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Le tueur à la corde (FBI Thriller #2)

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Meurtrie, traumatisée, obsédée par l'assassinat de sa sœur, Lacey Sherlock est bien décidée à sortir de ce cauchemar quotidien.
Elle finit par rejoindre le FBI en espérant se donner ainsi une réelle chance de venger Belinda et de se libérer du sentiment d'impuissance qui la ronge depuis sept ans. L'assassin présumé est vite repéré, mais les choses ne sont pas aussi simples.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 27th 1999 by Presses de la Cité (first published June 30th 1997)
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Jayne Hitchcock
Dear Catherine Coulter,

I don't know why I punish myself. After your horrid first book in this series, The Cove, the only reason I decided to give this one a shot is because I love the woman who reads the audio version, Susan Ericksen (she does a fantastic job on the Eve Dallas series by J.D. Robb).

Either this was her first audiobook or yes, your writing is still horrendous. No FBI agency has solved more serial murders as fast as the ones in this book. I still can't believe it. Cliches abound, t
The Maze
2 Stars

After reading and disliking the first book in this series, I decided not continue. However, I recently discovered a later installment in a box of second hand books and The Maze fit into my Bookshelf Bingo challenge, so I thought I'd give it another chance - big mistake!

The plot starts out well enough with an FBI recruit in search of the serial killer responsible for her sister's death but goes straight downhill from there. The story development is ridiculous and contrived, the wri
This one's just as awesome and UNPUTDOWNABLE as the first! Coulter drags you right in at the beginning and holds you until the end! Twists that I didn't see coming, especially in finding out who killed Lacey's sister. Just when I thought I for sure had the murderer pegged... and I was soooo wrong! The entire story was action-packed, the suspense enough to make you cringe... the characters each had a personality very much their own, the whole story believable that it could've happened / could hap ...more
Dyllan, The Brazuca Ekaterina
I think this book was good. Had some up and down moments. I liked the suspense aspect of it, but I didnt like how the romance just popped from god only knows where. I think the author did a good job, although it was just too long and some parts could have been cut so the suspense would be thighter and no t so all over the place.

Lacey Sherlock has had her life turned upside down when she was only 19, when her sister was brutally murdered by a serial killer. She lived in fear for a time, and one d
Lacey Sherlock is a woman with a mission. It's been seven years since a serial killer murdered her half-sister and threw her life into turmoil. And in those seven years, Lacey has managed to get a B.S. in Forensic Science, a master's in Criminal Psychology, and a job at the FBI. So when the "String Killer" strikes again, she's on the first plane to Boston to investigate, regardless of what her boss might have to say about things.

Her boss, who happens to be brilliant, good-looking, and deadly (o
Paula Legate
This is one of my favorite books. I have read it three times. Each time I read it, it’s still as good as the first time I opened that very first page. I love the author of this FBI series. Each book in this series is a stand-alone, so you can read them out of order. The character’s in each of the books drew me right into the plot.

Lacey Sherlock met Dillon Savich when she was still in her FBI training. After she graduated she was assigned to his special unit. Lace’s sister Belinda was murdered
Miss Kim
I love Sherlock and Savich. I beleive this is the best book in the detectives' series. Your learn about Sherlock's background and how she comes to meet Savich.
Steve Pifer
I dont read alot of this type of novel. Sadistic serial killer stories are really not my preference, but I found myself reading this book, and for a while, I seem to be enjoying the story, even if I was hoping that the killing didnt become too graphic, etc. But around the 2/3 point of the book, it seemed like the author became tired of writing the book and took short cuts, gave in to the lower nature of adolescent sensationalism, for lack of a better way to say it. Some of the significant points ...more
I skipped The Cove and went right to The Maze and, based on the reviews so far, I'm glad I did but it only helped me a little. I've tried to read Coulter before with no success and after this I'm not likely to try again. It's not that this book was bad, there were parts that I enjoyed, but it was like a soap opera set in a nuthouse! Everyone was crazy and hardly anything they said or did made any sense to me. I found the plot to be too hard to believe and the resolutions even more so. The romanc ...more
Lacey Sherlock may have just finished training to be part of the FBI but she has been on this case every since her sister was murdered 7 years ago. Unknowingly, Dillon Savich played right in to her plans to track down this killer. After seeing her performance at a training excercise, he gave her a option to join his newly created Criminal Apprehension Unit. He's the boss but she seems to have all the answers.

