Paradox by Catherine Coulter
My Rating: 5 Stars
This next installment in the extremely successful FBI series by Catherine Coulter starts off with a bang as FBI agents Sherlock and Savich wake as they realize that someone is in their house. As it turns out, the assailant is in their five-year-old son's bedroom, but manages to get away as Sherlock saves young Sean. Savich quickly realizes that not only is Sean still in danger, but a case from their past has come staring them right in the face.
Meanwhile, Chief Ty Christie of Willicott Maryland is on her porch one dawn and witness a murder on a boat out on the lake. She rushes to try and secure the scene, and has the lake dragged so that the body can be located. Not only is the body found, but an even more gruesome discovery is made, that of dozens of bones among the reeds, as well as a curious belt buckle, which later plays major significance. A missing FBI agent is thought to be involved, thus bringing in Sherlock and Savich. Before long, a connection is made between the murder and the psychopath they are now chasing. What ensues is a lot of speculation, as well as creepy scenes as the main suspect is a dangerous mix of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
As I prepare this review, I must state that I have read this entire series to-date, and I am not only quite familiar with Savich and Sherlock, but I am also quite enamored with them. The teamwork they display is unrivaled, especially as they work with others with regard to the solving of these crimes. The heat displayed between these two primary characters in the beginning of this series has indeed died down, but the romance is as strong as ever. Sean is a delight as he is as sharp as his dad, Savich, whose intuition is right on target in this story.
I was absolutely riveted to this story! I literally could not put the book down and devoured it in two sittings. Only sleep prevented me from reading it straight through. Catherine Coulter pens such likable characters and excellent scenes so the pages practically turn themselves. This is an engaging read, quite fast-paced and, most assuredly, truly thrilling. The twists and turns were at breakneck speeds, although admittedly not completely unexpected. Still, great fun and the conclusion was outstanding! As eager as I was for this book - and it as well worth the wait - I am just as eagerly awaiting Book #23.
Note: This is the 22nd book in the series, and does serve well as a standalone, but for an extra sense of continuity, Paradox brings back two villains from a previous book, Knockout, Victor Nesser and Lissy!
Many thanks to Gallery Books and to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.