Mystery Book Reviews
Book Review: In Harms Way
By Sandy Amazeen Oct 24, 2010, 20:54 GMT
The New York Times-bestselling author delivers another extraordinary Walt Fleming thriller. Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming\'s budding relationship with photographer Fiona Kenshaw hits a rough patch after Fiona is involved in a heroic river rescue and she attempts to duck the press. Despite her job and her laudable actions, she begs Walt to keep her photo out of the paper, avoiding him when he can\'t. Then Walt ...more
Set in Sun Valley, Idaho, Pearson’s latest thriller opens with Sheriff Walt Fleming’s girlfriend, Fiona Kenshaw dramatically rescuing a drowning child, an action that garnered unwanted media attention. Meanwhile, in Seattle, Washington, homicide detective Lou Boldt is investigating the murder of Caroline Vetta, a woman with something of an obsession for dating big name sports professionals. Boldt requests Fleming’s aid in setting up interviews with a couple sports figures currently residing in the Sun Valley area.
When Martel Gale, a retired NFL linebacker recently released from jail is found on the side of the road the two lawmen realize there is a link between him and the murdered woman. As tensions mount, Kenshaw is coping with blackouts and has no memory of what happened. Fleming and Boldt must work together if they are to clear the natural suspicions that arise because of Kenshaw’s lapses and identify the real murderer in their midst.
Pearson’s lackluster offering serves up one-dimensional characters and a storyline that fails to deliver much punch, which is unfortunate as it combines the leading males from two popular series. The conclusion will leave mystery fans feeling gypped, especially given the overall impression that it was rushed and untidy. You might want to give this one a miss and hope Pearson hits his stride with the next book.