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SLCL Presents St. Louis’ Most Popular Suspense Author Ridley Pearson

Press Release

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:00a.m.


The St. Louis County Library Foundation and Pudd’nHead Books are pleased to present St. Louisan and acclaimed suspense author Ridley Pearson for a discussion and signing of his latest thriller “The Risk Agent” on Monday, July 2, at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Pudd’nHead Books.

Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai and crackling with tension-filled suspense, bestselling suspense author Ridley Pearson's latest introduces two compelling new characters—and heralds in the start of a brilliant new series.

A Chinese National working for an American construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight. His one-man security detail goes missing as well.

Rutherford Risk is a firm specializing in extraction: the negotiation for, and the recovery of hostages. Private investigation is illegal in today's China. Operating within her borders will be difficult at best.

The security company recruits two unique outsiders to do their bidding. Grace Chu is a forensic accountant hired to follow the money; John Knox is a civilian with unparalleled training in both combat and culture. Grace’s top-notch American education and Chinese military service make her an unassuming, but effective, operative, while Knox’s take-no-prisoners attitude brings them perilously close to harm. Following the money leads to more complex – and dangerous – consequences than either anticipated. Who is actually behind the kidnapping? And more important, can Knox and Grace locate the two hostages ahead of the deadline?

“The Risk Agent” is brimming with all the classic Pearson elements fans and literary critics love. Inventive story lines, crisp prose, and breathtaking scenery—it’s all here along with expert pacing and an edge-of-your seat crime story.


Ridley Pearson’s novels have sold over six million copies and have been translated into twenty languages. He is the author of seventeen New York Times bestselling suspense novels for adults. He has also written numerous popular young adult adventure novels, including the Kingdom Keepers series and the Peter and the Starcatcher series, co-written with Dave Barry.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit