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The Maze Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 1998
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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.
From Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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?)
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I didn't like this book - not the premise, not the characters, not the writing. It was ludicrous from beginning to end. The dialogue was not well written at all. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
This was a truly terrible book. I've never been a fan of Catherine Coulter, as I find her style of writing simplistic and silly. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003 by Amy
I had a lot of trouble putting this book down (and I tend to be hard to please when it comes to finding a book that will keep my attention!). Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003
I was introduced to Dillon Savich in "The Cove" and liked how he solved crimes using MAX. When I found out that he had a book of his own, I was excited. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2003 by Victoria Mosher
Coulter gets high marks for this book. The instant chemistry between Savich and Sherlock is enough reason to read this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2003
This is the story where Dillon and Sherlock first meet. If you have not read/listened to this one yet it is a must in the FBI series by Catherine Coulter. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002 by TSchlaack
I love catherine coulter. I have read all of her books and this one is great. She writes very well adn allows to conjure images in your head. Plot twist and all!!! Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2002 by Amazon Customer
Wow, I could not put this book down!! It was the perfect mix of suspense and romance with the two perfect characters. Coulter has an amazing talent that has gone to good use. Read morePublished on June 19 2002 by Katie
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