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Split Second (FBI Thriller #15)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  10,366 Ratings  ·  550 Reviews
A woman-killer is on the loose, and it's up to FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to bring him down. They soon discover the killer has blood ties to an infamous and now long-dead monster. Savich and Sherlock are joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight, and the chase is on...
ebook, 432 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Penguin Putnam
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Nov 06, 2011 Brandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever read a book from a favored author and found that it wasn’t the best you’d ever read? Did you feel let down? Or just glad that the series was moved along with another book? Well, I’ve had such an experience with Split Second, the latest installment of Catherine Coulter’s FBI series. Rationale and the Law of Averages suggest that I can’t have an awesome book every time, but I still have hope with each new printing. The idea of the book was great and I was caught immediately in the chase of th ...more
Christi Snow
Full review reposted from my Smitten with Reading blog...
My Review:
Reviewing this book makes me sad. I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review. Honest is the key work there, but I hate it when I don't enjoy a book and have to give it a bad review. I used to read Catherine Coulter and always loved her books, but this one was just not a book that I could enjoy.

I would classify this book as a suspense. The main story line is about 4 FBI agents: Savich & Sher
Richard Wolf
Preposterous. A thriller, science fiction, serial killer, romance novel.

I'm one of the 5% that did not like this book. I have a hard time understanding why anyone would like it. No real characters, just stereotypes. No real adventure or excitement.

SPOILER ALERT - How can you get into a book in which the female FBI agent is needy and independent at the same time; where her dying father spurts out with his last breath, "Mother, what did you do to Father(the above woman's Grandfather)?"; where a se
May 17, 2016 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story suffers from too many characters that leads to confusion around aimless plots. 4 of 10 stars
Evelyn Bryant
Nov 22, 2011 Evelyn Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book since it has plently of action and enough sub plots to keep you guessing. Savich and Sherlock still have the necessary magic between them to keep you invested in them. Each story line is brought to its conclusion by the end of the book. I did not lose interest mid way the book as I have done in some other books I have read. That said.... there could have been a lot more sizzle between Coop and Lucy. Coop was a very likable character that you would not mind knowing. He knows his ...more
Thrilled by Books
I have mixed feelings about this novel, I liked it and disliked it at the same time. It started off with the FBI tracking a serial killer from San Francisco that was drugging and killing women picked up in bars. At first the killer was thought to be a man but it was soon discovered to be a woman, Ted Bundy's daughter no less. And so the chase for a madwoman began.
First of all, I felt as though there was too much going on in this book. There were three seperate story lines going on, the main st
Jan 31, 2017 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book lots of excitement and surprises!
Jan 16, 2017 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced book that is hard to put down. May read others in the series.
Gloria Feit
There are three story lines presented in the newest book by Catherine Coulter. The first appears on page one, and isn’t resolved until nearly the final page in the book: The owner of a small convenience store in Washington, D.C. is nearly killed late one night in an apparent robbery gone wrong, the latter not having counted on FBI Agent Dillon Savitch being the customer in the shop at the time. When the same man is shot in another incident shortly thereafter, leaving him seriously wounded, it wo ...more
Judy Goodnight
I'd call this a 4.5 rating actually but bumped it up to the 5 stars due to the author's ability to manage three separate mystery plot lines throughout the book.

In the first, Dillon stops at a convenience store for a few items, but realizes there's something wrong and manages to prevent both a robbery and the shooting of the owner. When the owner is the victim of a second attempt on his life, Dillon knows there's more going on & turns to Metro PD detective Ben Raven for assistance.

The second
May 09, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, romance
I've been following this series from the get go. I love these guys, but I got a few books behind, so I'm catching up.

I love the mystery, the cop stories, I love Savich and Sherlock.

As a health coach I don't love the misguided, if not completely WRONG nutritional asides that get tossed in, but hey, I can't coach a fictional character. We all have our neurosis.

I'm not sure why the woo got mixed into this series. I'm a bit tired of the woo. I like my crime-drama-suspense-with-a-dash-of-romance j
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This is really a 3.5 star book. Since there is no 1/2 star, I had to truncate to a 3. This was much better than the historical romance novel I just read of Ms. Coulter's. I love Dillon. He's hot and smart. Sherlock always amuses me. In this latest series, we are once again treated to multiple threads. I like how Ms. Coulter shows that a life in the FBI isn't just one case. There are multiple cases going on. Sometimes, one of the cases doesn't receive enough attention and bad things happen.

