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From Publishers Weekly

FBI agents Dillon and Lacey Sherlock Savich return (The Maze, etc.) in Coulter's latest romance thriller to take down the satanic child-killing Tuttle twins in a Maryland barn before rushing off to California to save Dillon's sister, Lily, from her in-laws. Once an accomplished cartoonist, Lily has battled depression since the death of her daughter despite, or perhaps because of, her husband, a psychiatrist more devoted to Lily's inheritance (her famous grandmother's paintings) than to Lily. After Dillon's friend, debonair art broker Simon Russo, reveals that four of the paintings are forgeries, Lily finds herself hypnotized, mugged, caught in a fire, chased onto a cliff and kidnapped as she and Simon fly from Washington to California to Sweden. Coulter creates such vivid characters and fast-moving plotlines that fans of her almost 50 novels will overlook her occasional leaps of logic (tiny Lily defeats a mugger with a few quick karate chops) and boilerplate dialogue (" `A young guy tried to murder me this morning.' `What? Oh, God, no!' "). In return, she spices up her story with a dash of gothic horror, a splash of romance and a steady determination not to take herself or her genres too seriously. When Lily is forced to don a chic Art Deco dress while imprisoned in a castle so she can be married against her will to a blind villain in a wheelchair, what's a reader to do but guess how long it will take the hero to climb out of the fjord to save her and calculate just how long it will take this cop confection to become a bestseller. (Aug.)Forecast: Coulter's genre-blending habits don't faze her loyal fans. Earlier Dillon and Lacey Sherlock adventures were all bestsellers, and most likely this one will be, too. Audio rights to Brilliance.

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From Booklist

FBI special agent Dillon Savich rescues two boys who were about to be dismembered by the Warlocks, a sibling pair of psychotic serial killers, in an eerie X-Files-type encounter. Killing Tommy and shooting off Timmy's arm, Dillon discovers that Timmy is really Tammy. Assuming that the case is closed, he and his wife, Sherlock, also an FBI agent, head home, where they get a phone call informing them that Dillon's sister, Lily, is in the hospital. Lily insists that her car crash was not a second attempt to take her life in the wake of the death of her six-year-old daughter. Dillon investigates and uncovers a possible motive for murder: Lily's husband and/or in-laws would have benefited from her death since she inherited some paintings worth millions of dollars. Dillon calls in his art expert friend, Simon, who discovers that half the paintings have been stolen and replaced with forgeries. Lily finds a friend and soulmate in Simon as they face danger in their quest for the paintings and the thieves. Meanwhile one-armed Tammy has escaped custody, and Dillon may be the only one who can stop her from killing again. Coulter's romantic suspense/thrillers, excellent beach reads, have a loyal following, and readers will applaud Sherlock and Savich as they make their sixth appearance. Diana Tixier Herald
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Product Details

