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FBI agent Ford "Mac" MacDougal is recovering from injuries he received in a terrorist car bombing when his sister, Jilly, a medical researcher, drives her Porsche off an Oregon cliff - on purpose, it seems. Curiously, even though he was in a hospital bed on the other side of the country, Mac feels as if he were in the car with her as she sails toward the sea.. "By the time Mac arrives in Portland, Jilly has come out of the coma she's been in for four days. But after only a few hours with her brother, she vanishes...
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FBI agent Ford "Mac" MacDougal is recovering from injuries he received in a terrorist car bombing when his sister, Jilly, a medical researcher, drives her Porsche off an Oregon cliff - on purpose, it seems. Curiously, even though he was in a hospital bed on the other side of the country, Mac feels as if he were in the car with her as she sails toward the sea.. "By the time Mac arrives in Portland, Jilly has come out of the coma she's been in for four days. But after only a few hours with her brother, she vanishes without a trace. In searching for her, Mac hears a different story from everyone he encounters. When the local sheriff enlists his aid in the puzzling murder of an elderly resident, Mac doesn't suspect that the case connects to his sister's disappearance.
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Editorial Reviews

Jill M. Smith
Catherine Coulter adds another electrifying and exhilarating suspense tale to her expanding portfolio. The reappearance of FBI Agents Dillon and Lacy Savich is another plus. Settle in for hours of reading thrills.
Romantic Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Jilly Bartlett, who drives her white Porsche off an Oregon cliff in the prologue, Coulter The Target has an uncertain hand on the wheel of her rambling thriller. FBI agent Ford "Mac" MacDouglas, Jilly's brother, is a tough-but-tenderhearted protagonist unraveling the mystery surrounding his sister's plunge — with frequent interruptions for sex and violent surprises. Jilly, a brilliant chemist, survives the accident or is it a suicide attempt?, only to disappear upon awaking from a four-day coma, leaving Mac with some vexing questions. What kind of drug have Jilly and her unpleasant scientist husband, Paul, developed — a fountain of youth, a wild libido enhancer, a fertility drug, a memory-eraser, or all of the above? Why is Jilly deathly afraid of beautiful Laura Scott, who's ostensibly a reclusive research librarian but obviously far too street smart to play that role convincingly? Who killed retired cop Charlie Duck? Coulter risks exasperating her readers — who may tire of the relentless questions this book raises in increasingly heavy doses — with excessive and transparent collusions; it turns out that the highway patrolman who rescues Jilly has ties to sheriff Maggie Sheffield, and that Sheffield is the ex-wife of a detective. The intrigue doesn't really add up to much, whether the action is taking place amid flowing champagne in the Edgeworth, Ore., home of wealthy evildoer Alyssum Tarcher or in the rain forest of Costa Rica where Mac and Laura are whisked, after being gassed, then drugged. Coulter, who made her name writing historical romances before shifting into modern suspense mode, packs her newest tale with an overabundance of perilous contrivances, and for the most part, between drug cartel kidnappers and love on the lam, the plot buckles under its own weight.
Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Coulter adds another romantic suspense title to her series that began with The Cove. FBI agent Ford MacDougall is recovering from a car bomb blast when he suddenly begins to share a paranormal connection with his sister, Jilly, who is in a coma after driving her Porsche off a cliff in Oregon. He leaves his own hospital bed to fly to her side just in time to experience another supernatural experience. Mysteries multiply, Jilly disappears, and Ford hooks up with a reference librarian to deal with a situation involving a sex drug that renders its users psychotic, leading our hero to the rain forests of Costa Rica. Unfortunately, this novel is written in the first person, with all the problems that that entails. Brilliance has followed its routine of having the narrators read at a lightning pace to conserve cassette space, and if that isn't distracting enough, the readers change. Robert Lawrence reads Ford's part, and an unnamed actress performs Jilly's role. If someone is speaking from a telephone, there is an electronic sound, and when Jilly narrates from her coma, her voice comes to us with an echo similar to the bottom of a well. The writing is juvenile, the dialog is laughable, the characters undeveloped, and the ending falls flat. Libraries would do well to spend their money elsewhere. Not recommended.--Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
— Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Technical College Library, La Crosse
— Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Technical College Library, La Crosse
— Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Technical College Library, La Crosse
— Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Technical College Library, La Crosse
— Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Technical College Library, La Crosse
— Patrick J. Brunet, Western Wisconsin Technical College Library, La Crosse
Beth Amos
Catherine Coulter's flair for romance and intrigue has been evident since she drafted her first historical romance. Even when her story lines revolve around an 18th-century romance, elements of mystery and suspense are always part and parcel of the package. Now, with more than 40 novels to her credit, Coulter has flexed her writing muscles to expand into the area of contemporary romantic thrillers. Her first three, The Cove, The Maze, and The Target, all made the New York Times bestseller list and masterfully combined intriguing plot twists, edge-of-the-seat suspense, and compelling characters who like to live and love passionately. Now, with her fourth romantic suspense thriller, Coulter takes readers right to the edge, dangles them above a slippery slope, then lets them go for a deliciously frightening plunge into the nightmare world of mind-bending drugs and greedy men with a voracious appetite for money, pleasure, and sex.

