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Backfire (FBI Thriller #16)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,940 Ratings  ·  464 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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Sep 03, 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 29, 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!
Sharon Redfern
Jun 30, 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
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 Michael
Nov 24, 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 10, 2013 Jean added it
Too unrealistic and contrived, too many prodigy children, too. Too many toos, too. lol
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
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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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 (
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
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
Nov 01, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing
Back Fire is an FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter. She takes her FBI duo, Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, from Washington, DC to San Francisco to help a friend. The plot thickens and twists as they try to locate a killer. This book is one of my favorite ones about the FBI.
Judge Ramsey Hunt had been shot as he looked over the bay from his backyard. He is in the hospital under lots of guards as the doctors work to keep him alive. He comes through the surgery and will live; but will be in the ho
John Bunyan
Aug 05, 2014 John Bunyan rated it did not like it
This is from a review by "Shannon" here on Goodreads: "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....
But what really got me was the excruciating, painfully bad dialogue. Coulter's editor needs to take her and shake her because there is no excuse to write this badly after authoring so many books."
I agree with all of that except that the plot had some major holes
Apr 03, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it
FBI Agent Dillon Savich receives an unusual note at his office. Then Dillon and his wife Lacey receive a call that their friend Judge Ramsey Hunt has been shot. They fly to San Francisco to track down the person responsible. They are then thrust onto a roller coaster of extreme events.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this book. Multiple plot lines characteristic of a Catherine Coulter novel. It kept moving, however not as fast as some of her other novels. Some of the dialog didn't seem to
Apr 05, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it
Another great FBI suspense novel by Catherine Coulter. Some of the things that attract me to want to read every FBI suspense novel that comes out by Catherine Coulter are the avoidance of EXCESSIVELY gory details, very little if any profanity, and avoidance of sexually explicit scenes or details. Although all of her FBI novels have involved an evolving attraction between 2 of the key law enforcement officers in the story, there are no steamy sex interludes. The female characters are always portr ...more
Apr 10, 2014 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.
Jan 13, 2014 Parker rated it really liked it
I like these Sherlock/Savich series! Entertaining!
Jan 17, 2014 Pattianne rated it really liked it
Back Fire - FBI Thriller #16 - Savich and Sherlock - (Ramsey Hunt, Christoff and Laurie) - Ramsey Hunt is shot. Killer moter of someone Ramsey and Savich and Sherlock put away. The story takes place in San Francisco with Cheney also back.

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
Jennifer Burke
Aug 27, 2014 Jennifer Burke rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Meh. Not the greatest, but surely not the worst from Coulter.
But I keep wondering why I keep reading this series - I suppose because I have a years long history of sorts with the characters of Savich and Sherlock, because once it seemed a fresh or interesting approach to suspense novels, slight romance and recurring characters. But I don't think I can stand the hokey, unrealistic, unprofessional dialogue of these books anymore (and the books are primarily dialogue driven). No FBI agents would ev
Jun 27, 2015 Erika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I was so disappointed in this book. Coulter's "Beyond Eden" is one of my favorite books. A great story with characters you enjoy and characters you enjoy hating.

That's what I expect with her books.

Unfortunately, "Backfire" missed the boat dramatically. The story has promise but was a little unwieldy. But the bigger issue was the writing. It was very stilted and unnatural. It read as if the book was written by committee and then not edited well.

It was also a more-violent book than I expect
Jeanne Halloran
Jan 18, 2014 Jeanne Halloran rated it liked it
This novel was slow at the beginning, but as the story developed it caught my interest like fire to tinder wood. I could not put the story down. The ending did not disappoint me, either. It was action packed and moved very quickly towards the exciting conclusion. Catherine Coulter tells a good tale, even if she does use too much "insider" descriptions (where I had to figure out after much thought that she was describing a gun) - one would not be familiar with much of her descriptions and dialog ...more
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.
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.
S.J. Tyson
Mar 25, 2014 S.J. Tyson rated it really liked it
This is the first of Catherine Coulter's FBI Thriller series that I've read. Maybe because this was my introduction to this particular series and its characters, I had some problems keeping track of all the many characters and who fit in where (especially all the different law enforcement officers, their ranks, affiliations, etc.). Other than that slight bump in the road, I enjoyed the book's was interesting, fast-moving, and kept me wanting to read more (which became a bit of a proble ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Lorie rated it liked it
No great shakes, but a nice continuation of the series. A fun, easy read.
Jul 26, 2012 James rated it did not like it
Me and you and a boy named Sue. Wordy, trite, far fetched, forget it!
Aug 07, 2013 Shelah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-drama
as always loved it. Sherlock and Savich series of books are awesome.
Jun 24, 2015 Gwen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is always nice when a thriller/detective story has clear character development, relationships that make sense, and a nice sense of family love and loyalty. In this story, some of the family ties might make a person cringe -- they are a little twisted -- but the unexpected pulling together of two disparate cases is a pleasure to follow as east coast FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock go west, to San Francisco, to aid their old friend Ramsey Hunt. I look forward to reading more in this ...more
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