For those of you who have read Steel Trapp: The Challenge by Ridley Pearson,
and had a good reading experience in regard to it, may be anticipating Ridley Pearson's next book in the series, Steel Trapp: Academy, coming out January 19, 2010. Personally, I think the second holds more promise than the first book. For those of you interested, there's a synopsis for the second book: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Steel-Trapp/Ridley-Pearson/e/9781423115328. Scroll down for the synopsis.
The first book was definitely a unique crime novel, and a good book as well. What appealed to me most was the style of the novel, how he created the constituents in the plot, and placed them. It was a pretty good book.
But the summary of the second blew my mind, and now I'm filled with utter anticipation for the second. You HAVE to read the synopsis. Right now I'm reading this online biography of Ridley Pearson 'cause I really don't know much about him,
and I just read he has his own airplane. Interesting.
OMG. Here's the link to the biography. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Steel-Trapp/Ridley-Pearson/e/9781423115328/?itm=3&usri=steel+trapp#TABS
Here's the section that caught my attention:
"As his fans know, Pearson works hard at nailing the details of forensic investigation and police procedure. In Undercurrents (the first novel in his Seattle-based Lou Boldt mystery series) his research was so thorough -- he consulted an expert in oceanography -- that the book helped convict an actual murderer. A Washington state prosecuting attorney happened to be reading it while working on a case similar to Pearson's fictional one: A woman's body had been found in a bay, and at first it appeared that she had committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. The oceanographer mentioned in Pearson's acknowledgements was called in as an expert witness to help prove that, based on tidal currents, the woman must have been dead before the time her husband claimed to have last seen her. Due largely to the expert testimony, the victim's husband was convicted of second-degree murder."
And here's some more for ya in case you're too lazy to read all of the bio:
Pearson calls himself a workaholic, "not so much by desire as out of necessity," since he reserves a lot of time for his two young daughters. His hobbies, which he now defines as "something you once did and no longer have the time for," include recreational tree climbing, fly-fishing, backyard volleyball, snow boarding -- and, of course, bass guitar in his rock band. An avid reviser, Pearson says, "I'm said to have a nervous, worrying disposition, but rarely feel I live up to that description -- perhaps internal calm is expressed as external nervosa."
"Pearson loves to travel, especially to southern France, with wife Marcelle and second child Storey, who is adopted from China. We're certain to do a good deal of international travel in the years to come. He also attends local symphony and theater. But his "favorite avocation is to spend an evening around our dining table with two or three other couples. This, I feel, is where many of the world's ills are solved, and many souls restored. Mine, especially."
"Pearson is renowned for fast-paced, thrill-a-minute suspense novels that include "a rare humanism and attention to detail" (Publishers Weekly). In a Greenwich Magazine interview he called his work "aerobic fiction, because I hope to get your heart pounding and get you turning pages." Entertainment Weekly dubbed him "the thinking person's Robert Ludlum." "