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Power Play [Format Kindle]

Catherine Coulter
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***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof***

Copyright © 2014 Catherine Coulter


Buckner Park
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Middle of March
Saturday, late afternoon

She always ran at sunset. She rarely ran all-out, rather she maintained a smooth, steady pace because this was her thinking time. Thankfully, it wasn’t freezing cold on this early evening. The two-lane trail wound in and out of oak and maple trees, the terrain not too extreme. She loved how the light played through the still-naked tree branches, and how quiet it was with so few other people out in the park this time of day. Quite different from running along the Embankment in London—a challenge, since there were always people to watch out for. Here or in London, it was still her precious thinking time. Diplomatic protocols with endless snafus, relations with Her Majesty’s government, and now too often about people who wanted to blow up their neighbors, or London, still fighting out thousands of years of hatreds seemingly bred into their bones. Sometimes there were victories, but few they were, and far between. She was good at her job, but there was always something to work through, something to make her brain ache. But not today. Today she was trying to figure out what suddenly happened in her life that had brought her here. As she ran, a constant prayer looped through her brain that she’d left the danger back in England.

Her breathing was even, her muscles warm, and she relaxed into the repetitive movement. She focused on the quiet, even heard a blue jay, the sounds of small animals moving about in the underbrush near her, the slap of her running shoes on the trail, smooth and steady.

After another quarter-mile, the trail turned back toward Nickerson Road, with its two lanes and light traffic. She ran parallel to it for a hundred yards or so. George’s face f lashed in her mind. He was eating spaghetti, of all things, and smiling at something she’d said, and she felt the familiar punch of grief, raw and deep.

And that was the question she always came back to. What had she done that would make someone want her to pay with her life? With George’s life? No matter how she turned it over in her mind, she simply couldn’t think of anyone who possibly hated her that much.

She heard a car approaching on Nickerson Road. In that stark moment she heard the engine revving, the car accelerating toward her. She twisted to look, stumbling on a clump of rocks at the edge of the trail and falling sideways, flailing her arms to keep her balance, but still she fell hard. The car was close now, nearly on her, and it was coming fast. She didn’t think, simply rolled into the bushes near several trees. She smelled the exhaust, felt the heat of that beast as it flew past her.

She heard the car brake hard, pictured the driver turning around to come after her again. She jumped to her feet and ran into the woods off the trail, the only sound in her ears the frantic beat of her heart. She plastered herself against the back of an oak tree and waited.


Two Corners Mall

Washington, D.C.

Monday morning

He turned stone cold and his focus narrowed laser-thin on the man who held the woman in a choke hold. A carjacking in the parking lot of a strip mall not a half-mile from his town house on Euclid—the first one he’d ever seen, and here he was in the middle of it. He’d been walking to his Jeep, a large Starbucks coffee in his left hand, when he saw this man grab the woman and jerk her out of the driver’s side of a shiny black Beemer. She screamed once. Davis yelled at the man to let her go and back away, but the man dragged the woman in front of him, whirled around to face him, and pointed a .22 at her temple. A crap gun, but it could do the job.

“Piss off or the bitch is dead!” the man yelled. “I don’t like bitches. I don’t even like my mom. I mean it, dude, walk away!”

The guy was maybe thirty, and higher than Carly from Homeland Security when she’d nabbed a terrorist in Pittsburgh. He was probably on ice, given the way he was jonesing around, his body jerking on puppet strings. Even from fifteen feet away, Davis could see his eyes were jitterbugging, the hand that held the .22 to the woman’s head shaking. Not good.

New tactics. Davis called out, “Dude, I get it. Look, I love my Starbucks fix, too”—he waved his cup—“but you’ve got to let her go.”

“Go away, ass-wipe, or it’s brains-down-the-drain time!” Jitterbug tightened his hold around her neck, pressing the .22 hard against her cheek. The woman’s hands clutched at his forearm, trying to pull it away from her neck to catch a breath. Even from this distance, it looked to Davis like she was more pissed off than afraid.

“Seriously, dude,” Davis called out. “It’s really not a good idea to mess with me. I’m FBI, a walking, talking death machine. You can’t hit me from fifteen feet with that popgun, but I can shoot the gold hoop out of your ear and call my mother at the same time while singing ‘Happy Birthday.’ ” He pulled his Glock from his holster for Jitterbug to see, then held it down at his side. “You hurt this very nice lady and I’ll personally stuff you in a meat grinder and make a cheap burger out of you. You got me? You need rehab, not this Beemer you’d just wreck, which really would be a shame, about the car, I mean. So put the peashooter down and let the lady go.”

