About Ridley

Ridley Who?

Ridley Pearson is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly equally divided between crime/suspense and middle grade adventure novels. His work has been published in two dozen languages, and has been adapted by network television and for the Broadway stage.

Peter and the Starcatchers, co-written with Dave Barry, was adapted by Rick Elice into a play which went on to Broadway to win 5 Tony Awards.

Ridley was awarded The Raymond Chandler Fulbright fellowship in detective fiction from Oxford University in 1990, was an Edgar Award nominee, was admitted to the Missouri Writer Hall of Fame  in 2013. His novels have won numerous state reading awards. Peter and the Starcatchers set a Guinness World Record for most readers reading the same novel at the same time.

His research has spanned the globe and included everything from the engine room of a cruise liner, the Kenya bush, a nighttime visit to Walt Disney World’s It’s A Small World, to a locked-room visit with inmates at a prison for the criminally insane. The real life aftereffects of this research have at various times helped authorities solve a trio of homicides and briefly made Ridley a silent contributor to an FBI task force charged with the manhunt for the Washington D.C. sniper.

Ridley plays bass guitar in a rock band comprised of other bestselling writers. His hobbies include  snowboarding, and climbing 200-foot trees. He also loves movies, sports and live theater.



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!


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)