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Blowout [Hardcover]

Catherine Coulter
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June 14 2004 FBI Thriller (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock return in a dazzling new thriller. Blowout takes excitement to an all-time high level.

Married FBI agents Savich and Sherlock work and play hard: devoted to their jobs, their son, and each other, they approach each new case with gusto, and appreciate every moment of downtime they can grab. But a long weekend getaway at a secluded cabin in the Pennsylvania woods is cut short when the agents are summoned back to Washington, where a nightmare awaits them: The night before the Supreme Court is to hear opening arguments in a highly controversial death-penalty case, a prominent judge is murdered in the court's third-floor library. Savich and Sherlock are charged with heading the investigation but when the killings continue, each targeting another brilliant, successful Washington power broker, the agents are faced with their most baffling and shocking case of their lives.

As dramatic and suspenseful as anything she's ever written, Blowout is Catherine Coulter at the very height of her storytelling powers.

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The latest in prolific novelist Coulter's series of FBI thrillers once again features high-powered husband and wife team Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. In the middle of a long-awaited vacation with their young son, the two are called to investigate the heinous midnight murder of a Supreme Court Justice, committed in the Court's library despite tight, round-the-clock security. Known as a moderate, Justice Stewart Califano was undoubtedly contemplating an upcoming case involving the death penalty for psychopathic juveniles when he was brutally garroted, his fingers sliced off as he struggled to escape. The FBI is aided in the case by the CIA, Secret Service and metropolitan police as well as by the judge's stepdaughter, an investigative reporter for the Washington Post. Yet within 48 hours, two of the Justice's young law clerks are murdered in the same grisly fashion—the lovable Daniel strangled with his own St. Christopher medal chain, and the formidable Eliza killed while she's on the phone with Savich. An unrelated supernatural side plot is distracting, and the case's solution comes from out of left field, but fans of the author's fictional duo will get their fix—the climactic face-off takes place in Savich and Sherlock's own living room.
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Fans of the author's fictional duo will get their fix. (Publishers Weekly)

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3.0 out of 5 stars My opinion - not her best work. Feb. 26 2009
By GinRobi
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Savich, Sherlock and their son, Sean, are spending some family time at a cabin in the Poconos. On his way back from the market, Savich's SUV blows a tire. Just as he's done changing it, a woman comes running out of nowhere, not suitably dressed for the weather, screaming about a man in her house. His cell phone all of a sudden not working and unable to call for back-up, Savich goes with the woman back to her house. Making her wait in the living room, he searches the house, and other than a small incident, there's no one there. Exactly no one, for even the woman has disappeared. The house now seems abandoned, as if it had been that way for years. Had Savich actually been talking to a ghost?

And just when he tries to convince the local sheriff of what happened, Savich and Sherlock are called back to D.C. to head up the investigation of a murdered supreme court justice, Stewart Califano. He'd been murdered right in the Supreme Court Library, and all they have to go on is the guard who'd been knocked out.

Metro detective Ben Raven is helping Sherlock and Savich with the case, the appointed liason between the FBI and Metro police. They met the now widow, Margaret Califano, as well as her daughter, Callie Markham, an investigative reporter for The Washington Post. Taking a leave of absense, she's determined to help the FBI find her stepfather's killer. And now Ben is stuck with her. And that's just the beginning of a spark.

Everyone is interviewed, from the other justices, the clerks, family and friends. Then one of Califano's clerks is murdered, the same M.O. With the help of MAX, the computer finds the M.O. matches the M.O. of a killer who hasn't killed in over 20 years. How can that be? Is no one safe and who could be next?