The love story involved in this one is not as hot as it could have been but the mystery
What I love best about these books is the loveable, complex characters set in a mysterious plot, that also manage to combine for an easy read. They aren't literary, but are riveting and fun, something that I most definitely appreciate.
The Maze focuses on Dillon Savich who made an appearance in The Cove. Once again, Ms. Coulter has given us a great mystery. While I did have part of the mystery figured out early one, I did no figure out the twist at the end. The chemistry between Dillon and "Sherlock" was great! Although I would think that their HEA was a bit rushed. I also have to wonder at the Bureau chief being OK with them having a relationship when Dillon is Sherlock's boss. But, hey creative license, right? There is also ...more
I really liked the little we saw of Dillon in the first book, but in this one he didn't come off as good, just weird. Lacey was weird too, which seemed to be the theme of the book for me and it wasn't a good weird. The story was pretty predictable and boring in the middle. But for some reason I had to keep reading. I think the best part of the book was when Miss Lily, Marvin, and the bartender showed up in the story. There parts bring in such funny antics that you can't help but to love them. I ...more
J.S. Bailey
It took me awhile to get into this novel. This is the second Coulter novel I've read, and I enjoyed the first one (The Cove) better. The characters here seemed flat to me and the dialog didn't sound like anything resembling actual human speech, but once the plot got going I found myself somewhat more interested than I had been before. However, I never really felt that any of the characters were in actual danger, and I prefer my thrillers to be so gripping that I fall on the floor from being push ...more
I liked it but I didn't love it. The story itself wasn't bad, but Coulter's writing style bugs the mess out of me. Her plot is all over the place and doesn't seem very focused at all. Her dialogue is monstrously terrible and took me out of the story so many times. I wouldn't mind reading more about Savich and Sherlock, but I'm not sure I can sift through another frantic story. It stinks because I am sort of glomming romantic suspense right now, and I wanted to like this one so much. Maybe the bo ...more
I have now read three of the FBI files books. I read one later in the series (Whiplash- which was an ok read- but slightly stilted and nothing exciting). So I decide to start at the beginning of the series and work up. I have made it through book two and can't take anymore. The plots are formulaic, the characters are either cardboard or stereotypes. I can tell that the characters develop over time, that is across books, but it is not worth the effort to get to the tenth or twelfth book to finall ...more
This review is in reference to the audio book version.

The Maze started out so well that I actually began to look forward to reading/listening to the other FBI books that Catherine Coulter has written. However, in part due to the narrator's sometimes sing-song voice, the prose began to grate on me as did the lack of specificity: "The dish was prepared very nicely."

The big flaw here is that the book seems to go on too long. There's a substantial amount of melodrama to go around as well as both the
I enjoyed the suspense in the book. I didn't have everything figured out which I always appreciate. But the best part is the main character's name is Lacey Sherlock. The FBI agents she works with even make fun of her name.
Story revolves around a serial killer that appears to only kill some women every 7 years. Lacey's 1/2 sister was killed 7 years ago and that is what got her in the FBI. I'll definitely read another Catherine Coulter book in the future.
Hiwanda Gaerte
This is the first book by Catherine Coulter that I have read. I loved it! The characters were interesting and the plot kept me reading. I thought that she wrote romance stories. I was not aware of the serial killer story lines. I will read more by this author.
I'm more than willing to suspend belief for the good of a fun thriller. However the amount of unbelievable events that happen in this book sent me over the edge. Not worth picking-up.
May 11, 2013 Kelli marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Her ability to create thoroughly developed relevant characters always amazes me. She takes time to spin her tale.
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This is the third book I have read by Catherine Coulter and the second in the series. I started out with the third novel "The Target" which sold me into reading more of her books, it was an excellent read which I couldn't put down! I can say "The Maze" has a fair story and story line as did "The Cove" her first book, not top notch, but sufficient. Not many twists and turns although it did have me guessing some! The problem I have had with Ms. Coulter's first two books is she tries to get too cut ...more
Dotti Elrick
Lacy Sherlock is a brand new FBI agent. She thinks she has been assigned to work bank robberies in Los Angeles. What she doesn't realise is she has impressed Special Agent Dillion Savitch, who heads up the Criminal Apprention Unit, which uses specifically written programs to catch serial criminals. This plays right into Lacy's hands. She has an ulterior motive for joining the FBI. Her sister was murdered seven years earlier by a killer dubbed the "String Killer". He likes to set up his mazes and ...more
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This is the second book in the FBI series. 10X better too. I really liked this story. The love story was definitly on the second burner but I really didnt care b/c the suspense of the serial killer was enough to keep me going.

Sherlock had a life altering experience and has dedicated her life to hunting down monsters and more particularly the monster who killed her sister. She is small, and smart. Not as smart as her now boss in the FBI who catches in her first attempt to
Judy Goodnight
Dillon Savich gets top billing in the second of the author's FBI thriller series. Dillon and his computer program (MAX/MAXINE) are now running an FBI task force, the Criminal Apprehension Unit (CAU) assisting local police in locating and apprehending serial killers. And we are introduced to Lacey Sherlock, a former pianist who has devoted the last seven years of her life to forensic science, criminal psychology and training to become an FBI agent, all with the goal of finding and exacting justic ...more
The Maze - FBI Thriller #2 - Savich and Sherlock - (James Quinlan) - Lacy only joined the FBI to find her sisters killer. Savich and Sherlock develop a bond. They find the filler on their way to becoming the central characers of Catherines books.

Remember Dillon Savich from The Cove? He's back and he's now the head of the FBI's Criminal Apprehension Unit (CAU), where Dillon has developed predictive analogue programs to aid in the capture of serial killers.

Enter Lacey Sherlock, a very well-qualifi
I liked it. I would read more from her. I love a good mystery and although this wasn't was good. It was interesting.

I didn't love it for four reasons: 1) There is no way in the real world that the FBI would ever have accepted Lacey as an agent. They would have figured out her family history during a background check and she never would have passed the psych it was hard to get past that. 2) I hated the name Lacey Sherlock and I know that sounds really stupid but it bugge
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