Jitterbug stared at him, as if trying to make sense out of his words. He was shaking his head back and forth, maybe listening to other voices, who knew? His eyes whirled, his mouth worked, his hand shook, and through all his gyrations the woman looked straight at Davis, calm as could be, and gave him a slight nod. Without a pause, she bent her head and took a deep bite out of Jitterbug’s forearm, right through the tatty sweatshirt he was wearing. He yelled, loosened his grip. She pulled back inside the open car door to give herself leverage and sent her fist into his nose, then her elbow into his gut. He jerked up his .22 and fired wildly, not at the woman but at Davis, once, twice, three times. Nowhere close. Davis leaned down, carefully put his coffee cup on the ground and raised his Glock. The woman was pinned between Jitterbug and the car door, and he made another grab for her, jerking the gun up again toward her head.

“I wish you hadn’t done that,” Davis said, and very calmly shot the man in the shoulder. One bullet did the trick. The man lurched back and fell away from the open car door and onto his knees, howling, holding his shoulder, rocking back and forth, the gun skittering away from him. The woman shouted to Davis, “Good shot!” And she gave the guy a kick in the ribs, sending him screaming onto his side. Then she knelt down, agile as a teenager, and picked up the .22.

A good half-dozen shoppers dribbled out of the shops toward the parking lot now that it looked safe and they wouldn’t get caught in anyone’s crosshairs. They were brimming with excitement, chattering nervously. A woman screamed, as if for effect. Davis opened his mouth at the same moment the woman held up her hand, cleared her throat, and said in a booming voice that carried all the way to LaFleur’s Dry Cleaners across the road, “Everything’s okay now, people! You, sir, call nine-one-one. The rest of you, you’ll want to stay and talk to the police when they get here. I mean it, this is important. I’d do it for any one of you, so do it for me, okay?” She gave them all the big stink eye, a nod, and an approving smile.

To his surprise, only two of the bystanders melted away. The others grouped together, comparing notes, still flying high on adrenaline.

Davis holstered his Glock and picked up his Starbucks coffee. He sipped it. Still hot. Good.

The woman started toward him. She was tall, fit, and strong, by the look of the blows she’d dealt Jitterbug. Not a coward, this woman, more a force. In that instant, he realized she reminded him of Sherlock, or Sherlock’s mom, all the way to the red hair bouncing around on her head. It was kind of scary. She was smiling big, showing lovely white teeth, and her red hair seemed to turn redder as the sun suddenly broke through the clouds overhead. She handed him Jitterbug’s .22, butt first, barrel to the ground, smooth and easy. She knew gun safety. Even more scary.

“A meat grinder? Really?” She quirked a dark red eyebrow at him, leaned forward, and kissed him soundly on the cheek.

She smelled like honey. “Well,” he said, “the thing is, my granny always used a meat grinder when I visited her as a kid. I remember she threatened my granddad with it when he smoked his cigar in the kitchen. Why weren’t you scared?”

“Believe me, I was scared to my toes, until I realized he was only a pathetic guy high on drugs,” and she looked back at Jitterbug, lying there holding his shoulder, moaning.

Criminal Apprehension Unit
Hoover Building

An hour later in the CAU, Davis said to the gathered agents, “Metro showed up two minutes later, along with an ambulance that hauled Jitterbug to the hospital. Some of the cops questioned the bystanders, others questioned the woman, and another two questioned me until I wanted to hurl. I even mentioned Savich a couple of times, but all I got for dropping the Big Dog’s name was one guy who rolled his eyes and one big-deal grunt. They kept asking me the same questions over and over as they usually do. The woman finally broke in and said enough was enough and we were in need of a nice strong morning shot of bourbon and I was to follow her back home in case she fainted—not likely—where we’d toast our mutual good luck and competence. She shoved her card into one of their hands and smiled at him. The two cops were so taken aback, they let us both leave, and I followed her home.”

Davis grinned around the room. “So that’s the story of why I’m late, and I’m sticking to it.”

Savich said, “Really? Nah, that can’t be true. You’re actually saying one of the cops rolled his eyes and the other one only grunted when you said my name?”

