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Blindside: An FBI Thriller    by Catherine Coulter order for
by Catherine Coulter
Order:  USA  Can
Putnam, 2003 (2003)
Hardcover, Audio, CD
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This is one of a series starring married FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. This time they are involved in two major cases. In one, a serial killer targets female math teachers. Dillon is stumped until he makes an intuitive leap - while in a morphine-induced dream state in hospital - that leads straight to the killer, as well as to a cast-iron frying pan.

That case ends up as background to the central mystery. Why is someone after 6-year-old Sam Kettering, son of the agents' friend Miles, a former FBI agent himself? Young Sam shows a great deal of spunk by escaping from his kidnappers, with a little help from Tennessee sheriff Katie Benedict and her small daughter Keely. But whoever is behind the bad guys doesn't stop trying, so that Katie and Miles must fight off repeated attacks (helped by Dillon and Lacey), while experiencing a growing attraction for each other. The villains' trail leads to charismatic local preacher Reverend McCamy, his hot young wife Elsbeth, and their church of the 'Sinful Children of God'.

Though it leaves a few threads hanging, Blindside is an entertaining read. It has characters (especially Sam and Keely) who touch the heart, unusually motivated villains who just keep on a-coming, unrelenting, exciting action, and a satisfying conclusion 'in the most beautiful place on God's earth.'

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