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In Harm's Way (Walt Fleming #4)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  1,210 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
The New York Times-bestselling author delivers another extraordinary Walt Fleming thriller.

Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming's budding relationship with photographer Fiona Kenshaw hits a rough patch after Fiona is involved in a heroic river rescue and she attempts to duck the press. Despite her job and her laudable actions, she begs Walt to keep her photo out of the paper,
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published August 1st 2010)
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Jun 15, 2010 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, first-reads, reviewed
[This review is based on an Advanced Reader Copy won through the Goodreads First Reads program.:]

It is refreshing to read a crime novel that recognizes that thrills are not borne out of extremes. The most exciting parts of In Harm's Way are not action sequences but conversations. Pearson knows how to write dialog. There is never the sense that his characters are engaged in a conspiracy to advance the plot -- they say what real people would say under the same circumstances. Frequently a conversat
Jun 15, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing
Walt Fleming is the Sheriff in Sun Valley. He gets a call from Lou Boldt, police Sergeant in Seattle, regaring a murder that may have a Sun Valley connection. Next a badly beaten body is found at the side of the highway and Walt has this feeling the two may be linked.

Fiona Krenshaw, a crime sceen photographer who is romantically involved with walt, was involved in a river rescue. She pleads with Walt to keep her face out of the papers, which has him perplexed as to her reasoning. The drama incre
Jun 15, 2010 Kat rated it really liked it
i just found out i won this! cant wait to start it!! thank you goodreads!

this was a good mystery, kept me guessing to the very end! i liked the charaters, they seemed very real. i hope Ridley Pearson writes more books with the sheriff. i really liked that charater and would love to see more stories about him. i dont want to give the ending away to anyone who has not finished it but im glad he isnt killed! keep up the good work, this is the great begining of a new series of books!!!
Jan 01, 2011 Ginny rated it liked it
This was my first experience with this author and I enjoyed it. I like that the book was set in the Hailey, Idaho, area because it's where so many famous people have homes and I could learn something about it. I loved the characters of Walt Fleming and Lou Boldt and even though they are characters in earlier books, I was able to read this as a stand-alone and fully invest in the characters.
Sep 04, 2010 Monica rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have ever read by Ridley Pearson and I have to say I find his work pleasantly enticing. I love reading mysteries and was thrilled to win this book from the Early Reviewers program. I started reading the book as soon as it arrived in my mailbox.

In Harm's Way is the 4th book in the Walt Fleming Novels. I am honored to say that I was able to enjoy the book even though I was not familiar with the characters in the novel prior to reading this book.

Walt Fleming is sherif
Jul 22, 2010 S.D. rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Walt Fleming is a sheriff in Sun Valley investigating the death of a star athlete which might be connected to another murder, Caroline Vetta, who was assumed to be a call girl. Maybe this is a series (I haven't read Pearson before) because I was dropped into a "budding" romance between Fleming and his crime scene photographer, Fiona Kenshaw. He is divorced from his wife who took up with one of his deputies. Neither Fleming nor Fiona his girlfriend were that interesting. Fleming is sensitive abou ...more
A well-done crime / mystery / drama sort of a tale and a satisfying read. This the first book I've read by Ridley Pearson and I really enjoyed it. I'd burned out on Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker-Rina Lazarus mysteries and was looking for something in a similar crime/mystery vein. Pearson's book fit the bill VERY nicely. A lot like Kellerman in that the internal psyches and emotional states of the main characters (one man and one woman, again, just like Kellerman) really take the front row in the ...more
Kevin Allmaras
Nov 05, 2011 Kevin Allmaras rated it really liked it
I like this author and his characters. Walt Fleming is the Sheriff of a small resort town out West that is inhabited by the rich and famous. In this book he finally breaks through with his paramour Fiona. After being divorced and conflicted for the past three years he finally lets himself off the hook. What happens with this story is a former steroided out football star gets released from jail for beating up his ex-girlfriend. He comes to Walt's town to track down the people he had hurt in his p ...more
Kathleen Davis
Jun 13, 2010 Kathleen Davis rated it really liked it
This book is, in my opinion, the best of the three books in this Walt Fleming series, although all of them are good.

When I won this book from Goodreads, I felt obliged to read the first two books in the series before reading and reviewing this one. That said, I think that someone could read this novel without the benefit of the other ones, and still enjoy it. This book stands well on its own.

