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Whiplash (FBI Thriller #14)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,308 Ratings  ·  425 Reviews
Yale professor Dr. Edward Kender's father is undergoing chemotherapy when the supply of a critical accompanying drug suddenly runs out. Unwilling to accept the drug company's disingenuous excuse of production line problems, Dr. Kender hires private investigator Erin Pulaski to prove that something more sinister is going on at Schiffer Hartwin.

Meanwhile, in Maryland, marr
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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D. Martin
Mar 07, 2012 D. Martin rated it did not like it
Like any avid reader, I'm always on the lookout for a new favorite author or series. To that end, I occasionally pick up a "chick lit" thriller in the hopes of being pleasantly surprised. But the truth is that I'm usually disappointed by poor character development, plot holes, and deus ex machina. Unfortunately, this book followed that trend of disappointment for me.

I should've known early. Let me set the stage for the many absurdities in this book. The female private investigator breaks into a
Sep 25, 2010 LibraryLass rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one as I do most books by Catherine Coulter.

Even though this dealt with fairly heavy subject matter, and there were a couple of bloody spots, I would call this a 'light' read. The romance was next to non-existent, the suspense wasn't all that suspenseful (more of a shocked surprise feeling)... but I enjoyed it all the same. Love revisiting Savich and Sherlock.

I just wish that CC would go back to the way she wrote the beginnings of this series. The first in this series had
Aug 29, 2015 Joanne rated it it was ok
I eagerly await Savich/Shewlock novels from Catherine Coulter, but Whiplash was a disappointment. I have felt that the last few offerings in the series (this is #14) have been going downhill and getting a little unbelievable. Sean now has supernatural capabilities. This book started off with a break in at a U.S. office of a global pharmaceutical company. While the culprit is listening to the morning news, she learns that a mutilated body was found in the woods the same night - the woods that wer ...more
Jul 17, 2012 HJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Received a free copy via First Reads giveaway.

Sigh. Where to start?

Okay, positives. Though it started a bit slow, in the long run, the book kept me reading until the end. Well, maybe that was because I felt obligated to finish it so I could give an honest review.


I knew going in (and having read some of the other reviews) that this was not really a romantic suspense. What I didn't realize was that not only wasn't it a romance (at all), it also wasn't much of a suspense, either. Oh wait, the
Barbara ★
As usual I enjoyed this FBI thriller from Catherine Coulter. I really like her hero (Savich) and heroine (Sherlock, yup that's her real name). They make an excellent (and clean) team with different abilities that mesh well together. There isn't usually much romance or sex and the violence isn't gratuitous. I was listening to the audio book and the German names got rather confusing but I'm sure that was just an auditory thing.

This particular story was two-fold, in Washington DC, a senator is bei
No romance in this one. Seriously, the more Coulter writes in this series, the more it goes toward the paranormal and less the action/romance series that made it so good. I'll probably keep reading it but I'm getting close to giving up on it.
Private investigate Erin Pulaski snuck into a secured area to prove that the drug company Schiffer Hartwin was purposefully sabotaging their own factories so that a cheap cancer medication would have to be replaced by one still under patent which is much mor
William Bentrim
May 12, 2010 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
Whiplash by Catherine Coulter

Coulter is at her best in this book. A complicated, convoluted plot with intense action and lots of mystery characterize the story. New characters provide fresh input even though Savich and Sherlock have personality to spare. Conscience free drug companies and political intrigue round out this captivating story.

Coulter writes a good mystery and keeps one captivated and entertained through out the story. Dillon Savich and his wife Lacey Sherlock are once again in the
Jun 25, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
Feeling she had few options, Erin Pulaski committed the crime of breaking and entering the offices of the pharmaceutical company that had been denying her client access to lifesaving drugs for his father. As a private investigator, Erin knew the risks but her father had trained her well and she accessed the files needed and escaped. Finding out that a man had been brutally murdered and left for dead near the same area at around the same time she had been there meant that she could be the best su ...more
Marcia Ferguson
Mar 21, 2013 Marcia Ferguson rated it really liked it
This was my first Catherine Coulter, but it won't be my last. Sherlock and Savich are intriguing as a couple, that's for sure. This story had some romance, mystery, thriller aspects, and a touch of mystical, and it was a page-turner.

