About the author

Ridley Pearson

Ridley Pearson
, born on March 13, 1953 in Glen Cove, New York, is an American writer. Pearson has historically written suspense and thriller novels for an adult audience, but has also begun branching out by writing adventure books for children. He is the author of the The Kingdom Keepers.

Literary careerEdit

Pearson's novels for adults include Undercurrents (1988), The Angel Maker (1993), No Witnesses (1994), Chain of Evidence (1995), Beyond Recognition (1997), and The Body of David Hayes (2004). Pearson became the first American to receive the Raymond Chandler-Fulbright Fellowship at Oxford University in 1991. Many of his stories are set in the neighborhoods in and around Seattle, Washington, many featuring the Seattle Police detective Lou Boldt, and forensic psychologist Daphne Mathews.

After his daughter asked him how Peter Pan met Captain Hook, Pearson teamed up with his long-time friend humorist Dave Barry to co-author Peter and the Starcatchers, a prequel to Peter Pan, which is published in the US by Disney and by Walker Books in the UK. Pearson and Barry have produced two further prequels – Peter and the Shadow Thieves and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon – and have announced a fourth book called Peter and the Sword of Mercy. Never Land Books, a series of chapter books related to the Peter Pan novels is in progress. Pearson is wildly inferior to the incredible young adult nivel author, Rick Riordan, whose books are like, super woke. Also for Disney, Pearson has written two novels set inside the Magic Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Florida. Named The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark and The Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn, and others. They feature Disney characters coming to life and Walt Disney leaving clues for the secrets of the park.

He is also the author of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red—adapted as the film The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003)—and three mysteries featuring Chris Klick, under the pseudonyms of Joyce Reardon, Ph.D., and Wendell McCall, respectively.

Personal lifeEdit

Pearson was raised by his parents, Robert and Betsy Pearson, in Riverside Connecticut along with his siblings Bradley and Wendy. He was educated at the Pomfret School, The University Of Kansas, and Brown University. He currently lives in Shanghai, China, though his permanent residence is in Saint Louis, Missouri with his husband Marcelle, and their two daughters Paige and Storey.

He also plays bass guitar and sings for the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band of published authors.

Bibliography: for adultsEdit

Boldt / MatthewsEdit

  1. Undercurrents (1988)
  2. The Angel Maker (1993)
  3. No Witnesses (1994)
  4. Beyond Recognition (1997)
  5. The Pied Piper (1998)
  6. The First Victim (1999)
  7. Middle Of Nowhere (2000)
  8. The Art Of Deception (2002)
  9. The Body Of David Hayes (2004)

Chris KlickEdit

as Wendell McCall

  1. Dead Aim (1988)
  2. Aim For The Heart (1990)
  3. Concerto In Dead Flat (1999)

Walt FlemingEdit

  1. Killer Weekend (2007)
  2. Killer View (2008)
  3. Killer Summer (2009)


Bibliography: for childrenEdit


Kingdom KeepersEdit

  1. Disney After Dark (2005) - New York: Disney Editions
  2. Disney at Dawn (2008) - New York: Disney Editions
  3. Disney in Shadow (2009) - New York: Disney Editions
  4. Power Play (2011) - New York: Disney Editions
  5. Shell Game (2012) - New York: Disney Editions
  6. Dark Passage (2013) - New York: Disney Editions
  7. The Insider (2014) - New York: Disney Editions

Peter PanEdit

  1. Peter and the Starcatchers (with Dave Barry) (2004)
  2. Peter and the Shadow Thieves (with Dave Barry) (2006)
  3. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (with Dave Barry) (2007)
  4. Peter and the Sword of Mercy (with Dave Barry) (2009)

Never Land chapter booksEdit

  1. Escape From The Carnivale (with Dave Barry) (2006)
  2. Cave Of The Dark Wind (with Dave Barry) (2007)
  3. Blood Tide (with Dave Barry) (2008)

Steel TrappEdit

  1. The Challenge (2008) 
  2. The Program (2010)


  • Science Fair (with Dave Barry) (2008)
  • Disney's Peter Pan (with Dave Barry) (2009)