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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (Nov. 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515122491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515122497
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of karate, pistol-whipping, and other malevolent mayhem, Catherine Coulter's The Maze could be described as a junior-varsity version of Silence of the Lambs. As in that novel, the heroine in The Maze, Lacey Sherlock, becomes an FBI agent to help unravel the mysteries of her own past. Seven years after her sister was brutally slain by a serial killer (the wonderfully creepy "String Killer"), Lacey is assigned to the FBI's Criminal Apprehension Unit (CAU). The CAU, headed by brawny bureau egghead Dillon Savich, uses computer modeling to catch the baddest guys around--it's like profiling, but with databases. Before you know it, Dillon and Lacey are tangling with the String Killer. Even when the scenarios are not terribly inventive--"Let's use Lacey as bait! What a great idea!"--Coulter makes sure that her bad guys are good and twisted. A touch of bloody-mindedness can cover up a multitude of sins, and on that score, The Maze satisfies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Despite nightmares and a near nervous breakdown caused by her stepsister's murder at the hand of a serial killer seven years earlier, Lacey Sherlock has abandoned her dream of a career as a musician and has become an FBI agent. When, as her first assignment, she is attached to Dillon Savich's Criminal Apprehension Unit (which uses a specialized profiling computer program), she has the chance to work on the case that has obsessed her?and finds herself irresistibly drawn to her boss. Coulter's suspense is well drawn?although the listener easily spots one of the villains early in the story?and if Dillon is too good to be true, the action of the story helps to overcome these weaknesses. Susan Eriksen's reading is spirited and emotive with effective character vocalizations. For popular collections.?Melody Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, N.C.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angie on Sept. 9 2003
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More often than not (unfortunately) you read a poorly written novel by a bestselling author and wonder if the book got by the editor/publisher just because of the author's name. This is a perfect example. Why?
1) Great writers pay attention to detail without going overboard. In this case "less is more" is NOT more. Nothing here rings credible except for the mention of Hogan's Alley (which turns what seems to be a Keystone Cops routine into a trite, unfunny incident.) It's like the author declined to do anything more than superficial research.
2) Dialogue should flow and realistically represent how a character would talk (in this case FBI agents). In the MAZE, dialogue often sounds stilted and grown adults talk like teenagers.
3) Complex cases (i.e. serial killers) are not solved so easily as by the stroke of a computer key and a "oh gee, it must be someone who hated them" attitude.
4) The "Sherlock" shtick got old REAL FAST. Once is cute, EVERY time Lacey meets someone (and is kidded about her name) is corny and downright annoying.
It's not that you expect great literature from all thrillers but for a pleasant, well-researched and well-executed light romantic suspense read, check out the Harlequin Intrigue line. You'll fare much better!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16 1998
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This is a fun book if you're not too analytical and don't try to make it match reality. The repartee is very good; the characters are unusual; and it's bloody satisfying to have a female character going after a serial killer with every intention of blowing him away. But the factual innaccuracies are jarring, and the number of wacko characters defies belief. So just ignore the little voice in your head that says "It just doesn't work this way!" and enjoy.
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I agree with the reviewer from Alexandria, VA. I'm amazed at the number of 5-star reviews this book garnered, since I could've written the dialogue from this book when I was a sophomore in high school.
To give just one example (out of dozens of possibilities), when an agent on the CAU is caught leaking information to the press, her confrontation with her superior read more like a fight behind the bleachers during homecoming than anything you would expect from professionals. Would said agent really be simply reassigned? Wouldn't the superior have something a little more cutting to say about the lapse than the comebacks that were about as snappy as "Oh, yeah?"? I found myself rolling my eyes so often I'm surprised they didn't stick that way.
In short, the plot had promise, but the immature writing brings this book down in quality to the point that it's hard to believe an author of Coulter's stature actually wrote it. (Is it possible she has a 15-year-old niece who's using her name?)
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Catherine Coulter does it again. What a enthralling book. Lacey Sherlock is driven to find the man who killed her sister. What better way to do that than to join the FBI. There she meets Dillon Savich who brings her into his computer forensic team. She is right where she needs to be in order to find out about the String Killer. During this time, Sherlock and Savich are becoming closer by working out together at the gym and working on the same cases. Finally, after seven years, the killer strikes again. She recognizes his m.o. immediately and rushes to Boston to capture him. Unfortunately, she does not tell Savich what she is doing and then the fun begins. He is furious that she has not told him of her past. After several days, he decides to let her pursue the case, but only with him as her partner. Many twists and turns follow to make you wonder if the string killer really did it.Was it the jealous husband? Was it her judgemental father? Her crazy mother? This book will keep you guessing until the end. Sherlock and Savich are a lot fun and their love story is wonderful. Also, if you read the first book in this series, The Cove, then look for James and Sally Quinlan.
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By A Customer on Oct. 13 2002
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This embarrasingly adolescent book has absolutely no redeeming virtues, and I would recomend fans of the genre to look elsewhere: to James Patterson, Martin Cruz Smith, or Patricia Cornwell.
Although the book is supposed to be set in Washington, DC, the city is unrecognizable. Compared to Patterson, who salts his Alex Cross books with details that reflect knowledge of and affection for the city, Coulter seems to have never visited DC, or even bothered looking at a map of the city.
Worse, her characters are disconnected from the world the rest of us live in. One of the two main characters openly engages in what can only be called sexual harrassment towards the other main character, but the other characters watch this with approval, as does Coulter herself.
Naming this new organization within the FBI the "Criminal Apprehension Unit" is another example of Coulter's laziness. What, exactly, does she think the rest of the FBI does, if not apprehend criminals? Another lazy shortcut is the "magic computer" that is the chief investigative asset of this "Criminal Apprehension Unit". While computers are indispensible to the modern investigator, Coulter doesn't bother including them in ways that make sense. She pays no attention to their real capabilities.
In short, this book is terrible, with amateurish style, unbelievable characters, and a ridiculous plot. Don't waste your time.
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