“Yeah, couldn’t believe it myself. You’d think maybe they’d have some respect.”

Savich grinned, shook his head. “I can confirm that Jitterbug— name’s Paul Jones—is in surgery at Washington Memorial to remove the bullet from his shoulder. Metro’s in charge.”

Special Agent Lucy Carlyle, soon to be Lucy McKnight, was shaking her head. “Davis, listen to me. You could be in the bed next to Mr. Bug at Washington Memorial instead of sitting here trying to make us laugh. I can see it all: you’re moseying to your Jeep, sipping your latte, thinking about who you’ve got a date with tonight, when that idiot grabs the lady.”

“It was not a latte.”

“Yeah, yeah, macho black. One part of your brain is trying out jokes to tell your girlfriend tonight and all of a sudden, your manic brain snaps to figuring out angles and distances, the drugged psychology of Mr. Bug, and calculating probabilities for survival, right?”

Davis said, “Hey, I already know what jokes work.” He paused for a moment. “And my brain isn’t manic. It’s a finely tuned instrument. Do you know, though, I think she’d have taken Jitterbug down herself once she got over her surprise at his popping out of the box like that. I gotta say it’s possible she really didn’t need me. Tough, that one. Lots of red hair, like yours, Sherlock. I bet she’d impress you.

“I did follow her home to this swank gated mansion on a huge lot in Chevy Chase, halfway down Ridgewood Road, through this big secure gate with a guardhouse, cameras, and an intercom. It’s all woods out there, with very few houses. The ones that are there are big and set back and very private. The guardhouse was empty, but she didn’t have to speak to anyone on the intercom. Nope, the gate opened up fast, which means there were cameras inside monitoring. I was right behind her in my plebian Jeep on her big circular driveway. Before we’d even stopped, this big guy comes running out of the house, makes a beeline right at me like he’s going to rip my tonsils out. She climbs out of her BMW and calls out something like ‘Hooley, it’s okay.’

“Since I had to come to work and couldn’t toast her with the bourbon, she patted my face and gave me another kiss. Hooley’s standing only six feet away, his arms crossed over his chest, measuring me for a coffin. He was a bodyguard, I’m sure of it. I’m thinking maybe she’s someone important.”

“Well, what’s her name?” Coop McKnight said.

“Does anyone recognize the name Natalie Black?”

Sherlock stared at him. “You’ve got to be kidding me.”

Revue de presse

Praise for Power Play

“These novels remain fascinating page-turners that keep Coulter’s fans coming back for more. Packed with nonstop action, scandal, and sexual tension, this latest installment gives readers an insider’s look at the Washington, D.C., political scene and the inner workings of the FBI, while the unforgettable characters interact with each other and life in a way that makes you forget they’re fictional.”—Bookreporter.com

“Coulter’s eighteenth FBI suspense thriller features her trademark brisk style and short chapters, plus a measure of compassion and an eminently satisfying epilogue. Coulter is at the top of her game here.”—Booklist

“Smooth…The attraction between Sullivan and Perry adds spice.”—Publishers Weekly

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2451 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 404 pages
  • Editeur : Jove; Édition : Reprint (8 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00G3L0ZVY
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well-written 14 juillet 2014
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I am in a sort of loss for the right words to use to describe this book. For a start, it is well-written with details that are baffling. The pacing added more spice to the narration and dialogue and the rich array of characters made the events there very believable. One can easily picture the different characters even in their difficult if not bizarre situations. In a style like in Flash of the Sun, the smooth flow of the narrative is easy to follow. Kudos Catherine Coulter.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 not even same old same old 15 juillet 2014
Par Liza Brings - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The nice things about formulaic series is that you know what to expect, but that's ok because you like it. But when it doesn't even live up to that, it's disappointing. All the discoveries take place in a single scene of 10 pages - even then, they're reported in after the fact. The romance is lackluster. The supernatural element is boring and perfunctory. The bad guys fly in from left scene like a middle grade version of Hansel and Gretel. I feel like I'm just helping the author buy another mansion. Not next time, though. None of this prebuy nonsense. If I don't see what I like, in the reviews and samples, I'm moving on. Too many good new authors out there to waste an extra $7 on bad writing, poor plot, tired characters, and complete lack of charm. I must have read split Second 50 times. Riptide, Tailspin, the Maze, all just terrific. I was worried when Bombshell came out because it was also pretty weak. With Power Play though, this might be slow march to death.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 ANOTHER WINNER FROM CATHERINE COULTER! 8 juillet 2014
Par the ReviewNotes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Power Play by #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter is the eighteenth book in her FBI thriller series. In the tradition of the series, Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock continued to make their grand appearance in secondary roles while two new main characters are introduced. The story also follows two plots as it is with the earlier books, and though the pattern in the series remains the same, Catherine manages to dish out a thrilling entertainer, and there is no lack of action, suspense, romance and intrigue.

