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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (707 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ridley Pearson Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Walt Fleming Series Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781423383536
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Sun Valley, Idaho—playground of the wealthy and politically connected—is home to an annual wine auction that attracts high rollers from across the country, and Blaine County sheriff Walt Fleming must ensure it goes on without a hitch. The world’s most elite wine connoisseurs have descended on Sun Valley to taste and bid on the world’s best wines, including three bottles said to have been a gift from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams. With sky-high prices all but guaranteed for these historic items, it’s no wonder a group of thieves is out to steal them. Walt is responsible for all the security for the glitzy event, the safety of the dignitaries, the auction site, and the wines themselves.

Walt is enjoying a rare afternoon of freedom, fly-fishing with his nephew Kevin, when a passing truck catches his eye—and his suspicions throw him headlong into the discovery of a complicated plan to steal the rare wine.

When a bomb explodes just as the auction revs up, the investigation explodes as well, pulling Walt in a dozen different directions. He is caught in the middle of a heist of epic proportions—and not the heist he had prepared for—orchestrated by the ingenious mind of Christopher Cantell, a man who seems to have prepared for everything, including the way Walt’s own sheriff’s office will react.

“In Sheriff Fleming, Pearson has created a likable, sympathetic protagonist, forever challenged by ferocious weather, a feisty citizenry, and feral criminal minds.” —Booklist (starred review) on Killer View

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Carlson | 2/18/2014

    " At first, I couldn't keep all the characters straight; I couldn't get how they were connected. There were a lot of twists and unexpected plot developments. I'd read another book with the same cop character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kdevoli | 2/18/2014

    " A good, quick mystery, hard to out down!! I kept guessing what was going on and kept on being wrong. I'm going to check out other Ridley Pearson books with the same sheriff, liked his style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Larsen | 2/13/2014

    " Very well done as an audio book. A good suspenseful plot and well rounded characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 2/5/2014

    " I like Ridley Pearson's style of writing. It's a quick read and makes you want to keep reading. Good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/26/2014

    " ok read, did not capture me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/14/2014

    " An OK crime thriller...fast-paced with lots of subplots and action packed sequences. However, it was hard to get attached to any of the characters and really care about what happened to any of them in particuiar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tori | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoy reading about the places I visited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/10/2014

    " I like these "killer" books staring Walt Fleming. They've got a little bit of the classic old western novels with a lot of modern flavor. They're cleverly written and this one has a little bit of wit thrown in for good measure. This book mixed two of my favorite types of characters. You've got a great lead that is next to impossible to kill for one reason or another. Walt's reason is his ability to reason. He's a smart sheriff, knows his territory well and always has things under control (except for his love life). The other character thrown into this book is the loner-guy that happens to have a certain skill set that makes him a key ingredient in the story. Cowboy John is that character here. A former military man that got himself into a little bit of trouble has secluded himself as a form of punishment (of sorts) and is leading a very happy existence until a stolen jet (with hostages) crash lands at the remote ranch he's keeping watch over. This Killer story revolves as much around Walt's nephew Kevin as it does Walt, which at times got on my nerves, but overall it's a very well written story. The landscapes are drawn in such a way that I feel I could visit these places and know my way around simply because I've read/heard the stories. The pacing of the book is very nice, things constantly move forward. A very good show, indeed. If you haven't read any of these, I'd recommend starting with the first, while it's not imperative that you do, certain parts of the story will make more sense if you've read the previous 'Killer' novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/9/2014

    " Did not dissappoint another gooder. Ridley Pearson has teamed w/ Dave Barry on some kids books re: Peter Pan. I'll be looking for those "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dmehringer | 1/4/2014

    " Another winner from Ridley Pearson. Sheriff Walt Fleming story continues, with intriguing bad guys, great good guys, and a setting that I could practically see while reading. Terrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Radley | 12/30/2013

    " Ridley Pearson is a very good author and ensures a good read - Killer Summer is another one of his that you will not be disappointed in. Killer Summer catches you and holds your attention throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 12/1/2013

    " A quick read. I like Walt Fleming but I am glad to see that Lou Boldt will be making an appearance in the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/21/2013

