"BACKFIRE fires you through a fast-paced plot with numerous twists and turns."
Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted July 27, 2012
Thriller Police Procedural
BACKFIRE starts out with a bang. In the first three
chapters you have San Francisco Federal Judge Ramsey Hunt
shot in the back, federal prosecutor Mickey O'Rourke
missing and FBI Special Agents Dillon Savich and Lacey
Sherlock, receiving a strange threat "For what you did you
Are these events connected or a coincidence?
Readers of Coulter's FBI thrillers will remember Molly,
Emma and Judge Hunt aka Judge Dredd from "The Target". Now
five years later he's married to Molly, adopted Emma and
added twin sons Cal and Gage to the family. Will this
shooting end the happiness that Molly and Emma found with
her protector and hero? Savich and Sherlock rush to his
side and begin, with the help of others, to untangle the
clues to who shot him.
Helping with security and investigation are U.S. Federal
Marshall Eve Barbieri and Special Agent Harry Christoff.
Their first actual introduction does not go well. He calls
her "Susie Cheerleader" and she notes out loud that he is
considered a "wild hair." The barbs continue but so does
the attraction between these two opposites, who actually
find they are a lot alike. The cheerleader and the wild
hair add a needed amount of spice to the storyline.
Intermixed with the investigation are touches of regular
life. Sean the loveable son of Sherlock and Savich adds
comedy with his plans to have three wives including Emma,
and deciding that he must have three jobs to support them.
The now 11 year old, Emma is considered a prodigy pianist,
who is to play Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin at a concert
with the San Francisco symphony orchestra that the Judge
promises not to miss. Even Sherlock's parents are added to
the mix as they help with keeping Sean safe and happy when
it is believed that he too might be in danger.
The plot goes down one avenue to another with most of the
investigation leading toward a mystery man or is it a woman
named Sue or the couple in the trial that had been
postponed. Only Catherine Coulter can spin such a web and
tie up the loose ends in an incredibly believable manner.
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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 â€“ accused in a string
of murders â€“ 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 heâ€™s been
threatened â€“ suspicions that are all but confirmed when
Hunt is shot in the back.
Savich and Sherlock receive news of the attack as an
ominous note is delivered to Savich at the Hoover
Building: YOU DESERVE THIS FOR WHAT YOU DID. Security
tapes fail to reveal who delivered the tapes. Who is
behind the shooting of Judge Ramsey Hunt? Who sent the
note to Savich? And what does it all mean? Savich and
Sherlock race to San Francisco to find outâ€¦watching their
backs all the while.
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