In Power Play, a disgraced U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James Natalie Black returns to Washington in the wake of a scandal. Her fiancé was killed in a car accident, and the British tabloids hinted that she was indirectly responsible for it. Though President Thornton Gilbert wants her to stay, Arliss Abbott, US Secretary of State wants her to resign. The death of her fiancé was followed by someone trying to force her off the road outside London and a car trying to mow her down in Washington. These debilitating incidents greatly unnerved her but no one was willing to buy her story.

FBI Special Agent Davis Sullivan, however, is deeply concerned and decided to get to the bottom of the mystery and protect her from assailants. While Sullivan is busy with Natalie Black’s case, his boss Dillon Savich and his wife Lacey Sherlock are not faring too good. Blessed Backman whom they apprehended in an earlier book has escaped from a mental hospital, and is determined to wreak vengeance. Sullivan is assigned to guard Perry Black, Natalie’s daughter and a sportswriter. As the two get close to each other, Perry’s longtime friend Day Abbott, is pulled in for questioning. With the attacks on Natalie continuing, Sullivan faces an uphill task to track down the perpetrators before things go out of hand.

Power Play by Catherine Coulter is immensely enjoyable, fast-paced and full of suspense. The romantic tension between Sullivan and Perry is delightful. The characters are well-developed and their roles in the story well-defined. The deranged escapee Blessed Backman has added a touch of horror to the story as he stalked Savich and Sherlock. Catherine’s fine writing and creativity has turned Power Play into a thrilling read.

#Received an advance uncorrected reader's proof for honest review.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointed.....yet again!! 10 juillet 2014
Par Ashyne96 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of Cathetine Coulter's FBI books, but this one had me completely baffled. I purchased the book yesterday and finished it this morning. There were too many characters with way too many storylines. I spent a lot of time skipping over parts that I couldn't understand why was even included in the book. A lot of background information on secondary, and even tertiary characters. I am still trying to figure out, was the book about Savich and Sherlock, or EVERYONE else? Ms. Coulter's writing style has completely changed since Savich and Sherlock's relationship in The Maze (which by the way....was the BEST book ever!!). I remember when Savich ate meat , drank coffee, and fought off bad guys in The Cove. Now, there seems to be a new special agent every year, rescuing a woman because someone is trying to kill her...of course, with S&S is assisting. As I stated, I'm not a professional writer, but I am an experienced reader of these books to know when a writer's style has changed. If you don't believe me, re-read The Maze and skip ahead to some her books now, and you will be able to see the difference.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Huh? 13 juillet 2014
Par HaviLover - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Honestly what is going on here? I like Catherine Coulter and I pre ordered this book but boring doesn't start to cover it. I don't know what to say about the comments and silly interactions and do not even get me started about the age-bias music comments. Good grief what happened to her novels with real plot lines and interesting characters. This book must have been phoned in.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 We meet again Savich and Sherlock 9 juillet 2014
Par Gail Ofterdinger - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My British husband has me listening to the Paul and Steve Temple stories on BBC radio for the past year or so and I could not help but compare those works to this. Mr. and Mrs. Temple work with Scotland Yard to solve crimes in England. They are shot at, run off the road, poisoned or drugged and so on. Here we have the reverse, an American couple, Savich and Sherlock, working with the FBI trying to keep a diplomat and her family from being killed. Throw in a deranged escapee who is stalking our pair of detectives and has the ability to mesmerize his victims into doing his bidding and we have an exciting cocktail. This is my first Coulter read and I found it quite enjoyable. It is fast paced and full of suspense. There is romantic tension, and even an appearance of a member of Scotland Yard. If I even get to meet Ms. Coulter, I will have to ask her if she is a fan of Paul and Steve Temple.
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