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Catherine Coulter has written a truly suspenseful romance in this story of Sally Brainerd, hiding in a small town from the enemies who killed her father, and FBI agent James Quinlan, who believes she's the key to the murder he's trying to solve. Sally thinks she'll be safe in The Cove--but will she?

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"So perfect, like a Hollywood set," FBI agent James Quinlan thinks as he enters The Cove, a seemingly tranquil, picture-postcard town situated on the Oregon coast. Quinlan has been on Sally Brainerd's trail since her arms-dealing father, Amory St. John, was murdered. Sally is the key witness, and it's Quinlan's job to bring her in. Quinlan, whose cover is working as a PI hired to find an old couple who had mysteriously disappeared three years earlier, quickly learns that when he starts asking questions, bad things start happening. Coulter (The Nightingale Legacy), whose contemporary suspense novels are, unfortunately, few and far between, delivers a fast-paced, solidly structured read despite the occasionally cartoonish characters.
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Product Details

  • Series: An FBI Thriller (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515118656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515118650
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By N. Kerns on September 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book in an airport because the back sounded good. It was such an enthralling read I didn't put it down once - thank goodness it was an overseas flight so that I didn't have to wait to end the suspense!
I kept trying to guess what was going on but couldn't. I knew something was up with those old people, but I never suspected what was really going down until the end. It was quite shocking. And the bits in the insane asylum scared the ... out of me.
As for the hero, I adored John Quinlan. Catherine loves Savitch and puts him in every single book, but John Quinlan is MY first love, and I wish he were in more of them!
On the strength of this book, I went out and bought The Maze. It was so good I bought all of her other books! ... If you don't read anything else by Catherine Coulter, though, read this. It's worth your time!
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1998
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The Cove is a little town made up only of old folk who sell the World's Greatest Ice Cream. Everything is picture perfect. No potholes, no peeling paint, and flowers everywhere. Sally's Aunt Amabel lived in The Cove. It was to Amabel she ran when she escaped the mental institute. Everyone believed she had murdered her father and was insane.
FBI Special Agent James Quinlan comes into town to find Sally. His cover is as a private investigator sent to check out the death of a couple of elderly tourist who had disappeared near The Cove three years before. He asked questions never knowing what he would uncover and how it indirectly linked to Sally. James soon realized that Sally was not crazy at all. But she IS the key to everything.
***The suspense, mysteries, and close calls are nonstop in this one! Catherine Coulter has turned me into a big fan! The Maze takes a subcharacter from this book and gives him his own story. I can hardly wait to read it. Ms Coulter, in my humble opinion, could very well be the Queen Of Romantic Suspense.***
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By nvvb@mindspring.com on January 17, 2000
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If you are looking for a mystery, with a little romance thrown in, pick up The Cove. It is the story of Sally Brainerd and FBI Special Agent James Quinlan. Get involved in the twists and turns of the mystery of who killed Amory St. John, Sally's dear papa. Learn about the history and the present as Sally knows it. Be ready for the many cases of the FBI that all connect at the end in a very unique way. I have read this book three times, I like to think of it as once for each mystery. I enjoyed it throughly. It is the first of Coulter's comtemporary books I have read, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the "FBI" series, as I call them.
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When you read the various reviews of this book, on this site and others, you quickly become aware that there are those that truly enjoy it and of course those that do not. I personally fall into the category of those that found the work quite entertaining and, while certainly cannot place it on any of my "most favorite" lists, am certainly glad I read the thing. If you look at this author's entire collective work, you will find that she has a very loyal following, but on the other hand, certainly has her distracters. Again, I fall into the category of those who rather appreciate what she writes. These words I just wrote could of course apply to just about any author. Personally, I like this writer's work.

This work is apparently the first written of the series known as the "FBI Thrillers." It was written in 1996 and there have been several very successful novels in this series since.

The story begins with a young lady, Sally, who is on the run and hiding from the authorities who suspect she may be involved with the murder of her father. Special Agent James Quinlan of the FBI goes undercover, following and tracking Sally and they end up in a small town...The Cove.

The Cove; A perfect almost Normal Rockwell type of place, neat, nice, genteel and filled with elderly citizens and the worlds best ice cream. Every building is neat, each home a show piece and the old folks are nice, nice, nice! What more could you want? Now I don't want to add a spoiler here folks, but rather than thinking "Children of the Corn," think "Geezers of the Corn." Enough said.

The entire story is filled with twists and turns.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CJA on May 11, 2002
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I ordered this book from a book club back in high school, and I'm still not sick of it! (I read it at least twice a year) It was the first Catherine Coulter book I read, and I was immediately hooked! I recently read the rest of the series from the library, and while they were also awesome, this is still my favorite. I loved Sally and Quinlan; they were two of the best fiction characters I've ever read. The ending really creeped me out-who would have imagined?? But enough about that-if I say anymore I'll give it away... if you haven't read this book, it's a MUST-HAVE!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LouB213 on March 1, 2004
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I read The Cove when it first came out but did not know I could write a review. I was fasinated with the book because I couldn't second guess what was going to happen next. I read ALL Catherine Coulter's "The" books in the order they came out and The Cove and The Maze are my favorites.
Also, I've read all your posted reviews and must stress to your readers that Catherine Coulter is a romance writer, not a Steven King. I like romance for the "romance/sex" hoping for a good story line and this one has it.
Happy reading.
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