In thi
Jan 04, 2013 Dorothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book of mystery, murder and FBI agents to solve the crimes. I will continue to read the books written by this author who does not resort to foul language to get the point across. The worst word in this book was not offensive to me and sex was not written in minute detail. If she can write books this great without the use of foul language and explicit sex so can others.
I recommend this book to all mystery lovers.
There are acutally 3 mysteries to solve in this story. The first one involv
Dec 03, 2015 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When FBI agent Dillon Savich walks into a convenience store one evening, he hadn’t expected to find himself in the midst of a robbery. Nor had he expected to be handed a case that involves the capture of a serial killer who happens to be Ted Bundy’s daughter. Dillon’s subordinates Lucy and Cooper are also on the case, but Lucy must deal with the sudden death of her father and his unsettling last words. The agents have more than enough on their plates as the hunt for Bundy’s daughter turns extrem ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Connie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I admit it, I read the FBI series. Usually they're ok as "escape" reading. Lately though, I am wondering if Coulter has just been phoning them in. The more recent books, this one included, are not nearly as good as the first two or three in the series. After reading this one, my initial reaction was "Really?! That's several hours of my life I won't get back." Psychic Savage?! C'mon. The premise of the family history of the killer in this one is just too ridiculous to take seriously, even for ...more
Cheryl Cooper
Nov 11, 2014 Cheryl Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Ms Coulter's FBI series for some time now. I love the relationship between Savich and Sherlock who kind of take a back seat to Lucy and Coop, 2 other agents. In this book there are actually 3 story lines going on. The main story is about a serial killer who turns out to be the daughter of Ted Bundy. Next we have Lucy trying to discover what happened to her grandfather and finally there's the robbery of Mr. Patil that Savich walked in on. I would have preferred more emphasis ...more
Sep 12, 2011 Cyndi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I've always been (and will continue to be)a great fan of Coulter's FBI series, I afraid Split Second was not one of my favourites. I actually found myself skipping pages, as I just wanted to get through the book. I felt the book lacked the edge that I've come to expect in Coulter's FBI series. And the detour storyline regarding Lucy's ring...What was that about? If that was supposed to be a nod to today's ever popular paranormal literature, in my opinion, it was a dismal failure (and I LIK ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm just a snob and am used to reading better quality literature, but I felt the writing in this book was so bad, like laughably bad, and corny. I've never read anything by this author or in this series before, so I don't really have much to base it on, but just not my cup of tea. Didn't expect much more than a crime thriller from an author who seems to pop out one a year, but I had a hard time staying interested in it or buying into the hokey nature of every level of then plot line. Not w ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Joyce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The FBI agents are investigating a serial killer and learn not only that it is a woman, but also that she is Ted Bundy's daughter and a chip off her Daddy's block. Lucy Carlyle is introduced and, in a subplot, is investigating her Grandfather's murder by her Grandmother.
Diane Perry
Nov 21, 2014 Diane Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great FBI thriller that only Catherine Coulter can deliver. There is actually three cases going on, it is never confusing. Personally, it kept me turning the pages that much faster. Each storyline was as exciting as the next and all tied up nicely in the end. This is a really great read.
Good quick read. Entertaining outing with Sherlock and Savich and their colleagues at the FBI. Typical for this series, but always enjoyable.
Jul 17, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bonnie Dykhouse
Aug 07, 2011 Bonnie Dykhouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable Savich and Sherlock.
Verna Humphrey
Jul 11, 2012 Verna Humphrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wrote as only Coulter can do it great book
Oct 06, 2016 Geri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New author for me.
I did like the plot and her writing.
Will read more from her.
Nov 05, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read this author in quite a while and forgot how much I like her writing. Quick paced FBI mystery with characters you can't help but like - well except for the bad guys, that is!! I like how she intertwines three different plots and resolves all quite nicely.
Michael Bell
The perpetrator in the book was the daughter of Ted Bundy. Why she was so angry, I will never know. There was a concurrent story of a 20 year old murder involving a police officer's family. It was my first read by this author. I liked Cooper. SEFYLL is still a mystery.
Jan 28, 2017 Holley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, the author seems to have several distinct plot lines that the characters move in and out of. It makes for a disjointed book and I would really have liked it with just 1 or 2 plots. I'll still keep reading the series though
Ms. Coulter has a knack for drawing the reader in from the first page. You get invested in each character and don't want the story to end, or at least, that's my reaction. The beauty of a series is that the story continues, in some fashion, from book to book. Because I like this series so much, I was somewhat hesitant to read this one. I was a little disappointed with Coulter's last book, "Whiplash", and also with several of the books prior to it. They seemed a little stale, as if she was workin ...more
Darlene Sharples
As with the other books in this series..........keeps you in suspense and you can not put the book down
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