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Blowout: An FBI Thriller [Large Print] [Paperback]

Catherine Coulter
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February 2005 Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers
A long weekend in the Poconos is cut short when Sherlock and Savich are helicoptered back to Washington to lead the investigation into the brutal murder of a Supreme Court Justice. Savich allows Callie Markham, an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, to partner with local Metro Police liaison Ben Raven, since she’s got the inside track - she’s the stepdaughter of the murdered justice. Despite Detective Raven’s unwillingness to have a civilian along, Callie Markham ends up riding shotgun to help look for her stepfather’s murderer. Within the next twenty-four hours, a Supreme Court law clerk is found murdered, the M.O. the same. Savich learns he must also solve a thirty-year-old crime after a psychic encounter with the murder victim, Samantha Barrister, who suddenly appears in front of his car and hysterically pleads for his help. Savich and Sherlock discover that at the time of her death Samantha had a six-year-old son, who disappeared as a teenager. Savich is convinced the missing boy is the key. In Blowout, Sherlock and Savich are faced with two of the most baffling and shocking cases of their careers.
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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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Format:Kindle Edition
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. I only read it because I hate giving up on a book - I am always optimistic that it will improve as the story progresses. Not in this case. I just don't know where to begin, there is so much wrong with it. Before I continue, I should mention that I am a retired police officer so feel that I can make these comments due to experience (and not basing it on having watched some cop drama on TV!!)

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.
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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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting romantic thriller
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. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Harriet Klausner
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 25 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best but still entertaining
I wont rehash the plot but I agree with many of the other reviewers that this is a long way from my favorite Coulter book. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by Fred Black
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