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  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson Gale Group; Lrg edition (February 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594130604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594130601
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,032,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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By A Customer on July 1 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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