I am a “Johnny-come-lately” to the writings of one the Grande Dames of American police procedurals. Boy am I glad I found Catherine Coulter and her second book in The FBI. Series, The Maze. There are now 20 books in that series. Ms Coulter has written 70 or so books, more than 60 of which became New York Times Bestsellers. Quite a feat.
Dillon Savich is a seasoned, 35-year-old, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in charge of the newly formed Criminal Apprehension Unit (CAU). Newly graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Agent Lacey Sherlock is assigned to his unit. One reason is that Lacey (known to all as “Sherlock”) had bested Savich in a training exercise, which was a unique happenstance.
Almost immediately, Sherlock and Savich fly to Chicago to close their first serial murder case. Upon their return to the Washington, DC FBI Headquarters, Sherlock begins her own investigation into the death of her sister Belinda 7 years previously in a serial killing spree in San Francisco, California. That killer became known as “The Stringkiller” for his method of luring young married women into his “Maze” of punishment and death.
Along the way, Sherlock is disloyal to her boss, has her life threatened on a few occasions, falls in love, and solves the mystery of her sister’s murder and the murder of 7 other women by the same killer. She deals with a dysfunctional family of a father who is a judge, a mother who may or may not be crazy, and a lustful former brother-in-law. Sherlock also has to deal with another female FBI Agent who is jealous of Sherlock’s new role. Ah, the sweet joy of “Office Politics.” The case takes the team from Washington, DC to Boston, Massachusetts to San Francisco.
I cannot wait to read more of Ms. Coulter’s books. The story is well crafted with surprises galore. The sex and violence are graphic but these scenes are few and far between. Since this Book 2 and from the way the story is written, I suggest reading the books in sequence 1 through 20.
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–Jim Harris, retired sales rep
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