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Parallel lies, by Ridley Pearson

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Parallel lies
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Parallel lies
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by Ridley Pearson
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eng
Summary
When Umberto Alvarez's family was wiped out in a terrible train accident, he lost everything that he held dear in this world. Consumed with hatred for the train company that caused the tragedy through their negligence, he tries to get recompense every legal way he can. But, in vain. He has no choice but give up all he has left by getting revenge personally. He leaves his life, rides the rails and starts a campaign off sabotage and destruction. Peter Tyler's life is also on the rocks. His career is on hold after a series of screw ups, and he has been reduced to working transport for the FBI. Now he see Alavarez - the Railroad Killer - as HIS chance for redemption. And so begins a cat-and-mouse game across the North American continent..
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  • One of Pearson’s previous stand-alone thrillers, Hard Fall (1992), concerned terrorists who target airlines; this time it’s railroads. Determined to expose a railroad company’s malfeasance in the deaths of his wife and child, Umberto Alvarez has rigged the derailment of multiple freight trains (without loss of life), and now he plans a similar fate for the maiden voyage of the company’s new bullet train. Tracking Alvarez is Peter Tyler, a freelance investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board. The two engage in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game that, typical for Pearson, features fascinating forensic detail. Complicating matters is Tyler’s dawning realization that he, like Alvarez, is a victim of the railroad’s cover-up. Both the thriller plot and the human drama seem just a bit more predictable than in the author’s recent Lou Boldt-Daphne Matthews novels, but that is only to say that even Pearson has his hands full meeting the expectations of his previous work. Lesser Pearson remains near the top of the genre and is sure to draw a crowd at the reserve desk. (Reviewed May 1, 2001) -- Bill Ott
  • Pearson forsakes his franchise character, Seattle police detective Lou Boldt, for a railroad thriller that wobbles on its tracks. The hero here is Peter Tyler, a former Washington, D.C., homicide cop who was fired—many say unjustly—for beating a child-abuse suspect. Desperate for money, Tyler gets thrown a bone by an old friend who handles investigations for the National Transportation Safety Board. Handed a three-day contract, Tyler is assigned to check out a messy murder aboard a boxcar on a Northern Union Railroad line in rural Illinois. Nothing about the murder makes sense, but more intriguing to Tyler are the persistent rumors about why so many NUR trains have derailed in the past year. When Tyler turns up a suspect not only for the murder but also the derailments, he quickly finds that his services are no longer needed. Helped only by a railroad security officer, the lovely Nell Priest, Tyler follows the trail to New York City. That's where he believes the murderous vandal, who's seeking revenge for the railroad-related deaths of his wife and twin daughters, plans to sabotage the grand opening of NUR's most ambitious project: a bullet train connecting New York with the nation's capital. Pearson (Middle of Nowhere ) keeps up his usual breakneck pace, and for excitement alone, his latest is good fun. But the story is marred by several false notes, imponderable plot twists and a clumsily executed love affair giving a squishy feel to an otherwise hard-edged thriller. Of greater concern, however, is Tyler. He simply never emerges as a character of substance or distinction. (July) Forecast: Despite Pearson's bestselling clout, a major/ad promo campaign and an eight-city author tour, tepid reviews and weak word of mouth may limit sales of this lackluster, Boldt-less effort . --Staff (Reviewed June 11, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 24, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ Pearson (No Witnesses , etc.) has written another terrific thriller, this time without Lou Boldt and company. Two years after his family was killed when a train collided with their car, Umberto Alvarez is still grieving. Knowing that the train company is at fault but unable to prove it, he decides to take revenge. Shortly before a new high-speed commuter line is unveiled, derailments start plaguing the railroads. Ex-homicide detective Pete Tyler, who is determined to redeem himself after being dismissed from the force, takes on the case as a temporary hire for the National Transportation Safety Board. As this fabulous novel progresses, the lines of good and evil blur. Another essential acquisition from Pearson, this is highly recommended for all public libraries.—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. --Jeff Ayers (Reviewed May 1, 2001) (Library Journal, vol 126, issue 8, p128)
  • Pearson gives Seattle cop Lou Boldt (Middle of Nowhere, 2000, etc.) a well-earned sabbatical to concentrate on the high-speed pursuit of a vengeful saboteur obsessed with wrecking trains.It's not all high-speed, of course. In fact, the first stages of the exposition, as uneasy allies investigate the consequences of what might have seemed a routine fight between a pair of hoboes aboard a Northern Union Railroad boxcar, are positively sluggish. Pearson reveals early on that one of the boxcar battlers is Umberto Alvarez, a former grade-school science teacher now bent on derailing Northern Union freight trains—six so far—as a prelude to gracing the F-A-S-T Track passenger express between New York and Washington. Since Alvarez seems too decent a fellow to raise many shivers, however, about all that powers the opening scenes is ex–homicide cop Peter Tyler's suspicions of Nell Priest, the Northern Union security officer he's been paired with, and his worries that his temporary position as an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board will lead nowhere, leaving him stuck in debt after his assault on a murderous child abuser threw him off the force. But once Tyler learns that the victim in the boxcar scuffle was no ordinary hobo, and that Nell knew his identity but withheld it from Tyler, the tale picks up speed. And when Tyler, realizing that Alvarez's position is uncomfortably like his own, shares his misgivings about the manhunt with the Northern Union brass only to be dropped into the soup, Pearson works this man-on-the-run episode like a pro—as if you didn't already know that the climax would put the resourceful saboteur, the dogged cop, and the rest of the cast on the bullet train hurtling toward D.C. at 180 miles an hour.Stick with the slow opening movement and you'll be rewarded with a bravura display of acceleration, even before the call for that fatal train. (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2001)
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Pearson, Ridley
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  • Railroad accidents
  • Widowers
  • Sabotage
  • Revenge
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Parallel lies, by Ridley Pearson
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
356 pages
Isbn
9780786865642
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(hd.cov.)
Lccn
00047227
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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MYSTERY
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  • ocm45080057
  • OCoLC
Label
Parallel lies, by Ridley Pearson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
356 pages
Isbn
9780786865642
Isbn Type
(hd.cov.)
Lccn
00047227
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
MYSTERY
System control number
  • ocm45080057
  • OCoLC

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