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Double Take: An FBI Thriller [Mass Market Paperback]

Catherine Coulter
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May 29 2012 An FBI Thriller (Book 11)

FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are joined by one of their own and a Virginia sheriff in an extraordinary case that immerses them in the world of psychic visions, mind benders, and communications with the dead.

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Starred Review. At the start of bestseller Coulter's gripping 11th FBI thriller (after Point Blank), Julia Ransom is enjoying a liberating stroll on San Francisco's Pier 39 after having been suspected of the brutal murder of her renowned psychic husband, Dr. August Ransom, six months earlier and hounded by the media. When an unknown assailant throws Julia off the pier, FBI Special Agent Cheney Stone rescues her. Stone later senses a link between the attack and the death of Julia's husband. Meanwhile in Virginia, Sheriff Dixon Noble is finally feeling his life is getting back to normal after his wife went missing three years earlier. When Noble comes to San Francisco to pursue a lead into his wife's disappearance, he gets involved in a harrowing investigation with Stone into both mysteries. As usual, the author conjures strong visual images, particularly a wild car chase through the streets of San Francisco. Credible characters and a fascinating look at the world of psychics and thieves help make this one of Coulter's best.
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When Julia Ransom is attacked while taking a stroll on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, an FBI agent dining nearby saves her life and finds himself drawn into her complicated world. It turns out the young, beautiful Julia is a widow; her much older celebrity-psychic husband, August, was recently savagely murdered. Julia herself is considered a suspect in the case, but newly smitten FBI agent Cheney Stone refuses to believe it. At the same time, in the small town of Maestro, Virginia, Sheriff "Dix" Noble (a recurring character in Coulter's books) has just started resuming a normal life; his wife, Christie, has been missing for three years and is presumed dead. When Dix gets a tip that Christie has been spotted in San Francisco, he heads there to check it out and winds up crossing paths with Agent Stone. With the help of two other recurring characters, Agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, the group is able to solve the mystery behind the missing Christie and the murder of August Ransom. Mystery-suspense fans will enjoy the colorful characters; twisting, turning plots; loads of potential suspects; and an ultimately satisfying conclusion. Kathleen Hughes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this one down! July 30 2008
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Oh my gosh, this was the first Catherine Coulter book I read and I couldn't put this one down. I can't wait to go back now and read all of her's starting with the Cove! It keep me wanting to read until all hours of the night! I loved the psychic part. I loved all her characters. I loved the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read March 22 2014
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This was another case of "I couldn't put it down". I love the characters and personal interaction between them. The end is always thrilling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Oct. 22 2014
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As usual another good book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing (so far) June 14 2007
By Linda Leach - Published on
I bought this book yesterday (June 13, 2007) and am into it about 150 pages. I enjoyed many of the FBI series books that Coulter has written but noticed a change several books back. Reading this one has almost been painful and I'm not sure I can get through it. The dialogue is totally corny! This guy plays for the Atlanta Symphony and says "she was awful pretty". Then in the middle of talking he tells the agents not to sit on the bench because it's too hard and after he marries his girlfriend he'll make her mother sit there. Those are just examples, every page is like this. I am extremely disappointed in Catherine Coulter. Don't waste your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great June 28 2007
By Trish_N - Published on
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I've long been a reader of Catherine Coulter's FBI series - first because I love mystery and suspense - and second because she is a Nothern California writer. The story line was not her best and lacked the zing of her previous offerings - that said there was enough of Savitch and Sherlock and their typical activities to keep my interest. The whole FBI series has been based on 'special investigative activities' within the FBI which has always seemed a stretch (but an entertaining one). With this latest plot taking in mediums and communicating with the dead - it required a little more stetch for believability... I'm hoping the next book in the series is more in line with previous offerings. 2007 hasn't been a stellar year for mystery / suspense series writers - most of the books so far this year have been less than anticipated - this offering was a B to B- (B minus) but good enough to keep me coming back for more. As always, the story line continuation from book to book is excellent no misteps (unlike recent offerings by J D Robb and Janet Evanovich - where they mistake character names and or belongings previously identified) - it's obvious that C.C. and her editor pay attention to detail - they are also great at detailing facts / locations from San Francisco.... This book is easily one of the top 10 mysteries I have read this year - that said - it doesn't quite measure up to her previous offerings.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DOUBLE TALK June 25 2007
By Carol - Published on
The only reason I will finish this book is that I bought it with hard earned money. Why I bought it - well, I'll have to think about that.

I love Savitch and Sherlock but the other characters leave me cold. The interviews with the psychics made them look like idiots and was an insult to genuine 'helpers'. The brother who played in the symphony was a jerk and an insult to all artists. And they all ended up in California.There was no development of Cheney and Julia and the premise began with such promise. Such a waste of time and money.

I suspect the people who wrote glowing reviews and had only that one review in their profile were friends or acquaintances. I know this is my last time purchase of a Catherine Coulter book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars differnt July 3 2007
By Linda S. Foley - Published on
I really liked this book with all the characters & plot. I admit, I did get a little confused at times b/o so many people involved in story, BUT it was a way different genre for her. It held my interest-read in 4 days-& as usual, am looking forward to a total Savich novel-I love this couple & think they're really cool & funny. For anyone to read this book w/o ever having read any of her previous books I think it may be confusing but still enjoyable/great read
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad installment Sept. 1 2007
By cmp - Published on
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I'm never quite sure about Catherine Coulter. I have at one point or another read all her books, starting way back when she just wrote historical romance. I enjoy her plots - I'm a person who loves series because I like to get to know characters, and she writes that part very well. I just can't ever get over how oddly her characters talk. It just always jars me to hear her characters' conversations where there aren't any contractions or the language seems so formal and stilted.

That aside - and if you read her, I bet you know what I mean - this was a good installment. Without giving spoilers, a question gets answered from the last story. The ongoing characters are well developed and grow some, as people do.

The plot is, well, over the top. I am both a mystery and a romance reader. I do NOT pick up the likes of Catherine Coulter, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood and their ilk for the realism of their police procedures. I go to Kathy Reichs, Linda Fairstein, Deborah Crombie and so on for that. This one, in particular, seems to throw all investigative technique out the window and relies nearly solely on the FBI folks' intuition and the ubiquitous Max. There is also (no surprise, I hope, since the book's about a psychic's widow) a strong supernatural element to this book, which may turn off readers like my grandmother, who loves authors like Coulter or Nora Roberts, but won't read any of their books that feature ghosts or witches or the like.

Again, this is a series book. Most of us dedicated series readers will buy or read series books until the author makes some huge character mistake or the writing just goes completely into the toilet. So, if you read the FBI series, you'll probably want to read this, no matter what I say. And, what I have to say about this book is not at all bad - I felt that it was a good installment for this particular series. And, if you've not read any of this series before, this is not the place to start. You'll be confused, you won't have the emotional attachment to the characters, and you might not be as willing to forgive some of the oddities of the writing.
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