Without giving away the plot, suffice it to say that anyone who likes solid adventure/mystery novels will
Linda B
Aug 01, 2010 Linda B rated it really liked it
In Harm's Way is a good mystery/police drama with a likeable main character. Walt Fleming is a single dad trying to balance his difficult, time consuming job with the time he needs to spend with his children.

There are interesting interactions with his coworkers, including his new romantic interest, Fiona Kenshaw. I thought Fiona's emotional issues were a little over-the-top without a complete explanation, and the character of Kira got a little lost in the story. Lou Boldt from another of Pearso
Aug 06, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it
Sheriff Walt Flemming's increasing friendship with his part time crime scene photographer Fiona Kenshaw hits a bump when Fiona is photographed herself following her rescue of a young girl from a storm swollen river. Fiona is adamant about not having her picture published in the papers and asks Walt to intercede with them to keep the pictures out, but she won't divulge the reason behind the request. When Fiona disappears after receiving a text msg during a banquet he becomes worried. Walt is aske ...more
Teresa Kmetz
Apr 28, 2011 Teresa Kmetz rated it really liked it
I first became aware of Ridley Pearson's young adult series Kingdom Keepers. I have finished the first two books of this series and then had the opportunity to meet the author at the book signing for his fourth book. Shortly after meeting the author, I was in the library and In Harm's Way was on the return rack behind the counter. I decided to check out the book to see what kind of stories he wrote.

I really liked the story and the characters. The story is solid and the characters are likeable. I
Aug 13, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Ridley Pearson's Lou Boldt novels and his more recent Walt Fleming series. Sun Valley, Idaho, adds to the conflict between the beautiful natural setting of the stories contrasting with the ugly human nature encounters as sheriff of the county. Sun Valley's draw brings celebrities--Hollywood and sports--to the area that Fleming has to deal with. In Harm's Way also brings some romance to the sheriff's personal life and his attraction to a local photgrapher involved in a murder ma ...more
Mary Ellen
Jun 20, 2010 Mary Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming finds his burgeoning relationship with crime scene photographer Fiona Kenshaw constrained after Fiona's photo winds up in the paper after her dramatic rescue of a child. Meanwhile, legendary Seattle lawman Lou Boldt arrives in Sun Valley to follow up on a connection to a recent murder on his home turf. When a former NFL star is killed in Sun Valley, Walt struggles to pursue his investigation -- and assist Boldt's -- without compromising Fiona. In Harm's Way is an ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Walt Fleming, sheriff of Sun Valley, returns to sort out a murder in this small community of locals mixed with vacationing celebrities. A Seattle homicide draws Detective Boldt to Sun Valley and the two men become friends as well as allies in solving the crimes.[return][return]An apparent bear intrusion, a steroid-driven ex-football player and a new love interest for Sheriff Walt Fleming make this a character driven mystery. The action is slow until the somewhat predictable ending. A good read, ...more
Annika Paxman
Jun 15, 2010 Annika Paxman rated it really liked it
I won this pre-release book off Goodreads Firstreads. Pearson does an excellent job weaving characters, plot, evidence, and suspense into a book hard to put down! While, the reader, unfortunately encounters some foul language, the story in itself is exceptionally done! Not fully understanding the past of the crime scene photographer, Fiona Kenshaw keeps you questioning her actions and motives from the first chapter to the end. If you're looking for a good mystery, you won't be disapointed!
Jul 10, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it
This turned out to be a really good mystery. Sheriff Walt has developed a relationship with crime scene photographer Fiona Kenshaw. Unfortunately he doesn't know about Fiona's background, which she chooses to keep private and try to handle herself. Then someone from Fiona's past ends up dead and the evidence is directing Walt to her as the prime suspect. Should he trust her or trust his evidence?
Aug 09, 2010 Kay rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This was another disappointing book by Pearson. His character Walt Fleming does nothing for me. He had his great character Lou Bolt play a small part in this boring book but it was so small it didn't liven it up. I found myself rereading pages because my mind kept wandering.
Albert Riehle
Jun 18, 2013 Albert Riehle rated it liked it
First of all, this book is a solid 3.5 stars. There are two things about it that, both of which really aggravated me, that kept me from rounding up instead of rounding down on the Goodreads star count though. The first is shameless self promotion. The book is going along just fine, it's interesting, it's compelling, it's well-paced and we're in the thick of the mystery when Pearson commits one of the most blatantly tacky and pathetic mistakes I've ever come across in a book. He goes out of his w ...more
Jun 11, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
This is the second Pearson book that I have read. I enjoy the twists and turns that he puts into his books. He leads the reader into thinking who the guilty party is but before you know it there is another twist and you were wrong. I love a book that keeps me guessing.

