Blowout Hardcover – Jun 14 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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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1) Two police officers who are married to one another would not work as partners. They might, on occasion, happen to work the same shift but rarely. Would you really want to go on a weapons call with your spouse and perhaps witness them being shot? Think about it.
2) They would never use their private vehicle as their police vehicle....especially a Porsche 911.
3) A civilian (meaning Callie Markham, in this instance) would never be taken on a call of a murder in progress. Or be allowed to question witnesses. Or pretty much anything she participated in, in this story.
4) Never, EVER would a briefing/debriefing of a murder take place in the living room that happens to be the crime scene....that hasn't even been examined yet! I mean seriously - even someone who has watched Law & Order, NCIS or any other TV cop drama would know this.
5) Interviewing five witnesses at once, in the same room? Never.
I could just go on and on. I know some people reading this will think I am nitpicking. But the entire book is so full of flaws, I can't help myself!
Most police fiction/thrillers I read contain some comments from the author, thanking people who were consulted during the writing of the book.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I have read all of Catherine's FBI thrillers and have to say this is not one of her better writings. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Julie
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 morePublished on July 4 2004 by Jane Miller
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 morePublished on July 1 2004
I just finished Blowout and found it to be just as exciting as all of Catherine Coulter's FBI series books. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by R.L.C.
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 morePublished on June 30 2004 by Dave
Blowout by Catherine Coulter is another exciting installment in her FBI Series.
Sherlock and Savich are on a weekend get away. Read more
The whole time I read this book I was thinking, "Are they kidding? They actually think we'd BELIEVE this stuff? Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Audrey P.
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 morePublished on June 28 2004 by Challott
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 morePublished on June 24 2004