Double Take: An FBI Thriller Mass Market Paperback – Jun 24 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
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.