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Double Take

(FBI Thriller #11)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,938 ratings  ·  453 reviews
It's been more than six months since her husband's brutal death, and Julia Ransom is just beginning to breathe again. She loved her husband, renowned psychic August Ransom, but the media frenzy that followed his murder sapped what little strength she had left. Now, after dinner with friends, strolling along San Francisco's Pier 39, she realizes that she's happy. Standing a ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 542 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Thorndike Press
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Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-4
I always enjoy Catherine Coulter’s mysteries because of their interesting plotting and characters. This one had a cool storyline involving a wife who may or may not have been missing for three years and a bunch of psychics.

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
Jennifer Wardrip
Unbelievable...and by that, I mean literally unbelievable.

A rundown of the first chapter: An FBI agent sees an unknown woman get punched in the face, and then the assailant pulls a knife on her. When said FBI agent yells at the assailant, he runs away, after tossing the woman over the side of the pier into the bay. FBI agent, because he's not only an FBI agent but also an honorable man, rescues woman from the ocean, and revives her with CPR. Then, because she tells him to, he doesn't call the p
I bought this at the library for 50 cents! Somebody donated it but it looks like new. :-)

I really enjoyed this thriller. First of all, parts of it take place in San Francisco (one of my favorite places to visit)and it was fast paced and full of interesting characters. Catherine Coulter has written a series of books with FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock as the main characters and this is number 11. Having read and enjoyed Double Take, I now want to go back and read more in the series.
Sep 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a continuing story of Sheriff Dixon Noble and Agent Ruth Warnecki. Dix father in law receives an interesting call from a friend that says after three years of looking, he saw the sheriffs wife in San Francisco. Dix knows he has to find the truth before he can move on with Ruth. Judge Sherlock houses Dix and helps to connect him with women he came to see. Savich and Sherlock also end up with a case in San Francisco involving a psychics widow, Julia Ransom, who seems to have a professional ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I thought that I was going to enjoy this book--after all, it was written by Catherine Coulter. I was almost to the end when it hit me--this is one of the poorer books that I have ever read. It was somewhat kaleidoscopie--as if the author had taken characters, events, and settings and just jumbled them up and recorded what showed up on top. I realized that I really didn't care what happened to the characters, and this time, that included the recurring FBI ones--Sherlock, Savich, and the ...more
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great re-read in this series!
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2013
More "WooWoo" stuff with Savich having more "psychic" encounters, but I'm glad that this book ties up some loose ends from the previous book "Point Blank".
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scribd, libby
This one was a little weird with all the paranormal aspects, but good. If you're a fan of the previous books of the series, you should enjoy this one. It has many familiar characters.

Double Take features Julia Ransom, widow of a renewed psychic. Many believe that Julia murdered her husband, but Agent Cheney Stone rescuers Julia when an attempt at murder is made against her. He soon feels certain that she didn't murder her husband, and is determined to both keep her safe and discover who is after
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Double Take (FBI Thriller, #11) Catherine Coulter

FBI agents Sherlock and Savich are back in this thriller. Julia Ransoms' husband August was murdered. He is not an ordinary guy , he happens to be a medium, he speaks to the dead. She is being fingered in this murder. Special agent Cheney Stone is called in to investigate (with the help of Savich and Sherlock.).

Meanwhile Sheriff Dixon Noble gets a call from his father-in-law Chappy Holcombe. Chappy is distraught, he believes
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This was a pretty good book, but not everything was thought out.
I have a few problems with the book in general, not the story so much:
In The Maze we meet Sherlock's parents. Mrs Sherlock is constantly accusing Mr Sherlock of trying to kill her, of having girlfriends, etc. She is completely delusional. Suddenly now she's alright, madly in love with her husband and normal? Also i would like to see Sean more, it seems Coulter uses him as a prop to make little family scenes that warm your heart, bu
Linda Munro
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Six months ago Julia Ransom’s older husband was murdered; to date the murder remained unsolved. The reason for the status of the murder was because the SFPD thought Julia had either committed the murder or paid an accomplice, they just could not find the proof. After all of the hassle, and the accusation, Julie is finally getting her life back together, and for the first time in a long time, she is truly happy.

As she stands on the pier, gazing over the water towards Alcatraz, a decently dressed
Jeanne Utley
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is was TRULY fast-paced!! It was a "who dunnit" AND a "cat & mouse" thriller AT THE SAME TIME!! I LOVED this book!! I was almost as happy to see Dix & Ruth as I was to see Sherlock & Savich! Cheney and Julia seemed like a couple the 1st night they met!! Theirs was an easy "coming-together", in my opinion. I was glad that EVERYONE got closure( even one of the bad guys). I was SO invigorated once I finished this book that I KNEW I HAD to write a review!!! 5-STARS 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 ...more
EvaLynn Merrill
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the things in this story line are so unreal and hard to believe. I like the Sherlock and Savich stories but come on, at least make them realistic. I’m beginning to wonder if the whole idea behind Coulter’s story lines are the unrealistic. It’s also written in a easy reading you f adult kind of way. Is it possible? I think so, because it’s not written in a mature way.
I still like her books, just seeing the young adult fairytale type happenings between the characters.
Lisa  Reads
So-so book. It passed the time and was easy reading. Not a fave but not one of the worst I ever read.
Geri Williams-Borne
Coulters books never disappoint !
Donna Sundre
I was tired of this book about half way through. I don't know why I continue to read books that pretty well bore me. I did like some of the characters, but it just seemed insipid after a while.

