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Cutting Edge

(FBI Trilogy #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,391 ratings  ·  99 reviews

When security specialist Duke Rogan’s state-of-the-art computer system fails at a controversial bio-tech firm, a raging inferno spreads, and a grotesquely charred body is discovered in the aftermath. With an extremist anti-technology group claiming responsibility, the case grows even more complex when the victim’s autopsy unexpectedly reveals that he bl
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Ballantine
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Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This three book series was so good! Fast paced and thrilling! There was just a little romance; enough to make me happy, and I liked that there wasn't over the top drama between couples once they were together.

Each installment is very much a stand-alone. You don't even have to read in order. Nora English is an FBI agent specializing in domestic terror. Something she has personal experience with being raised by an nutjob anarchist and barely surviving. There's a group setting fires and one ends i
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
My second book by Allison Brennan and my first in this series. It was a nice and easy read, not a book you will remember after few months but a one you can read on the beach. It's more like a suspense than romantic suspense.

The characters were likeable, while being unmemorable. It's good that Duke and Nora knew each other for few years, it makes the romance part more reliable. Especially that the romance part isn't really developed or even an important part of the plot.

But the writing wasn't rea
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A small group of activists, led by a psychopath, burns down a wing of a research facility, freeing the animals inside. A burned body is found. FBI agent Nora English is assigned to find the arsonists/killers. Few people know that many years ago, Nora testified against her activist mother who was sent to prison. further deaths seem to indicate a personal vendetta against Nora.

The book is a solid romantic suspense from 2009. Nora is a fine FBI agent who personal upbringing has made her into the la
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
#3 in Allison Brennan's FBI trilogy - not a bad read, fairly fast paced, continous story line - tree huggers against the world with psychopathic tendencies! The prologue gives a good idea as to what lies ahead.

The only problem I had with this series is that the heroines cry too much - I'm use to stronger female lead characters, but I guess there's always room for the more sensitive ones. A bit of angst, a bit of romance, and a serial killer that is just plain mad/deranged.

2 thumbs up and 4 stars
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Attention grabbing, some profanity and gore. Well narrated.
Stacy McKitrick
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Suspense and romance. I'm such a junkie. :)
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this book we meet older brother Duke Rogan and earlier version Sean Rogan, many years before he meets Lucy. Good story line, environmentalists taking the fight too far being lead by a wack-a-doodle. A bit predictable but otherwise ok.
Amy Phelps
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good read. Looking back I think the answer should have been obvious to me but it wasn’t. I didn’t put it together until Nora did. Well done story. The sex scene was not graphic but it was good intense which is always a plus.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story
Sue Sparks
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Jun 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get into this one at all.
Louann Abraham
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author is great

Her books are always easy to read. You can’t put them down. Her characters are all so interesting and likable.
Bruce Capron
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I thought the story started out a bit slow but soon picked up the pace. Nail- biting ending. Good background for the series.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Had its moments, but overall I was bored with the book. I stopped at chapter 15 out of 30 chapters.
Vanessa Kefauver
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
a very good fast-paced book. this is the end of the trilogy and I had no problem starting this book
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this audio book. Can't wait to listen to more.
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
This review was originally posted on Once Upon a ChapterNora English was raised by an anarchist. At a young age she could not only tell you the components to a pipe bomb but she could aptly construct one as well. Lorraine (Nora's mother) raises her children "off the grid." Nora is raised without ever going to a doctor, dentist, school and she never had a place to call home.When Lorraine (Nora was never allowed to call her Mom) gave birth to Quin, Nora knew she'd have to raise her baby sister and ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is my 13th Allison Brennan book having read all four trilogies and one stand alone. I have to admit that when I began this book, I became worried I wouldn't like it and that I was going to be offended as it starts out with characters who are extreme activists for animal and environmental rights and do violent, illegal things. I even skipped to the acknowledgments to see if Ms. Brennan had thanked anyone involved with animal or environmental rights and whether she had sought out their perspe ...more
Roz Curney-Sherod
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Cutting Edge" is part of the FBI Trilogy series and the last book. This one centers on Duke Rogan (hero and Security Expert) and Nora English (heroine) of the FBI, Homeland security. Very interesting plot with lots of twists and turns and moves pretty fast. Multiple victims are tortured and killed, this story has the best psycho villain that I've read in awhile. Sean Rogan makes a guest appearance in this one ( a younger Sean before Lucy Kincaid) and that was a nice surprise. The story starts o ...more
Casia Courtier
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cutting Edge is the third book in the FBI trilogy by Allison Brennan. A suspense romance, the book deals with crime and has romantic elements.

