A Brit in the FBI Series with Catherine Coulter
#2 - The Lost Key (Coming 9.30.14)
Freshly minted FBI agent Nicholas Drummond is barely out of his Quantico training when he and his partner, Mike Caine, are called to investigate a stabbing on Wall Street.
Their investigation, however, yields more questions than answers. It quickly becomes clear that the victim, John Pearce, was more than the naval historian and antiquities dealer he appeared to be. What Drummond doesn’t know is that buying and selling rare books was Pearce’s cover, and that he had devoted his life to discovering the whereabouts of a missing World War I U-boat concealing a stash of gold bullion, and an unexpected surprise that only raises more questions. When Drummond and Caine find both of Pearce’s adult children have disappeared, the case assumes a new sense of urgency. The FBI agents know their best lead lies in the victim’s cryptic final words—“The key is in the lock.” But what key? What lock?
The search for Adam and Sophia Pearce takes them on an international manhunt, which threatens to run them afoul of an eccentric billionaire industrialist with his own plans not only for the lost gold, but the creation of a weapon unlike anything the world has ever seen.
"Coulter and Ellison's suspenseful sequel to 2013's The Final Cut finds Nicholas Drummond, once a New Scotland Yard star, now an FBI agent based in New York City...The authors' sophisticated third-person narration smoothly propels the action to the exciting climax.”
"A thriller packed with nonstop action, real-life name-dropping and enough cutting-edge science to make you wonder how much of it could be true.”
#1 - The Final Cut (9.17.13)
New Scotland Yard’s chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the “minder” of the Crown Jewels for the “Jewel of the Lion” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.
Special Agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich from Coulter’s bestselling FBI series don’t hesitate to help Drummond find the cunning international thief known as the Fox. Nonstop action and high stakes intensify as the chase gets deadly. The Fox will stop at nothing to deliver the Koh-i-Noor to the man who believes in its deadly prophecy. Nicholas Drummond, along with his partner, FBI Special Agent Mike Caine, lay it on the line to retrieve the diamond for Queen and country.
"...Coulter and Ellison deliver a book that's sure to be one of the best thrillers of the year."
"...THE FINAL CUT is the autumn blockbuster that develops new fans for its authors, Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison. They have woven a centuries-old legend into the fabric of richly developed characters who each bring motive, thirst for power, cunning and personal satisfaction into the story. Filled with bullets, knives, karate chops, chases and high-tech mechanics, the novel impresses us with new protagonists, tight details and intricate character development. Red herrings reveal little about its outcome, but the final words satisfy."
Barnes & Noble
Thanks to a well-executed theft that involved murder, a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit is now missing one of its crown jewels. Fortunately, Scotland Yard's just appointed chief inspector Nicholas Drummond and FBI Special Agent Mike Caine are on the case, joined at times by Special Agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich. A thrilling crime caper. Editor's recommendation.
Bestseller Coulter (Bombshell) teams with Ellison (Edge of Black) on a thriller that manages to be both intricate and full of jaw-dropping action sequences. Det. Chief Insp. Nicholas Drummond, frequently described as akin to James Bond, travels from London to Manhattan, where a thief known only as the Fox has stolen the Koh-i-Noor diamond, the centerpiece of the Queen Mother’s crown on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Fox’s relationship with the man who hired her to steal the diamond, Saleem Singh Lanighan, and the man who trained her, William Mulvaney, complicate matters. In the course of his investigation, Drummond connects in entertaining fashion with Coulter’s main series heroes, FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. A number of well-developed subplots keep this from being a simple one-on-one contest. Ingenious disguises, daring bluffs, and hair-breadth escapes add to the fun of the chase. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)
Library Journal ★
After 17 thrillers in her FBI series (Bombshell; Backfire), Coulter teams with crime fiction writer Ellison (The Cold Room) to launch a new series, featuring Nicholas Drummond, a deputy chief inspector of New Scotland Yard. Though American-born, Drummond is the first Brit with an offer to join the FBI. Two events will influence his decision—the gruesome murder of a friend, Insp. Elaine York, who was in New York to guard an exhibit of crown jewels at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an audacious heist orchestrated by a master thief known only as the Fox. A huge diamond in the Queen Mum's crown—the Koh-i-Noor (a stone with a long, documented history)—has been stolen from the Met despite top-notch security. Who was behind the crime, and will the stone's curse find yet another victim or fulfill its promise of limitless power? With the aid of others, including married agents Savitch and Sherlock (see Coulter's FBI series), Drummond joins FBI Special Agent Micaela "Mike" Caine to find out. VERDICT Fast-paced and action-packed, with the promise of romance to come, this entertaining thriller merges fact and fiction to superb effect. By the time we get to the gripping denouement in Paris, readers will be rooting not only for Nicholas and Mike but for the Fox as well. Sure to attract all thriller fans. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/13.]—Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson
The FBI and Scotland Yard combine forces to recover a famous jewel. Inspector Nicholas Drummond has given up his former life as a spy, and his thrill-seeking ex-wife, to join the Metropolitan Police. The murder of his colleague and former lover Elaine York, who'd gone to the Big Apple as one of the minders of the crown jewels being exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sends Drummond to New York, despite orders to the contrary, to help the FBI track down the killer. When the Koh-i-Noor diamond is stolen from the heavily protected museum, Drummond teams up with attractive FBI special agent Michaela "Mike" Caine, who works with the renowned team of Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich (Bombshell, 2013, etc.), to recover it. Heading the private security team for the exhibit is Drummond's uncle Bo, who needs all the help he can get to avert a public relations disaster of the first order. A preliminary survey of the evidence makes it look as if York may have been helping the thief. Digging deep, Drummond and Caine discover beneath a false identity a famous thief known as the Fox. The pair race through several European cities looking for answers. Coulter and Ellison have created a new son of Bond licensed to shine in future thrillers. Genre fans will find the action nonstop.
Romantic Times 4 1/2 Stars Top Pick
In a spin-off from her long-running FBI series, Coulter collaborates with fellow thriller writer extraordinaire Ellison to launch a new series featuring a Scotland Yard inspector joining forces with the FBI. Coulter and Ellison do an excellent job blending their writing styles in this pulse-pounding novel and have produced an outstanding chase thriller that is riveting from beginning to end. This could be the start of a great partnership!
Scotland Yard DCI Nicholas Drummond has dual citizenship in the United States and Britain, but his family is old and very wealthy. When Nicholas hears that his colleague and ex-lover Elaine York has been murdered in New York, he catches a flight out. Elaine was in charge of Jewel of the Lion, the traveling exhibit that includes the Koh-I-Noor diamond. Nicholas’ American uncle, Bo, is in charge of the museum’s security. So when Bo calls and says the Koh-I-Noor has been stolen, Nicholas agrees to join forces with the FBI’s Savich and Sherlock to track the thief and recover the diamond, for it seems this is the work of a legendary burglar: the Fox. (PUTNAM, Sep., 400 pp., $26.95) Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith