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"The explosive action kicks off as FBI agent Ruth Warnecki hunts for Confederate gold in a West Virginia cave. She never expects to encounter the grisly murder that catapults her into a horrific plague of death, all centered on the prestigious Stanislaus School of Music." "And at Hooter's Motel in Maryland, FBI agents Savich and Carver are nearly killed while attempting to rescue a kidnap victim. Instead of a hostage, all they see is a glowing-red timer and then a catastrophic explosion. They are then led to Arlington National Cemetery, but the search for the kidnap victim is cut short when Savich takes a fateful call on his cell, as a mysterious voice threatens to kill him and his wife." Pitted against an insane killer and his psychotic teenage girlfriend, Savich and Sherlock find themselves fighting a hate-driven villain with a very long memory.
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The tenth installment of Catherine Coulter's FBI saga (Blowout, Blindside, et al.) may be her most action-packed, psychologically intense thriller to date. As husband-and-wife agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are faced with the most intimately frightening case of their careers (apprehending a psychopath obsessed with evening the score with Savich for some long-ago injustice), FBI special agent Ruth Warnecki is busy trying to unravel the bizarre mystery of a murdered music student found in a rural Virginia cave.

Coulter hits the ground running at full speed in Point Blank, beginning the novel with Warnecki deep underground following an old treasure map to what she hopes is a cache of stolen Confederate gold that was intended for General Lee more than a century earlier. Someone -- or something -- overpowers Warnecki in the dark, and she blacks out, regaining consciousness with amnesia. After a surreal assassination attempt, Warnecki eventually remembers her identity and revisits the cave with Savich and Sherlock, only to find the body of a woman, definitely dead and definitely embalmed. Meanwhile, a madman and his sadistic teenage sidekick are on a mission to enact unholy retribution on Savich and Sherlock…

Blending liberal amounts of psychological suspense and police procedural mystery with a smidgen of romance, the prolific Coulter's FBI novels (all of which can be read as stand-alone thrillers) will appeal to a surprisingly wide range of readers, from those who follow Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, and Tami Hoag to fans of writers like John Lescroart, Michael Connelly, and Lee Child. The cover says it all: great read guaranteed. Paul Goat Allen
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Coulter's new thriller romance (Blowout, etc.) opens with Ruth Warnecki lost in a cave in rural Virginia while fellow (married) FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are hot on the tail of a psychotic dirty old man (Moses Grace) and his flirtatious teenage partner (Claudia), who've kidnapped a smalltime comedian. Coulter fans know if they suspend belief-really suspend belief-she'll deliver page-turners filled with good guys battling bad guys as well as enjoying domestic tranquility. After Ruth makes it out of the cave, she's cared for by Dixon Noble, the local sheriff and ex-New Yorker with two kids and a missing wife; then Ruth and the gang return to the cave to discover the body of a murdered music student. Lacey and Dillon consult MAX the miracle computer about Moses while Dix introduces Ruth to his domineering father-in-law, Chappy, and musician Gordon, Chappy's geriatric lech of a brother. Coulter alternates between the search for the student's killer and the hunt for Moses, cases tied together only by the FBI agents solving them and the theme of criminally insane grumpy old men. Coulter continues to prove more convincing describing virtue than vice, which means that sympathetic characters and happy endings take precedence over serious detective work. (On sale Aug. 23) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Welcome back FBI agents Dillon Savitch and Dave Carver, out to rescue Pinky Womack from a crazed kidnapper. Too bad the (putative) kidnapper seems to have an intimate knowledge of Savich's life and that of his wife, agent Lacey Sherlock. A Doubleday and Literary GuildR main selection. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596008557
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: FBI Series , #10
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.82 (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.

Biography

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 ...

TOP TEN SLEUTHS:
Hercule Poirot
Jane Marple
Columbo
Inspector Morse
Jack Ryan
Indiana Jones
Pink Panther
Sherlock Holmes
Sid Halley

TOP TEN HEROS:
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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Point Blank


By Catherine Coulter

Putnam Publishing Group

ISBN: 0-399-15322-5


Chapter One

Ruth froze. From the moment she'd finessed the pathetic lock and begun her trek into the cave, there'd been only the noise made by bats and the sound of her own voice, of her own breathing. But now she held her breath. Her mouth was suddenly as dry as the sandy floor beneath her boots. She strained to listen.

