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Blowout [Hardcover]

Catherine Coulter
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her better books July 6 2004
By Jules
I have read all of Catherine's FBI thrillers and have to say this is not one of her better writings. She entwines two tales in one story that have nothing remotely to do with each other and it just kind of leaves you mixed up. Wondering when she was going to touch on the other story she was trying to tell. It seemed to drag on and on...and that is one quality in book that I do not enjoy. However I will not stop reading her books. Every other FBI thriller book she has written has been excellent. Every now and then an author has an off time. This was just one of hers. I am sure she will come back strong and kicking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ending Disappointed July 4 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
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. Sherlock and Savich are professionals; the ghost story line didn't fit in. Secondly, there were a lot of contradictions in the book. For example, I didn't buy that the judge married Callie's mother to get to her. It didn't jive. Callie respected the judge and was intuitive enough to know if he was interested in her or not. There was no evidence that he was.
I, especially, disliked the way things were tied up at the end. The last quarter of the book didn't fit with the first three.
So many of my favorite authors are cranking books out due to publisher induced deadlines. They suffer as a result.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Blow out, I think not. July 1 2004
By A Customer
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. It did not capture my imagination. I could not believe that they brought a person who is on a hit list into their home even though they have a son they love so much. The book was all over the place. All of a sudden, MAX came up with the name of the murderer, just like that. It was just so out there. I liked the Samantha Barrister secondary plot line better than the main plot. Maybe that should have been the main plot. It was hard to believe that the judge was having an affair. The way everyone described him as being private and waiting patiently to marry his wife, does not jibe with him being an adulterer. Instead of paying your hard earned money, I would go to the library and check it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blowout June 30 2004
By R.L.C.
I just finished Blowout and found it to be just as exciting as all of Catherine Coulter's FBI series books. I would highly recommend this book as a "good read" especially if you have read all of her other FBI books. I could not put it down and throroughly enjoyed it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible!!! June 30 2004
By Dave
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 see how senseless the ending would be. The two story lines never come together. The ending is not only predictable, but lame. I have nothing intellgent to say about this book because it was soooo bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Thriller June 28 2004
By Judy
Blowout by Catherine Coulter is another exciting installment in her FBI Series.
Sherlock and Savich are on a weekend get away. Savich has a run in with a ghost of a woman who was murdered 30 years ago. But before they can check into the murder they are called back to Washington to solve the brutal killing of a Supreme Court Justice.
Callie Markham an investigative reporter feels she can help with the investigation of her stepfather. Savich agrees to let her help and pairs her with Detective Ben Raven. As they start to get closer to the truth, they are draw to each other.
Blowout brings two baffling crimes for Sherlock and Savich to solve. This book is fast-paced, suspenseful and will make you want another story right away.
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