The Target (FBI Series #3)

The Target (FBI Series #3)

by Catherine Coulter

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FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are faced with the case of an abducted child in this “absorbing”(Publishers Weekly) FBI Thriller.

Escaping unwanted media attention after a notorious incident, Ramsey Hunt retreats into the solitude of a cabin high in the Colorado Rockies. But his isolation is shattered when he rescues a small girl in the forest and strangers invade his private meadow with intent to kill.

Molly Santera, the little girl’s mother, catches up with Ramsey and her daughter, mistaking him for the kidnapper. When she discovers that he instead saved Emma, there’s little time for thanks. With the strangers in pursuit, the trio flee to Chicago for sanctuary.

With an unexpected assist from FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, Molly and Ramsey begin to unravel the clues, and in the process they make an astonishing discovery as to the true nature of the target.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515125627
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2000
Series: FBI Thriller Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 52,171
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Catherine Coulter is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the FBI Thrillers featuring husband and wife team Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. She is also the author—with J. T. Ellison—of the Brit in the FBI series. She lives in Sausalito, California.

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HE SAW THE man clearly: tall, with dark clothes, a

stark figure against the misty gray sky. He was walking into

the big granite building, ugly and flat-looking, with scores

of windows that didn’t look out over much except if you

were up high. Then, suddenly, he was behind the man, just

over his shoulder, keeping pace with him, watching him

take the elevator to the nineteenth floor. He was nearly

beside him as he walked down the long corridor and opened

the door to a large office. A smiling receptionist greeted

him, laughing at something he said. He watched the man

greet two other people, a young man and a young woman,

both well dressed, both obviously subordinate to him. He

went into a large office with the man, saw a United States

flag, a huge desk with its computer on top, the built-in

bookshelves behind him, the windows beside him. He

punched up the computer. Then, he was right behind

the man; he could have reached out and helped him put on

the long black robe. He watched him fasten the two clips

closed. The man opened a door and walked into a big room,

the look on his face somber, becoming cold, all the earlier

humor wiped clean. There was a buzz. It stopped abruptly


when he came into the room. Then the place went deathly


Suddenly the room began to spin, faces blurred into one

another, the very air of the room turned dark and darker

still, and then the great main doors burst open and three

men slammed into the room. They were carrying guns,

assault guns like Russian AK47s. They were shooting, people

were screaming, blood was spewing everywhere. He

saw the man’s face tighten with horror and fury. He saw the

man suddenly leap over the railing that had separated him

from the rest of that roomful of people, his black robe

swirling. His leg was up, he was turning, striking out, his

motion so fast it was hard to see it clearly. Someone

screamed loudly.

He was right behind the man now, heard him breathe,

could feel the controlled rage in him, the vicious tension

and determination, and wondered.

Suddenly, the man whirled about again, turning this time

to face him. He stared at himself, looked deeply into the

eyes of a man who had just killed and would kill again. He

felt the spit pool in his mouth, the coiled muscles, and felt

his arm fly out, striking a man’s throat.

He jerked up, flailing at the single sheet that was wound

tightly around him like a mummy’s shroud, a yell dying on

his lips. He was soaked with sweat, his hair plastered to his

head. His heart was pounding so fast and hard he thought

he’d explode. Again, he thought, that bloody dream yet

again. He didn’t think he could stand it.

An hour later, he let himself out of his house, carefully

locking the door behind him. He was on the way to his car

when a man jumped out of the bushes and blinded him with

a good half dozen photo flashes. It was too much.

He grabbed the photographer, hauled him up by his shirtfront,

and yelled right in his face, “You’ve gone over the

line, you little bastard.” He grabbed his camera, pulled the

film out, and threw him aside. He tossed the camera to

the man, who was lying on his back, gaping at him.

“You can’t do that!”

“I just did. Get off my property.”

The man scrambled to his feet, holding his camera to his

chest. “I’ll sue you! The public has a right to know!”

He wanted to beat the guy senseless. The urge was so

strong he was shaking with it. It was then he knew he had to

leave. Otherwise it might not stop before he went nuts and

really hurt one of the jerks. Or he simply just went nuts.

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full-o-spirit More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I was immediately drawn into the story in the first chapter. The plot was wonderfully paced and kept my interest because this author has the ability to get you personally involved with the characters and effortlessly combines mystery and relationships. She brings these characters to life. When I went about my daily life while reading these books, I couldn't help but think about the characters and what was going to happen next. I will definitely be reading the entire FBI series by Catherine Coulter.
Robin50 More than 1 year ago
I really like the FBI Series by this author.
Dickstah More than 1 year ago
This is my first read of this prolific author, and I had a very hard time getting through it. Perhaps I'll try another one later. I found the dialogue stilted and repetitive, the characters just plain annoying simpletons, and the plot lines totally implausible. If I connected with the characters at all, it was to ask, "What the blazes are they thinking?" I hardly ever quit on any book I've started, and this time I wish I had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I have read in the FBI Series. I will continue to read all of them. It is hard to lay them down because I can hardly wait to see what is going to happen next.
CatladyHI More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Catherine Coulter's books and "The Target" is right up there with: * Keeps the reader in Suspence * Passion * Off beat Humor * Adventure * Fast read, can't put it down I would recommend this book to first time readers of the FBI series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Great author. I definetly would recommend this to anyone.
joanie77 More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough about the FBI Series. It is best to start with the 1st one and read them all. The characters you will reconize. Coulter is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have liked Savich and Sherlock more involved in the story line but, all in all I enjoyed the book. It totally kept my interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the most spine-tickleing of them all. It starts off with a abuse girl who then turns to a man "Ramsey," who helps her recover from the abusement. They then found her mother "Molly," who then led them on a wild goose chase to search for the abuser and the attempted murderer. Noone knows who it could be. Could it be Ramsey, Molly, the bartender, the local sherif, or even the cook? I guess your going to have to read the book in order to find it out now won't you. It's one of the BEST books i've read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book came recommended by a friend. And it was horrible. The dialouge was terrible!!! At one point the little girl doesnt speak at all and then she speaks like a adult. Poor poor writing. And the plot seemed to really drag.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Federal Judge Ramsey Hunt needed time away, his time in a cabin in the Rockie Mountains was anything but relaxing. After finding a little girl in the woods that had obviously been abused, men show up shooting at them and then the childs mom finally shows up accusing him of kidnapping. Molly Santera had been all over Colorado looking for her precious Emma and after finding her safe with Judge Hunt, the nightmares begin.This was not much in the way of a romance, it was very easy to fall for the little girl who had been through so much. The action of the book was spaced out, nothing real exciting, just a basic crime thriller. A few unexpected twists in the plot, but mostly very predictale. Happy ending, I would be interested in seeing the Judge in a later book. Overall just a basic read to get your mind of normal everyday boredom, and make yourself feel lucky you don't have a 'godfather' in the family.
lovejoy_rat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible. I have no idea how she's a best seller all the time. Bleh!
ReadingKnitter01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
one of her early ones- too much left over from the romance writing with the heroine getting nailed every few pages--story lineis good though- just needs tightening up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, has a little of everything in it.
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Love this one read first two awhile ago and was glad to find there are more to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mystery. Kept my attention through out the book.
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This book gets your attention immediately! What a good read!
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birds123_74 More than 1 year ago
I almost gave up on her books.She just got better.
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Love the FBI Series.
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