There was only silence, as absolute as the blackness.

All right, she'd take silence. Silence was good. She was alone, no monsters hanging around at the edge of her light. She was freaking herself out for no reason, she, who took pride in her control. But why couldn't she see any cave walls?

She knew the rough distance of a foot, not much longer than her own foot, and started counting. When she reached about fourteen feet, she stopped, stretched out her hand as far as she could, and her flashlight and head lamp cut a huge swath farther ahead of her. No wall. All right, so her distances were off. No problem, no reason to panic.

But she'd heard something-for an instant. What was the noise she'd heard?

She kept counting and crawling forward. At least another twenty feet. Okay, this was ridiculous. Where was the opposite wall?

She rose to her feet, shone her head lamp and flashlight together in a circle around her. She pulled out her compass again and pointed it. She stared at the needle. West. No, that couldn't be right. She wasn't facing west, she was facing east, the direction of the opposite wall. But there was no sign of a wall in any direction. She shook the compass. It still read west. It couldn't be functioning properly.

She stuffed it back in her pocket and pulled her hefty twenty-five-foot measuring tape off her belt. She slowly fed out the metal strip in a line directly in front of her, into the blackness. Finally she reached the end of the tape. There was no wall.

She felt fear, raw and paralyzing, crawl right up her throat. Why was she feeling this way? She was a cop, for heaven's sake, she'd been in much tougher spots than this. She prided herself on her focus, on her ability to keep panic at bay, on her common sense. Nothing could shake her, her mother had always said, and it wasn't necessarily a compliment.

But she was shaken now.

Get back on track, Ruth, get back on track, that's what Savich would say.

All right, bottom line: The chamber was bigger than the damned map said it was. Another effort at misdirection, like the arched doggy door covered with a slab of limestone. So what? No big deal. She'd go back out of the chamber and think things over. How many feet had she come? A good long ways. She turned and fed out the measuring tape back toward the archway. Naturally, she couldn't see the arched opening beyond the dissipated circle of light from her head lamp. She crawled on the tape to make sure she kept in a straight line. When she reached the end of it, she fed out a second twenty-five feet. Nothing. Then another twenty-five feet. She shone her head lamp together with her flashlight all around her. Nothing at all. She looked at her compass. It said she was moving northeast. No, that was absurd. She was heading due west, right back toward the opening.

She looked up again, realized that her flashlight had faded away into a ghostly beam. All right, she'd walked a mile, who cared? And the compass was all screwed up. She didn't need it to make her think she was crazy. She stuck it in her pocket, picked up the tape and fed it out another twenty-five feet, sure she'd see the archway at any moment. She'd come a hundred feet. At any moment, the tape would slither right through the opening back into the corridor. She crawled more slowly. By the time she'd crawled the full twenty-five feet, she was shaking.

Stop it, stop it. She pressed the retract button and heard the hiss of the tape as it smoothly ran back in. She stood there, holding the tape, knowing she was afraid to feed it out again. What was the point?

No, no, that was stupid. She had to. She had no choice. She fed out the tape again, smoothly and quickly. But even as she worked it out to its maximum twenty-five feet, she knew in her gut it wouldn't touch anything. Still, she crawled the distance, then stopped, looked. She was nowhere, surrounded by black; she was being pressed in by black. No, no, stop it.

She knew she'd crawled in a straight line, but it was obvious now that she hadn't; it was the only explanation. She'd veered off to the left or right. But still, shouldn't the tape measure hit a wall? Of course it should, but you're not near a wall, are you? You're not near anything at all.

Ruth began to move in a circle, keeping the measuring tape fully extended. No wall, nothing.

She was losing it, her brain was twisted up, gone squirrelly. At a wave of dizziness and nausea, she sat on the floor, barely breathing now. She felt cold raw fear skitter through her, a deadly fear that made the hair on her arms stir. Her heart pounded, her mouth was dry.

And she thought, I'm in the middle of a void and there's no way out because I'm trapped in a black hole larger than anything I can imagine.

