Whiplash: An FBI Thriller Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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About the Author
Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, TailSpin, KnockOut, and Whiplash. She lives in northern California.
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In a second story, Sherlock and Savich are hidden outside of US Senator Hoffman's home keeping an eye on his bedroom window where he told them he has seen the spector of his deceased wife Nikki the last several nights. He believes she is trying to tell him something but he doesn't know what. Hoffman is a friend of Sherlock and Savich's boss, FBI section chief, Jimmy Maitland. Mr. Maitland is concerned some one might be playing a prank or something more sinister on the senator. Savich and Sherlock do see the ghost but she doesn't say anything at that point. Later Savich is visited by her and she warns him that David, Sen. Hoffman, is endanger and doesn't realize what is happening. Extra security is set up for the Senator and Savich also lets him know what he believes Nikki wants to warn him about.
The author throws into the mix FBI Agent Bowie Richards whose seven-year-old daughter Georgie takes ballet lessons from Erin and his desire to have Erin help him out by babysitting Georgie a few days as his usual nanny is out sick. Agent Richards is involved in the break-in at Schiffer Hartwin and also that night a body is found in the park behind the pharmaceutical company and the corpse is quickly identified as an employee of the German main headquarters of Schiffer Hartwin.
This is giving Erin fits as she knows she should confess to doing the break-in and what she found out. On top of that, Sherlock and Savich arrive to help out Bowie so even more FBI agent for Erin to worry about.
Great excitement as the plot lines evolve and are resolved. Romance kept to a minimum - maybe a bit too much but still a great read.
At a minimum, a reader should be able to read a line of dialogue and give a fairly accurate guess as to who said it. But lately, all of Coulter's characters sound the same. In this book, people are always feeling things "to their toes" or "to their bones." Or Coulter says "(Erin) realized that Bowie was jollying Chief Amos...," or (Bowie to Erin) "Don't you try to jolly me out of being mad," or (Sherlock to Savich) "You can't jolly me out of it....." None of these expressions are so common that they should be attributed to every main character. And yet Coulter does that. It seems as if she doesn't care any more about making characters, and their dialogue, interesting and refreshing.
It's time for me to move on to an author who DOES care about those things.
The next day she learns that the firm's troubleshooter was murdered near where she downloaded computer data that made no sense to her. Meanwhile, the FBI sends married couple Agents Sherlock and Savich to Stone Bridge to assist FBI agent Bowie Richards with the homicide. They begin to find troubles with the pharmaceutical company while Pulaski wonders what to do with her illegal download; Pulaski becomes their prime suspect. Savich also investigates the poisoning of a lobbyist whose real target may have been aimed at a US Senator.
This is a great timely entry in the long running S&S FBI police procedural series due to the pharmaceutical connection as much as the freshness brought forth by Richards and more so by Erin who knows her B&E was stupid but felt strongly that they needed to expose true death squad bottom lines. Fast-paced from the onset, the second case takes somewhat of a back seat though it is well written and quite exciting too. Fans of the series will relish this strong entry while newcomers will find Whiplash a winner too.
It is a short book. Even though it is 400 pages, there are many blank pages that finish the chapter. And many chapters (66).
But the real kicker for me was some of the story lines - like the supernatural. It really didn't need to be there. It just really made think the book was dumb. And then there was the random FBI agent asking the PI to watch his child because she was his daughter's dance teacher - REALLY? I rolled my eyes over that situation more than once. And then the 7-year-old who acts like she is 12... I've never met a 7-year-old who is that mature and I work in an elementary school. So that being told - it COULD have been a good book and unfortunately I wasted my time reading it.
I respect the art of writing a novel and the tedious process of creating the story line. I will give Coulter another chance (by reading another book) but I was very disappointed in this one.