*Coulter, Catherine, with J. T. Ellison. The Final Cut. G.P. Putnam's Sons. Sept 2013. 464p. ISBN 978-0-399-16473-6. $26.95. Fiction

After 17 thrillers in her FBI series (Bombshell; Backfire), Coulter teams with crime fiction writer Ellison (The Cold Room) to launch a new series, featuring Nicholas Drummond, a deputy chief inspector of New Scotland Yard. Though American-born, Drummond is the first Brit with an offer to join the FBI. Two events will influence his decision—the gruesome murder of a friend, Insp. Elaine York, who was in New York to guard an exhibit of crown jewels at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an audacious heist orchestrated by a master thief known only as the Fox. A huge diamond in the Queen Mum’s crown–the Koh-i-Noor (a stone with a long, documented history)–has been stolen from the Met despite top-notch security. Who was behind the crime, and will the stone’s curse find yet another victim or fulfill its promise of limitless power? With the aid of others, including married agents Savitch and Sherlock (see Coulter’s FBI series), Drummond joins FBI Special Agent Micaela “Mike” Caine to find out. VERDICT Fast-paced and action-packed, with the promise of romance to come, this entertaining thriller merges fact and fiction to superb effect. By the time we get to the gripping denouement in Paris, readers will be rooting not only for Nicholas and Mike but for the Fox as well. Sure to attract all thriller fans.

Library Journal, 138, no. 14 (September 1, 2013), 97.


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