Split Second (FBI Thriller #15)
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A serial 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. At the same time, Agent Lucy Carlyle learns from her dying father that her grandf...more
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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...more
Brandi
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
Evelyn Bryant
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...more
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...more
Dorothy
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...more
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
Karen
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...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...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
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...more
Connie
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
Cyndi
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
Joyce
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.
Jody
Coulter does not fail to impress again in book 15 of the FBI Thrillers series. In this book we have our favorite detectives, Savich and Sherlock, as well as two newcomers Coop (good looking ladies man) and Lucy (who hates his type.) Of course they are paired to work together on the big murder case--chasing down Ted Bundy's daughter who is on a murdering spree. There are two other threads--the death of a shopkeeper and Lucy's inheritance of a mysterious gold ring, upon the death of her father. Th...more
Verna Humphrey


Wrote as only Coulter can do it great book
Tom Donaghey
SPLIT SECOND by Catherine Coulter is a fairly fast paced, highly suspenseful novel that drew me in to this world of the FBI and their hunt for a serial killer. After finishing I discovered this was the 15th installment in an on-going series of thrillers, explaining some of the things I wondered about.
This is a true stand-alone story; it works well in taking the reader on the journey from what appears to be a random killing of a young woman, and delivers surprises and twists within the plot tha...more
Bonnie Dykhouse
Enjoyable Savich and Sherlock.
Christine
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
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars

I really enjoy reading Catherine Coulter's FBI Thriller Series. They are always fun and suspenseful with a little bit of the supernatural in them. But this installment had me going - in a good way. First scene has Savich walking into an apparent store robbery. His friend, Mr. Patil, is store owner who is severely shot a few days later in another robbery. Savich doesn't believe in coincidences and investigates the shootings with the local authorities.

Meanwhile, there is a serial killer o...more
Dawn Kunda

Split Second by Catherine Coulter is a landslide of suspense and heart stopping complications. Program 911 into your speed-dial as Coulter reveals an astounding and frightening FBI thriller where the action may be right outside your door.

Scattered over the US woman are getting murdered. Ted Bundy did it before and the FBI came out the winner. Agents Cooper McKnight and Lucy Carlyle have their doubts on who will win this new game.

Ted Bundy has a daughter, Kerstin. She murders women and enjoys i...more
Nancy
A serial killer is on the loose, and it's up to FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to bring him down. They soon discover that the killer has blood ties to the infamous and now long-dead monster Ted Bundy. Savich and Sherlock are joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight, and the chase is on.

At the same time, Agent Carlyle learns from her dying father that her grandfather didn't simply walk away from his family twenty-two years ago: he was, in fact, murdered by his wife, Lucy's g...more
Alexis Villery
I have been following this series since the beginning so I was quite excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book. In book 15, we have a hair-raising thriller and two baffling mysteries to solve. Sherlock and Savich are back once again to find a serial killer whose DNA links to the one and only Ted Bundy. Mr. Patil, an owner of a convenience store constantly finds himself in danger and Savich doesn't believe in coincidences. Lastly, Lucy Carlyle must solve a mystery that hits clo...more
Debbie
Tracking a serial killer that turns out to be Ted Bundy’s daughter (Kirsten) while still reeling from her fathers recent death bed confession, Agent Lucy Carlyle and Agent Cooper McKnight are the targets for kidnapping and murder. The few moments she has off, Lucy spends trying to decipher her fathers words, until one night she discovers the remains of what can only be her own grandfather in the attic. While Lucy is dealing with her family matters, Coop takes on Kirsten while Agent Dillon Savich...more
Dotti Elrick
FBI agent Lucy Carlyle has been assigned to work with one of the agents in the CAU (Criminal Apprehension Unit) that she cant stand. Cooper McKnight, has the reputation of a playboy. Lucy does not want to be another one of his statistics. But their boss, Dillon Savitch sees potential in both of them, and does not believe the gossip about Coop. The case they are assigned to, a man is luring young women out of bars after hes drugged them. He helps them back to their apartments where he strangles t...more
Amanda
Full review: http://onabookbender.com/2011/07/18/r...

The vast majority of this plot belongs in the mystery or suspense genre. If it had stayed there, I would have been okay with it. But the ring that Lucy finds brings a paranormal element that feels out of place with the rest of the story, and this only served to make me more skeptical about the ring’s powers. This was a mystery set in reality — save for the ring. If there had existed other magical objects capable of power outside the normal hum...more
Arlene
This is another of Catherine Coulter's FBI series featuring Savich and Sherlock. This book has a lot of mystery, suspense and unbelievable stuff in it, but its still a good book! There's 2 story lines,,, one with a female serial killer, the daughter of Ted Bundy. I think this would have been better w/o a real person mixed in the story. Ive heard of Ted Bundy, but dont know if the story in the book are factual to the real person. I sort of got bored w/that! Guess I was trying to remember the actu...more
Lonzine
My favorite thing about reading a Catherine Coulter book is her ability to put words together that create vivid pictures. She knows how to strike a chord in the reader's imagination. I appreciate the way that she crafts her sentences and creates continuity for her characters. She involves passion, danger, suspense, and the ugliness of humanity without leaving the reader covered in slime. It's always cleaned up with the innocence of the children, humor and the satisfaction of another well-deserve...more
Ursula Gorman
Split Second by Catherine Coulter is part of the Savich/Sherlock FBI's ongoing series. Anytime a new Savich/Sherlock book comes out, I have to have it, and Split Second doesn't let you down.
Lucy Carlyle is a determined young FBI agent that is forced to team with 'playboy' Cooper McKnight; a job she doesn't relish.
The death of her beloved father sends Lucy's world in a tail spin. A seriel killer with a famous, or infamous, bloodline, a strange gift from a grandfather that disappeared when she w...more
Bea
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
Teena Stewart
This is my first introduction to Catherine Coulter. Apparently her characters Savich and Sherlock have appeared in previous books. The main good guys are four FBI agents including married agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. They are joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight.

The book has three plotlines. The main crime involves a serial killer on the loose. I was pleasantly surprised at who the serial killer turned out to be. I love surprises like that. Nice twist.

Subplots include a...more
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