Split Second by Catherine Coulter is the 15th book in the “FBI” thriller series. Publisher: Putnam, July 2011

The number-one New York Times—bestselling author returns with another pulse-pounding thriller featuring FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, and introducing Special Agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight.

A serial killer is on the loose, and it’s up to FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock to bring him down. They soon discover that the killer has blood ties to the infamous now long-dead monster. Savich and Sherlock are joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight, and the chase is on.

At the same time, Special Agent Lucy Carlyle learns from her dying father that her grandfather hadn’t simply walked away from his family twenty-two years ago: he was, in fact, murdered by his wife, Lucy’s grandmother. Determined to uncover the truth, Lucy moves into her grandmother’s Chevy Chase mansion. What she finds, however, is a nightmare. Not only does she discover the truth of what happened all those years ago, but she faces a new mystery, one that has been passed down from mother to daughter from generations.

As the hunt for the serial killer escalates, Savich realizes he’s become the killer’s focus, and perhaps the next victim. Only Lucy can stop this madness before it’s too late.

This was an enjoyable read. Dillon leads his team with three separate cases: one involving one of his agents who learn a family secret; second involving a serial killer running amok across state lines and third a case where he walked in on a robbery and now Dillon fears for the store owner’s life. Again, the author has introduced a bit of paranormal elements into this series which was intriguing in the way it was played out among the cast. This was a fast-paced, non-stop action-filled drama that kept me turning the pages as I couldn’t put this book down. Unwarranted deaths, secrets exposed, and love discovered are what lies in between the pages of this thrilling read that held my attention as the story unfolded. The highlight of these stories is the interactions between Dillon and Sherlock which keeps me reading this wonderful series.

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