FBI agent Ford "Mac" MacDougal is recuperating in a D.C. hospital after a near-death experience with a terrorist bomb. Yet, while he's in the hospital, he has an experience that is far more frightening, when he shares the final terrifying moments of his sister Jilly's near-drowning as she drives her Porsche off a coastal highway in Oregon. Unsettled by this sudden bout of ESP, Mac heads for the tiny town of Edgerton, Oregon -- referred to by all the locals as simply the Edge -- where his sister remains in a coma after being miraculously saved from her watery death by a passing police deputy. Mac quickly senses that something strange is going on in this deceptively quiet little town, and when he later connects with Jilly's comatose mind, he hears his sister's frantic pleas to be left alone, pleas she directs at a woman named Laura Scott. Mac finds and meets Laura and is instantly smitten by this beautiful and mysterious woman. Yet, while he doesn't believe Laura is the menace Jilly seems to feel she is, Mac is certain Laura isn't being totally honest with him. But before he can sort through it all, Jilly awakens from her coma and disappears.

Desperate to get to the bottom of the mystery and find his sister, Mac pays visits to some of Edgerton's more quirky and eccentric residents. There's wealthy power-monger Alyssum Tarcher, who basically runs the town and everyone in it; his unbalanced son and daughter, Colter and Cal Tarcher, the latter of whom has a special lust for Mac; and Alyssum's extremely lovely wife, Elaine. There's also Jilly's unlikable husband, Paul, who left his drug research position back east under some questionable circumstances and moved to Edgerton, where he now seems to be working for Alyssum Tarcher. There's also Maggie Sheffield, the town's sheriff, and her deputy, a hunky lady's man, Rob Morrison, who also happens to be the person who pulled Jilly from her Porsche after she drove it into the water. Finally, there is Charlie Duck, a retired Chicago cop who hasn't lost his investigative curiosity, a fact that unfortunately leads to his murder.

As Mac searches for answers amidst a secretive and close-ranked town where some people seem to be leading extraordinary sex lives, he finds himself falling hard for Laura. When an attempt on Laura's life almost kills Mac as well, he calls in reinforcements by summoning the husband-and-wife FBI team from The Target, Lacy "Sherlock" Savich and her husband, Dillon. As they try to find Jilly, the foursome come under attack from unknown forces who send them on a journey through mental and physical hell. Before they can find their way back, or any answers, more will die and all will face dangers more frightening than any they've faced before.

Coulter's latest is a fast-paced page-turner of tremendous proportions with enough violence, sex, passion, and mystery to sate even the most jaded reader. This trip to The Edge is definitely a journey worth taking.

--Beth Amos

Beth Amos is the author of several mainstream suspense thrillers, including Second Sight, Eyes of Night, and Cold White Fury. A longtime romance reader, Amos manages to bring a strong romantic sensibility to the absorbing thrillers she pens.

