Yes indeedy, I do like Catherine Coulter’s ‘FBI’ series starring agents with grit, smarts, a kicka$$ computer, humor, and the occasional ‘gifts’. “Knock Out” is her latest novel set in the world of Savich and Sherlock and it is…a knock out.
This time Savich and Sherlock are working two cases at the same time. The first involves a gang of vicious bank robbers who kill security guards for no reason other than ‘fun’. The second involves a special girl named Autumn, who first speaks to Savich in his sleep. Autumn is being hunted for her ‘talents’ by a paranormal cult group who have named themselves after a devil-worshiping 1500s cult. So which case will be important? When it comes down to it, do you rescue one small girl on the run or hunt down two indiscrimite killers?
I’m not sure which group of ‘bad guys’ were creepier. Both could be classified as ‘nutjobs’ (that’s the clinical term doncha you know), but both treated the lives of others as ‘cheap change’. I’m wondering if we’ll see more of Autumn in a later novel (which I would LOVE to read); or quite possibly one of the characters from the cult who may have gotten away.
“Knock Out” grabbed me from page one and the action never slowed. There’s no real romance or sex in Coulter’s recent FBI novels, but that doesn’t affect my enjoyment one bit. She almost always manages to throw me a few curveballs that I never saw coming and yet when I’m finished, I can only wonder how I didn’t catch on before! Her characters are real to me and their dilemmas and reactions make me think. Smart, sexy, action mysteries. Is that a genre? If it’s not, it should be and Catherine Coulter is an author that needs to be at the top of the author list for it. If you enjoy hold-your-breath action, well-plotted mystery, and a little ‘woo woo’; and you have a few hours to read…grab “Knock Out” and tune out the world.