    " Pretty good quick read. I like the characters and the story lines are interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Alexander | 10/27/2013

    " Just okay - Since I like Pearson's novels, it was typical "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geraldine | 10/8/2013

    " Immensely satisfying mystery!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/15/2013

    " This was a good suspense story - characters were believable - descriptions of area around Sun Valley were great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 12/23/2012

    " Pretty mindless beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Shurden | 7/9/2012

    " Pearson is always a good mystery read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara B. | 6/7/2012

    " Thank goodness i only got into this a couple chapters before i realized i had already read it!! I like this character, but not enough to read it twice........................... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Temple | 4/2/2012

    " Killer Summer was a killer read. I gave it 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 3/29/2012

    " A Sun Valley, ID sheriff, Walt Fleming, deals with high dollar fraud beginning with the attempted theft of three bottles of wine allegedly once owned by John Adams. Pretty good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Pauwels | 3/22/2012

    " I really liked this one, probably the best of the first three of this series. Good mystery, good characters. Looking forward to picking up number 4... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamelyn | 12/18/2011

    " I had this as an audio book. I have read other books Pearson has written with these main characters. Great development. Great tension. I very much enjoyed listening to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Calli | 11/29/2011

    " I'm usually a fan of Ridley Pearson's mysteries (and I love his YA Starcatchers series) but this one fell way short for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/26/2011

    " Ridley Pearson came out with a new book, then I noticed I missed a bunch of old ones. Granted I loved his Seattle series, this one is interesting. A little hard to relate to the nuevo rich and the outdoor life style of Idaho but well written and lots of plot turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 9/5/2011

    " Another in a good, entertaining series. Didn't I always tell my students that they couldn't use "good" in a review? That there were many other more descriptive words? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genny | 6/19/2011

    " Good, but not as engrossing as some of his others. A lot of building up the plot for what turned out to be a quick wrap up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 5/18/2011

    " I really liked this one, probably the best of the first three of this series. Good mystery, good characters. Looking forward to picking up number 4... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 5/6/2011

    " First time author for me. I enjoyed it. Lots of believable interaction between the characters and a solid end. I would definitely recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liza | 4/26/2011

    " Great easy-to-read murder mystery for a vacation, and I love the setting of Sun Valley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 4/14/2011

    " I loved this. It was a good story with nice character development - lots of action. I didn't see it all coming. I look forward to reading something else written by this author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Calli | 3/23/2011

    " I'm usually a fan of Ridley Pearson's mysteries (and I love his YA Starcatchers series) but this one fell way short for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 2/14/2011

    " couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 1/17/2011

    " Exactly what I was expecting when I bought the book at the airport. Entertaining, light-weight read with a decent, yet familiar plot and outcome. The book gets 3 stars because I enjoyed the story & liked the characters. Yup, setting the bar low when it comes to mindless entertainment... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 1/5/2011

    " This was kinda fun to read about places so close to home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/21/2010

    " Not as good as the first two (I don't know why everything has to be part of a series these days), but still worth the time. The climax was good. Interested to see where he takes book four. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 11/11/2010

    " Not Lou Boldt, but certainly fils an evening nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/11/2010

    " Ridley Pearson came out with a new book, then I noticed I missed a bunch of old ones. Granted I loved his Seattle series, this one is interesting. A little hard to relate to the nuevo rich and the outdoor life style of Idaho but well written and lots of plot turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/26/2010

    " Thank goodness i only got into this a couple chapters before i realized i had already read it!! I like this character, but not enough to read it twice........................... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tori | 10/10/2010

    " I enjoy reading about the places I visited. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 9/24/2010

    " A quick read. I like Walt Fleming but I am glad to see that Lou Boldt will be making an appearance in the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/30/2010

    " At first, I couldn't keep all the characters straight; I couldn't get how they were connected. There were a lot of twists and unexpected plot developments. I'd read another book with the same cop character. "

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About the Author
Author Ridley Pearson

Ridley Pearson is the New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including The Red Room, Choke Point, and The Risk Agent, as well as the Walt Fleming and Lou Boldt crime series, and many books for young readers. He lives with his family, dividing his time between St. Louis, Missouri, and Hailey, Idaho.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.