  • Series: An FBI Thriller (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (July 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515133302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515133301
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Catherine Coulter is the New York Times bestselling author of 75 books. Her hugely popular FBI thrillers include The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh House, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, Tail Spin, Knockout, Whiplash, Split Second, Backfire, Bombshell, Power Play and Nemesis. She has a new international thriller series -- A Brit in the FBI -- co-written with JT Ellison. These include The Final Cut, The Lost Key and The End Game. Also coming out soon is the first in her novella series, starring Grayson Sherbrooke (from the Sherbrooke historical romance series), titled The Strange Visitation at Wolffe Hall. Coulter lives in northern California with her three thriller cats and her thriller husband.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul on June 2, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is possibly the worst book I've ever read. This had some of the worst dialogue I've ever read and most of the details in the book were used multiple times and were completely unnecessary. The story was completely implausable and offered no explanation as to any information behind the supernatural phenomenon. Not even the characters in the book are confident enough to state that the criminal had supernatural powers or if she was just some david Copperfield wanna-be. What was up with the cartoonist sister who drew some terrible comic strip. An androgenous computer, an androgenous criminal? Crazy swedes. Sure, I like to suspend my beliefs and enjoy out of this world stories, but this was just garbage. After 5 pages I knew that it was bad, but was compelled and perversely curious as to how bad the book could really get. I should've stopped after the five pages. How is that a NYT bestseller? No one in that books should be named sherlock unless it's someone looking for talents because Ms. Coulter doesn't have any.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Corinne Robbins on August 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Having read other books by Coulter, I looked forwqard to this, BUT was greatly disappointed. It was unbelievable..even as science fiction (which it should have been touted as). There wasn't any resolution, the characters did not ring true, and the F.B.I. depictions were unrealistic and oversimplified. In case you haven't guessed nt now, i thought this book was awful..and a waste of my time and money.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jill Clardy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The latest in the series featuring FBI agent Dillon Savich and his wife Lacey Sherlock involves two subplots: a kidnapping of two teenage boys and the apparent suicide attempt of Dillon's younger sister Lily. Lily's daughter died in an accident 7 months ago, and she has been depressed and distraught since then, but her brother and sister-in-law believe that she is not suicidal and that someone is trying to kill her.
The complicated plot involves Lily's second husband, who apparently is not as sincere and loving as he pretends to be, Simon Russo, art broker, and the invaluable paintings, now worth millions, left to Lily by her grandmother.
The subplot involving the counterfeit paintings is interesting and believable, and the developing relationship between Lily and Simon is worked out to a satisfactory conclusion; however the plot involving the kidnappings and the bizarre, evil woman who ruthlessly preys on innocent victims is incredibly weird and contrived and not well integrated with the rest of the book.
The author should have developed one plot or the other, but not both in the same book. Some of the characters are not well developed, the dialogue is stiff and contrived, and some aspects of the plot just plain silly. Fortunately, I borrowed this book from the library, so it wasn't a waste of money as well as a waste of time!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Vee on October 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Despite amatuerish dialog, poor character development, and contrived plots, I had to finish reading this book to see how the author would resolve the storyline of the one-armed, telepathic, mass-hypnotizing, demon-summoning, male-impersonating mass-murderer. I'd hoped for something better. It was so bad, I could only laugh.

This author does not believe in question resolution and left many large and small plot items unresolved (e.g., what was the Tammy/Timmy thing all about, was her power based on mass hypnotism/telepathy, what gives with the whirling dust-bunny demons, how did Lily's daugher die, why would the FBI have a spouses working so closely together, what prompted the FBI agent's wife to conclude that her husband could see through Tammy's illusions if he only got close enough without any example of this happening to anyone let alone her husband, what possible explanation is there that the FBI agent's sister would be able to see through Tammy's illusions when no one else could, will anyone ever explain to Marilyn the real meaning of half and full sisters, etc.).
This leads to the biggest unresolved question of all, which is how a repeat author generated such trash. It's definitely not good fiction and it doesn't qualify as a spoof of the genre either. It's just bad. This book would be an excellent text to use for illustrating novel-writing pitfalls to budding writers - there are at least a semester's worth of examples. I'm inclined to agree with the other reviewer who speculated that this book was authored by a ghost-writer. No one who writes this badly could have published dozens of books.
If you've got a lot of time on your hands and need a teeny-tiny laugh, this book'll do it. Otherwise, I'd encourage you to spend your money elsewhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
If Catherine Coulter wrote this book, I'll eat it! It is the last of her books that I will ever buy. I can only agree with the other reviews in that there is no chemistry between any of the characters and the plots, sub-plots, and sub-sub-plots were absolutely so convoluted as to be impossible. I am a proofreader and, therefore, it is extremely difficult for me to read anything without proofing it. This book was so bad that I literally took out my "blue pencil" as well as a highlighter and began marking it up (so much for foisting it off on some unsuspecting used book store). Marilyn is supposed to be illiterate yet her speech is not consistent. Bad grammar where it shouldn't be is as glaring a good grammar where it shouldn't be. And "all the way to [whatever]" was too redundant and boring. All the way to her bones, glad to his soul, etc. Too much telling each other what they already knew or what they had already done or already said. With appologies in advance to Ms. Coulter's husband...did you edit this in your sleep? Maybe its because I loved Ms. Coulter's earlier books that I just found so much wrong with this one. Too many mistakes, too often. For instance, on page 201 Vincent Arbus is referred to as "bald as a Q-tip." It should have been "cue ball." The only thing that would save this book is for it to be re-written. You'll never convince me that Catherine Coulter even read this book, let alone wrote it. It had to have been "ghosted."
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