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The Pied Piper (Boldt & Matthews #5)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  972 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Detective Lou Boldt is on the hunt for a kidnapper - and it's just got personal...
Unknown Binding, 550 pages
Published January 15th 2004 by Not Avail (first published 1998)
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Albert Riehle
Sep 30, 2014 Albert Riehle rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 07, 2010 Chuck rated it it was ok
A serial kidnapper story which re-introduces us to Lou Boldt, a
Seattle police detective. A fairly slow, convoluted yarn.
Sep 15, 2011 Marsha rated it liked it
Good mystery, but there was too much explicit, random sex that did nothing to move the story along.
Sep 22, 2016 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Haven't read Ridley Pearson in quite a while. Forgot what I was missing. Loved this book.
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Apr 07, 2011 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-crime
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 ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it
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
Jan 14, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Marti rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Jul 03, 2010 VLynch rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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 ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2014 Sherree rated it liked it
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.
Aug 18, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#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.
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Oct 29, 2015 AdultFiction Teton County Library rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
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.
Jeff Dickison
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.
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 20, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, abridged, mystery
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.
Dec 09, 2013 Leonard rated it liked it
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.
M.L. Bushman
Feb 09, 2009 M.L. Bushman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 10, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
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!
Apr 29, 2011 Sherry rated it liked it
Too short, but an interesting read.....a quicky-mystery novel for a short flight. I like the unexpected easy day-read.
Aug 03, 2009 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Ridley Pearson is a great character writer in the mystery murder genre. Love his books and this one is another twister with missing babies.
Rachel C
Jun 12, 2010 Rachel C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Fun thriller about kidnapped babies, although I probably shouldn't have read it so soon after my newborn!
Wendy Twigge
Oct 12, 2013 Wendy Twigge rated it really liked it
Like almost as much as Clive cussler and Harlan Coban.....Read until 4:30 this morning to finish it.
Bill Donhiser
Jan 17, 2012 Bill Donhiser rated it liked it
A good detective story.Gift from my sister, the only other Ridley books I have read have been "teen" books will explore more from this author in the future
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Boldt/Matthews series. Pearson never bores. Each book explores different crimes and different ways of solving them, this one; stolen children and an illegal adoption circle. Great read.
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Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller KILLER WEEKEND; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children's novels PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES, and PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, ...more
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