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Backfire Book Review

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Title: Backfire
Author: Catherine Coulter
Published: 2012, Berkley
No. of Pages: 457
Cover Price: $9.99 US



Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are back in Catherine Coulter’s 16th novel of her bestselling FBI Thriller series. A well-respected and popular Judge, Ramsey Hunt, who happens to be a friend of Savich and Sherlock, has been shot after making an unpopular court ruling, and they travel to San Francisco to find out who tried to kill him. Unfortunately the prosecutor, Mickey O’Rourke (who it is believed to have turned), is also missing. Savich and Sherlock team up with a U.S. Marshall, Eve Barbieri, who is assigned to guard the judge while he recovers, and Harry Christoff, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation. The case that Hunt ruled on involves a manipulating, immoral couple, the Cahills, who are accused of killing a top state department agent to obtain highly classified information and selling it to the Chinese. They were working with a Chinese agent, and he is killing everyone connected to the case to clean up any loose ends.

Before leaving for San Francisco, Savich received a note which said, “For what you did you deserve this.” He is baffled as to who sent the note, but knows that it is a threat to those he loves. He believes that the Hunt shooting is connected to this note, and also that his family and friends are in danger.

As the novel proceeds, Savich, Sherlock, Barbieri, Christoff, and Judge Hunt and his family are involved in several dangerous situations, a main character is shot, and several other characters are murdered. The ending is laced with unexpected twists and turns.

Coulter, who also writes romance novels, always weaves a bit of romance into her FBI series novels; nothing hot and heavy, but there all the same. Her books are quick, easy, feel-good reads, and although there are always murders, they are not graphic, and the violence is understated, rather than described in minute detail. Backfire is no exception. This story has the feel of a fairy tale, since everyone is happily married, in love with no cheating, or living lives with few or no personal problems. Coulter’s FBI Thriller fans will enjoy this book and will definitely want to find out what happens to the characters as their lives continue to evolve.

This book was purchased with personal funds and no promotion of the book was solicited by the author or publisher.

This book may be purchased at Amazon: Backfire (An FBI Thriller)

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