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The Art of Deception (Boldt & Matthews #8)

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"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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Jan 08, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
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!
Nov 02, 2012 K1d2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2014 Elge rated it liked it
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
Mar 11, 2014 K rated it liked it
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
Oct 03, 2012 Douglas rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2014 Albert Riehle rated it 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
J Gastaldo
Sep 17, 2011 J Gastaldo rated it did not like it
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
Denise M. Hartman
Aug 16, 2011 Denise M. Hartman rated it really liked it
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
Feb 03, 2015 Mary-Jo Havlicek rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 05, 2015 Marca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 20, 2007 Samantha rated it liked it
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
Aug 17, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#8 in the Seattle PD Lou Boldt series.

Lt. Lou Boldt, Seattle PD is working a case of missing women, one of whom is a family friend. the major plot involves the growing relationship between Police Psychologist Daphne Matthews and Homicide Sgt. John LaMoia as they investigate the murder of a young woman thrown off a bridge.
Dec 28, 2014 Kem rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2010 Claire Grasse rated it really liked it
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
May 01, 2016 Gerry rated it really liked it
Forensic psychologist Daphne Matthews is teamed with Detective John LaMoia (both recurring characters in this series) in trying to solve the murder of a young women at first believed to have committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. Great plotting, with a complexity that keeps the reader guessing.
Taylor Siedel
Jul 11, 2015 Taylor Siedel rated it really liked it
I really loved that you can pick this book up and read it without it feeling like a series. I read it a while ago as a standalone book and only just now found that it was the eighth book in a series--you can bet your bottom dollar I will be checking the rest of it out!
Aug 22, 2010 Victoria rated it liked it
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
Sep 09, 2010 Edie rated it liked it
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" can't chamber a round in a ...more
Dec 12, 2015 Bill rated it liked it
This book was on a list of books that I read before 2005. So, I am adding it to my read books on GoodReads.
Lydia Lewis
Feb 14, 2014 Lydia Lewis rated it really liked it
Revisiting Bolt, Matthews and LaMoia again after too long an absence. Twisty, great story.
Karen C
Sep 14, 2014 Karen C rated it liked it
Read in 2011. Don't remember specifics but I like Boldt series.
Peg Gjertsen
Jun 22, 2014 Peg Gjertsen rated it really liked it
I liked the characters and missed them now that I am finished.
Oct 03, 2011 Debby rated it really liked it
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
Dee Ayres
Feb 08, 2014 Dee Ayres added it
Shelves: series
Four stars.awesome book...want to read more Ridley Pearson!
Emily Higgins
Sep 24, 2013 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspence
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
Sep 14, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
Good story narrated by the Author, who did OK.
Ron Judenberg
Mar 01, 2016 Ron Judenberg rated it it was amazing
Jul 01, 2013 Shelley rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 16, 2013 Nair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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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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Boldt & Matthews (9 books)
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