I actually liked this book somewhere between the first and second. It had centered on a different world in the law (same world in the series, I just mean that the initial type of crime isn't usually seen). Usually, you see a crazy psychopath serial killer and the law goes after them. Though this book did have a psychopath, the initial crime is domestic te
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started this April 22nd, 2014.
Alternated reading this with Who, What, Where, When, Die. Took a longer break during the plain, boring, too long sex-scene.
For a "suspense-romance"-book the sex could be better. As is, again, too long and also the romance is always in the same direction.
Would like it more, when there was something different, or some real pervert (aside from some murderers) or whatever. I do not want to spoil it, but most books from Allison Brennan show this direction and there is s
Jay Jessmer
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Someone in Hollywood needs to take a serious look at Allison Brennan's body of work. This entire "FBI" series could make for some great stuff on the big screen, but especially this final installment. This book had everything for me. Great characters, suspense, excellent detective work and a sharp plotline.
Brennan's pacing is second to none, and she does a fantastic job of letting her readers work right along with the story. I never stop thinking about what's going to happen next or where we ar
May 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Do all law enforcement officers hump each other? I guess I am naive, but the last few novels I've read feature the men and women of law unable to get through a case without hopping into the sack together. I stumbled onto another romance-thriller, much to my chagrin. The plot is interesting. Nora was reared by a revolutionary mother who is spending life in prison after Nora ratted her out years ago for trying to blow up a nuclear plant. Nora took care of her younger sister Quin after their mother ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: bored american crime fiction readers
I can't rate this book higher even if I wanted to because the author's cruelty against animals revolts me yet again, more than the book from the first series about dead little girls, yep.
I was really horrified at her descriptions of killing the birds and I think I'll never forget it. I don't recommend anyone who loves animals to read it.
other than that, her characters are totally twodimensional as usual, if movies were made out of her books, one male and one female actor could practically play a
Barbara ★
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
FBI agent Nora English has a very rough beginning. At an early age, her mother introducted her to a life of crime and terrorism. In order to save her younger sister, Quin, from the same fate, she became an FBI informant and ultimately had her mother arrested and gained custody of Quin. Thus started an FBI career for her and got Quin's life on track. They are drawn together - along with Duke Rogan - by an arson investigation. Sinister things in Nora's past - related to the arsonist - crop up unex ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Unfortunately for this book I had just read two good books from the same genre, one of which was 5 star (The Dry by Jane Harper). In comparison, I found the characters in this story one dimensional and clichéd.

I loathed the creepy build up to the romance, greeting someone at a murder scene and telling them they look, "terrific, as usual," while they simper and think, "because we are good together." I also didn't like the relationship between the two sisters, who just happen to have complementar
Karen Hufman
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Why do I read these books?? Nora is an FBI agent who is working on a string of arsons that appear to be done by group protesting the use of animal testing in science. The most recent fire includes a dead body and an introduction to Duke, the man whose company set up the security for the lab. Turns out that Nora and Duke have met each other previously and sparks always fly. The story was thin and unbelievable. In an exchange with Nora and her sister Quin (an expert at 26 on fires), Quin sounds li ...more
This one felt familiar almost from the beginning, so I must've read it in the last year or so, and hadn't marked it. It was worth reading again, though.

In this one, Nora survives an off-the-grid early life, finds a way to get out, and manages to take her little sister with her.

She and Duke, along with a sizable team, investigate the arson fire and death of a biotech guy, and find much more than they bargained for. By the time it's all done, Nora's got several surprises in store.

I enjoyed this on
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I got this book as just for reading pleasures, not because I wanted to read it, but to while away time. Although, the first lines were captivating but the story line was just so so. Not that I haven't read her book before, this was just too formal for me, no special thing to make it lively or intriguing. I expected her to write well more than Killing Fear but I was disappointed. I had to struggle to finish it. I guess it's not all the time famous authors get a five star rating. Hence, no review ...more
Silver James
Cutting Edge: A Novel of Suspense is a psychological thriller with a hefty dose of action. Plus, Duke Rogan. And Nora English. She is a flawed heroine with more guts and sense of duty than might be good for her, even if it's terrific for the reader. Duke is steadfast, sexy, and knows far more about her issues than Nora realizes. Set against a backdrop of eco-terrorism, the taut plot and compelling characters make for a terrific read! Definitely a keeper.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year.

Allison has penned more than two dozen thrillers and many short stories. RT Book Reviews calls Allison “a master of suspense” and her books “haunting,” “mesmerizing,” “pulse-pounding” and “emotionally complex.” RT also said that "The Lu

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