|Plot Summary of Blow Out|
Married FBI agents Sherlock and Savich are vacationing in the Poconos when Savich is approached by a "ghost" who asks for help. When he realizes what is going on, he doesn't believe it at first. Then the same night, him and his wife are called back to Washington to help solve the murder of a Supreme Court judge. Enlisted to help is a DC cop Ben Raven who is stuck with journalist Callie Markham to keep her from spreading the story to the press.
As time goes on and this murder attacks again, taking out almost all of the late judge's clerks. In the meantime, Savich investigates what happened to the ghost woman who approached him for help and finding out what happened to the son 6-year-old son she had when she was murdered. After locating the son who is mentally plagued by the events he cannot remember taking place years ago, Savich and Sherlock are led back to the small town in which the murder took place.
This synopsis report prepared by Wendy Brown
Putnam, June 2004, 25.95 400 pp.
FBI agents Dillon Savitch and his wife Sherlock along with their son Sean enjoy a vacation in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains when a ghost asks him for help. The incident spooks Dillon but before he can do anything for the spirit of Samantha Barrister he and Sherlock return to Washington, D.C. because Supreme Court Justice Stewart Quinn Califano was murdered in the courthouse library. Someone bypassed the security guards and technological safety devices to perform an apparently professional hit.
Savitch and Sherlock find no clues that could lead them to a suspect. The victim was a moderate judge with no known enemies and never stirred up any controversy. The only wrong doing they can find is that he is having an affair with Eliza one of his legal aides. His other aides Danny and Fleurette thought their boss walked on water. When the culprit kills Danny and Eliza, the Feds use Fleurette to flush him out but that plan fails almost killing Fleurette, Savitch, Sherlock and Sean. While they try again to capture the killer, Savitch knows that when their ordeal is over, he has a ghost to put to rest.
Catherine Coulter can always be counted on to write an exciting romantic thriller. Her protagonists, Savitch and Sherlock are as deeply in love as they were in the first book in this series and their love for their son is a beautiful thing to behold. There is a lot of action and chase scenes in BLOW OUT but the author also concentrates on her characters and how they act and react to certain dangerous situations. This book is sure to make the New York Times Bestseller List.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Blow Out|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
- lawyer creatures
Kind of investigator
- husband/wife boy/girlfriend investigators
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- ghost buddy
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- government investigator
- Washington D.C.
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
Explicit sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
- descript of kissing
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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