The Lost Key (A Brit in the FBI Series #2)

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"A thriller packed with nonstop action, real-life name-dropping and enough cutting-edge science to make you wonder how much of it could be true." ?Kirkus Reviews

The newest entry in the sizzling international thriller series featuring Nicholas Drummond, from #1 New York Times?bestselling author Catherine Coulter.

Freshly minted FBI agent Nicholas Drummond is barely out of his...

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Overview

"A thriller packed with nonstop action, real-life name-dropping and enough cutting-edge science to make you wonder how much of it could be true." —Kirkus Reviews

The newest entry in the sizzling international thriller series featuring Nicholas Drummond, from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Catherine Coulter.

Freshly minted FBI agent Nicholas Drummond is barely out of his Quantico training when he and his partner, Mike Caine, are called to investigate a stabbing on Wall Street.  
 
     Their investigation, however, yields more questions than answers. It quickly becomes clear that the victim, John Pearce, was more than the naval historian and antiquities dealer he appeared to be. What Drummond doesn’t know is that buying and selling rare books was Pearce’s cover, and that he had devoted his life to discovering the whereabouts of a missing World War I U-boat concealing a stash of gold bullion, and an unexpected surprise that only raises more questions. When Drummond and Caine find both of Pearce’s adult children have disappeared, the case assumes a new sense of urgency. The FBI agents know their best lead lies in the victim’s cryptic final words—“The key is in the lock.” But what key? What lock?
 
     The search for Adam and Sophia Pearce takes them on an international manhunt, which threatens to run them afoul of an eccentric billionaire industrialist with his own plans not only for the lost gold, but the creation of a weapon unlike anything the world has ever seen.

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A naval historian and rare book dealer is dead; his two children are missing; and leads to his stabbing murder are pointing to a dangerous double life. For rookie FBI agent Nicholas Drummond and his partner Mike Caine, the international hunt for the missing siblings becomes only part of their mission. Tales of a sunken WWI U-boat with a hoard of gold bullion take on new meaning when a ruthless eccentric billionaire enters the picture. A vintage Catherine Coulter thriller.

Publishers Weekly
07/28/2014
Coulter and Ellison's suspenseful sequel to 2013's The Final Cut finds Nicholas Drummond, once a New Scotland Yard star, now an FBI agent based in New York City. On his first day on the job for the FBI, Nicholas and his partner, Mike Caine, investigate a fatal stabbing in downtown Manhattan. The victim, Jonathan Pearce, was an antiquarian who owned extremely valuable books that he refused to sell. He was also a military historian—but that doesn't adequately explain his possession of classified intelligence material. The victim's beguiling daughter, Sophie Pearce, is a translator at the U.N., and Nicholas wonders if her professional ties might have something to do with papa's murder. Meanwhile, Britain's chancellor of the Exchequer, Alfie Stanford, drops dead. Can this be a coincidence? The authors' sophisticated third-person narration smoothly propels the action to the exciting climax. Readers may want to see a little more of the charming Mike Caine in the next installment. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)
Library Journal
04/01/2014
In this second in the "Brit in the FBI" series, rookie FBI Agent Nicholas Drummond and partner Mike Caine investigate the Wall Street stabbing death of John Pearce, who appears to have been much more than the naval historian and antiquities dealer he had claimed to be. His adult children are missing, too, and his final words, "The key is in the lock," aren't yielding any obvious clues.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-30
Nicholas Drummond's first day as an FBI agent shakes things up in New York City.The first Brit accepted into the FBI has had a great deal of previous experience as a spy and Scotland Yard detective; he'd also worked before with the lovely and talented Michaela "Mike" Caine on a joint case (The Final Cut, 2013, etc.). Sent to investigate a stabbing on Wall Street, they never suspect they'll soon be involved in the toughest case of their combined careers. The dead man, Johnathan Pearce, owned a specialty bookstore packed with rare and valuable items. But he was also involved with a mysterious group known as the Highest Order that traces its origins back to Jacobean times. Its membership includes some of the world's wealthiest and most influential people. Drummond is a computer hacker of rare skill, but so is Pearce's son, Adam. If they could only find him, Drummond and Caine might discover why his father's last words were "The key is in the lock." Drummond is temporarily suspended when he has to kill several thugs and the assassin sent by Manfred Havelock, a German scientist and industrialist whose father was a member of the Highest Order. The mentally unstable Havelock's company has invented nanotech so advanced that one of his inventions was found in the brain of the assassin. Havelock, who already knows what the key is for, desperately wants to retrieve it. So Drummond, whose own father is also a member of the Highest Order, has to play catch-up. When Havelock's minions kidnap Adam's sister to force him to cooperate, Drummond and Caine follow, only to face every imaginable danger before they can unlock the secret and save the world from untold horrors. A thriller packed with nonstop action, real-life name-dropping and enough cutting-edge science to make you wonder how much of it could be true.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399164767
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Series: A Brit in the FBI Series , #2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 130
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (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, Whiplash, Split Second, Backfire, Bombshell, and Power Play. She is also the author of the New York Times–bestselling The Final Cut, the first in a new international thriller series featuring Nicholas Drummond. She lives in Sausalito, California.

J. T. Ellison is the bestselling author of eleven critically acclaimed novels, including When Shadows Fall and Edge of Black, and her work has been published in more than twenty countries. Her novel The Cold Room won the International Thriller Writers Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original. She is also the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Final Cut. She lives in Nashville with her husband. 