That thought, fully blown clear and as bright headlights in her brain, shook her to the core. Where had it come from? She couldn't seem to draw a deep breath, couldn't seem to focus her brain. This was ridiculous. She had to think her way out of this. There was an answer, there was always an answer. It was time to get her brain working again. All right then. She was in a cave chamber. She'd simply crawled in farther than she'd thought, the ridiculous chamber was much larger than on the map -

She heard the noise again, a soft, sibilant sound that seemed to be all around her, but there were no visual reference points, like a snake slithering through sand, a snake so heavy it made a dragging sound as it pulled itself along. It was a snake that was coming toward her but she couldn't see it, couldn't get out of the way, couldn't hide. Maybe it was one of those South American boas, thick as a tree trunk, heavy and sinuous, probably twenty feet long, dragging itself toward her; it would wrap its huge body around her and squeeze - She jerked the compass out of her pocket and hurled it as far away from her as she could. She heard it thud lightly against the cave floor.

The sound stopped. Once again the silence was absolute.

She had to get a grip. Her imagination was having a hoedown.

Stop it, just stop it, you'rein a damned squiggly hole deep in the side of a mountain, nothing more than a maze.

Maybe now she was at the center of the maze - bad things could happen at the center of a maze, things you didn't expect, things that could crush your head, smash it into pulp, things - She was lost in the silence, she would die here.

Ruth tried to concentrate on breathing slowly and deeply, drawing in the blessed fresh air, and that strange sweet smell, on cutting off the absurd images that wanted to crash into her brain to terrify her, but she couldn't seem to. She couldn't find anything solid, anything real, to latch onto. The fear danced through her. She yelled into the darkness, "Stop being like your father, stop it!" To her relief, the sound of her own voice calmed her. She managed to clamp down on the panic. All she had to do was follow the straight line of the tape measure. It was metal, it couldn't turn into a circle, for heaven's sake, she'd follow it and end up somewhere, because there had to be a somewhere. Her heart slowed its mad hammering, her breathing became smoother. She leaned down and spread the map on the floor, held the flashlight close.

The only crazy thing here was the damned lying map. After all, the arch wasn't where the map showed it to be. The arch, that was it, she'd gone through the wrong arch. Maybe, just beyond where she'd stopped looking, she would have found the arch the map showed and crawled into the right chamber. Or maybe the map was just a trap.

But the fresh air, where was it coming from?

WHERE WAS A DAMNED WALL?

Ruth felt her head begin to pound, felt saliva fill her dry mouth, felt a scream bursting from deep in her gut. She knew in that instant she was going to die. She stood up, weaved a bit, and listened for the noise. She wanted that noise. She would go toward it; there had to be something alive, and she wanted to find it. It wasn't a huge serpent- no, that was ridiculous. Oh God, her head was going to explode. The pain nearly sent her to her knees. She grabbed her head with her hands. Her fingers sank into her head, into her brain, mixed with the gray matter, and it was sticky and pulsing, and she screamed. The screams didn't stop, just kept spurting out of her, louder and louder, echoing back into her head, through her wet brains oozing between her fingers. It took all her strength to pull her fingers out of her head, but they felt wet and she frantically rubbed them on her jeans, trying to wipe them clean, but they wouldn't come clean. She was crying, screams blocking her throat, then bursting out, so loud, filling the silence. Please, God, she didn't want to die. She started to run, stumbling, falling, but she scrambled up again, didn't care if she slammed into a wall. She wanted to hit a wall.

But there weren't any walls.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted March 10, 2012

    Unreal

    Well written but unbelievable. I enjoy series with new and repeating characters and am very disappointed in the turn this series is taking. One must suspend belief in reality and basic good investigative practices to make this serier a success. Perhaps it is for a much younger and very gullible reader. Such a shame for a talented author. Bunny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Excellent book

    Love Catherine coulter's FBI series. Great reading!

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    great read

    I do enjoy these books. Really pull me in.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Love all her books -

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Another good one.

    I liked the part where Savich was takingbcare of Sherlock after she got hurt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Athena to Ninco

    U here? Athony said u were.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Audrey

    Yea... whatever. Talk to you never. Walks away plnning never to talk to him again. Jerk.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Gwyneth Stiletto

    Wakes up before dawn. Stands up and shrugs on her satchel. Leaves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Elana to guthix

    Shut up you son of a two headed creep. I dont know who your parent is but your definetly not the brightest so that rules out athena. And your not the cutest so no aphrodite. I see no happiness coming from you so apollo is out. And you love war and being a freakin loser to everyone you talk to so your porbably ares. Stop being mean to innocent people you a$$hole. Compliments of me and rain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Jake

    Nite guys

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Guthix

    *he gets up and sighs. He takes a quick shower and puts on some clothes. He sits down at a table and rubs his forehead*

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    Posted October 22, 2012

    Haley

    Hia

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    Posted October 8, 2012

    NOT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Great! Great! Great!