My frustrations would be that I got a bit lost at the end of the book, as the threads were getting tied up. Might have been my fault, but the explanation seemed a bit wordy and complicated, when the (spoiler) German agent was in the warehouse.

I usually like to deter
Mar 12, 2014 Pamela rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for “Whiplash.” The book jacket synopsis pursuaded me to believe I was about to embark on a serious “pulse-pounding thriller,” dealing credibly with unethical pharmaceutical company practices born from power-hungering greed on a global dismissive scale. However, pro or con, the old adage is true: You can’t judge a book by its cover.

Other than the opening B&E scene, along with a vehicle explosion mid-story, and a brief scene during the climatic resolve, there wasn’t anything
Donna in Southern Maryland
This book delivered exactly what I expected and needed: a little mystery, a little romance, some psychic parts, a mystery bad guy, and an update on our 2 favorite FBI people, Sherlock and Savich. Readers of the series won't be disappointed; it's more of the what we've come to enjoy in the series.
Anna Mcfadden
Mar 09, 2016 Anna Mcfadden rated it it was amazing
when Dr. Edward Kendera's father's, who is going through chemotherapy, critical accompanying drug runs out he hires long time family friend P.I. Erin Pulaski to find proof of company wrong doing, back in Maryland F.B.I. agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich are investigating an unusual case. Senator David Hoffman is experiencing a ghostly apparition with possible malicious intent. after witnessing the disturbing specter they are no closer to figuring it out when they get a call from Connecticu ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Kathie rated it liked it
Erin Pulaski, PI, breaks into the office of the CEO of a drug company to gather evidence to prove that the company has intentionally created a shortage of an much needed chemotherapy drug. At the same time an employee of the company is murdered on Federal land just behind the corporate headquarters. Enter FBI agents Bowie Richards, Lacey Sherlock, and Dillon Savich to solve the break-in and murder cases. Meanwhile Savich is also involved in an investigation in DC that involves attempted murder o ...more
This book is a fast paced, easy to get drawn into suspense thriller that I totally felt comfortable with even though it is #14 in a series have only read a few books for. Dillon Savich and Lacy Sherlock are truly wonderful characters, as a husband wife team or solely as FBI agents they are compelling and personable.

The way in which the plot lines fit together to reveal the what and why was brilliant as were all the side avenues explored with bits and pieces of scenes with secondary characters. E
Marcia Adversalo
Nov 04, 2014 Marcia Adversalo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of the Sherlock and Savage books, but this one threw me a little bit. There was so much going on in this story that I didn't see any way that it was going to join together and make sense. It seemed like Sherlock and Savage were working two cases that weren't connected and I couldn't see anyway that they were going to come together and be related. Well, I spent too much time worrying about that because there wasn't much of a connection and that was okay. The story was interesting and k ...more
While this was the first book I read in the series, it is actually #14 in the FBI Thriller series. It is a combination of mystery/thriller with a touch of the psychic/supernatural and also some romance. The plot involves a private investigator, Erin, who breaks into the offices of a pharmaceutical company to find out why the company has stopped making an off-patent drug, forcing cancer patients to take a much more expensive drug. The tricky part is that the expensive drug is manufactured by a ri ...more
Dotti Elrick
Jan 18, 2012 Dotti Elrick rated it liked it
Private Detective Erin Pulaski is working for a friend. A friend who's father is dying of cancer. And now the drug company is experiencing shortages of an affordable chemo drug, forcing doctors to switch to a much more expensive alternative. Erin's friend Dr. Kender, a professor of archeology, knows the shortages are planned by the drug company to make more money. So Erin breaks into the CEO's office one night, finds the info they need to notify the media a d bring down the company. What she doe ...more
Jun 18, 2010 Shelly rated it liked it
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Wow! Catherine Coulter really surprised me in this installment of her popular FBI Series. I guessed wrong in both cases.

First, a U.S. Senator is being terrorized by an unusual entity and Savich's special skills are needed to protect him. Nearly the same moment, a body is found on Federal land in Connecticut. The federal park is a stone's throw throw from a big pharmaceutical company, P.I. Erin Pulaski has been investigating and had broke into the night before. She is thrust into the murder case
A FBI Thriller?

