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Point Blank (FBI Thriller (G.P. Putnam's Sons)) Hardcover – August 23, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: FBI Thriller (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
  • Hardcover: 430 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons (August 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399153225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399153228
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Coulter's new thriller romance (Blowout, etc.) opens with Ruth Warnecki lost in a cave in rural Virginia while fellow (married) FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are hot on the tail of a psychotic dirty old man (Moses Grace) and his flirtatious teenage partner (Claudia), who've kidnapped a smalltime comedian. Coulter fans know if they suspend belief—really suspend belief—she'll deliver page-turners filled with good guys battling bad guys as well as enjoying domestic tranquility. After Ruth makes it out of the cave, she's cared for by Dixon Noble, the local sheriff and ex-New Yorker with two kids and a missing wife; then Ruth and the gang return to the cave to discover the body of a murdered music student. Lacey and Dillon consult MAX the miracle computer about Moses while Dix introduces Ruth to his domineering father-in-law, Chappy, and musician Gordon, Chappy's geriatric lech of a brother. Coulter alternates between the search for the student's killer and the hunt for Moses, cases tied together only by the FBI agents solving them and the theme of criminally insane grumpy old men. Coulter continues to prove more convincing describing virtue than vice, which means that sympathetic characters and happy endings take precedence over serious detective work. (On sale Aug. 23)
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Coutler deftly orchestrates her fast-paced, intricate story threads and the disparate cases challenging her agents with a concertmaster's touch. (BookPage)

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

More 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 House, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take and TailSpin. She lives in northern California.

Customer Reviews

As usual Catherine Coulter has another great book in the FBI series.
lily
I was once again disappointed in a non-starter of a story, extremely stilted and unrealistic dialogue, and just plain poor writing!
Southside Girl
I liked the book, but the ending was so bad that I it just ruined the whole thing for me.
A. Kite

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Liz on August 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of Catherine Coulter's previous FBI thrillers, and was looking forward to this one with anticipation. However, although overall this was a good yarn, this story did not have the coherence of Ms. Coulter's previous forays.

Trying to tie together essentially 2 stories -- the story of Savich & Sherlock and the story of Maestro, ends up shortchanging both stories. Ms. Coulters brings in certain facts in her story, making the read think, and then does not carry through. The reader is left hoping that a sequel will be published soon to answer all the questions, but, is left wondering if maybe Ms. Coulter lost 100 pages somewhere.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Having read all of the Savitch and Sherlock series I was truly looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the revenge and murder plotline as well as the poorly drawn characters. If you are a first time reader of Cathering Coulter, I would advise you to read the early Savitch/Sherlock books such as "The Maze", "The Edge" and "The Target". They are exciting, well plotted stories that are well worth the time you will invest reading them.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kaleigh Lyman on March 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm an avid reader who takes pleasure in spending (too much) money on books. Catherine Coulter, being that she's one of my favorite authors, takes up a large amount of space in my book cabinet along with Julie Garwood, Tami Hoag, and Patricia Cornwell. However, I've noticed Ms. Coulter's losing a bit of her pizzaz when it comes to her more recent works.

Before I read this book, although in honesty, I have yet to finish it, I was elated upon seeing that it would soon be in stores. I went to her website each and every day for the longest time, in hope that she'd post a preview as she always does. When I read about Ruth's adventure, I was excited and determined to purchase the book with all haste. Especially after witnessing the panic she was feeling. However, once I'd begun reading Point Blank, I realized she'd put everything she had into a powerful beginning and not so much into the rising action. To say in the least, I'm disappointed.

I'm currently stuck, for lack of a better word, on chapter twenty-one because I've been straying from reading this book. Instead, I've enveloped myself in the wonderfully written novels Julie Garwood has provided. I hate admitting the fact that although Coulter started out as my favorite author with novels such as The Maze, The Edge, Riptide, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, and Blowout, Julie Garwood is beginning to pull ahead with her brilliant works.

The dialogue in this book is so forced, along with the jokes and relationships. I took a bit of a peek ahead and witnessed a kiss between Ruth and Dix that was both expected yet unexpected. You see, he kissed her in a rather awkward moment. The dog had just wet himself (and her borrowed leather jacket) when Dix decides this is the time to kiss her. I'm sorry, but who does that?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Larrabee on September 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Ruth Warnecki, an FBI agent goes in pursuit of buried treasure by herself in a West Virginia cave. She ends up being rescued by a local sheriff, Dix and his two boys. Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, fellow FBI agents come to her rescue. Savich and Sherlock are working on a case; at the same time they want to help find out who almost killed Ruth, a local music student, and an older resident in Maestro, Virginia. The two stories flip back and forth with great frequency. Some story threads such as what happened to Christie, Dixon's wife are not addressed well at all. The dialogue between characters often border on being hackneyed; especially with Dix and his two boys. The two stories rapidly build in suspense as Dix, Ruth, Lacey, Savich, and Sherlock get closer to the subjects. The endings are as expected but manage to keep the reader interested until the end. Look forward to future Savich and Sherlock with more focused storylines and snappier dialogue.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on June 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps this story will make more sense to readers who know the characters but, coming in cold with no foreknowledge, it is almost incomprehensible. An FBI agent, Ruth Warnecki, is hunting for hidden treasure, a cache of stolen Confederate goldbars, supposedly hidden in a cave. She had found a map detailing the exact location, in a book she bought from a secondhand bookshop and, alone, without telling anyone of her plans, set about exploring the deep cave...I thought that FBI agents were supposed to be smart! Overcome by a mysterious gas (which never is explained), she passes out but somehow finds herself out of the cave and in the backyard of the local Sheriff who takes her in and protects her from two baddies who come looking for her with murder in mind. Two more murders occur in this small town and the plot becomes more and more improbable with a cast which includes a coughing, cackling, nasty old man and his Lolita like, 15 year old, murderous companion. I could not in all conscience recommend this book to anyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cardinal47 on July 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I got half way through this novel I asked myself: "Why am I reading this?" It's isn't very interesting. For the first time I can recall I fell asleep midday while reading this book.If a good editor had slashed the manuscript by 50% it might be more readable. My recommendation: Give it a pass.
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