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The Art of Deception (Boldt & Matthews #8)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  779 ratings  ·  73 reviews
"Friendship comes at a cost. For beautiful Mary-Ann Walker, who struggled with the challenges of a difficult family history, that cost proves to be her life. With Mary-Ann's past as its only guideline, the Seattle homicide unit must delve into the relationships between a misguided young woman and her family, friends, and lover. Let the psychological duels begin." "Seattle ...more
Published (first published August 6th 2002)
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Susan
I live in the historic part of Seattle. Originally the city was built one story below the sidewalk level of today. There is an old city underground in this neighborhood. Some of it you can tour and most of it is blocked off and full of stories. This one is one of those. Lou Bolt, John LaMoia and Dauphne Matthews share another good story but this time right here in my own neighborhood!
K1d2
I had not read a Ridley Pearson book in a few years. Despite this, I was able to quickly jump into the story having already been familiar with the main characters - Daphne Matthews, Lou Boldt, etc. This book starts off fairly quickly and manages to keep up the pace throughout, making it hard to put down. While the reader has a pretty good idea whodunit by midway, the author still his able to build up the suspense through the emotions and vulnerabilities of the main characters and keep the story ...more
Elge
Let me start by saying I have the utmost respect for crime novelists. It's a turkey-shoot of a genre; you've only got so far you can go left or right in a story and yet you have to keep it interesting to people who have read dozens if not hundreds of these books.

I really liked these characters and the pacing was excellent. This book is a GREAT airplane/beach/vacation read. I mean that with all respect because nothing sucks more than to wind up in a boring place with a boring book. This book won
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K
This book took me a while to get into it, had a slow start, but I'm glad I stuck with it. This book had it all - history (of downtown, family drama, romance, suspense, and a lot about relationships of all kinds.
Lt. Lou Bolt, Detective Daphne Matthews and the rest of the Crimes Against Persons team are trying to find two women who have disappeared in the Seattle area. Then, another women's body is found floating in the lake. She had obviously been hit by a car before her body was dumped. Daphne u
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Douglas
I came across this book in the laundry room library at Ventura West Marina during my recent stay on a boat there. I’m a fan of Ridley Pearson’s writing and the way he builds tension in his characters. The Art of Deception is another fine Pearson thriller with a bit of Seattle history thrown in for good measure. I highly recommend it.
Albert Riehle
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
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J Gastaldo
What a delightful surprise!

Found a copy of this in the basement of a building at a summer camp that runs almost exclusively on donations. A sticker on the dust cover said, original price, $23.45. Next to that, in large, bold print: $4.98. In the sticker's red border, an italicized pronouncement: Special Value.

Wow, does this book have it all! Mystery. Action. Suspense. A panoply of suspects. A triumvirate of protagonists spun together in an intricate emotional web. The intriguing setting of the a
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Denise M. Hartman
The Art of Deception by Ridley Pearson was a suspense book with some of his main characters that appear in many books - various players in a detective squad in Seattle. I have not followed this series in order at all and just seem to randomly stumble on these books, but always enjoy them. The characters are well rounded and Pearson seems in just a paragraph sketch here and there to add depth without ever drawing you away from the plot. The plots involved missing or killed women and lead to a for ...more
Mary-Jo Havlicek
This is the first book I have read by Ridley Pearson. I loved the underworld of Seattle. Great history within a exciting story. All the characters are visible, alive...I expected to see them on the streets. I listened to the audio version of this and loved the voice of the reader....Ridley Pearson. It was addicting to listen to and difficult many times to stop and come back. MaMoia, Boldt and Matthews have a long history with each other. I can't wait to read the entire series.
Marca
This book features Seattle police psychologist Daphne Mathews and Detective John LaMoia (instead of Lou Boldt). As bodies pile up, Daphne believes she is being stalked, and there are several creepy men who could be her stalker, but who? I am not sure how Daphne ever became a psychologist or a police officer because she does one stupid thing after another, endangering herself and others. It was hard to listen to the book because that character was such an idiot. I’ve always like the Lou Boldt cha ...more
Samantha
I was a little disappointed in this book. Maybe it was because my expectations were so high that we were going to see a female lead instead of Lou Boldt. This was a good book but not what I wanted I guess. I am used to Boldt being the main character and in this one Daphne Matthews is. I'm not going to write a plot summary since so many on here already have. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book, but it was just lacking. Not his usual excellent make me think stuff. I don't know why it just ...more
Kem
E-book on Kindle, a good read. Kept me engrossed to the end. Each time I thought I had it figured out, I found out I didn't. The part where Matthews lost it and ran out in her Jammies was unbelievable to me. She's a PHd and an officer on the police force? The two did not compute for me. I'll read some ,ore in this series.
Claire Grasse
I'm finding it increasingly rare these days to come across mysteries that are both well-written, and compelling. I was so excited to discover Ridley Pearson, whose books are both! I loved The Art of Deception, loved the creepy underground city, and the believable plot twists. I love that he writes so well - unlike so many mystery writers I've tried, there's no awkward sentence structure or unrealistic dialogue (*coughJamesPatterson*cough*JonathanKellerman*cough*TessGerritson*cough*).

