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Backfire (FBI Thriller #16)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  6,877 Ratings  ·  503 Reviews
San Francisco Judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, is presiding over the trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill – accused in a string of murders – when the proceedings take a radical turn. Federal prosecutor Mickey O'Rourke, known for his relentless style, becomes suddenly tentative in his opening statement, leading Hunt to suspect he ...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Putnam Adult
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Jun 17, 2012 Shannon rated it it was ok
Ok, this is my make-it/break-it book for Coulter - we'll see if she stays on my TBR pile or not.

Yeah, Coulter is definitely off my TBR pile after this egg. It's too bad, because the plot really isn't that bad (only reason this is getting 2 stars instead of 1), but the writing is just terrible - the dialogue is a complete nightmare. Every. Single. Sentence. The new romance was barely addressed, there is once again a revenge plot involved with Savich & Sherlock (*yawn*), and there were shifts
Monica Williams
Jul 24, 2012 Monica Williams rated it liked it
Fans of the Sherlock and Savich series will not be disappointed with this outing. The husband and wife duo are in the cross hairs yet again. Good guys get themselves hurt, bad guys wreck havoc, and everything gets solved at the end. As always a good entertaining read that moves along nicely with action, some family bonding, and sprinkling of romance. Fans of the series will be glad to see this duo back in form!
Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
My rating: 3.5 of 5

I've been with this series since the very beginning and as it's progressed it's morphed from suspence/thriller with romance (and some smexy scenes) thrown in to pretty much just suspense/thriller. There's always still a couple that hook up, but those smexy scenes we love so much have dwindled down so now they're just alluded too and we have to use our imaginations to picture what's happening. That's ok...I don't have to have sex in every book I read, but the series has evolved
Sharon Redfern
Jun 28, 2012 Sharon Redfern rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a book! The action is jam packed and the book has more twists and turns than that famous street in San Francisco.
Judge Ramsey Hunt is shot at home shortly after halting a murder trial he has been presiding over. The Federal Prosecutor is missing and the defendants are sitting pretty. U.S. Federal Marshall Eve Barbieri is one of the dozens of law enforcement people called in when Judge Hunt is attacked. The FBI, SFPD, and even the CIA make an appearance. Eve has a close relationship wit
Sharon Michael
Nov 23, 2014 Sharon Michael rated it really liked it
Fast read, interesting although somewhat predictable plot, excellent characterization. The books in this series always seems to be entertaining reads, primarily for the characters, for me.
Aug 08, 2013 Jean added it
Too unrealistic and contrived, too many prodigy children, too. Too many toos, too. lol
Feb 08, 2017 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed for the most part. I felt it dragged on
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: April 2nd 2015
Rating 3,5

"You're going to live. That's not to say you're going to be happy for a while, but it beats the alternative."

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Amy Lignor
Jul 02, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing
Catherine Coulter has been a bestselling author for a long time now. Among her many gifts are the couple that readers know and love who work in the FBI—Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich. Since the first moment this couple was placed on paper, they have become the power couple when it comes to solving crimes.

With this newest offering, Coulter begins with a shooting. A San Francisco Judge, Ramsey Hunt (A.K.A. Judge Dredd), who is a friend of the FBI power couple, is standing outside his home overlo
Jul 17, 2012 C.C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I received this book in my Kindle the day it was released. I wanted to start reading it immediately but I had commitments I needed to tend to. Everytime I opened my iPad to work, I kept hearing the Kindle App call my name. With my willpower the way it is, I succumbed in 2 days.

I have been a fan of Catherine Coulter Thriller books; the FBI series mostly. I have read them all awaiting each release with excitement. Been reading them since the first book. Love them!!! I've even blogged about them (
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
FBI husband and wife team Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are called to San Francisco to lead the shooting investigation of an old friend, Ramsey Hunt. Hunt is a Federal Judge who had been presiding over the case of Cindy and Clive Cahill. The couple stand accused of murder and possible espionage. Hunt has admonished the Federal Prosecutor who has vanished. Did Micky O'Roarke disappear on his own? The trial is moot now. So why try to kill Ramsey Hunt?