Jill M. Smith
Catherine Coulter adds another electrifying and exhilarating suspense tale to her expanding portfolio. The reappearance of FBI Agents Dillon and Lacy Savich is another plus. Settle in for hours of reading thrills.
Romantic Times
Kirkus Reviews
After writing some 45 historical romances, Coulter recently decided to try another genre. She turned to the modern thriller and took on serial killers and the FBI in The Target (1998), whose husband-and-wife team, agents Lacy "Sherlock" Savich and Dillon Savich, return here. FBI agent Floyd MacDougal lies in Bethesda Naval Hospital, recovering from the blast of a terrorist car-bomb, when he has a nightmare about his sister, medical researcher Jilly Bartlett, pushing her Porsche to 85 miles an hour, shooting over a Portland coast road cliff at midnight, and sinking into black water. Well, Jilly had been acting strange and, secretly, hearing voices, but how can he explain hearing and seeing her 3,000 miles away in Oregon? Four days later, Mac tries to visit Jilly in Portland, where she's come out of a coma at last—but then she vanishes from the hospital. Sherlock and Dillon join Mac to look for Jilly, a search that amazingly leads into Costa Rica's rain forests, where the dangers include deadly animals and drug dealers. But the real answer to his disappeared sister—and her vanished husband as well—lies below the edge of the cliff where Jilly flew into space. Far from rich characters, though the main story (shades of The Lady Vanishes) will keep the pages turning. (Author tour)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786222407
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Series: FBI Series, #4
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 493
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine  Coulter
Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, TailSpin, KnockOut, and Whiplash. She lives in northern California.


The author of dozens of bestsellers, Catherine Coulter made her Romance debut with 1978's The Autumn Countess, a fast-moving story she describes as "a Gothic masquerading as a Regency." Six more Regency romances followed in quick succession; then, in 1982, she penned her first full-length historical novel, Devil's Embrace. She counts several trilogies among her most popular historicals, notably the Bride Trilogy -- which, in turn, spawned an ongoing story sequence featuring the beloved Sherbrooke family of Regency-era England.

In 1988, Coulter tried her hand at contemporary romance with a twisty little page-turner called False Pretenses. Her fans ate it up and begged for more. Since then, she has interspersed historicals with contemporary romantic thrillers (like the novels in her bestselling FBI series) in one of the most successful change-ups in the history of romance publishing.

Good To Know

Suspense writer Catherine Coulter tells us her top ten sleuths and her top ten heroes. We think you'll be as intrigued by her answers as we were ...

Hercule Poirot
Jane Marple
Inspector Morse
Jack Ryan
Indiana Jones
Pink Panther
Sherlock Holmes
Sid Halley

Harry Potter (Every Single Book)
Colin Firth as Darcy
S.C. Taylor from Beyond Eden
Lucas Davenport
Dillon Savich
James Bond (Sean Connery)
Jack Bauer
John McClain (All Die Hard)
Shrek (l & 2)
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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The Edge

By Catherine Coulter


ISBN: 0-515-12860-0


Edgerton, Oregon

The night was black and calm, silent except for the mellow whine of the newly tuned Porsche engine, yet she heard the soft, sobbing voice pleading with her again, whispering low and deep. It never left her alone now.

No one else was near, it was just Jilly driving alone on the coast highway. The ocean stirred beside her, but with no moon out, it looked like an empty, black expanse. The Porsche, sensitive to the slightest touch of her fingers, gently swerved left, toward the cliff, toward the endless expanse of black water beyond. Jilly jerked the car back to the center line.

Laura's voice began sobbing in her brain, then grew louder, filling her, until Jilly wanted to burst.

"Shut up!" Jilly's scream filled the car for a brief moment. Her voice sounded harsh and ugly. It was nothing like Laura's had been, like a small child's sobbing, lost and inconsolable. Only death would bring peace. Jilly felt that voice, Laura's voice, build inside her again. She gripped the steering wheel and stared straight ahead, praying to herself, chanting for it to stop, for Laura to go away.

"Please," she whispered. "Please stop. Leave me alone.


But Laura didn't stop. She was no longer a child, speaking in a sweet, terrified voice. She was herself again, angry now, and this time foul words frothed from her mouth, spewing rage and saliva that Jilly tasted in the back of her throat. She banged her fists on the steering wheel, hard, harder still, rhythmically, to make the malevolent voice go away. She opened the window, pressed it all the way down and leaned out, letting the wind tear her hair back, and her eyes sting and water. She shouted into the night, "Make it stop!"

It stopped. Suddenly.

Jilly drew a deep breath and pulled her head back into the car. The wind whooshed through the car and she sucked in mouthfuls of the cold air. It tasted wonderful. It was over. Thank God, finally it had stopped. She raised her head, looking around, wondering where she was. She'd been driving for hours, it seemed, yet the dashboard clock read only midnight. She'd been gone from home for a half hour.

Her life had become whispers and screams until she couldn't bear it. Now there was silence, deep and complete silence.

