Backfire (FBI Series #16)

Backfire (FBI Series #16)

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by Catherine Coulter

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For what you did you deserve this.
The mysterious note delivered to FBI agent Dillon Savich has him and his partner, Lacey Sherlock, on edge, just as they’re starting an investigation into the shooting of their longtime friend Ramsey Hunt. The San Francisco judge was shot in the back during a high-profile murder trial—and now Sherlock's…  See more details below


For what you did you deserve this.
The mysterious note delivered to FBI agent Dillon Savich has him and his partner, Lacey Sherlock, on edge, just as they’re starting an investigation into the shooting of their longtime friend Ramsey Hunt. The San Francisco judge was shot in the back during a high-profile murder trial—and now Sherlock's and Savich’s search for the truth will take a shocking turn that no one could have seen coming…


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When San Francisco Judge Ramsey Hunt was murdered, FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich lost a friend, but more urgently, their own lives are now in danger and vicious killers are still running free. Catherine Coulter's sixteenth FBI thriller demonstrates anew that her combination of action sequences, suspense, super bad villains, and quirky characters work like alchemy. Editor's recommendation.

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FBI Series , #16
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Sea Cliff, San Francisco

Late Thursday night One week before Thanksgiving

Judge Ramsey Hunt listened to the lapping water break against the rocks below, a sound that always brought him back into himself and centered him. He stood at this exact spot every night and listened to the waves, as unending and as infinite as he knew he wasn’t. Only the sound of the waves, he thought. Otherwise, it was dead silent, not even a distant foghorn blast from the huge cargo ship that was nearing the Golden Gate through a veil of low-lying fog.

A light breeze ruffled the tree leaves and put a light chop on the ocean below. It was chilly tonight. He was glad Molly had tossed him his leather jacket on his way out. A week before Thanksgiving, he thought, a week before he would preside over the turkey carving and feel so blessed he’d want to sing, which, thankfully, he wouldn’t.

Ramsey looked up at the low-hanging half-moon that seemed cold and alien tonight. His ever-curious son, Cal, had asked him if he could sink his fingers into the pitted surface. Would it be hard, like his wooden Ford truck, he wondered, or soft like ice cream?

At least his day had ended well. In the late afternoon, he’d met Molly and the twins at Davies Hall to hear Emma rehearse Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the San Francisco Symphony, smiling and nodding as they listened. Ramsey had long thought of her as his own daughter, and here she was, a prodigy, of all things. He had to be careful or he’d burst with pride, Molly always said. Remarkably, Cal and Gage hadn’t raised too much of a fuss at having to sit still during the rehearsal. Well, Cal did yell out once, “Emmy, I want you to play ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’!” which had brought warm laughter from the violin section.

They’d enjoyed enchiladas and tacos an hour later at La Barca, the family’s favorite Mexican restaurant on Lombard, always an adventure when the three-year-old twins were anywhere near chips and guacamole.

Ramsey rested his elbows on the solid stone fence built when his boys had reached the age of exploration a year and a half ago. Better than nightmares about them tumbling off the sixty-foot cliff into the mess of rocks and water below.

He looked out across the entrance to the bay at the Marin Headlands, as stark and barren as the half-moon above them. Soon the winter rains would begin to green things up, as green as Ireland in some years, his second favorite place on earth after San Francisco. It was a blessing that this incredible stretch was all a national recreational area so he would never have to look at some guy sipping a nice fruity Chardonnay across from him on a condo balcony. He noticed a Zodiac sitting anchored below him, nearly as still as a small island in the ocean. There were no other boats around it that he could see. Who would be out so late, anchored in open water? He saw no one aboard, and for a moment, he felt alarmed. Had someone fallen overboard? No, whoever motored over in the Zodiac could easily have swum or waded to the narrow beach. But why? Not to get a suntan, that’s for sure. He wondered if he should call 911 when he heard Molly open the family room door behind him. “Goodness, it’s cold out here. I’m glad you’re wearing your jacket. Is your favorite sea lion talking to you again?”

Ramsey smiled. Old Carl, that was the name he’d given this giant of a sea lion that liked to laze about in the water below. He hadn’t seen Old Carl in several days now. He called back, “He’s probably at Pier Thirty-nine, stretched out on the barges with his cousins. What’s up?”

“Gage had a nightmare. Can you come and tell him the spinach monster isn’t lurking in his closet? He doesn’t believe me.”

He turned to her, grinning. “Be right there—”

Molly heard a shot, cold and sharp as the moon, and saw her husband slammed violently forward by a bullet. Molly’s scream pierced the night.