**Could have been better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting romantic thriller June 28 2004
FBI agents Dillon Savitch and his wife Sherlock along with their son Sean enjoy a vacation in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains when a ghost asks him for help. The incident spooks Dillon but before he can do anything for the spirit of Samantha Barrister he and Sherlock return to Washington, D.C. because Supreme Court Justice Stewart Quinn Califano was murdered in the courthouse library. Someone bypassed the security guards and technological safety devices to perform an apparently professional hit.
Savitch and Sherlock find no clues that could lead them to a suspect. The victim was a moderate judge with no known enemies and never stirred up any controversy. The only wrong doing they can find is that he is having an affair with Eliza one of his legal aides. His other aides Danny and Fleurette thought their boss walked on water. When the culprit kills Danny and Eliza, the Feds use Fleurette to flush him out but that plan fails almost killing Fleurette, Savitch, Sherlock and Sean. While they try again to capture the killer, Savitch knows that when their ordeal is over, he has a ghost to put to rest.
Catherine Coulter can always be counted on to write an exciting romantic thriller. Her protagonists, Savitch and Sherlock are as deeply in love as they were in the first book in this series and their love for their son is a beautiful thing to behold. There is a lot of action and chase scenes in BLOW OUT but the author also concentrates on her characters and how they act and react to certain dangerous situations. This book is sure to make the New York Times Bestseller List.
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2.0 out of 5 stars She may have blown it this time... June 23 2004
Sorry about the title, I couldn't resist...
I am a long time fan of Catherine, and have read every book she's written, some I loved, some I liked a little. Blow Out is my first major disappointment.
While Sherlock and Savitch are old favorite characters, they simply don't warrant main character status anymore. Their story is played out, and they now seem to be reliving their own cliches (how many times can big hair rollers be sexy??) As for the other main characters, Callie and Ben, they were the least interesting characters in any of Catherine's books. There wasn't even a tiny bit of romantic tension, and when they got together in the end, I found it completely unbelievable and even undesirable.
The plotline of the book is as murky and boring as the characters. 2 stories that could have been riveting had no twists, and no real climactic point. They dragged, and floundered, and never intertwined, as I found myself hoping. It just doesn't work in this genre to tell a lengthy story, and end with a villian who pops up out of nowhere and hasn't a single interesting trait, draining the romance in favor of cliche, and recycling old characters.
After books like The Target, The Maze and The Cove, as well as most of the earlier FBI novels, I was slightly disappointed with 11th Hour and Blindside. I had high hopes for Blow Out, but find that it seems like the author was rushing to meet a deadline, or to fulfill a contractual obligation to finish a certain number of books, and forgot her fans.
I have always bought the hard back version of my favorite authors. But I have to say that next time, I'll be going to the library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-Moving but Logical Mystery June 20 2004
FBI agent Dillon Savich is driving down an isolated stretch of road on the way to meet his wife, Lacey Sherlock, and their son, Sean, for a much-needed vacation. Suddenly, a woman jumps into his car's path and causes a near accident. He chases her to a large estate home. She is obsessed with a man inside who is trying to kill her. When Savich tries to help her, she flees in terror. Savich's call for help with the local Sheriff gets sympathy but no definitive action. According to Sheriff Doozer Harms, the Barrister house on Clayton Road has been abandoned and vacant. The young woman Savich described with excellent detail was Samantha Barrister, murdered thirty years earlier.
The following morning, his getaway grinds to a halt when a phone call summons both him and his agent wife back to Washington, D.C. Supreme Court Justice Stewart Califano is dead, murdered in the Supreme Court Library. The Saviches are in charge of the federal investigation and will work with local detective Ben Raven. Califano's death is brutal; he was garroted by a thin wire. The murderer is a professional. To complicate matters, Justice Califano's stepdaughter, Callie Markham, is a crack journalist on the Washington newspaper's staff. Raven accepts her help with family information when she becomes a willing sidekick after taking a leave of absence from her job.
Eight previous well-received FBI thrillers give author Catherine Coulter credibility in BLOWOUT, a fast-moving but logical mystery. The right amount of leakage makes the reader lean one way toward the crime's solution, then veer in another when clues lead in a different direction. Savich's encounter with the "dead woman" on the moonlit road in rural Pennsylvania is a nagging unfinished piece to a complicated puzzle.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wish there was a vacuum cleaner icon instead of a star rating because...
I received the paperback version of this novel for free. Good thing, because it's easily one of the worst books I have ever read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by So Many Books, So Little Time
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her better books
I have read all of Catherine's FBI thrillers and have to say this is not one of her better writings. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Jules
3.0 out of 5 stars Ending Disappointed
I love the Sherlock/Savich series, but I had problems with this one. First of all, I felt that a psychic experience was out of place. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Jane Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Blow out, I think not.
Very disappointing. I was looking forward to this book because I buy all of her books. It took me a minute to get into the book, and besides that I was very easily interrupted. Read more
Published on July 1 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Blowout
I just finished Blowout and found it to be just as exciting as all of Catherine Coulter's FBI series books. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by R.L.C.
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible!!!
After reading Riptide a while back I thought I would enjoy another Coulter book. My mistake. The entire plot of this book is so unbelievable I had to continue reading it just to... Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Thriller
Blowout by Catherine Coulter is another exciting installment in her FBI Series.
Sherlock and Savich are on a weekend get away. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Judy
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
The whole time I read this book I was thinking, "Are they kidding? They actually think we'd BELIEVE this stuff? Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Audrey P.
3.0 out of 5 stars HEY HEY HEY (ARGH!!!!!!!)
Hey, if you can, hey, read this book and, hey, believe the dialogue, hey, good for you. I have never, hey, ever seen an author abuse the word "Hey" so much in my life. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Challott
2.0 out of 5 stars coulter misses this time
I was very disappointed in Coulter's latest work. She took a potentially complex story and "shrink wrapped" it. How naive does she think we are? Read more
Published on June 24 2004
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