Jilly began counting. One, two, three-no curses, no whispers, no small child's pleading, nothing, just her own breathing, the soft hum of her car. She threw back her head and closed her eyes a moment, relishing the silence. She began counting again. Four, five, six-still blessed silence.

Seven, eight-soft, very soft, like a faraway rustling of leaves, coming closer, closer. Not rustling, no, whispering. Laura was whispering again, begging not to die, begging and pleading and swearing she'd never meant to sleep with him, but it had just happened, he'd made it happen. But Jilly hadn't believed her.

"Please, stop, stop, stop," Jilly chanted over that feathery voice. Laura began screaming that Jilly was a pathetic bitch, a fool who couldn't see what she was. Jilly stomped down on the gas pedal. The Porsche lurched forward, hitting seventy, eighty, eighty-five. The coast road swerved. She kept the car directly in the center of the road. She began singing. Laura screamed louder, and Jilly sang louder. Ninety. Ninety-five.

"Go away. Damn you, go away!" Jilly's knuckles were white on the steering wheel, her head low, her forehead nearly touching the rim. The engine's vibrations made Laura's screaming voice convulse with power.

One hundred.

Jilly saw the sharp turn, but Laura yelled that they would be together soon now, very soon. She couldn't wait to get Jilly, and then they'd see who would win. Jilly screamed, whether at Laura or at the sight of the cliff dropping some forty feet to the heaped and tumbled black rocks below. The Porsche plunged through the railing, thick wood and steel, picking up speed, and shot out to the vast empty blackness beyond.

One more scream rent the silence before the Porsche sliced nose first through the still, black water. There was scarcely a sound, just the fast downward plunge, the sharp, clean impact, then the quick shifting and closing over, the calm water returning to what it had been just a second before.

Then there was only the black night. And calm and silence.


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Interviews & Essays

On Monday, August 9th, welcomed Catherine Coulter to discuss THE EDGE.

Moderator: Good evening, Catherine Coulter, and welcome to the Auditorium! We're all excited to discuss your latest, THE EDGE. How are you this evening?

Catherine Coulter: I am just fine! I'm in the Drake Hotel in Chicago, and my suite overlooks Lake Michigan...and I have two really cute guys waiting in the wings.... They will answer questions.

Simon Coulter (no relation!) from Spain: THE EDGE is a title I have surely seen before (Dick Francis). How as an author do you decide on a title? Also, how (if you do) would you check up as to whether your title is a completely original one? (I believe that this latter point is not a legal requirement in copyright terms but feel sure many would like to know.)

Catherine Coulter: You cannot copyright a title; they do check titles. The Dick Francis title was way back when, and if there's been another one, it's been so minor that it wouldn't make a blip. And I picked the title because it fit the book perfectly. We don't know if it's been sold to Spain yet.

Jilleen from South Carolina: You've had an amazing track record as a writer -- 30 New York Times bestsellers is nothing to sneeze at! I've been a fan of yours since the beginning. Did you ever expect such success? Do you know what the secret to your success might be?

Catherine Coulter: First of all, Jilleen, it's 33! At the beginning, all you want to be is published. First of all, you've got to have talent, don't know how much. You've got to be lucky, you've got to be a good storyteller, and you've got to be disciplined. And that's the secret to success. But discipline is the big thing. Books do not write themselves, contrary to popular belief. That's not only the formula for writing; that is the formula for success.

Cathy from Thousand Oaks, CA: Catherine, you are one of my favorite authors, and I'm pretty sure that I've read all your books (historical and contemporary), which I enjoyed greatly. I love that you have suspense and, of course, romance in all your books, but I especially love the sense of humor that all of your stories have. I was wondering if you were going to be doing a book tour and, if so, will you be in the southern California area?

Catherine Coulter: Unfortunately, not for this book tour. I live in the San Francisco area, and I'll be all around there. I'll be in southern California next year for sure. If you want to know about anything at all, email me at, and you can just go to Please email me if you want to talk or say anything or ask any questions. Those cute guys do most of my email, and I have a dominatrix who keeps them in line. (Remember, discipline is very important to success! Read all about discipline in THE COURTSHIP, January 3, 2000.) And she has Babylonian red harlot hair.

Dawn Smith from Geneva, NY: Hi! I absolutely love your books. I was wondering what kind of book you liked writing better -- historical or contemporary. And of all the books you have written, which is your favorite? Thank you.

