Killer View
Ridley Pearson
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Killer View
Ridley Pearson
352 pages
July 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Ridley Pearson brings back Sheriff Walt Fleming in Killer View. With well-developed, intriguing characters and a stunning setting in Sun Valley, Idaho, Pearson keeps readers captivated with his intricately woven plot.

When a skier is reported missing on Galena Summit in Sun Valley, Sheriff Fleming is immediately alerted and brings together his top-notch rescue team. Mark Aker, Waltís best friend, and his brother, Randy, round up their tried and true team of search-and-rescue dogs. Dividing up the dogs, Mark and Walt take off one way while the more experienced Randy heads out to another area. Suddenly, Walt and Mark hear what sounds like a shot, and that ignites the story with one plot twist after another. They find Randy, protected by his faithful dog and dead in what appears to be an accidental fall from a cliff. The sheriff notes there is no blood, so Randy didnít die from a gunshot wound - although when Walt thinks about it, perhaps the shot was what drew Randyís attention away from where he was headed? If so, who fired that shot and why?

The next morning, Walt discovers that now Mark is missing. At first he wonders if Mark just needs some time alone to grieve, but the search grows in intensity as Mark now also appears to be lost. Mark Akerís survival in a very remote area introduces another character for readers to ponder and decide what part of the puzzle he is involved with. The question of whether or not Mark will escape keeps readers on edge, but in a structured manner - you donít have to take notes to enjoy this fast-paced flurry of adventure on the snow-filled mountains of Sun Valley.

Into an already multifaceted plot comes Deputy Tommy Brandon, known to be sleeping with Waltís soon-to-be-ex-wife. Heís too good a deputy to be fired without charges of discrimination, so Walt faces this indignity daily as he works alongside Tommy. Next in this picturesque setting, Walt discovers that mountain sheep are mysteriously dying, a local bottling plant contains contaminants causing workers to be hospitalized, and finally a powerful political figure may be involved in all of it. The sheriff begins to suspect that terrorism may even be part of the picture.

Walt has help from both his deputy and a photographer, the female love interest, and the storyís pacing amazingly allows the reader to keep all the clues straight - albeit not necessarily connected - until the end. Will Mark be found? What part will Fiona, the photographer, play in the scheme of things and in Waltís life? Will Mark finally be saved, and is there really a terrorist plot? These questions will keep the reader plowing through this snow-filled mystery to find out if Walt Fleming can assemble the pieces that frame the final picture in the Killer View.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Karen D. Haney, 2008

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