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Blowout: An FBI Thriller Hardcover – June 10, 2004

3.8 out of 5 stars 187 customer reviews
Book 9 of 20 in the An FBI Thriller Series

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The latest in prolific novelist Coulter's series of FBI thrillers once again features high-powered husband and wife team Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. In the middle of a long-awaited vacation with their young son, the two are called to investigate the heinous midnight murder of a Supreme Court Justice, committed in the Court's library despite tight, round-the-clock security. Known as a moderate, Justice Stewart Califano was undoubtedly contemplating an upcoming case involving the death penalty for psychopathic juveniles when he was brutally garroted, his fingers sliced off as he struggled to escape. The FBI is aided in the case by the CIA, Secret Service and metropolitan police as well as by the judge's stepdaughter, an investigative reporter for the Washington Post. Yet within 48 hours, two of the Justice's young law clerks are murdered in the same grisly fashion—the lovable Daniel strangled with his own St. Christopher medal chain, and the formidable Eliza killed while she's on the phone with Savich. An unrelated supernatural side plot is distracting, and the case's solution comes from out of left field, but fans of the author's fictional duo will get their fix—the climactic face-off takes place in Savich and Sherlock's own living room.
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". . . fans of the author's fictional duo will get their fix . . ."
-- Publishers Weekly (Publisher's Weekly ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (June 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0641697635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399151873
  • ASIN: 0399151877
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael H. Jones on March 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the most poorly written professionally printed book I have ever encountered: no character development, dismal plot, completely disconnected subplot, poorly researched.....and hands down the worst dialogue in the history of mankind. To call this book sophomoric is to insult every barely literate, socially promoted high school sophomore in our country. I read Robert Crais, Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Tony Hillerman, James Lee Burke, Lee Child.....so I am not some literary snob. I even read cereal boxes if there is nothing else. The fact that I finished this book makes me ashamed and leaves me wondering if I need a mystery-thriller 12 step program. Sort of like the alcoholic who finally drinks the bottle of Elvis wine over the mantle in the playroom. This is the bottom.
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Format: Hardcover
ELEVENTH HOUR by Catherine Coulter was the subject of the third review that I wrote for Amazon (8/28/02), and while my five star rating might be a little generous by my current standards I enjoyed the book immensely. Despite mixed reviews, its bestseller status indicated that many other readers shared my opinion. It made me want to learn more about the adventures of (Dillon) Savich and (Lacey) Sherlock, the husband and wife team who are the two main characters in Coulter?s ?FBI Thriller Series?. I was especially intrigued by the ?two for one? aspect of the story; there were two mysteries to be solved that were cleverly woven together as an integral element of the plot. Therefore, I eagerly awaited the next entry in the series, BLINDSIDE (review 7/28/03); unfortunately, while it bore superficial resemblance to the earlier book, the storytelling and the editing were very disappointing and the second mystery was seemingly included as an afterthought. Much to my disappointment, BLOW OUT, the latest installment in the series is even more poorly written and edited. It appears that the author and her publisher have decided that Sherlock and Savich have such a loyal fan club that a peremptory effort at telling a story and the continuation of the two-for-one mystery format will be sufficient inducement for her loyal readers. Well, I am officially going on strike with regard to the purchase of future books in this series until I read some glowing reviews by reviewers whose judgment I trust. I will instead content myself by reading some of Coulter?s much more highly praised earlier stories.

As my review title indicates, my greatest disappointment with regard to this story is that with a little additional effort and a lot better job of editing this could have been a first rate book.
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Format: Hardcover
The title of the novel refers to the strange experience familiar character Dillon Savich has on a lonely, snowy road one dark night. Alas, it is hardly developed at all in the book until the last 40 pages or so, and I really can't see, hard as the author tried, how it is linked up with the supposed hero and heroine of this book, Ben Raven and the daughter of a murdered supreme court justice. The motive for the murders as the body pile mounts up is absolutely absurd, and the twist at the end totally falls flat. I felt really cheated by this book. It was nice to see Sherlock and Dillon and their little boy, but the whole relationship between Ben and his lady love is a wet squib and the macho posturing in the living room of Savich's home is just absurd. A real let down. Neither romantic, nor suspenseful.
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Let's see, my stepfather was just murdered and, within less than twenty four hours, I am wildly flirting with the police officer. The only way that any fact can be explained to the reader is through stilted dialogue -- "I am going to see so-and-so." "Oh, isn't she your sister?" "Yes, she is my sister." It's a murder mystery, actually two murders, completely unrelated to each other, both of them "solved" at the last minute through long-winded confessions in the bad old James Bond style, "now that I've got you, the good guy, pinned down and could kill you just by pulling the trigger, let me explain to you in long-winded fashion why I've done this." And spiced with right-wing fantasy throughout (the liberal Supreme Court Justice is a horrible person, the Black law clerk is labelled an affirmative action whiner for no discernible reason, the "good" beer is Coors, and so on). Worst. Book. Ever.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, I read Catherine Coulter, and I cannot put the books down once I start, but I am ALWAYS left with the "HUH?" look on my face. This was no exception. The subplot involving the ghost could have easily been another rushed book by Coulter. It has NO bearing on the story whatsoever. NONE! I was stupidly thinking that MAYBE it had something to do with the murder of the Justice, but huh uh. Nope....

Who the murderer is and why he did it is BEYOND STUPID! It took like a paragraph for him to explain why. It was so unbelievable.

At the beginning of her books, Coulter always says something coy like: "Let me know how many times you checked your heart monitor during the story." Well, everyone, at the end of the book I flatlined. Doctors had to rush in, there was a lot of yelling "CLEAR", but at the ELEVENTH HOUR ,thankfully I survived.
(sorry couldn't resist.)

I know some people will say "Carrie?" and I'll say "Yeah?", and they'll say: "Shame on you for this review, why don't you write a book?" and I'd say "If I am going to shell out $7.99 for this drivel, I have every right to say what I think." By the way, that's how the characters spoke in this book, too. AAHHHHHH
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