Catherine Coulter: Since I write one historical romance a year and one contemporary suspense thriller a year, I don't have time to get tired of either of them. I love them both. I have more fun writing the historical romances, because they're filled with humor, and they're "looser." The contemporary suspense thrillers come close to killing me every time, because they have to be so tightly plotted that you can't digress if you feel like it. You have to stay utterly focused, so each presents a challenge in its own way. I'll be doing one of each kind for a year until I want to take another risk and try something different. My very very favorite book of the contemporaries is BEYOND EDEN. My very favorite historical romance will be out in September. It's a complete rewrite of my very first Regency romance, called THE AUTUMN COUNTESS, published 20 years ago. It's very funny, it's a gothic, and it's the best book I have written in seven years in terms of the historicals, so prepare to just laugh your head off!

Isabel from Seattle: Hi, Catherine! I just love all your books. They seem to grab hold of me and not let go. I am halfway through THE EDGE and am enjoying it immensely. Two questions: Did you spend time on the Oregon coast for research for this book? And, secondly, what is coming next from you in the historical genre? Thanks.

Catherine Coulter: To the first question, no, I didn't, but I probably will after I finish writing all the books set on the Oregon coast. To the romances -- we have THE COUNTESS in the middle of September and THE COURTSHIP, January 3, 2000. And, I'm on page 100 of the next suspense novel.

Susan from Des Moines, IA: Was the drug you used in the book one that's been discovered, or is it one you made up to fit the plot you wanted to write?

Catherine Coulter: Actually, that drug without the bad side effects would sell more than Viagra. Sorry, this is fiction!

Yola Richelieu from New Hampshire: How did you get your start as a writer? Did you always write fiction? At what point did you begin to take your career as a writer seriously?

Catherine Coulter: I am serious every morning I go down to my computer. I have always taken my career seriously. I wrote my first novel when I was 14; it was 12 pages long and suffered from what we call the "Moving Right Along" syndrome. It fortunately now resides in what we call Oblivion. In terms of getting started writing, I think I started like a lot of writers: I was a speechwriter on Wall Street, and I read voraciously, and I read a lot of fiction. I love research. I read everything I could get my paws on, and one night I threw the book across the room and said, "I can do better." My first book was THE AUTUMN COUNTESS. At that time, publishing was a black hole. There were no genre organizations to help one with the process. There was no Mystery Writers of America and no Romance Writers of America. The first manuscript ended up with a freelance editor in New York, and she said, "Let's go for it." And what she had was the top three appropriate houses with the appropriate editors, and so I write this ridiculous letter to Signet, and Hillary Ross called me three days later, took me out to lunch, and offered me a three-book contract. It happened just that fast. And I was able to quit my day job at the beginning of 1982. And until that time I wrote every morning from 5am to 7:30. And since it happened so quickly, I've always been very serious about my career.

Melaine from Bothell, WA: Hi, Ms. Coulter. As an aspiring novelist myself, I'm curious as to your writing "method." Do you do an extensive outline first, or do you know in your head what's going to happen next? Thanks!

Catherine Coulter: I'm a disgusting morning person. I'm in front of my computer with a big smile on my fact at 7:30am, and I work until 11:00 every morning five days a week. If I commit some vile sin, then maybe God will make me do an outline. If my publishing house wants to know what the novel is about, I don't send it in until I've written 100 pages, and I write an outline based on those first 100 pages. I generally start with a "What if?" idea. The "What if?" for THE EDGE simply began as, "What if a guy who is in a hospital on the East Coast dreams he goes over a cliff with his sister on the West Coast?" (Did you see those headlights in the water on the cover of the novel?) And of course since it's a loose FBI series, Savich and Sherlock are real heavy into this book, as well as the others.

Wanda from South Dakota: Are any more of your books going to be made into movies?

Catherine Coulter: That is my one greatest wish before I croak over the computer.

Karleen from New Hampshire: Are you a fan of Rosalind Laker and do you think the historical background of a book is vital to its success...based on your education background in 19th- century history? Please discuss your education as it affects your writing.

Catherine Coulter: Goodness!... This is an essay question! The name is familiar, but I just simply can't remember right now. I've been on tour for a week, and I've lost a number of brain cells. In terms of the authenticity of a novel set in past times, the most important thing is a real good story and that you like the characters. If you blend in historical detail and make it seem natural, and all the stuff blends in and seems everyday, then it adds a richness to the book, and of course it's going to seem more original and interesting. That's a very interesting question, because you must realize for example, I know the Napoleonic era cold. If I told you in a book everything I knew, you would be snoring by page 10. What's always most important is the people and the story, and probably no more than 5 percent of what I know do I ever feed in. It takes a great deal of skill to blend it perfectly so you're not detracting from the story and you do have some verisimilitude.