Before Savich and Sherlock leave Washington
Apr 21, 2013 Chuck rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like taking aspirin for the headache suffered after reading Obamacare Survival Guide. Here we have a straightforward FBI murder thriller beginning with the attempted murder of a judge in San Francisco along with an anonymous note threatening an FBI agent in Washington, D.C. The judge is a personal friend of the FBI agent, Dillon Savich, and his wife, Lacey Sherlock, also an FBI agent. They leave immediately for San Francisco to wreak havoc on the perp who shot their friend. ...more
Barbara ★
I love the characters of Savich and Sherlock, the married hero and heroine of this series. I just love how they make their relationship work regardless of the job and in spite of it. And Sean is a trip. I like the fact that in the last few books, Ms. Coulter as introduced a secondary set of characters that actually work on the mystery and fall in love while Sherlock and Savich settle in the background. Though of course, they come back to the forefront to collar the criminal. I really liked kick- ...more
Eric Wright
Aug 04, 2013 Eric Wright rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
FBI married partners, Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock try to unravel a mystery involving a threatening note and the shooting of their friend Judge Ramsey Hunt after he stayed a high-profile murder case.

Events take dramatic and unexpected turns. However, I did not enjoy: the omniscient narrator who was able to get into the heads of any of the participants, the presence of way too much telling rather than showing, lengthy discussion sections about the clues, and the goody-good guys and the very
Oct 20, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
Lots going on in this mystery which is part of the FBI thriller series: a judge trying murderers is shot, the prosecutor disappers, FBI agents receive threats, there's a little bit of romance, various agents have cute kids... and much more. The story has some parts that don't quite come together in a believable way but it's an entertaining escapist book.
Sep 15, 2012 Carolyn rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this FBI Thriller series. This one included some cute "out of the mouth of babes" stories from the main characters son.
Jan 13, 2013 Rich rated it it was amazing
Another Savich-Sherlock novel that holds the interest with two intertwined plots. At times confusing, but always challenging to untangle the threads of each plot. Well written, and enjoyable.
Jul 26, 2012 James rated it did not like it
Me and you and a boy named Sue. Wordy, trite, far fetched, forget it!
Jan 13, 2014 Parker rated it really liked it
I like these Sherlock/Savich series! Entertaining!
Jul 24, 2012 Lorie rated it liked it
No great shakes, but a nice continuation of the series. A fun, easy read.
Mar 14, 2013 Shelah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-drama
as always loved it. Sherlock and Savich series of books are awesome.
Kristina Deluise
Mar 18, 2017 Kristina Deluise rated it it was amazing
JUDGE RAMSEY HUNT, a long time friend to FBI AGENTS LACEY SHERLOCK AND DILLON SAVICH,BEGINS the murder trial of clive and cindy cahill only to have federal prosecutor mickey o'rourke known for his relentless agressive style, suddenly turn tenative and distracted. hunt suspects that something is very wrong and then o'rourke goes missing and judge hunt gets shot in the back.

1. over 400 pages, FINALLY it's nice to see a publisher /author put out a book that's a good size,

Feb 19, 2017 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Savich and Sherlock find themselves in San Francisco trying to find who shot judge
Ramsey Hunt, a long time friend. As they investigate, one question after another
arises. This book is really a page turner and one of the best written by Catherine
Feb 15, 2017 Jeanine rated it really liked it
a fun easy read - i didn't even know until i was finished that it was 16th in a series :)
Feb 22, 2017 Holley rated it it was amazing
good romantic thriller. The author finally got rid of the multiple unrelated plots of the last few books. Sex is off page
Feb 28, 2017 Annette rated it it was amazing
found it so good it was hard to put down
Janice Fein
Jan 31, 2017 Janice Fein rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable book and fits in with the FBI series. A very easy read.
Leila Mota
Jan 13, 2017 Leila Mota rated it really liked it
Quite a surprise, considering that I'd had given up reading books in this series. I think I've read some negative review and I was impressed. Jumping some years ahead, I decided to read the first book somewhat related to this series ("a brit in the FBI"), even if I don't like "partnerships" between authors I know & others. I always think that the known author's name is there just to attract faithful readers. However I must say that it worked very well, and then I decided to give the original ...more
Aurian Booklover
Mar 17, 2013 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it
16 books already, and I still enjoy reading about Sherlock and Savich. Two married FBI agents, with a 5 year old son named Sean. The book starts with a threatening note, delivered to Savich at the FBI building in Washington. Someone claimed to have found it propped up against the wall, and brought it inside. The security cameras have not capture who delivered it, so the race to find out who send it to Savich, is on. “You deserve this for what you did”. Savich is very afraid they are threatening ...more
I owned all of Catherine Coulter's F.B.I. series and I re-listened them often. I particularly like judge "Dredd".
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