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The Body of David Hayes (Boldt & Matthews #9)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  631 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Years ago, Lou's wife Liz had an extramarital affair with David Hayes, a young computer specialist at the bank where she is an executive. Drained by the overwhelming demands of marriage to a high-profile cop, Liz fell into the temptation of an office fling, which she soon regretted. When Liz ended the relationship after reconciling with Lou, Hayes reacted by engaging in a ...more
Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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Ridley Pearson is one of my favorite psychological/criminal suspense/thriller authors. Seriously, if you've read James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Michael Connolly, Ed McBain, Stuart Woods, or others like that, you definitely should check out Ridley Pearson! He can for sure, write suspense that will have you biting your nails.
I HIGHLY recommend Ridley Pearson's Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews series (be sure to start at the beginning for the sake of the great character development and storyline), as
Years ago, Lou's wife Liz had an extramarital affair with David Hayes, a young computer specialist at the bank where she is an executive. Drained by the overwhelming demands of marriage to a high-profile cop, Liz fell into the temptation of an office fling, which she soon regretted. When Liz ended the relationship after reconciling with Lou, Hayes reacted by engaging in a daring embezzlement scheme that left millions missing.

Now, years later, David Hayes is released from prison, only to be corne
Albert Riehle
So. I love this series, but this is kind of a retread and it's a shame this one is the final one in the date. I know that it's hard to give one cop a bunch of big cases and keep it fresh, but it's been done by other writers. In this one, Lou Boldt's family is in jeopardy again and he has to go against his own people, again, to save the day--even though he's a by-the-book kind of guy. Readers of the series will be SHOCKED that there might be a bad element in the police department--aga ...more
Sharon Buchbinder
There are seventeen million reasons to want someone dead--especially when that person is the one who stole it from you. A computer genius who is caught embezzling makes the mistake of thinking he can outwit a Russian mobster. Upon his release from prison, his past, and the past of his lover, wife of a police detective, come rushing back to hunt them down. If you like police procedures and attention to details, this is an excellent book. The tension between husband and wife over her infidelity pr ...more
Liz, a bank officer, has a brief affair with a coworker who later goes to jail for embezzling funds from the bank electronically. No one can find where the funds are. When he gets out of jail, people torture him trying to find out what happened to the money, but he won't tell. These people know about Liz's affair and try to blackmail her into finding the money. Liz's husband is a policeman with the Seattle police department, so he becomes involved too. It's a mad dash to get to the money before ...more
Ridley Pearson- The Body of David Hayes (Hyperion 2004) 3.25 Stars

When Liz’s old love affair comes back to haunt her, Lou Boldt is there to investigate. Their family must deal with their mistakes and try to solve it in a way that is not going to destroy them. Her ex-lover stole seventeen million dollars from an account he did not know whom it belonged to. Now the Russian Mafioso is out to get revenge and they do not care who gets in the way.

The book started out interesting, could have been bette
Kathleen Hagen
The Body of David Hayes, by Ridley Pearson B-plus
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Another Lew Bolt mystery, about six years later than the last one I finished-at least in terms of plot. Lew Bolt has taken a promotion to lieutenant, which is supposed to mean that he does more paperwork and spends less time in the field. Liz survived cancer and is a top executive at the bank. When Liz and Lew were having marital troubles-their jobs pulling them further and further apart—Liz had a short
When this series started (Undercurrents), Homicide Detective Lou Boldt's marriage was on shaky grounds. Boldt is obsessed with tracking a serial killer to the point of giving his wife an excuse to have an affair and Boldt himself is attracted to his beautiful colleague, police pyschologist Daphne Matthews. Over the years and throughout the series, Boldt's marriage and his attraction to Matthews are an underlying story, finally ending with Matthews moving in with Detective LaMoia in the last book ...more
I got on a Ridley Pearson kick back in the mid-90s, and I have to say that this is an author that I like. Although I'm a big fan of the hard-boiled detective genre, its heroes, male of female, take on a certain sameness--tough, wise cracking loners who don't shy from physical confrontation and are handy with their guns.