I found that there were quite a few characters to keep track of so that may frustrate some readers. I loved it. I enjoyed the complexities of the cases. The further you read, the more complex the cases became and it really pushed m
Mar 17, 2011 Shelley rated it liked it
**Synopsis** Sheriff Walt Fleming is honored to receive a request for help from legendary Seattle homicide detective Lou Boldt (another Pearson series lead), who's after the killer of Caroline Vetta, a woman with a history of dating professional sports figures. Fleming assists his colleague by setting up interviews with two persons of interest in his jurisdiction, sports agent Vince Wynn and former football team owner Marty Boatwright. When another person connected with the victim, retired lineb ...more
Carl Alves
Sep 18, 2016 Carl Alves rated it liked it
In Harm’s Way was a bit of a mixed bag. While the writing was professional and the story was compelling enough to keep me interested throughout, it had enough flaws to keep me from thoroughly enjoying it. Set in Sun Valley, Idaho, a hideout for the rich and famous, the start of the mystery portion of the novel and the subsequent events that unfold occur when Sheriff Walt Fleming finds the dead body of a former professional football player with a very violent past. The player has ties to several ...more
Phyllis Sommers
Nov 22, 2012 Phyllis Sommers rated it liked it
A mediocre novel, disappointing overall. The story itself was suspenseful enough, but the writing and dialog are weak. There's a certain disjointedness in the way the characters relate to one another that keeps the storyline from flowing easily.

Walt Fleming is the local sheriff in Sun Valley, Idaho. A divorced father of two, he has been developing a close, romantic relationship with his crime-scene photographer, Fiona Kenshaw. When a famous athlete is found dead in the nearby woods, however, Fio
Oct 07, 2013 Dindy rated it really liked it
I've read many of Ridley Pearson's books from the Boldt series, but this is the first one I've read of the Walt Fleming series. I enjoyed it, except there were often conversations that I found difficult to follow. The characters seemed to understand some things without saying them, and I found myself wishing they would let me in on the secret. I had to go back and read several of the passages more than once so I could try to understand what was going on, and there were some things I decided woul ...more
K.E. Garvey
Jun 24, 2013 K.E. Garvey rated it it was ok
I have read Ridley Pearson before, but it was the Lou Boldt novels. I assumed (silly of me) that the Walt Fleming novels would be just as good.

I don't know how it happens, but I've seen it before... when a good writer goes bad! That's what happened here. I'm not sure if Ridley has hired a ghost writer or if he somehow feels pressured to crank them out as quickly as possible, foregoing the last several revisions, but had I not known that this was written by Ridley Pearson before reading it, I ne
Sep 13, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
Good story. I hope Pearson writes a new Walt Fleming book soon. I like the progression of the various characters' relationships.
Mar 26, 2016 Dlora rated it really liked it
My favorite in the Walt Fleming series so far. Sheriff Fleming is struggling with balancing police work with being a single parent, trying to develop a relationship with their police photographer Fiona, and treading a narrow path between shielding people and carrying out the law. He realizes he needs to be more open with Fiona about his feelings but then she suddenly seems to be pulling back and keeping secrets. On the work side, famous homicide sergeant Lou Boldt (a character from another Pears ...more
So far this is my favorite Walt Fleming book! Walt gets to meet Supercop Lou Boldt to aid Lou with his investigation of Caroline Vetta's death.

* Walt-isms - e.g., Open your eyes and use your head.
* Meeting the twins, Emily and Nikki
* Walt's dog, Beatrice
* Awkward tension between Walt and wife-stealing Deputy Tommy Brandon
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Barbara ★
Another installment in the Walt Flemming series set in Sun Valley, Idaho where the rich and famous come to play in the great outdoors.

Lou Boldt, a Seattle detective is investigating the fatal beating of Caroline Vetta, which somehow connects to the murder of a retired football player in Sun Valley. Walt Flemming and Lou Boldt combine forces to get the Hollywood types to cooperate with both investigations.l

Sometime police photographer, Fiona Kenshaw has a secret from her past that is interfering
May 16, 2014 Rushbug23 rated it really liked it
Ive come love this walt fleming series the characters are relatable for the most part (of course you will always have that one or two reeeeeaallllyyyy stupid person(s)). the scenes and scenarios are relatable they seem very much true in that you can probably hear about them in the news. these books play out like a like a movie. (I create movies in my head when reading) they're pretty quick and to the point not a bunch of back and forth and so forth ( there is some but not mind numbing amounts). ...more
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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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