Also, this
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Victoria
This thriller about murders investigated by police in Seattle was pretty interesting. Much of it is told from the point of view of a forensic psychologist, so it involves a lot more than just finding evidence. It delves into the thoughts and motivations of the possible killers. The story itself took some interesting twists and turns. I like to be surprised rather than being able to predict accurately what's coming next, and this book didn't disappoint. I hadn't realized that there was an undergr ...more
Edie
Again people who should know better are "chambering a round" when they need to be ready to fire. To add insult to injury, on page 412 Ms. Matthews gets hold of a gun and "racks the slide to chamber a round, thumbed the safety off, and rolled." She squeezes the trigger and all she gets is a CLICK. WRONG on so many counts, the main one being the author goes on to write how the magazine was not in the semi-automatic handgun and "she knew by the weight of the gun".....you can't chamber a round in a ...more
Lydia Lewis
Revisiting Bolt, Matthews and LaMoia again after too long an absence. Twisty, great story.
Karen C
Read in 2011. Don't remember specifics but I like Boldt series.
Peg Gjertsen
I liked the characters and missed them now that I am finished.
Debby
I'd read this book years ago but could not remember the ending, so I chose to read it again. i am a big fan of Ridley Pearson books and especially this Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews series.
I recommend reading this series from the beginning for character development, as The Art of Deception is the 8th of 9 books in teh series. That said, The Art of Deception is one great psychological/crime thriller from a master storyteller in this genre.
I highly recommend Ridley Pearsn as an author and this serie
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Dee Ayres
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Four stars.awesome book...want to read more Ridley Pearson!
Emily Higgins
Lt. Lou Bolt, Detective Daphne Matthews and the rest of the Crimes Against Persons team are trying to find two women who have disappeared in the Seattle area. Then, another women's body is found floating in the lake. She had obviously been hit by a car before her body was dumped. Daphne uses all of her skills as a psychiatrist to help solve these crimes. This novel contains several plot lines which keep you guessing. The details about "Old Seattle" and other aspects of the Seattle area keep you ...more
Shelley
another really great ridley pearson, i'm not reading these in order (i probably should be). Well written, multiple plots and multiple points of view that are easy to follow (particularly like the parts written from daphne's pov). the two epilogue chapters are trite and a bit tidy, but i'll forgive the last 5 pages. that said, i do want to know what happens next and will read the next book in order. imagine that.
Nair
Well crafted psychological thriller with the characters wonderfully sketched out . The plot had the usual ingredients of horror, suspense, near misses , deductions though the plot seemed a typical pyscho criminal thriller with child abuse being the core of all resultant evil.

Though dark I think this had all the elements of a suspense movie and with a good script could be converted to one.

Darcy
Full of the lamest similes I have encountered. How descriptive is ". . .the fish knife was curved like a crooked smile. . ." To me, that doesn't describe it's curve at all, because a crooked smile could be anything from a wide, lopsided, toothy grin to a little smirk. I suppose it shouldn't irritate me so much, but I was so annoyed by his writing, I couldn't get into the story.
Judi
In this latest novel in the Lou Boldt/Daphne Mathews series, Pearson does things a bit differently. Usually Boldt and Mathews team up to solve whatever current case is playing havoc with the Seattle Police Department. But this time Mathews teams up with Detective John LaMoia....

Read the rest of my review here:
http://mostlyfiction.com/sleuths/pear...
Linda Owen
I really enjoy reading Ridley Pearson. He never fails to entertain and keep me guessing and this book is no different. I have read several books already with Daphne Matthews and Lou Boldt as the main characters and they are characters I like to keep up with. I would recommend this book and this author to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful crime novel.
Tracy
Another book picked up at a friend's cabin because I ran out of things to read. Took me a while to get into it (there are a couple of storylines) but I'm glad I stuck with it. This book had it all - history (of downtown Seattle), family drama, romance, suspense, and great relationships. I thought I had it all figured out, but I was wrong. Great read
Lisa
I found this on Richard's book shelf and was very happily surprised by what a meaty story it is for a thriller. At times I thought it must have been written by a woman because of the story of two men in love with one woman and how they will do anything to protect / save her -- a bodice-ripper! A swift-moving yarn with fun character interactions.
Ruth
Lou Bolt, John LaMoia and Dauphne Matthews work together to solve various missing women and murdered women cases in Seattle that sort of tie-in together as they often do in fiction. Focus, in part, is a buried city area below Seattle. Good read.
Jeremy
This book inspired my new 100-page rule. If I get to 100 pages and don't really have an interest in continuing, then I won't. It's as simple as that. There are too many great books in the world to spend time trying to read them all.
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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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