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Keep Them Coming

    As a longtime fan of Catherine Coulter's FBI series, I wasn't sure about (a) a collaborative effort and (b) introducing a Brit as an FBI special agent. All I can say us wow! The first book, The Final Cut, hooked me and this one reeled me in. The characters are on a par with Savich and Sherlock and the plots are riveting.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Although I did not read the first book in this series, it was ea

    Although I did not read the first book in this series, it was easy to get into the main characters and their interactions. Nicholas Drummond is about to start his first day in the New York FBI office, having recently transferred from the London police force. His female partner, Mike, and he are quickly assigned a murder case and during the witness interviews, the murderer returns to the scene of the crime and when pointed out, leads a merry chase for Nicholas. When he finally apprehends him, the suspect drops dead and an autopsy shows the cause to be self administered poison. This is not the only mystery in this case. While following up on evidence and the background of the victim, the two detectives become embroiled in multiple murders, an international terrorist plot, and knowledge of a secret society that has been operating for the good of the free world for centuries. If you liked the intrigue of Angels and Demons, you will love this story with its own historical references. Non-stop action from start to finish. Looking forward to reading more books in this Brit in the FBI series. Disclosure: I received an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2014

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    Wow. I loved this book. This book has everything, murder, myster

    Wow. I loved this book. This book has everything, murder, mystery, WWI, secret organization, past lovers, possibly future lovers and of course someone whom wants to take over the world. The many threads are skillfully woven together and as a reader I never felt lost. The main characters, Mike and Drummond, are so filled out, that although this is only the second book, the first being Final Cut, I feel like I’ve known them a long time. My only disappointment was that I bought the eBook format so I couldn’t immediately lend the novel to my book buddy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2014

    I enjoyed the story and new characters

    If you look, this is a collaboration story. My mom did not enjoy as much as the Savich/Sherlock stories, but I did and I liked the new characters. I'm hoping that they keep at least some of the "characters" - they look useful and like the hacker-let's see what trouble he gets into next. I suspend my disbelief of an FBI guy getting sent to London - I'm not that picky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Was excellent, I awaited this with much anticipation but the beginning Few chapters were very hard slogging but I persevered because she always come through, although this is the only one of her FBI series that was a struggle. I would still buy any book Catherine Coulter writes.

    Qt

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Great book!

    This book was very enjoyable! Could not put it down! I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Wonderful read

    Always enjoy reading her books. Read always goes too fast as I can't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    recommended

    totally different from her other books. A little hard to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This was a great read, it kept you on the edge from the beginning to the end.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    I usually love her books but for some reason this was hard for m

    I usually love her books but for some reason this was hard for me to read.  I really couldn't get into this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Like all the FBI series.

    This wasn't quite as good as all the others by the authors, but will continue to read them as soon as they are released.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Wow this one is great!! A must read.

    I could hardly put it down, even on the third reading. Great story line, fast paced, with great characters. I hope Coulter and Ellison have a long working relationship, and keep books like this
    one coming. Can hardly wait for the next one.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Great Partnership!

    Coulter and Ellison have teamed up to write compelling characters and a good story. Tell your friends and they will thank you for recommending this book!

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    Great book!  I love Nicholas Drummond and all of the trouble he

    Great book!  I love Nicholas Drummond and all of the trouble he finds.  This book is a continuation of the first
    story,Final Cut.  This is an excellent addition to the FBI series with Sherlock and Savich.  This is an easy
    read with excellent history throughout the book.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Great story intriguing plot

    As alway Catherine has unexpected twists and turns within a story that you think you know how it is going to play out. The introduction of technology that seems impossible is made possible within her capable hands.

    I look forward to future stories to see how the Brit in the FBI fares. It will be interesting to see how she brings Adam, the Order, and Weston into future books.

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  • Posted October 16, 2014

    An easy, enjoyable read. The addition of Nicholas Drummond and

    An easy, enjoyable read. The addition of Nicholas Drummond and Mike to Coulter's Sherlock and Savich novels has given them a much-needed boost. Although she seems to have borrowed Elizabeth George's Inspector Thomas Lynley's character - the extremely wealthy, titled Englishman who decided to become a cop - this novel, and the previous one, The Final Cut, are worth reading.

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  • Posted October 14, 2014

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    EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST! I cannot say enough about this

    EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST!

    I cannot say enough about this combination of authors. I have read many a collaboration attempt, but these two really do go together like peanut butter and jelly!

    This is the second in the "Brit in the FBI" series. You could probably read this as a stand-alone, but I would really recommend starting with the first, "The Final Cut." I have enjoyed watching the relationship between Mike and Nicholas grow, and cannot wait to see where it goes from here! I love that we get just a little Savich and Sherlock in this and I really like the feeling that J.T Ellison gives to the book. Having both of these authors on my "favorites" shelf, I was excited when these two announced their collaborative effort. I have definitely NOT been disappointed.

    This second book starts with NIcholas's first day "on duty" as an FBI agent. He has finished training and is ready to get started. The book is action-packed from page 1 and does not stop. Suspense with a little romantic tension between the two partners peeking through. I am enjoying starting this series from the beginning and encourage others to do the same. If you are familiar with both of these authors, may I just say that Ellison gives a little bite to the tamer Coulter, and Coulter softens the bite of Ellison. As I stated previously, these women are a GREAT match.

    Thanx so much ladies for a great read, and I cannot wait to see what you have in store for these two next!

    -- SPeeD

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

    THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT. NEVER ENDING ACTION. GREAT PLOT. I L

    THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT. NEVER ENDING ACTION. GREAT PLOT.


    I LOVED THIIS BOOK.

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

    Love her books: great mystery/intrigue and all without obscenit

    Love her books: great mystery/intrigue and all without obscenities and x-rated language. I wish more authors would write without the unnecessary use of vulgarities.

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

    Loved this book. The new character Nicholas Drummond has breathe

    Loved this book. The new character Nicholas Drummond has breathed life back into Catherine Coulter's writings.

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