Vickie from Maryland: Do you have a favorite character? I love your suspense books, especially THE TARGET. Have you thought of doing a miniseries like some of the recent authors (Stephen King and Jackie Collins, for example)? I know that I read whatever you have out that is contemporary. Do you have a newsletter to inform your fans about new releases?

Catherine Coulter: I've got about half a dozen favorite characters. I think in the contemporaries, Sherlock and Savich are quite a team, and at the FBI, they call them S&S. In terms of the historicals, probably the Sherbrooke family. Unfortunately, making a miniseries is not up to me.... I'm just the person here kneeling on the floor, begging.... Who do you want me to sleep with? No problemo! For any information on new releases, newsletters, email me at

Sasha from Washington: Do you make up the names, or do you base it off of historical people (e.g., in your Regencies)? If it is based off of historical people, what resource do you use to find out the appropriate families of the time?

Catherine Coulter: I get a lot of my names for the historicals, particularly the English names, from DeBrett's, and I tend to use extinct titles. That way there's no hasslement. If I use a real person, I know what I'm doing. And I have a tremendous research library. And I just moved, and I moved my library myself and got two tennis elbows!

Lionna from Portland, ME: You have written in so many different genres! Is there a genre you haven't tried yet that we can expect to see you writing in someday?

Catherine Coulter: I'm now pulling out my crystal ball.... The only genre I haven't really tackled big time is science fiction, and the truth of the matter is, if I get a good idea, I'll try anything, because life is too short not to.

Gina Banks from Richmond, VA: THE EDGE explores some very dark sides of human beings. Where do you draw from to write such a haunting tale?

Catherine Coulter: Ooh! Sickly enough, it's from my own dark side! I don't know where this stuff comes from -- this is fiction!

Sasha from Washington: What reference books do you use most extensively?

Catherine Coulter: If I'm going to research a brand-new period, a brand-new city, I immediately go to Will Durant's Story of Civilization; he is very reader-friendly, and he also has a tremendous bibliography, which sends me other places. Howsomever, the very best research books on anything are in the children's section. They do not preach at you; they show you pictures -- and label things.

D. C. from Michigan: I read that your husband is a physician -- does having access to one help you with your novels? Some of the THE EDGE takes place in a hospital -- is he helpful with the medical details?

Catherine Coulter: Since my husband is a doc, any time I have anyone wounded, I have anyone in the hospital, or talk about any medications, any drugs -- they're accurate. Historically, if I have to deal with wounds, it's accurate. Thank you, Anton.

Moderator: What is the worst job you've ever had, and why was it so bad?

Catherine Coulter: The worst job I ever had was a three-month stint as a personal assistant to a Southern Baptist minister who was a televangelist, and the big problem was, I was Episcopalian, and he was convinced I was going to hell, and he tried to proselytize me for three months until I just cracked and took myself off to hell.

M. J. Anderson from Vancouver, WA: I have read many of your books, and I really enjoy the current mystery ones. They keep you on the edge of your seat. I hope you continue writing these types, although I also enjoy your historical romances, where I was first introduced to you.

Catherine Coulter: Thank you and keep reading! We love M. J. Anderson!

Melanie from Jacksonville, FL: I have heard you have quite a reputation for telling jokes. Could you tell us a favorite right now?

Catherine Coulter: Melanie, you have intimidated me to such a degree that my brain has just flushed itself clean! I'm a tabula rasa. Oh, I know one, but we can't type it out here. Email me and I'll write it to you!

Moderator: Can you share some of the best books you've read lately?

Catherine Coulter: I thought I had read every Dick Francis, and lo and behold, in the airport I have found THE DANGER -- and I had never seen it before, and it's wonderful! And I just finished a new Jayne Ann Krentz, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, wonderful. John Sandford's A CERTAIN PREY -- very good. A science fiction called STARDOC it's a first novel by Sheila Viehl, and it will be out in January 2000. Hysterically funny, a wonderful book, and actually, I found it.

Sasha from Washington: Catherine, how long does it usually take you to write one book?

Catherine Coulter: Six months. So, I'm a two-book a year person, if one can multiply...

