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In bestseller Coulter's captivating 17th FBI novel (after 2012's Backfire), FBI agent Griffin Hammersmith learns on his way to a new assignment in Washington, D.C., that an intruder has attacked his sister, Delsey, in her Maestro, Va., home. With the assistance of local law enforcement and the DEA, Griffin discovers that his sister was the target of a sinister drug ring, which may be connected to a visiting professor at the prestigious music school Delsey attends. Meanwhile, husband-and-wife FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock investigate the high-profile murder of college student Tommy Cronin, the grandson of a former Federal Reserve chairman. Their search for Tommy's killer leads them on an exciting chase involving the Washington elite. As the body count rises, it appears that no one associated with Tommy is safe. Coulter expertly jacks up the suspense as she alternates between the two plot lines. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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During a winter weekend in the Washington, D.C., area, a student at the Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia, is attacked, and a young man's body is found at the Lincoln Memorial. When aspiring musician Delsey Freestone's family nickname of the Trouble Magnet holds true (she's hit on the head when she finds a bloody body in her bathtub), her brother, FBI agent Griffin Hammersmith, en route to join agent Dillon Savich's special unit in Washington, is soon there to help. Meanwhile Savich and his wife, Sherlock, are investigating the murder of Tommy Cronin, grandson of the former chairman of the former Fed chairman, who raised ire by retiring when the financial crisis erupted. As the situation in Maestro expands to major proportions, Tommy's closest friends find themselves at risk. While Coulter tackles up-to-the-minute issues (international drug trafficking, the fiscal meltdown), adds a touch of romance, and resolves crimes satisfactorily, her seventeenth FBI thriller seems short on the verve of earlier entries; coauthoring an upcoming new series, A Brit in the FBI, may be just the change she needs.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist