The Risk Agent

The Risk Agent

Book - 2012
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 A Chinese National working for an American-owned 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?

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

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399158834
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xii, 420 p. : map ; 24 cm.


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Mar 31, 2015

It was entertaining and informative about day to day life in China. However, at times I felt like the author was more interested in letting the reader know about China than about the plot and the characters. Oh, and how many times did he have to use the word "waiguoren" ?

Oct 03, 2014

picked up this book because I have liked previous books by this author, but this one, set in Shanghai was not up to his previous level of readability.
Too many characters, confusing plot, and Chinese background leads to more unknowns and many security problems. Would not recommend.

Jul 12, 2014

This was a fast read...pure summer reading. The plot was clever and engaging.

Jun 22, 2013

Usually I like this author's work But I couldn't get into this one put it down for good after less than 50 pages

Aug 06, 2012

Great read! This is Ridley Pearson's best since the Lou Boldt series.

Aug 05, 2012

I was really disappointed in this book. Pearson is usually a wonderful author, but not this time. I really hope this is not the start of a new series.

Jul 16, 2012

A forensic accountant, Grace Chu, and John Knox try to solve the kidnapping of a Chinese national working for an American construction company in Shanghai. Good characters and a convoluted plot. Looks like the beginning of a good series.


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