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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (610 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ridley Pearson Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Walt Fleming Series Release Date:
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Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming’s budding relationship with local photographer Fiona Kenshaw hits a rough patch after she is responsible for a heroic river rescue yet attempts to avoid the press. Despite her laudable actions, she begs Walt to help keep her photo out of the local paper. Confused by her protests, Walt thinks she’s just being modest about her heroism.

While Sun Valley is known as a billionaire’s playground, Walt’s job still keeps him grounded firmly in reality. One day he’s rubbing elbows with political royalty; the next he’s stepping over spilled jam jars while investigating the vandalism of a local home by a brown bear, and trying to find sitters for his twin daughters. He’s dodging Fiona, chasing down criminals, and attending charity fund-raisers, feeling like he’s leading a double life.

It’s at one charity benefit that a young woman he once rescued is convinced she’s seen a ghost: her former captor, a man Walt watched die. Then Walt gets a phone call that changes everything: Lou Boldt, a legendary homicide sergeant out of Seattle, reports that a recent murder in his city may have a high-profile Sun Valley connection. Their shared search for information is soon complicated by the discovery of a body at the side of the valley’s busiest road, not far from where the spooked young woman lives. A young woman who happens to be under the watchful care of Fiona.

Walt and Boldt sense a connection—but are some cases better left in the cold-case file? Can Walt turn away from what seems an impossible truth? Can Boldt trick the suspect out into the open? Walt and Boldt begin to fit together the pieces of a terrifying puzzle—in the process putting themselves and everyone around them in harm’s way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sherriff Fleming makes for good company…He’s terse, efficient, and a font of common sense.”

    St. Louis Dispatch

  • “The multi-layered plot and fast pacing makes this edge-of-your-seat crime novel crackle with suspense and unexpected twists.”

    Tucson Citizen

  • “The plotting is tight, the requisite scarlet herrings show up in biblical multitudes, and the resolution will surprise all but the most hardcore genre aficionados.”


  • “Pearson manages to team up the heroes from both his suspense series for a transfixing tale filled with secrets both large and small. At the center of the story lies Sheriff Walt Fleming, and this book in particular explores the relationships in his life. With a Pearson novel, you can always expect to get riveting suspense, excellent characterization, and a well-crafted plot!”

    Romantic Times Book Review

  • “A multi layered thriller with enough surprises to keep readers rooting for Walt and anxious about personal safety in Sun Valley…In Harm’s Way delivers a likable protagonist with relationship problems, kid issues, job challenges and the nagging suspicion that he’ll never live up to his parents; expectations. Now, who among us can’t relate?”

    Houston Chronicle

  • Selected for the August 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Macjest | 2/19/2014

    " This is an adult book by the same author who does the Disney Kingdom Keeper series. It took me some time to get into the book. I didn't give up on it though, and the action started to pick up after the first several chapters. The action between the characters was somewhat confusing which is why I let it sit for a while. It turns out that the main character, the sheriff, has been featured in previous books. Thus some of the confusion. The action begins with a swift water rescue, a house seemingly gets broken into by a bear, a dead body turns up, and not everyone is quite what they seem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Ann | 2/13/2014

    " This is my second book for adults by Pearson. I've read his books for young people and did enjoy those! I even caught the veiled reference to them in this book, but adult readers not aware of that series would have passed over the comment without realization. I also enjoyed the way he brought in two characters from the only other of his adult books that I have read. He provided an interesting glimse into life far different from what the majority of us experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 2/10/2014

    " Pearson writes so well it's frightening. As a treat for his fans he's brought two of his serial characters together to piece together a number of interlocking puzzles. Top-notch thriller with a slight political statement thrown in for good measure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rosemary A. | 1/13/2014

    " Too many suspects and then the killer comes on stage in the last five pages. "

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