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The Maze: FBI Thriller #2 | [Catherine Coulter]

The Maze: FBI Thriller #2

Lacey Sherlock's life is forever changed when her older sister's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse. She is the fourth victim of the String Killer, the name given by the media to a murderer who leads his victims into a maze with a ball of twine. Seven years after Belinda's death, Lacey, now an FBI agent, is paired up with computer whiz Dillon Savich, who has developed a predictive program to aid in the apprehension of serial killers.
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Publisher's Summary

Lacey Sherlock's life is forever changed when her older sister's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse. She is the fourth victim of the String Killer, the name given by the media to a murderer who leads his victims into a maze with a ball of twine.

Seven years after Belinda's death, Lacey, now an FBI agent, is paired up with computer whiz Dillon Savich, who has developed a predictive program to aid in the apprehension of serial killers.

When the String Killer strikes again, Lacey spots his handiwork, resulting in his capture. The suspect confesses, but maintains that he did not kill Belinda. No sooner does Lacey confirm his innocence of that crime than an attempt is made on her life.

Suspecting her attacker is the same person who murdered her sister, Lacey and Dillon know they must solve the mystery - before they become the killer's next victims.

Listen to another FBI Thriller.

©2005 Catherine Coulter; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Full of karate, pistol-whipping, and other malevolent mayhem, Catherine Coulter's The Maze could be described as a junior-varsity version of Silence of the Lambs."
"Susan Eriksen's reading is spirited and emotive with effective character vocalizations." (Library Journal)

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    Lori Anchorage, AK, United States 04-03-10
    Lori Anchorage, AK, United States 04-03-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Too much detail, not enough flow"

    I am in the middle of this 'read' and keep skipping ahead, frankly I find it embarrassing it is so bad. It is poorly written, with too much detail of insignificant things. Plus I find it hard to believe that FBI characters (or anyone) would act this way.

    The writer also jumps into new sections of the book, so it takes a minute to clue into what is happening. No flow and lack of interest.

    I really can't wait for this book to be over.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 03-30-10
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 03-30-10 Member Since 2006

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "Fast Paced "run-of-the-mill" Cop Story"

    In short. A totally average book I'd give a C as a teacher.
    It isn't a BAD book, it's just NOT a very good book. The editor was very judicious that, a few times I thought I'd gotten the abridged version as the scene changed so quickly I thought I'd missed something. But at two files and 12 hours I'm certain I got the whole book.
    There's no new angle here, no quirky detective with a standard set of possible other killers to keep you wondering. But for a book titled The Maze I'd expect far more twists and turns (plot wise or even in and yes, pun intended with regard to this killer's M.O.)
    It has a run-of-the-mill romance.
    Don't let the S.F. picture for a setting fool you, most the story could take place anywhere.
    S.F. and ALL its charms, ("The Paris of America") having lived just south for the very romantic S.F. for 1/3 of my life. (At least she doesn't call it "Frisco", a real no-no for the locals). But, there's nary a single feature of S.F. mentioned (The notorious Alcatraz prison island does get a line.). At the price I bought it, (marked way down to $4.95) it was a bargain.
    This book is NOT worth an entire credit or significant bucks, not with SO MANY quality thrillers out there The Maze is simple escapist reading, I'd name some "PRO" authors but that's against the rules I think.
    One slight GOOD and unique note on the audio production. The sound engineer made phone calls SOUND "phone callish" with a slightly "tinny" quality. It added some realism and clarified easily who was the distant one and while the local voice was normal.
    Bottom Line: If you want QUALITY buy the big names (male or female writers) which, in comparison this writing pales.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    G. Jean Lynott PA 05-14-10
    G. Jean Lynott PA 05-14-10 Member Since 2008

    J Lynott

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    "poor reading"

    Again I have been disappointed by the reader in this book. I hope better narrators are selected for Catherine Coulter's future audio books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Davidson Myer 04-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not worth it"

    Very long, rambling and somewhat preposterous mystery. The reader frequently talks too rapidly as well. Not worth the time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Jensen Comox, BC 04-12-10
    Ruth Jensen Comox, BC 04-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrific"

    This is the 2nd book of hers that I have listened to and I have enjoyed both stories including the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Wilmington, NC, USA 08-21-08
    Stephanie Wilmington, NC, USA 08-21-08
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    "Loved It!"

    Great story and characters and the narration was wonderful.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica United States 04-15-13
    Jessica United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dark Trek"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Something to pass the time on a long drive, but this book so similar to others I've read in the series that I felt it lacked originality. Definitely a theme in CC's books to have an abusive male father-figure. A little rote.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Lee OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, US 11-10-12
    Jim Lee OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, US 11-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Exactly A-Maze-ing!"
    Where does The Maze rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book would ranks somewhere in the lower middle. I have really enjoyed this character in many of Ms Coutler's later books but for some reason I thought the plot was week.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think this book was early in the series. So I feel Ms Coutler had not really developed her style fully for this character. If I read it when it first came out I think I would have a much higher opinion of it. In her later books these character are awesome and the plots are strong.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed her performance. He is an excellent narrator. I haven't listen to her except in this series.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No I did not have an extreme reaction. Thought the story line dragged a bit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Vista, CA, United States 07-13-12
    Chris Vista, CA, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I was rolling my eyes."
    What was most disappointing about Catherine Coulter’s story?

    I love a good mystery - this wasn't one. It was more romance novel than FBI thriller. I found myself rolling my eyes and muttering, "Really?" Way too sappy for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rita 06-11-12
    Rita 06-11-12

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "Enjoyed it love FBI stories"
    Would you listen to The Maze again? Why?

    Yes I enjoy the voice that Susan do she is great


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes love the different twist and turns and the Dillion Sherlock team


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Dillion and Sherlock


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Susan would have read for all the books I would not hesitate to buy them all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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