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

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  695 Ratings  ·  55 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
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Oct 10, 2011 Debby rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2008 Chuck rated it it was ok
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
Nov 15, 2011 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2015 Patsy rated it liked it
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
Oct 08, 2014 Albert Riehle rated it liked it
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
Nov 14, 2014 Carole rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books-read
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
Sep 10, 2011 Tony rated it liked it
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
Sep 28, 2012 Judi rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2004
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
Nov 30, 2010 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
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
Aug 17, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#9 in the Lou Boldt series.

Lt. Lou Boldt, Seattle PD looks into a police officer attacked and tortured. The case connects with the recently paroled David Hayes who had an affair with Liz Boldt 6 years earlier. There is also a videotape of the affair, a bank transfer of $17 million, and Russian mobsters involved.
Dec 26, 2014 Shelley rated it liked it
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.
Sep 24, 2011 William rated it liked it
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
Oct 06, 2014 Peter Riegler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely difficult to read, I thought. I have read other books by this author, but will not read any more.
Enrico Tassinari
Dec 13, 2015 Enrico Tassinari rated it liked it
With "David Hayes" the Boldt serie comes to an end. In this last episode I liked the idea of the strong connection with the first episode of the serie and the attempt to offer some closure to the most important "disturbance" in Boldt personal life. The relation between Lou and Liz is well described in its ups and downs. Unfortunately IMHO Pearson, to accomplish this, choses a too much farfetched plot, too much complicated, which I found a bit odd and difficult to follow and figure. It's been ove ...more
Aug 02, 2010 Joyce rated it liked it
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
Nancy Blades
Oct 21, 2015 Nancy Blades rated it liked it
also writes as Wendell McCalland Joyce Reardon
Kyle Kerns
Jan 03, 2012 Kyle Kerns rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2005
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
Feb 14, 2011 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it
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.
Buddy Draper
Oct 13, 2015 Buddy Draper rated it it was amazing
This story focuses on Lou and Liz Boldt in a very personal way. Liz’ affair had been referred to before but it was central here, which made this very interesting and very charged.
May 19, 2014 Carolyn rated it liked it
Fair. For as long and involved as the book was, the resolution was too simply and unsatisfying.
Jan 07, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 22, 2012 Mhd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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....
Feb 27, 2010 Judy rated it liked it
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
Apr 29, 2013 Alex Lately rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 23, 2008 Debbie rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
Aug 26, 2013 Amanda Hendsbee rated it liked it
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.
Mister Future [formerly known as 'Pizzle']
Can't believe I couldn't get through this. One of the greatest series I've ever read. These books hold a very special place in my heart, but this final installment just didn't do it for me. Maybe I will return one day.

2.5/5 Stars
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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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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