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Book Title: Undercurrents|
The author of the book: Ridley Pearson
ISBN 13: 9780312018412
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Edition: St. Martin's Press
Date of issue: May 1st 1988
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Undercurrents by Ridley Pearson is a 2014 RosettaBooks publication.
These days, if you want to read a thriller by Ridley Pearson, one must resort to combing through his blacklisted titles. Ridley has apparently been bitten by the YA/ children’s writing bug and has disappeared down the rabbit hole. I have been patiently waiting for a new thriller from this author, but it looks as though he is about to embark on yet another children’s book series. Sigh.
The good news is, a smattering of RP books can be found on the Kindle Lending Library, (and are also in the KU program, if you are a subscriber) which means I can now read books I missed the first time around, or re-read a few if desired.
Undercurrents in the first book in the Boldt and Matthews series, which was originally published in 1988. I vaguely remember reading this one, and a few of the details came back to me, as a I read along, but I had forgotten the bulk of the story, so it was like reading it for the first time.
Lou Boldt comes to the horrifying realization that the ‘Cross Killer’ is still at large, and the bodies are piling up quickly. To complicate matters, Lou discovers his wife has been unfaithful, which offers him plenty of temptation to act on his attraction to the department psychologist, Daphne Matthews, and to top it all off, there is plenty in inner departmental strife, and the usual politics to cope with…. And they could also have a copycat killer in their midst.
This plot is a little complex, so it took me a little while to wade through the murky waters, if you will. Lou’s personal life is wrecked, and often times Lou is just not all that personable. He can be a little bit sexist to boot, and I found his attitude off putting a few times. He’s moody and unpredictable, but at times he has a few very raw epiphanies about himself that has him reconsidering his life and owning up to all his mistakes.
Daphne is also a bit complicated, and because I have read several books in this series, it seems as though her personality remains much the same throughout, which is a ‘go with the flow’ type of attitude, but one that often puts up with Lou’s inability to stand on one side of the fence or the other, and so I sometimes wanted to scream at her, to show some kind of emotion, to throw down the gauntlet, or something... anything!
The plot, as I mentioned was complicated, and it very nearly spiraled out of control. I struggled a little with the book from time to time, as it moved too slowly for the most part, but then suddenly picked up steam in the last several chapters with some harrowing action, and a pretty tense showdown.
I know this series improves with time, so I will revisit it again soon. Either way, it was interesting to go back and re-read this old crime thriller. RP has a nice body of work under his belt with plenty of older titles to discover. I do wish he would throw us a bone every now and then and push out a good thriller again, but I do wish him much success with his children’s series and hope he is enjoying what he does, which is all that matters in the long run.
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Read information about the authorRidley 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, dividing their time between Missouri and Idaho.
Also writes Chris Klick mysteries as Wendell McCall.
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