to try.I had slightly mixed feelings about it overall. On the plus side, it was a good meaty story, plenty of action, and (once I had adjusted to the unfamiliarity of the experience - US cop thrillers of this ilk are a different kettle of fish from the British, Irish and Nordic crime I read a lot more of) made for a pretty abso [...]

    2. In this genre, for me, there is John Sandford and there is everybody else. Ridley Pearson's Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews series is really the only one that truly stands along side the Prey books. I've recently given the series a re-read and if you have the chance, I highly recommend them. Pearson creates a very human, very likable cop in his main character Lou Boldt. He's not the badass hero who always saves the day. He's the tireless worker who plugs away at a case until it submits to him. The int [...]

    3. I love a good mystery but I'll admit it the murder mystery can wear a bit thin at times. Thankfully, I stumbled across Ridley Pearson's The Pied Piper, which is a solidly crafted mystery that doesn't necessarily rely upon murder as the inciting action. Instead, the plot follows a team of Seattle detectives who are trying to stop ta serial kidnapper. With short chapters, Pearson not only lets us into the lives of his detective team but also into the lives of the victims' families. It makes for a [...]

    4. A serial kidnapper story which re-introduces us to Lou Boldt, a Seattle police detective. A fairly slow, convoluted yarn.

    5. I read one of the earlier books in Pearson's Boldt/Matthews series, The Angel Maker, earlier this year, and had higher hopes for this book than it delivered. Coincidentally, I started another book, Rick Mofina's 'The Panic Zone' around the same time, which dealt with a similar premise as 'The Pied Piper', and found that book more intriguing and easier to get into. In this book, Pearson's Lou Boldt gets involved in the Seattle investigation of the serial kidnapper known as The Pied Piper, nicknam [...]

    6. It's been many years since I have read a Boldt-Matthews book. I remember how much I have enjoyed this series and this one proved why. The plots are good but the characters and their storyline is what I enjoy the most. This one was about a child abductor. The child was stolen and then illegally adopted. Boldt and his team, with the help of the FBI are trying to find "The Pied Piper". Behind the scenes, Boldt is trying to deal with his wife's illness, LeMoia is romantically involved with someone a [...]

    7. A serial kidnapper, dubbed the Pied Piper because of the tin whistle he leaves as his signature, has been snatching young children to sell them on the adoption black market. Lou Boldt, now a lieutenant, is called in to stop him. With two small kids of his own, this crime is particularly loathsome to Lou, whose wife is hospitalized for cancer. Little does he know how desperate fate will make him before all is said and done. Collaborating with forensic psychologist Daphne Matthews, and former part [...]

    8. Great twists. Good book. Abridged version leaves some things out.Just to let you know, I heard The Pied Piper as an audiobook, rather than having read it. I will discuss specific issues about the audiobook aspect of it later.This was a scary, sad thriller. Children are being abducted from their bedrooms across Seattle and, in reality, all across the country and Seattle's finest are out to stop the kidnappings. Obstacles in their path include very poor teamwork with the FBI and there's another ki [...]

    9. This is the latest in the Lou Boldt series. This book is about children as victims which is a major plot factor recently and one that I find tiresome and cheap. And, this book has several really stupid errors as the plot revolves around computers which really annoys me. I wish novelist would either learn computers or just leave them out of their books until they do. Now having done that bitching , I have to say that even so, this book is great. I was sucked in from the first word. New born babie [...]

    10. This was quite a thriller. Infants are disappearing--why? Ransom--makes sense. To kill them--doesn't make sense. Set mainly in Seattle, it features Detective Lou Boldt and forensic pathologist, Daphne Matthews. Lou's wife is dealing with cancer--his finances are in the toilet. Quite a few members of several teams are involved--and Lou's own baby daughter Sarah is snatched. Mr. Pearson had two editors working on this particular book, but they let a rather garbled sentence get by them: "Carlie, we [...]

    11. I really enjoy Bolt/Matthews books, and this was one of the better books. I tend to read these out of order, and the one thing I can say about Ridley Pearson is his books while the characters overlap, and the characters storyline also do, the main story does not. Making it very easy to read the books out of order, leaving you hunger for the other books. (I have finally found book #4, and I am thrilled to read it soon!) This story had more of an emotional tie between the main story and one of the [...]

    12. I wasn't prepared to like this book since I remembered not liking Pearson's other books - but I was pleasantly surprised. It may have helped that I read this while I was sick, so I made it through the first 400 pages in one day. I feel like Pearson's narrative is unique and takes a little time to adjust so I made it through the book quickly since I didn't have to pick up where I last ended.The mystery was good - I liked the twists and turns and this makes me want to read more Pearson - which is [...]

    13. I read this series completely out of order and this was the one I had left. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had read them in order, and had read the one before this recently. I couldn't remember much of the back story. I also don't care for books where the main character gets caught up so personally.

    14. #5 in the Seattle PD Lou Boldt series.Lt. Lou Boldt, Seattle PD, now in Intelligence, teams with his Homicide replacement, Sgt. LaMoia and Police Psychologist, Daphne Matthews to apprehend the kidnappers of infants for an illegal adoption ring. There is an info leak and the SPD and FBI are guarding there leads. Liz Boldt's cancer is in remission and she is crediting a new found religion.

    15. I have enjoyed all of the mysteries/ crime stories by Ridley Pearson, this just happens to be the most recent one I have read. A real thriller revolving around kidnapped babies and blackmailed police that are investigating the kidnappings.Also really good reads by Pearson are the "Summer" series that take place in Sun Valley, ID.

    16. Okay, but not one of my favorite Pearson books because of the silly premise. Kidnappers remain free because they kidnap the babies of police personnel to keep them quiet. Not likely! A quick one-way ticket to hell in real life. When you have a bad premise even the best writer will have a difficult time. Recommended only to die-hard Pearson fans.

    17. An intriguing read, a serial kidnapper, nicknamed the Pied Piper because he leaves a flute in cribs has reared his ugly head in Seattle and has entered the radar of Lou Boldt. He compounds his mistake by taking Boldt's daughter. A good read.

    18. Good police drama about kidnapped children. According to other reviews I've read I probably would not have liked the unabridged version as much because of unnecessary convolutions and random sex in the story.

    19. I listened to this on CDs, the first book of Ridley Pearson that I've read or listened to even though I met him several years ago, and he is a fellow Idahoan. I found this intriguing enough to want to read or listen to another of his books.

    20. I like the characters of Lou Boldt and Daphne Matthews, but my favorite is LaMoia--the typical bad boy good guy. The story has so many twists and turns, you have to finish and the ending is wholly satisfying, all the loose ends tied up well.

    21. It took me 2 days to finish the last 50 pages because I didn't want it to end. Not the book for insomnia. Twists and turns galore!

    22. Too short, but an interesting reada quicky-mystery novel for a short flight. I like the unexpected ending. easy day-read.

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