    Another good book in the FBI series.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Good read!

    Coulter's books are moderately predictable, but each one has a slight twist that grabs you. Savich and Sherlock are delightful characters so you keep reading book after book if only to see what antics they'll go through to get out of the next situation to befall them.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

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    Coulter lost her writing skills with this one

    I purchased the audiobook version of Point Blank. I've read others in the FBI series and thought they were great. First off the cover/casing for the CD's of this book gave a different story line. I think this is Coulter's worse book so far. I was actually angry at the ending because I wasted all my time with boring dialogue only to have the ending just drop off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2009

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    Where has the suspense gone?

    Point Blank was an amazing book to read, but it's only good for anyone with time to kill because you almost need to read it all in one shot in order to follow the story line. The story moves slow at the beginning and then seems to speed up toward the end so it was very easy to get confused because the story was jumping back and forth between two completely different story lines. The beginning of the book was confusing because you were left with so many questions but it makes you more eager to read the rest to find the answers. The end seemed like both investigations were wrapped up too quickly I still had questions at the end about how they managed to get the conclusion, it didn't have the suspense of some of her other books it was very disappointing to have both investigations wrapped up so quickly you didn't really understand what was going on it wasn't really very well explained because it left you with so many questions. I feel as it she didn't tie up the loose ends and you were left hanging on how they did this or who did that. Also it wasn't as romantic as some of her other books but the action was more vibrant and you almost felt as if you were going to hear gun fire at any moment. The family in the book really left you scratching your head because you weren't sure what or who they really were because they would say one thing and then do the opposite. The characters were strange they didn't seem very realistic because of their personalities, and their reactions to some of the events. This would be a good book for reading in your spare time or for a book club because there is so much you can discuss about the book because of the twists and turns in plot and all of the questions you might have about the cases.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

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    Good suspenseful read

    I enjoyed this book and the returning characters immensely. Ms. Coulter keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Anyone who wants to read an excellent book that will keep you wanting more, this is one for you.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    The story line is two-fold, and at first glance extremely interesting. We find married FBI agents Savich and Sherlock involved in a case of kidnapping and murder, the victim being a stand-up comic at a club Savich is involved with. The two kidnappers, an old man and his equally young side-kick, seem to be engaged in a personal vendetta against Dillon Savich, and have targeted Lacey Sherlock as one of their next victims. <BR/><BR/>Meanwhile, Special Agent Ruth Warnecki is treasure-hunting in a cave in Virginia , and stumbles upon something that frightens her enough that she ends up left for dead in the woods, with no memory of who she is or what she was doing. She's found by Dix, the local Sheriff, and although physically in good condition, she seems to have temporary amnesia. <BR/><BR/>POINT BLANK is definitely a quick read, and the story lines are interesting. But there were too many things that irritated me to let me enjoy the book the way I wanted to. For one, Ruth's amnesia--she went from not knowing who she was, what she did for a living, or what she was doing in Virginia to seeing Savich and Sherlock and "miraculously" having everything come back to her in about two minutes. Second, I have to agree with the reviewer who said the dialogue in the book was "stiff." There were instances during my reading that I knew I should be laughing or at least chuckling, but it didn't happen. The way the sentences were worded, and the dry words used in everyone's conversations, left me with the feeling that something essential was missing from the story. <BR/><BR/>Overall, POINT BLANK isn't the best Savich and Sherlock story, but it won't stop me from reading Ms. Coulter's next release. As long as you know in advance that you're not getting ready to read Ms. Coulter's best work, you'll be fine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    What happened in the end?

    I loved the book, but the end was so fast and did not answer some of the main questions in the book. What happened to Christie? No one arrested for killing Helen? It just seems as if the ending was without the punch it should have had. It left a feeling of 'incomplete.' If it is meant to be answered in a sequel, shouldn't it have been mentioned somewhere?

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