Coulter begins the book with a fun female character, Erin Pulaski, private investigator and part-time ballet teacher. Erin is hired to find secrets regarding a top pharmaceutical company and commits a very tricky break-in and escape. When a body is found the same night and general location of her break-in, local FBI agent Bowie Richards becomes involved. Bowie's daughter, Georgie, happens to be Erin's student in ballet class and Erin soon becomes her babysitter while Richards work
Shaida Hossein
Jul 25, 2011 Shaida Hossein rated it it was amazing
A FBI thriller that had me hooked after the first chapter. The story starts out with a Yale professor hiring a PI to prove that a pharmaceutical is discontinuing a drug that fights colon cancer in order to increase their profits, even though thousands of lives depend of this drug. The PI breaks into the CEO's office. The PI is able to escape with documents she stole from the safe. Now the FBI enters the storyline. Bowie, a FBI agent is a single dad, and he is working on a a huge case. Unfortunat ...more
The intro had me going "OMG, shoot me now". The book centers around a drug company and it's handling of a chemo drug for patients. Coulter apparently feels strongly about drug companies as she shoved down our throats and hammers us on the head with the topic of how drug companies behave and misbehave. Luckily, she quickly moves into the story and eases up on the preaching.

Once she shifts gears, the book becomes tried and true FBI formula. As usual, we see Savich and Sherlock, the married FBI ag
2 1/2 stars

Schiffer Hartwin is the pharmaceutical company that developed Culovort, a drug used to treat patients undergoing chemotherapy. That patent for the drug has expired and profits are lower. Suddenly, the supply of the drug runs out.

Dr. Edward Kinder, whose father is undergoing chemotherapy, hires PI Erin Pulaski to prove that the company is manipulating the supply. Erin breaks into the company offices and steals important papers about the company and the drug. However, she is almost caug
Aug 07, 2012 Alice rated it it was ok
I have not read any books by Catherine Coulter, but I was familiar with her name as an author of many books, indicating a certain popularity. Therefore, when I say one of her books offered in a drawing, I signed up and won. Whiplash seems to have a problem as to whether it is a romance novel, a suspense novel, or a paranormal novel. Sherlock and Savish are married FBI agents who have one child. Romance level there is pretty low. The other possibility for romance is between a single father FBI ag ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Will rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Eternally sexualy conflicted humans
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Jan 17, 2014 Pattianne rated it really liked it
Whiplash - FBI Thriller #14 - Savich and Sherlock - (Erin Pulaski [a PI] and Bowie Richards0 - Haunting of a senator's house is the tip of the ice berg. There is a plot with regard to withholding of life saving drugs to those less fortunate.

Yale professor Dr. Edward Kender's father is undergoing chemotherapy when the supply of a critical accompanying drug suddenly runs out. Unwilling to accept the drug company's disingenuous excuse of production line problems, Dr. Kender hires private investiga
Jean Perry
Aug 30, 2014 Jean Perry rated it liked it
I have read very quickly Whiplash and Point Blank, both mysteries of the FBI series by Catherine Coulter. I've read several of these and always find them delightful reading. The mysteries are good, the stories are good, the characters are interesting and well developed as you read through the series. Whiplash gives us two mysteries, one much more developed then the other, but the Washington related one ends rather limply, which is why i gave the book 3stars rather than 4.
Sep 15, 2011 Elyse rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-mystery, 2011
Convoluted mixture of themes and storylines.

Erin Pulaski ... private investigator who masterminds a break-in at a major pharmeceutical company, successfully hacks the CEO's computer because it has a simple password, and then manages to accompany three FBI agents throughout their investigation because she teaches dance to the daughter of one of the agents?

Bowie Richards ... recently promoted as Agent In Charge for FBI district in the northeast, who entrusts his daughter to the care of her dance t
Oct 31, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
FBI agents Savich and Sherlock are on the case in Connecticut where a brutally murdered German national is found in the park behind the offices of an international pharmaceutical company. At the same time as the murder occurred the offices of the company CEO were broken into by a PI looking for damning information. On another front in Washington a well-known Senator claims his dead wife is visiting him to warn him of danger and people around him are dying or getting hur
Jul 21, 2012 Ronna rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
FBI Special Agents Sherlock and Savich are thrown in the middle of two mysteries.In one, a pharmaceutical company has shut down their production of a great, but cheap, cancer drug so that patients must go to another expensive less successful drug.At the same time they've been called to a Senator's home because he's been seeing apparitions of his dead wife from his bedroom window.

Mixed in with these mysteries are single father, and FBI Agent, Richards who hires Erin, his daughter's ballet teacher
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