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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: 21.5 x 16.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,435,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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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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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