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Whiplash (An FBI Thriller) Hardcover – June 15, 2010

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Book 14 of 20 in the An FBI Thriller Series

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Jayne Ann Krentz and Catherine Coulter: Author One-on-One
In this Amazon exclusive, we brought together blockbuster authors Jayne Ann Krentz and Catherine Coulter and asked them to interview each other.

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, Jayne Ann Krentz writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print. Jayne Ann Krentz Read on to see Jayne Ann Krentz's questions for Catherine Coulter, or turn the tables to see what Coulter asked Krentz.

Jayne: You have a fabulously successful career going in two genres, romance and suspense. Why do you write both? What are the elements in each genre that excite and compel you as an author?

Catherine: Do you know, I love to write both genres because they are so very different from each other, and that means, frankly, that I’ll never run out of creative gas or get myself stuck in a burn-out hole. In most of my historical romances (just like yours) there are mysteries because my mind simply works that way (just like yours). To be defined as a romance, the relationship between the man and the woman must be at the center. And as you know, in suspense thrillers, unlike romances, it’s the gnarly situations that are at the center, and the love story?and there usually is one, because relationships are at the center of life?, is at the periphery. In the thrillers, I’m focused on pacing (i.e., making the reader turn that page), and juggling two different gnarly situations. And maybe, if I’m blessed, I can go back and forth, stretching the denouement for both to a good hundred pages.

Jayne:When you wrote the wildly successful book The Cove, those of us in the romance genre cheered wildly. We were thrilled because you opened a door for a lot of us romance authors (like me) who were eager to infuse more suspense into our books. At the time, many of us were meeting with resistance from editors who feared we would lose our audiences. But you proved that the audience would follow. Any deep background you care to share about what inspired you to write that book or how you got it published?

Catherine: Lots of writers had branched out before I got into the FBI series. The Cove came about when I was at home for a family reunion. My sister, who’d never done anything like this before, walked up to me and asked, “Have you ever heard of a little town on the coast of Oregon called the Cove? They make the world’s greatest ice cream, and bad stuff happens.” I went en pointe. The Cove marked the first of the FBI series, but at that time I had no idea that this book was a kick-off for a series. It simply evolved. Because of its success, Putnam wanted me to drop historical romances and stick to suspense thrillers. No way was that going to happen: I love historicals, the humor, the mysteries, the history, the cat races, for heaven’s sake! I struck a deal with my publisher: One historical romance, then one suspense thriller. You said you were a happy camper—move over, I’m right with you.

Jayne:There’s a bit of a psychic vibe in many of your books. Where does that come from, and why do you like to plot with that element?

Catherine Coulter Catherine: People are fascinated with psychic stuff. Just look at TV shows and movies—Medium, Ghost Whisperer, The X-Files, Lost, and anything with vampires, like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries. And even Harry Potter. We all love stuff we can’t explain, stuff that’s different from what’s real in our daily lives. From one woo-woo lover to another, ain’t it great?!

Jayne:What is the future of the FBI series? Any plans for firing up a new suspense series?

Catherine: I’m now writing the fifteenth (count ’em, fifteen) FBI, titled Split Second. That's a whole lot of Savich and Sherlock. My prayer is that I will realize when enough is enough. So far, things still look good.

Jayne: Did you really grow up on a horse farm in Texas?

Catherine: Yep, quarter horses.

(Photo of Catherine Coulter © Charles Bush)
(Photo of Jayne Ann Krentz © Sigrid Estrada)

From Publishers Weekly

In Coulter's fab 14th FBI paranormal romantic thriller (after KnockOut), FBI special agents Dillon Savich and his wife, Lacey Sherlock, look into the possible haunting of a U.S. senator by his dead wife as well as a more earthly crime: Germany's Schiffer Hartwin Pharmaceutical, which has its U.S. headquarters in Connecticut, might be deliberately withholding an inexpensive cancer fighting drug, Culovort, to force cancer patients to require the far more expensive Eloxium, in short supply. The FBI probe dovetails with one by PI and part-time ballet teacher Erin Pulaski, who's hired by a Yale professor worried about his cancer-stricken father being affected by the shortage. In a wild coincidence, Bowie Richards, the FBI special agent in charge of the New Haven field office, also hires Erin—to babysit his daughter, a ballet student of hers. The attraction between Bowie and Erin grows as they help Dillon and Lacey crack a complicated double case. Coulter fans will want to see more of this new crime-fighting duo. (June)
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Product Details

