By now, after 19 novels in what is known as the FBI Series, and some 50 others, Catherine Coulter’s thriller novel factory is a well-oiled machine.
Husband and wife team, agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are smooth, well connected and well established.
Savich’s family and that of Venus Rasmussen, a powerful businesswoman and matriarch, have been friends for generations. Venus is the survivor of an attempted poisoning, for which it seems that only her immediate household has the opportunity to carry out. It is up to the pair to find out who is responsible before another attempt on the old lady’s life succeeds.
With Venus in her 80’s, what’s the hurry to dispatch her, and who would benefit, seeing as her children are already well heeled?
The action alternates between the Savich-Sherlock pair and Special Agent Cam Wittier, who, in the meanwhile, has her own investigation to run and leaves for Los Angeles, where a serial killer is cutting the throats of budding star actresses.
The Starlet Slasher keeps chalking up another score and the pressure to track him down mounts to a drum-tight pitch before Wittier can nail him down.
There is no mystery about whether evil might triumph over good, but this is an entertaining page turner to pass away the time. I suspect that the series is sufficiently stand-alone to be enjoyed in any order, so I would not hesitate to pick up any one that might come my way.
Thanks to Kelsea Woods of Sullivan and Partners, LLC, 138 W 25th St, FL 10
New York, NY for the eCopy.