In the newest international thrill ride from New York Times-bestselling author Ridley Pearson, John Knox and Grace Chu, the incomparable and often incompatible duo, team up again, this time in the exotic "city between two worlds," Istanbul. What’s In the newest international thrill ride from New York Times-bestselling author Ridley Pearson, John Knox and Grace Chu, the incomparable and often incompatible duo, team up again, this time in the exotic "city between two worlds," Istanbul. What’s it like to see yourself in a picture you never knew was taken? John Knox is an expert at surveillance and delicate, international dealings. So he is understandably thrown when David "Sarge" Dulwich, his contact at Rutherford Risk, hands him a photo of a transaction he recently facilitated in the Middle East. More curious to him, he’s shown that photo while in the Red Room, the private security company’s highly secure underground bunker, where eavesdropping is impossible and privacy ensured. Why all the cloak-and-dagger? Knox is pressured into accepting a job as an art broker in the mysterious Istanbul, a city situated on two continents where East meets West and Islam meets Christianity. It is a melting pot of spies, terrorists, and conflicting interests. Teamed with smart, quick, and fearless Grace Chu, Knox must navigate a murky operation, the only goal of which is to spend five minutes in the proximity of a man they’ve never met. Why? What can it possibly matter? And why are so many others bound and determined to see it never happens-at any cost? ...Continua Nascondi
The Red RoomBy Ridley PearsonPutnamJune, 2014ISBN: 978-0-399-16374-6Hardcover, 399 pages, $26.95Reviewed by Gloria FeitIn the third novel in what is billed as an “international thriller series” (“Risk Agent” was the first entry), RidleyThe Red Room By Ridley Pearson Putnam June, 2014 ISBN: 978-0-399-16374-6 Hardcover, 399 pages, $26.95 Reviewed by Gloria Feit
In the third novel in what is billed as an “international thriller series” (“Risk Agent” was the first entry), Ridley Pearson brings the return of John Knox, a man who has a useful ‘cover’ as a legitimate international exporter, and Grace Chu, a Chinese woman who speaks five or six languages, was a former forensic accountant and an accomplished computer hacker, with a background including a master’s degree in criminology from USC and training with the Chinese Army, now intrigued by the thought of a future in field ops and the potential independence that financial security holds. They are both now occasionally employed by Rutherford Risk, a private security firm, hired by John’s old buddy David “Sarge” Dulwich.
This time out, each of the two is, separately, given a briefing on a new assignment by Dulwich in the eponymous Red Room, in the building overlooking Hong Kong harbor, the room distinguished by the body scanner through which one must pass before gaining entry and after relinquishing anything metal, a bunker contained by a barrier “seven inches of steel and insulating concrete weighing three hundred pounds,” very “cloak and dagger,” as Knox says. Everything dealing with this assignment is very strictly on a NTK (Need to Know) basis, something that doesn’t change from first page to nearly last. As confusing as things get for Knox and Chu, they proved even more so for this reader.
The case has to do with the acquisition of a piece of what is called “gray market art,” specifically a work deemed one of the “rarer treasures in the history of Western civilization.” It brings our protagonists to Istanbul, and the descriptions of that exotic city are the most enjoyable parts of the novel, to my mind. It’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad, for the protags and the reader equally. As I have said before, though there are some notable exceptions (e.g., Lee Child/Jack Reacher novels), thrillers are not, generally, my favorite sub-genre. Having enjoyed the last book in the series, “Choke Point,” I looked forward to reading this newest entry. Unfortunately, I came away feeling my earlier leanings reinforced. ...Continua Nascondi