The Art of Deception

The Art of Deception

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Seattle Police forensic psychologist Daphne Matthews, who volunteers as a teenage runaway counselor, is haunted by the loss of a suicide, a 'jumper', of a year earlier. When a woman's body is found beneath the Aurora Bridge, Matthews is one of the first at the scene and begins a puzzling investigation that is entangled with her own past, that of the victim, and even of Seattle itself. Mary-Ann's boyfriend has a record of physical abuse, and an attitude that Matthews finds difficult to crack. When the victim's grieving brother surfaces, throwing blame onto the boyfriend and craving revenge, Matthews gains an unstable ally she does not want. Then the stalking begins: the eerie phone calls, the noises outside the house, the shadows that move in the night. Someone has their eye on Matthews - but to stop her, kill her, or to help her solve the crime? While her colleagues, police lieutenant Lou Boldt and sergeant John LaMoia, pursue a hotel room peeper in hopes of solving a series of disappearances, the police and Matthews herself are led into the 'Underground' - a perfectly preserved city-under-a-city, beneath present-day Seattle.
Matthews engages in a mental game of cat-and-mouse, never knowing whom she can trust. Caught up in something that could kill her if she can't solve the homicide, criss-crossing Seattle, diving below the streets to ancient tunnels, running for her life, Matthews must unlock the psychological secrets behind Mary-Ann's death, before she herself is buried alongside her. Matthews' very survival will depend on her skills at the art of deception.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 246 x 340 x 19mm | 737g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752856898
  • 9780752856896

About Ridley Pearson

With over 6 million copies in print, Ridley Pearson is the New York Times bestselling author of 14 novels. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright fellowship in detective fiction at Oxford University. His novels have been translated into 20 languages. He lives in Hailey, Idaho.
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PRIZES GALORE magazine, chose The Art of Deception as their 'Book of the Month' for March 03 with a detailed summary of the plot. WWW.TANGLED-WEB.CO.UK reviewed The Art of Deception (on site from 21st March 03) with a long summaryof the plot. 'With his gutsy characters and breathless plotting, Pearson has
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