About Ridley

Ridley Who?

Edgar-nominee, Ridley Pearson is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of (more than 50) award-winning suspense and young adult adventure novels. His novels have been published in two-dozen languages and have been adapted for network television and the Broadway stage. Ridley’s crime novels have earned a reputation for writing fiction that “grips the imagination.”

Ridley’s middle-grade-reader series include, The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp and Lock & Key. The Peter and the Starcatchers series,co-written with Pulitzer Prize winner (and bandmate), Dave Barry, (adapted to the stage by Rick Elice) was awarded 5 Tony Awards.

Ridley’s research has spanned the globe and has included, a prison for the criminally insane in the U.K., exploring the engine room of a cruise liner, and multiple after-hour tours of Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Currently, Ridley is writing a new series—The Kingdom Kids—for Disney Books and a trilogy of graphic novels—The Super Sons—for DC Entertainment.

Ridley plays bass guitar in an all-author rock band comprised of other bestselling writers (Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Mitch Album, Scott Turow, Greg Iles, and occasionally, Stephen King). The Rockbottom Remainders, has raised over 2.5 million dollars for various non-profits. He lives–and writes–in the Northern Rockies along with his wife, Marcelle.



As you can imagine, I need to focus my writing time on my books. That said, I do read every e-mail I receive from readers, with two exceptions; I stop if an e-mail is inappropriate and, for legal reasons, I can’t read your ideas, stories or work you’d like to see published.

I try to answer all e-mails—but please be patient! (Thank you!)  Also, if you’ve written me before, it may be a while before you hear back—preference is given to first-timers.

I am thrilled that you’re reading my books. Seriously! I communicate with readers through my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and newsletters. Thanks for checking out my site and keep reading!


To email me click here.

For written letters please send to:
101 E. Bullion Street, Suite 2G
Hailey, ID 83333


For having Ridley as a Speaker/Entertainer/Educator

Nancy Zastrow

Adventure Novel Book Tours

Disney Books (Kingdom Keepers and more)
MaryAnn Zissimos

Harper/Collins (Lock & Key)
Lindsey Karl

Literary Agency

Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary


Pouya Shahbazian, New Leaf Literary

If you need to contact Ridley’s office, please contact Ridley’s assistant, Nancy Zastrow.


Complete Suspense List


White Bone (Risk Agent Series) (2016)
The Red Room (Risk Agent Series) (2014)
Choke Point John (Risk Agent Series) (2013)
The Risk Agent John (Risk Agent Series) (2012)
In Harm’s Way (Walt Fleming Series) (2010)
Killer Summer (Walt Fleming Series) (2009)
Killer View (Walt Fleming Series) (2008)
Killer Weekend (Walt Fleming Series) (2007)
Cut and Run (2005)
The Body Of David Hayes (Bolt/Matthews Series) (2004)
The Art Of Deception (Bolt/Matthews Series) (2002)
Parallel Lies (2001)
The Diary Of Ellen Rimbauer as Joyce Reardon, Ph.D. (2001)
Middle Of Nowhere (Bolt/Matthews Series) (2000)
The First Victim (Bolt/Matthews Series) (1999)
The Pied Piper (Bolt/Matthews Series) (1998)
Beyond Recognition (Bolt/Matthews Series) (1997)
Chain of Evidence (1995)
No Witnesses (Bolt/Matthews Series) (1994)
The Angel Maker (Bolt/Matthews Series) (1993)
Hard Fall (1992)
Probable Cause (1990)
Undercurrents (Bolt/Matthews Series) (1988)
The Seizing of Yankee Green Mall (1987) (later republished as Hidden Charges)
Blood of the Albatross (1986)
Never Look Back (1985)

as Wendell McCall

Concerto In Dead Flat (Chris Klick Series) (1999)
Aim For The Heart (Chris Klick Series) (1990)
Dead Aim (Chris Klick Series) (1988)

Complete Adventure List


Lock & Key: Downward Spiral (2017)
The Return: Disney At Last (2017)
Lock & Key: The Initiation (2016)
The Return: Legacy of Secrets (2016)
The Return: Disney Lands (2015)
The Syndrome, A Kindgom Keepers novel (2015)
Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider (2014)
Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage (2013)
Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game (2012)
Kingdom Keepers IV:Power Play (2011)
The Bridge to Neverland (with Dave Barry) (2011)
Kingdom Keepers III: Disney In Shadow (2010)
Steel Trapp: The Academy (2010)
Peter and the Sword of Mercy (with Dave Barry) (2009)
Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn (2008)
Blood Tide (with Dave Barry) (2008)
Steel Trapp: The Challenge (2008)
Science Fair (with Dave Barry) (2008)
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (with Dave Barry) (2007)
Cave Of The Dark Wind (with Dave Barry) (2007)
Peter and the Shadow Thieves (with Dave Barry) (2006)
Escape From The Carnivale (with Dave Barry) (2006)
Kingdom Keepers I: Disney After Dark (2005)
Peter and the Starcatchers (with Dave Barry) (2004)