A Risk Agent Novel #3: The Red Room by Ridley Pearson (2014, Hardcover)
“This installment is all about impossible escapes and elusive spycraft….Another hit in this knockout thriller series featuring nonstop danger, casually clever descriptions of exotic locales, evolving characterization, and evenhanded sociopolitical commentary. Recommended for every beach bag.” —Booklist
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?
Praise for the Chu-Knox Series
“Brainy … [a] Rubik’s cube of a thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review on The Red Room
“Pearson offers readers a rainbow of Istanbul’s local color.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Pearson’s third book in the Risk Agent series is an E-ticket adventure of lies, betrayal and violence… Pearson leaves no doubt that he can handle the espionage trade. The writing style is tense, breathless. The plot, a thick maze of questions.”
—The Arizona Republic
“Istanbul comes alive in Pearson’s prose, capturing its multiple flavors and presenting its fascinating conglomeration of East and West blended through thousands of years of history. Yet he keeps the plot racing along to the climax. This book will keep you turning the pages until the very end.”
— Suspense Magazine on The Red Room
“Pearson has crafted a great series with characters and settings the reader will enjoy, and demand will be heavy owing to his growing fanbase.”
—Library Journal on The Red Room
“Exciting…Pearson peels away the various layers of deception before the satisfying denouement.”
—Publishers Weekly on The Red Room
“It’s obvious why Pearson has earned praise as thriller grand master; the pacing is flawlessly anxiety ridden, and the investigative elements are richly layered.”
—Booklist on Choke Point
“Readers who like crime novels that teem with violence and provide more than a touch of sex will give Choke Point high ratings. So will readers who enjoy prose with a sharp edge.”
— St. Louis Today on Choke Point
“Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai…and filled with breathtaking suspense. …Famous for his plotting and attention to details, Pearson is off to a great start with his compelling and multilayered new protagonists.”
—Library Journal (starred) on The Risk Agent
“A cunning thriller worthy of the promised series… Exotic locale. Credible heroics. Vicarious thrills. Fans will want more, and soon.”