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Backfire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 181 reviews.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful from beginning to end! Wow! What a book! The action is jam packed and the book has more twists and turns than that famous street in San Francisco. Judge Ramsey Hunt is shot at home shortly after halting a murder trial he has been presiding over. The Federal Prosecutor is missing and the defendants are sitting pretty. U.S. Federal Marshall Eve Barbieri is one of the dozens of law enforcement people called in when Judge Hunt is attacked. The FBI, SFPD, and even the CIA make an appearance. Eve has a close relationship with Judge Hunt and his entire family which makes this case all the more important to her. Around the same time, FBI Agent Dillon Savich gets a cryptic note that might be a threat. When he and his wife, fellow FBI Agent Sherlock hear about Hunt, they head off to be part of the team working on the case. They bring their five year old son, Sean along with them as Sherlock's parents live in San Francisco, and the whole family knows the Hunt family well. Harry Christoff is the FBI Agent assigned to liaison with Eve and the sparks fly from the first moment they meet. However, the romance aspect of this book takes a back seat to the Hunt case. The presumed attacker is a busy guy or maybe gal and everyone involved is in danger throughout the entire book. The sender of the note to Savich makes an appearance and adds more excitement to the mix. One of the things I love about this series is the continuity of the characters. Several of the ones we have met before in earlier books make an appearance and it is never gratuitous. The new characters blend in seamlessly and you learn enough about them to care fairly quickly. Of course, Sherlock and Savich are the linchpin of the story and they have some scary times in this book but their relationship is a strong as ever. I remember Ramsey, Molly and twelve year old Emma from The Target, book Three in the series, and I also remembered how much I enjoyed that book. Emma is the center of a delightful subplot involving her being a piano prodigy that adds a nice light touch to offset the tenseness of the story. Sean’s crush on her and future plans to marry the “older woman” someday is just too cute. This series just keeps getting better and better which each book. My only complaint is that there is way too long between books!
lindar172 More than 1 year ago
My daughter introduced me to these books and I have loved following the cast from one book to another, adding more as they go. I can't wait for the next one to be out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG I really enjoyed reading this book. Great read and fast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic Catherine Coulter FBI series book! I would have read in a day if I didn't have to go to work...took me 2 days and what a delight! Hurry up and write another....
kdrSR More than 1 year ago
Catherine Coulter's books are worth reading. If you like a little romance and a lot of suspense this book is for you.
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
My rating: 3.5 I've been with this series since the very beginning and as it's progressed it's morphed from suspence/thriller with romance (and some smexy scenes) thrown in to pretty much just suspense/thriller. There's always still a couple that hook up, but those smexy scenes we love so much have dwindled down so now they're just alluded too and we have to use our imaginations to picture what's happening. That's ok...I don't have to have sex in every book I read, but the series has evolved over time and sometimes I miss those earlier times. It's the characters I really love in this series, in fact, there's a point in Backfire where I almost started screaming at my Nook because I was so scared about the fate of one of the characters. Sherlock and Savich are back as the main characters and we we also get to spend time with Judge Ramsey Hunt and his family-we were introduced to them in The Target (book 3 of the series). I felt the humor was a little forced in this installment, maybe it's just me but I just didn't find the quips as funny as I have in previous books. There are several plot lines going on at once and, for me, few scenes just felt like they were in the wrong the place...they could have been placed just a chapter or two earlier and the story would have flowed a bit smoother. I'm so attached to the characters in the series that I will happily wait for the next one...I just have to see what happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is aptly described as a thriller! The characters were, for the most part, familiar from Coulter's previous books. The story was very well developed, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader on edge. I've never had a book give me nightmares, but this one did! If this had been a movie, I'd have had my hands over my eyes, afraid to look, there at the end. Great book!
JPropst More than 1 year ago
BACKFIRE -- Stunning and shocking! Wow what a thrilling, suspenseful, fast paced page turner. It is filled with many twist and turns from beginning to end. When I finished the book I felt like I just stepped off a Roller Coaster windblown, frazzled and weak in the knees. What a ride! Catherine Coulter has written another spellbinding Savich and Sherlock FBI series thriller. It was filled with so many surprise twist and turns that I never seen coming. Nothing was as it seemed. The plot was clever and cleverly written. Well done Ms. Coulter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Backfire kept me on the edge of my seat and laughing out loud at the same time. Savich and Sherlock at their best. I loved it.
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Gets off to a great start. Mostly sustaiins it. The reappearance of their hypnotic nemesis is boring. Is he hopefully gone for good this time?
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I cant believe anyone would publish this astoningly poor writing My first year writing teacher would have given me a fail had i written this i still am confused as why she has an audience
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jef71 More than 1 year ago
Back Fire by Catherine Coulter: Special agent Dillon Savich receives a note and it only says "FOR WHAT YOU DID YOU DESERVE THIS' Is it a threat against him or Agent Lacey Sherlock. Payback for what. They get a call after the note saying that Judge Ramsey Hunt has been shoot in the back, lies near death. Why would anyone shoot the Judge. I enjoyed the book very much. She has done good job again.
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Always a pleasure to read about the adventures of Sherlock and Savich and, of course, their son Sean!
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
This is the 16th FBI thriller, and it certainly is a good one. FBI Agent Dillon Savich is delivered a note "For what you did you deserve this", just as he and his partner Lacey Sherlock are preparing to go to San Francisco to investigate the shooting of the friend Federal Judge Ramsey Hunt. As usual this series does not disappoint. I love Savich and Sherlock, and the rotating cast of characters that have been in other books, or who are new to this one.
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(Hes in last result of blood pool )
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