Blowout by Catherine Coulter (“FBI” series Book #9)

Paperback: 368 pages - Publisher: Jove (February 22, 2005) - Language: English - ISBN-10: 0515139254 - ISBN-13: 978-0515139259

Paperback: 368 pages - Publisher: Jove (February 22, 2005) - Language: English - ISBN-10: 0515139254 - ISBN-13: 978-0515139259



by Catherine Coulter

“FBI” series Book #9

Dear Reader:

A long weekend in the Poconos is cut short when FBI agents Sherlock and Savich are helicoptered back to Washington, D.C. to lead the investigation into the brutal murder of a Supreme Court Justice.

Savich allows Callie Markham, an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, to partner with local Metro Police liaison Ben Raven since she’s got the inside track – she’s the stepdaguther of the murered Justice.

Is the murder a terrorist act? Or is it something more personal? Whithin twenty-four hours there’s another murder with the same M.O.

Savich and Sherlock are up against it this time, following leads that seem impossible to connect to the madness. But are they?

Let me know how many times you check your heart monitor.

Review: My opinion – not her best work.

Savich, Sherlock and their son, Sean, are spending some family time at a cabin in the Poconos. On his way back from the market, Savich’s SUV blows a tire. Just as he’s done changing it, a woman comes running out of nowhere, not suitably dressed for the weather, screaming about a man in her house. His cell phone all of a sudden not working and unable to call for back-up, Savich goes with the woman back to her house. Making her wait in the living room, he searches the house, and other than a small incident, there’s no one there. Exactly no one, for even the woman has disappeared. The house now seems abandoned, as if it had been that way for years. Had Savich actually been talking to a ghost?

And just when he tries to convince the local sheriff of what happened, Savich and Sherlock are called back to D.C. to head up the investigation of a murdered supreme court justice, Stewart Califano. He’d been murdered right in the Supreme Court Library, and all they have to go on is the guard who’d been knocked out.

Metro detective Ben Raven is helping Sherlock and Savich with the case, the appointed liason between the FBI and Metro police. They met the now widow, Margaret Califano, as well as her daughter, Callie Markham, an investigative reporter for The Washington Post. Taking a leave of absense, she’s determined to help the FBI find her stepfather’s killer. And now Ben is stuck with her. And that’s just the beginning of a spark.

Everyone is interviewed, from the other justices, the clerks, family and friends. Then one of Califano’s clerks is murdered, the same M.O. With the help of MAX, the computer finds the M.O. matches the M.O. of a killer who hasn’t killed in over 20 years. How can that be? Is no one safe and who could be next?

**Could have been better. All those interviews and no clues from them. And the more the interviews, the more I started to get bored. They kept revisiting the same information. A few events in the book make you sit up and take notice, just for it to go back to more interviews. And then finally, you get face to face with the killer, and it made no sense – there was no connection between this person and his victims. And just when you’re thinking “You’ve got to be kidding me,” you read the barest of connections, a rather neat twist, and yet you still don’t know much about the killer or who it really was he associated with. Callie finds out by mishap, but doesn’t tell, not even Ben.

Savich and Sherlock were their usual selves, and I really like them as characters, as man and wife, as mom and dad. We see them more with Sean in this one and I liked that aspect. Callie – I liked her personality; no nonsense, she pushes to get her way. Ben – I liked him as well. Even when he’s not happy of being saddled with Callie, he makes the best of it. I liked the banter between them, but that spark you feel at the beginning, stayed just like that. A spark – one. That’s it. After that, I felt a camaraderie between them and nothing more. 

Then there’s that twist, and you’re thinking “Holy Cow!”, but it stays there. You still don’t know who the killer was associated with. While I have an idea, it’s not confirmed, and that bothered me.

Meanwhile, there’s a second, smaller investigation, for the ghost of Samantha Barrister won’t leave Savich alone. They do find her son, in a most unusual way, and even solve her murder. I actually enjoyed that part more than the main investigation, and I believe that more could have been added to it and made its own book, I think.

While it was good, the book could have been better.



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