Rachel from Philadelphia: Hi, Catherine! Love your work. You just mentioned a couple of questions ago that the Sherbrookes were probably your favorite historical characters. What are the chances of THE SHERBROOKE BRIDE being a book that you re-release. And, if you do, would you change it at all? (I personally would like to see Douglass do more begging, just me!) Also, any books that you have out that you would like to change the ending or something about them? Thanks and keep up the great work!

Catherine Coulter: They are being re-released with new packaging in early 2000. The Sherbrookes appear in MAD JACK, which was out earlier this year, and you hadn't seen them for eight years, so it was neat to see what they were doing. They will also appear in THE COURTSHIP in January 2000. Douglass is Douglass; he doesn't change, he just gets better.

Moderator: It was a blast hosting you online this evening. Have fun with your hunky male friends in Chicago! Do you have any final words for your online audience?

Catherine Coulter: Read moi!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    don't bother

    Loved this series, but hated this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012


    I usually love Catherine Coulter books. This one was a real disappointment. The book just kind of rambled on and the plot was boring and disjointed. Let's hope the next one in the series is better than this one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Another good one.

    I liked the part where Sherlock was fussing over Mac when he was out of bed.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    Highly recommended - you must check it out

    This book is a great read - it has everything. Once you start reading you don't want to put the book down until you find out what happens next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Very enjoyable reads!!!

    I enjoy this FBI Series as it has familiar characters that carry into new characters with each book. As a mystery book reader, these are easy and enjoyable reads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Good book

    Ive read this before and loved it. Good book for a long trip

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011


    I am hooked. I have started reading the FBI series and I love them. Keeps you guessing and entertained. For a curl up with a book day can't ask for any better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011


    Good story line, but like her first three, man meets woman in distress, marries woman in distress. Needs to be a little different scenario.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

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    Enjoyable Reading

    There were parts of this book that were a bit far fetched and made the FBI look a bit incompetent. For the most part, the story moved right along. I enjoy the FBI series with Savage and Sherlock but found that other books in the series were more suspenseful. Not an outstanding book but a enjoyable light read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    Was just okay.

    Not extremely familiar with this author. Will try another of her books to see what I think. It may be narrow minded of me to judge the author by only one book.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Great Book

    This book has a mixture of romance and mystery. I love how Catherine Coulter puts in a romantic twist mixed in with thrilling mysteries. It keeps you wanting to read to find out whats next. I love this author

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Another exciting book by Catherine Coulter. She is one of the best authors I have read so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2006

    Reservations, just ok.

    Disappointing but reasonably entertaining. I found the characters strange and confusing. I lost the point in a lot of the dialogue and found it very shallow. Story lacked common sense to a large extent and was a little hard to follow. Just not as good as her earlier novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    Really great

    This book was outstanding, it kept me in suspense the whole time. I would definately reccomend this to anyone who liked Coulter's previouse books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2005

    Not up to par for Coulter

    I really enjoyed the earlier books about the FBI agents(especialy Sherlock and Savich) and so I was looking forward to reading about Sherlock's pal, Mac. Unfortunately, it was almost as though a totally different person wrote this book - the dialogue was stilted and in some places really dumb. The characters acted totally 'unbelievable' and the story line was so inconsistent that it was really hard to follow. I wanted to throw this book away, but I kept reading thinking the author would get back on track - it never happened. The FBI wouldn't allow these characters to even enter their building, much less be an agent. It's really a pathetic book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003


    The book I read was well put togather but the story just kept going and going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001


    Very good book. All her others are on my Christmas list! :) It was very suspensful and not at all predictable. The ending came as a big surprise. Overall: one of the best books i have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    Missed the Mark

    I was dissappointed with this story. The male lead was written in a confusing manner. What form of tough FBI agent walks into a house an notices the whimsical styling of the tile and the type of weave of the fabric on the accent pieces? I couldn't quite understand the motivations of the characters, or at least how they got them to the circumstances around which the story was built. Plausibility was missing and too much of the dialog was cliche.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2000

    Good but other titles are better

    I liked this book, it was fast reading, but i think her perviuos novels were slightly better(the early novels)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    A good book but hard to follow.

    I have read everything this author has written, but was very disappointed in this story. Thestory line dragged at the beginning and then rushed to the end. Coulter's other suspensful novels were great, but this one did not have the character or story development of those books. It was very confusing and slow moving. Still glad that I read it . . .

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