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Product Details

  • Series: An FBI Thriller (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515125628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515125627
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coulter continues the suspense-filled series she began with The Cove (1996) and The Maze (1997), even bringing in some of the same characters. Her latest is set in the Colorado mountains, where Judge Ramsey Hunt has fled to recuperate after being forced to shoot a man during a melee in his courtroom. But his dream of peace and quiet is shattered when he discovers an unconscious, beaten, and sexually abused little girl who is too traumatized to speak. Reluctant to subject her to any more terror, Ramsey refrains from going to the authorities and cares for her himself. But once again, violence intrudes, first when two gunmen attempt to take the girl, and then when her mother, Molly, appears, ready to kill the man she believes is the kidnapper. Miraculously, Emma regains her voice in the nick of time, so Molly and Ramsey join forces and attempt to solve the mystery of her abduction. Emma is a target for any of a number of reasons--her father is a famous rock star with a gambling problem, and her grandfather is a Chicago Mob boss--and Coulter, who doesn't stint on humor or romance, keeps readers guessing. Patty Engelmann --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


A blend of romance, mystery, and excitement. -- Fort Worth Daily Sun

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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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Readsalot on October 9, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished the hardback version of this novel (and because it is the only Catherine Coulter book that I have ever read) I thought I would check out what she has going on Amazon. Admitted, I cannot compare it to her other "better" works, but I must say that I found this book to be very touching. I'm actually very surprised at some of the reviews that I have read of this book.

I won't rewrite a synopsis as this has already been done below but I do have several issues in support of this book to point out to other readers.

There is a tad of the unbelievable in the fact that Ramsey didn't immediately take the child that he found to a hospital; but that is a sign of our too cynical hearts. The reason that it is unbelievable is because most people would be afraid of the consequences of being blamed for molesting her themselves and would therefore have immediately turned her over to the nearest "authorities", felt sorry for her and been done with it. But that is not the nature of the "hero" of this story.

What makes this understandable is the fact that Ramsey is a federal judge who knows very well the system that Emma would be going into once he turned her over. As a federal judge he IS one of the "authority figures" and immediately takes responsibility of a child whose situation has touched his heart. He feels that he is more capable of being sensitive to her situation and caring for her than would male complete strangers in some podunk town in the Rockies. [I don't know about any of you readers - but have you ever had to deal with sheriffs in small rural towns on sensitive sexual issues of rape involving children? Guarantied that most of the people involved would be men, and loud, and insensitive to the fear they inspire in the child just by being men.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tanya L. Schaub on November 22, 2002
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In this story Judge Ramsey is taking a break from his courtroom in San Francisco after thwarting an attempted breakout of drug suspects in his courtroom. He is at a cabin of a friend high in the mountains of Colorado where one morning he finds a little girl who has been seriously abused and battered. He takes her in and takes care of her. But, at the same time he learns about himself and healing.
Her mother finds them and eventually she and Ramsey work together to try and figure out why the girl was kidnapped and work through their issues together.
Savich and Sherlock do make an appearance with Sherlock being pregnant and having an interesting version of morning sickness.
There were some far fetched things that happen in the plot, such as not taking the girl to a hospital and not taking her to get help for a while, as well as them suddenly taking off and traveling together. But overall it was good story with a bunch of twists and turns that kept it interesting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Mckee on September 22, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a little different from Ms. Coulter's usual type of story. It involves the kidnap and brutal attack of a young child, but it was beautifully handled by the author. This story lacked the usual romance, but I guess I must come to grips with the fact that sometimes people marry for reasons besides love. The plotting is top-drawer and the characters are very likeable if not overly realistic. The suspense is intense, and that's what pleases me.
Besides, Ms. Coulter is one of the few writers who know the difference between "stanch" and "staunch."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite type of romance thriller. I like the masculine yet sensitive men( no pun intended). I like the suspense and the way the main characters seem to grow in some depth by the end of the book. I also like the way the author deals with a very serious issue such as sexual abuse of children and shows that there is hope for those unfortunate children who have been victims. I think that ths book was not necessaily completely believable as far as the judge not taking the little girl for medical help right away, but if he had done so the story could not have progressed to the mother and he meeting and forming the tight unit that they became.Then again I don't read these kind of books if I'm looking for a reality check. I only recently started reading Catherine Coulter books. On the whole I must say I like them a lot. The contemporary ones are my favorites; they describe the type of man a woman wants in real life but never truly finds.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By carb101 on December 1, 2003
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As others have explained, a federal judge hiding out in the woods for some privacy finds a severly abused girl. For eight (count 'em, 8) days - until her mother comes blazing into the book - he nutures her and cares for her himself, without notifying the authorities, without taking her to the hospital, and apparently without any consideration of the fact that somewhere she has a family going crazy with worry. Of course, during this time, he tends her wounds, washing away any physical evidence that she would be carrying of her attacker. This guy is a judge??? Then, when her mother enters the picture, she *thanks* him for keeping her daugher with him. That's the worst kind of hideous fiction that I can imagine. I generally like Catherine Coulter, but I could not even go on with this book after the first 50 pages or so: The beginning bordered on "fantasy" not "fiction."
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