  • Series: An FBI Thriller
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399156534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399156533
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Valerie Matteson VINE VOICE on June 18, 2010
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In the beginning of this story, private investigator and part-time ballet instructor Erin Pulaski is breaking into the Schiffer Hartwin Parmaceutical company's CEO's office. All is going well so far. Her client who is a professor at Yale has a father with colon cancer and there's been a sudden shortage of an important chemotherapy accompanying drug, Culovort. The suddenness of this has Erin suspicious and since other avenues of trying to talk with the CEO have failed, she is risking her life and reputation. She is able to access his office and his computer and finds files on the Culovort shortage plan which she prints out. As they are printing, Erin hears two voices coming down the hall: a man and a woman and it sounds like the CEO Caskie Royal and he is with a co-worker. They sound a bit drunk and definitely disorderly. Luckily Erin has time to grab her print job, tuck it into her jacket and get into the executive bathroom where there is a window just large enough for her to get out. She is heard as she gets out but runs fast and is not seen by the CEO.
In a second story, Sherlock and Savich are hidden outside of US Senator Hoffman's home keeping an eye on his bedroom window where he told them he has seen the spector of his deceased wife Nikki the last several nights. He believes she is trying to tell him something but he doesn't know what. Hoffman is a friend of Sherlock and Savich's boss, FBI section chief, Jimmy Maitland. Mr. Maitland is concerned some one might be playing a prank or something more sinister on the senator. Savich and Sherlock do see the ghost but she doesn't say anything at that point. Later Savich is visited by her and she warns him that David, Sen. Hoffman, is endanger and doesn't realize what is happening.
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Catherine Coulter is always at the top of my list of reads, but her books are not what they used to be. Catherine Coulter is synonymous with romance as well as suspense, but maybe in a bid to break ties with her roots the romance is seriously lacking in this book. Sherlock and Savich were great as always, but there was no romance between the main characters. The paranormal aspect was somewhat disappointing, and I don't think I will remember anything about this book in the next couple of weeks. I hope next summer's book is better.
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By C on November 3, 2010
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Catherine Coulter's books used to be "must reads" for me, as soon as I could get my hands on them. But it seems to me that her writing is getting lazier and lazier. I liked the plot of this book, but she made no effort to develop the new characters she introduced.

At a minimum, a reader should be able to read a line of dialogue and give a fairly accurate guess as to who said it. But lately, all of Coulter's characters sound the same. In this book, people are always feeling things "to their toes" or "to their bones." Or Coulter says "(Erin) realized that Bowie was jollying Chief Amos...," or (Bowie to Erin) "Don't you try to jolly me out of being mad," or (Sherlock to Savich) "You can't jolly me out of it....." None of these expressions are so common that they should be attributed to every main character. And yet Coulter does that. It seems as if she doesn't care any more about making characters, and their dialogue, interesting and refreshing.

It's time for me to move on to an author who DOES care about those things.
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By A Customer on June 15, 2010
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Yale Professor Edward Kender has colon cancer in which the drug Culovort he receives as part of his treatment seems to be working when he is informed production by German firm Schiffer Hartwin is nonexistent. Stunned he assumes the pharmaceutical industry is playing death squad to drum up profits. He hires private investigator Erin Pulaski to make an inquiry into the firm. She breaks in and enters the head office of the American subsidiary in Stone Bridge, Connecticut in order to hack into the files of the local CEO Caskie Royal. She finds info on plans to stop the Cartwright Labs in Bartonville, Missouri from manufacturing the drug; as well as stopping it in Spain in favor of a French firm Labortoires Anconder's drug Eloxium. However, Royal and production manager Carla Alvarez arrive and discuss what they are doing with the firm and then have sex..

The next day she learns that the firm's troubleshooter was murdered near where she downloaded computer data that made no sense to her. Meanwhile, the FBI sends married couple Agents Sherlock and Savich to Stone Bridge to assist FBI agent Bowie Richards with the homicide. They begin to find troubles with the pharmaceutical company while Pulaski wonders what to do with her illegal download; Pulaski becomes their prime suspect. Savich also investigates the poisoning of a lobbyist whose real target may have been aimed at a US Senator.

This is a great timely entry in the long running S&S FBI police procedural series due to the pharmaceutical connection as much as the freshness brought forth by Richards and more so by Erin who knows her B&E was stupid but felt strongly that they needed to expose true death squad bottom lines. Fast-paced from the onset, the second case takes somewhat of a back seat though it is well written and quite exciting too. Fans of the series will relish this strong entry while newcomers will find Whiplash a winner too.

Harriet Klausner
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