Pearson's Lou Boldt series plays against this type; here's a 'tough guy' detective who's married, has kids, has interests outside his job, and who is nonetheless seriously good a
Three stars is actually a bit generous. Pearson is one of my favorite mystery/suspense authors and Boldt/Matthews one of my favorite series. But this entry, the sixth in the series, is just not successful. Boldt is dealing with a complicated embezzlement scheme perpetrated by his wife's former lover. When the embezzler is released from prison, he contacts Liz, seeking her help in retrieving the money he had stolen. Liz tells Boldt about the contact, resurrecting all the pain and havoc the affair ...more
Liz Boldt, wife of Lt. Lou Boldt of the Seattle police, finally has to face the consequences of the affair she had several years previous with a co-worker, David Hayes. She ended the affair of her own volition, but not before Hayes embezzled millions from the bank that employed him. Recently release from prison, Hayes contacts Liz, who, incredibly naively, agrees to help him recover the stolen money that never reached its destination. Liz is forced to confide in Lou, and their marriage, which wa ...more
i love ridley pearson. i hated this book. i read it because it's part of a series. it's seriously boring. and the matthews subplot that we're all dying to know about is completely avoided here. i'm bored with Liz. Bring back Daphne. yawn.
When we went to see both Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry when they came to talk about their co-authored book Peter and the Starcatchers, we picked up a signed copy of this book. We knew little about Pearson except for what was said at the event, but we hoped for a lot since he was a local author. Well, I hate to say it but I was little impressed with this choppy and complicated book. There were times when the reader was expected to pick up on hints that led to resolutions in the book, yet I didn't ...more
Peter Riegler
Extremely difficult to read, I thought. I have read other books by this author, but will not read any more.
Ridley Pearson's Lou Boldt novels are probably the most real cop procedurals around. This time Boldt's wife, Liz's past catches up with them. A man with whom she had a brief affair during a bad time in their marriage returns to her life as an adversary who wants her to help him get seventeen million dollars he stole out of the bank where she works. This leads to a series of investigations of where the money is hidden, how and how it can be retrieved without causing harm to the Boldt family and t ...more
Kyle Kerns
I learned while reading this book that there’s actually a Lou Boldt (the main character) series by Ridley Pearson. I’m not sure that would make too much difference, but maybe it would help me to follow the book a little better. Many times throughout the book one of the main characters would have an “ahha” moment, and I would never understand exactly what was figured out. With all this complexity in the story, however, I never got over the feeling that the writing itself was a little too “simple. ...more
Donna Mcnab
When David Hayes is released from prison and contacts Liz, the situation threatens the marriage and reputation of Liz, a bank executive, and her husband Lou, a police lieutenant. Years ago, Liz had an office affair with David, a computer whiz with her bank. The affair, which is very much in the past as far as Liz is concerned, is now coming back to haunt Liz and Lou. The plot is intricate and the characters believable. This is an exciting and good read.
Fair. For as long and involved as the book was, the resolution was too simply and unsatisfying.
Seattle Police Lt. Lou Boldt is stuck in the middle when he discovers that a guy recently released from jail after serving time for bank fraud is missing and had, before his incarseration, an affair with his wife. I think I might be getting tired of this series. It seems to be more about the boring marriage of these two than any interesting mystery. The Seattle setting is, still, at least interesting.
From LucyAnn. This is not the edition I'm reading, but it is the closest one on the current GR list; mine is 2004 paperback. // Oh dear, not having fun with this one, so I've quit early. I didn't care for the characters and it appeared that some were lying to each other in a way I just don't enjoy. I skipped to the end and that didn't look too good either....
A pretty good thriller. Fortunately, the "body" is not dead. With a past affair, a lot of money involved in enbezzlement, Lou's wife is at the center of this one. Where is the $17 billion? who has it and how did they get it? Russians are involved -- and actually easy to follow. Well written and I would probably read it again!
Alex Lately
This was my first Ridley Pearson read, and i enjoyed it alot. The characters seem very realistic and relatable for me, lots of mytery and twits to keep you interested and on the edge of your seat. If you love crime fiction and looking for a quick fix, than The Body of David Hayes is the book for you.
This is a Lou Boldt mystery. I used to read a lot of them , but have drifted away. This wasn't one of the best, although it had lots of familiar characters.

Lou's wife becoves involved with a man who wants to use her to rob a bank. Can Lou protect her, while using her to catch the robber?
Amanda Hendsbee
This book had its ups and downs. When it was good, it was really good, but there was a lot in between that I could have lived without, and it seemed a bit lengthy in comparison to the amount of plot. Overall I enjoyed it, but a little more editing would have served it well.
Praveen Sinha
Felt it a little elongated & taxing at times.Overall it was a okay read, with an already figured out climax.
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This was the first Ridley Pearson book I'd read in a long time. I had tried to read this book previously a while back and couldn't get into it. I had a lot of time on my hands and managed to stick it out, and was glad.
J. Ewbank
This was a good read and typical of Pearson and Lou Bolt. It was well worth reading and it was enjoyable.
The mystery reader will enjoy it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
A fair read as far as the plot is concerned, however I found it to be repetitive and describing the character's emotions seemed to drag on forever. I usually like Ridley Pearson but I don't feel this is his best work.
This was the last book in the Lou Boldt series. I have read them all and love Ridley Pearson's style. His books keep you on the edge of your seat. This one, however, was not my favorite.
I liked the ending but I still don't really understand what happened. I will give Pearson another shot, but this is the 2nd of 2 books of his that I've read that fall short of expectations.
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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, div ...more
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