Summary

The "blue flu" has struck the Seattle Police Force, and the majority of officers are on an unofficial strike. Overworked and understaffed, detective Lou Boldt is committed to remaining on the job no matter what. But when a string of robberies and the brutal near-murder of a female cop descend on the city, the pressure of being a nearly one-man operation threatens Boldt's psyche and his marriage.With the help of Daphne Matthews and Sergeant John LaMoia, Boldt is able to make slow progress cracking the case and their work leads them to a Denver convict and his brother, a hardened criminal. Boldt and Daphne come to realize that the robberies, assaults, and strike are somehow connected - and that his life is now in very real danger.Filled with the fast-paced, spiraling action that has made his novels "irresistible" (The Los Angeles Times Book Review) works of suspense that "grip the imagination" (People), this offering from "the best thriller writer alive" (Booklist) is certain to win Ridley Pearson an even more enthusiastic audience.
Solve another case with Lou Boldt and Daphne Matthews.
©2005 Ridley Pearson; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Snoodely on 09-08-09

Intricate plotting

Although I generally prefer professional actors reading audio books, in this case Ridley Pearson has a good voice, and does a pretty good job of reading his own novel. The plot leads us on many twists and turns to the ultimate resolution, keeping us guessing all along the way. It depicts the obstacles and frustrations of a police force struggling to do its job in the face of politics and internal strife. I enjoyed Mr. Pearson's subtle references to his friends, fellow authors, and fellow band members Amy Tan and Dave Barry.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kevin Pease on 31-03-11

Had potential but this book was just OK for me

The plot was pretty good and the story moved along well enough to keep me listening. The narrator was adequate but it did take a little while to get used to his monotone voice. What really got annoying was the continued ways that the main suspect kept miraculously getting out of grasp of Lou Bolt (the main detective). After a while all the silly mistakes, misfortunate events, and bad decisions from the police officers became kind of silly and I felt like I was stuck in ground hogs day. Other than that, the characters were likeable and the ending was satisfying. Overall the book was ok. If you have a few credits to spare and can't find anything else I would say go for it, but I am not going to race right out to grab another Ridley Pearson book. I'll keep looking for something better.

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