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Publisher's Summary

San Francisco judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, begins the murder trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill only to have federal prosecutor Mickey O’Rourke, known for his relentless, aggressive style, suddenly turn tentative and distracted. Hunt suspects that something is very wrong — and then O’Rourke goes missing, and Judge Hunt gets shot in the back.

Savich and Sherlock receive news of the attack as a mysterious note is delivered to Savich at the Hoover Building: FOR WHAT YOU DID YOU DESERVE THIS. Who sent the note? What does it mean?

As Ramsey Hunt’s life hangs in the balance, Savich and Sherlock race to San Francisco to answer the question: Why would anyone shoot the judge? When they discover one answer, more questions arise, until Savich and Sherlock face the final shock.

©2012 Catherine Coulter (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

May have turned out to be a good story, but I couldn't get past the reader's baby talk in the first thirty minutes when doing the children's lines......if an author must put three and five year old kids in a book and include conversations with them, the editor should NEVER let the reader try to imitate with baby talk. No child actually talks like this. Gag

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Easy listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Backfire to be better than the print version?

A little slow moving. The reader bugged me at first....a lot of He said She said which I am not used. Overall not great but good.

Would you be willing to try another book from Catherine Coulter? Why or why not?

Yes going to listen to the book that tells what happened to Emma next.

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

no

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Ruined by narration

First book by author and the narration was awful! The story may have been good, but the narration was so irritating I just couldn't get past it.

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Loved It

If you could sum up Backfire in three words, what would they be?

Suspense, fascinating and riveting

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I was so absorbed in this story, that while I was working around the house I finished in a record time. WOW. I will read more of her books ASAP. Many books in my wish list. Really good.

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Probably great in print version!

First the terrible narration was a real irritant. Either one of the narrators would have been better than the two of them together. It was irrational how they switched back and forth with all the he said/she said... nuts! The child voices were especially over the top ridiculous. I love listening to books but go with the print version of this for sure.

Second, I had trouble following the characters. I don't know the series so I didn't know who was who and Coulter switches between the first and last names so much it was really difficult for me to keep track. I find it easier to keep track of multiple characters in print but maybe that's just me.

Third, you really have to suspend disbelief in that the characters are shot/injured and hop up and keep going. Only the first guy shot is treated like it was a serious thing. I'm okay with that but some people insist on more reality and if that's you then you won't be happy with this.

If you are already a fan of this series then nothing on earth will stop you from reading this but I strongly suggest you go for the print. This isn't really my favorite genre but I'd read another from this series with a different narrator.

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  • Patricia
  • MADISON, WI, United States
  • 10-27-13

Not worth the time.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I didn't feel that the story was very well written. It was not worth the time. I did not want to finish listening to the book, but my husband insisted that we listen to the end.

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  • Elaine
  • Albemarle, NC, United States
  • 06-12-13

Decent Mystery

This was my first book by this author. I liked the characters and the story was pretty good. Glad it was on sale and I did not spend a credit though.

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  • Linda
  • Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
  • 05-05-13

Savage and Sherlock are getting old....

What made the experience of listening to Backfire the most enjoyable?

I have always loved reading Savage and Sherlock's story but listening now brings them to life...I can picture them in my head while listening.

What did you like best about this story?

I actually liked the story of Eve and Harry...I feel a new storyline coming.....

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the banter between Eve and Harry, especially her reaction to "commitment issues!"

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

Any time Savage or Sherlock get injured I worry that Coulter will kill one of the off....

Any additional comments?

Like I said Savage and Sherlock are a little bored and settled in this book....Eve and Harry were really the stars.

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  • james
  • mount prospect, il, United States
  • 11-30-12

Another good one

What did you love best about Backfire?

Action ,adventure and a bit of a love story blended together. I love how the characters from previous stories are brought together again, each contributing special skills needed to solve the crime.

What did you like best about this story?

Character development is excellent

What does Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Drama

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very good story

Would you consider the audio edition of Backfire to be better than the print version?

no about the same

What did you like best about this story?

the story line is good without all the sex (some is good, ...but) keeps you interested in what up.

What does Jim Meskimen and Deanna Hurst bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I was distracted by the voice change. but i am easy to distract.