I will be looking for recommendations for really solid literature in the future.
Courtney M
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good installment in the series, I enjoyed the plot and the on going characters development. There were spots in the book that was a little harder to get through but all in all it kept my attention.
Dotti Elrick
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia Ransom is finally getting over the murder of her husband, famed psychic /medium August Ransom. Finally feeling light and happy. Until a man tries to kill her by throwing off a pier into San Francisco bay. Lucky for her, FBI agent. Cheney Stone is having dinner on the same pier, happens to step outside and sees her go over the railing. He rescues her. And quickly recognizes her. The police and local media knew she was the one who had killed her husband, but they could never pin it on her. N ...more
Evelyn Wilson
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am definitely going to read more of Catherine Coulter's book. This one was very interesting, especially with regard to psychic mediums. Savich. We will see what abilities he has in the future.
Number 11 in the FBI Thriller series! I enjoyed this one a lot because it is set in San Francisco, and that's where I live, so I got to go hey I go there! Anyways once again, the new romance was totally unrealistic. This is the story of a woman whose (much older, rich, medium) husband died six months ago. The police think she murdered him but can't prove it. Now, someone is trying to kill her. The more interesting part of it was a continuation of the sheriff Dix story and his missing wife Christ ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Double Take by Catherine Coulter was good for two reasons. The first reason was that I read another book by her last month so I knew some of the characters in this book. I love following familiar characters through different books! The second reason was that like the book above, what happens is just beyond anything I would ever think of! This book takes you into the world of psychics and more! I never saw the ending coming until the bitter end. I would also highly recommend this book because the ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really don't understand how this book has an average of four stars. The storyline was absurd. The dialogue and banter between characters was awkward and confusing at times, making me believe I missed something continually. The writing and way too many characters (with some really bizarre names) was unnecessarily confusing to keep track of, and I felt no connections to them. Didn't give it one star because I was curious enough to finish to find out the ending. Sad since I thought at the beginni ...more
I really enjoyed the first couple Catherine Coulter books I read - I thought the pacing was good, characters interesting, etc. After reading 5 or 6 in the last few months, I'm now finding them pretty formulaic and less interesting - a little too predictable. This particular one had the twist of two look-alike women that caused much confusion throughout the case and two seemingly separate cases became entwined - other than that, standard fare.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance novel tied up in a murder mystery involving continuing characters in law enforcement. Set in San Francisco our intrepid heroes unwind the mysteries surrounding deaths involving psychics...Meh...readable!
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Jara Beaubien
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again two stories in one and what a combination the author wrote about. From one end of the country to another and non stop interesting things dropped into your lap.
Julia Ransom lost her husband 6 moths ago, from being s suspect in his murder to the hounding of the news media, she finally is able to move about with out someone following her.
as she strolls along San Francisco's Pier 39, she realizes that she's happy.
But the moment of peace and happiness she feels is about to come crashing in ar
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been more than six months since August Ransom was murdered, and Julia Ransom is just beginning to feel happy again, even with the media and police still convinced she is the killer. Out for a stroll along the San Francisco Pier 39 one night she's approached by a respectable-looking man who violently attacks her and throws her into the ocean. Luckily for Julia, Special Agent Cheney Stone is outside a nearby restaurant and sees the whole thing, jumping into the cold water to save her. The Age ...more
Beth Pearson
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ironically, I bought a bunch of audio books and put this one toward the bottom of the pile, thinking it may have trashy language or explicit sex in them. I was wrong. this is the cleanest one I've "read" so far.

I'd like to give it 3-1/2 stars. I enjoyed it. there were two story lines...Dix and his missing wife and Julia Ransom and her dead, psychic husband. the two stories start out separately but eventually combine into one story line with characters being involved in both.

I was disappointed
Dan Kunz
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who in the family is guilty of murder, or are any of them guilty?

Special Agent Ruth Warneki is discovered by the family dog of the local sheriff at the edge of his wooded property. She is suffering from amnesia. How did she end up there? The local sheriff takes her in, as he reaches out to get help discovering her identity. And so the mystery begins to unfold. Will the Special Agent, with the help of Sheriff Dix, be able to regain her identity along with her memories? Will the efforts of their i
Elaine Nickolan
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who killed August Ransom? What do his psychic friends know? Why is someone trying to kill Julia? And what does Christie Noble have to do with any of this? Ms. Coulter weaves a tale that is pulled together nicely at the end. As we follow Agent Stone and the other agents we try to figure out how the two stories are connected. I found myself cheering for Julia as she faces each challenge, although sometimes a tad far fetched. This book is a solid 3 1/2 stars. It was good, and I enjoyed it, but it i ...more
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