Double Take

Version: Unabridged
Author: Catherine Coulter
Narrator: Sandra Burr , Phil Gigante
Genres: Romance
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: June 2007
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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Overview

FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are joined by one of their own and a Virginia sheriff in an extraordinary case that immerses them in the world of psychic visions, mind benders, and communications with the dead
It's been more than six months since her husband's brutal death, and Julia Ransom is just beginning to breathe again. She loved her husband, renowned psychic August Ransom, but the media frenzy that followed his murder sapped what little strength she had left. Now, after dinner with friends, strolling along San Francisco's Pier 39, she realizes that she's happy. Standing at the railing, she savors the sounds around her-tourists, seals on a barge-and for a moment enjoys the sheer normalcy of it all. And then it comes to an end.
Out of nowhere she's approached by a respectable-looking man who distracts her with conversation before violently attacking her and throwing her the railing. If it hadn't been for Special Agent Cheney Stone, out to stretch his legs between courses at a local restaurant, Julia would have vanished into the bay's murky depths. Not only does he save her from a watery grave, but he senses a connection between her assault and her husband's death, and sets out to serve as her protector while reopening August Ransom's murder investigation.
Meanwhile, in Maestro, Virginia, Sheriff Dixon Noble-last seen in Point Blank-still mourns his wife, Christie, who vanished hree years earlier. His life, too, is just getting back to normal when he learns of a San Francisco woman named Charlotte Pallack, whose shocking resemblance to Christie sends Dix across the country. Though he knows in his heart that she can't possibly be his wife, Dix is compelled to see her with his own eyes. Once in San Francisco, Dix and Cheney's paths inevitably cross. With the help of agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, whose San Francisco connections prove essential in unlocking the mystery behind Charlotte Pallack's identity as well as the forces behind Julia Ransom's attempted murder, Sheriff Noble and Agent Stone push deep into a complex world of psychics and poseurs. As the stakes and the body count rise, Savich, Sherlock, Dix, and Cheney fight for answers-and their lives.

Reviews (2)

Written by Brenda Shaw on May 17th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Could have been me but I had trouble keeping the characters straight in this book and following their history. The narrators did a good job of performing but still the characters sounded very similar adding to my confusion.

Tedious

Written by Anonymous on April 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

After a good beginning the book just became boring and tedious to finish. Perhaps an abridged version would have kept my interest.

Author Details

Author Details

Coulter, Catherine

Coulter grew up on a horse ranch in the state of Texas.[2] She comes from a family of creative people. Her grandmother, who died at the young age of 37, was also a writer. Coulter's father is a painter and singer, and her mother is a retired concert pianist.[3]

Coulter wrote her first two novels, fifteen pages each, when she was fourteen.[3] While a freshman at University of Texas, Coulter wrote poetry.[3] After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, Coulter attended Boston College and earned a Master's degree in early 19th century European history.[2]

Coulter took a job as a speech writer for a Wall Street company president. Because her husband was a medical student, she spent many of her evenings alone, reading romance novels. One night when they were home together, Coulter found herself in the middle of a particularly bad book and threw it across room, asserting that even she could do better. Her husband challenged her to prove herself, and the two spent the weekend plotting out a storyline for a gothic romance. Coulter wrote the novel in the evenings.[3]

When Coulter finished writing her novel she sent it to an editor at Signet, the premiere Regency romance publisher. Three days later Signet offered her a three-book contract.[3] That first novel, The Autumn Countess, was published by Penguin Books in 1978. By 1982, she was earning enough to quit her job and become a full-time writer.[4]

Since then she has written over fifty books and has had forty-two consecutive New York Times Bestsellers since 1988.[2] Her thriller The Maze was her first book to place on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller list, while The Cove spent nine weeks on the New York Times Paperback Bestseller list and sold over one million copies.[2] Coulter generally publishes one historical romance and one suspense novel each year, and has been busily rewriting many of her earlier Regency romances to turn them into longer historical romances.[5]

Coulter sits down to her computer every morning at 6:30 a.m. to review her email before beginning writing at 7:30 a.m. She normally finishes writing by 11 a.m.[3]

Coulter lives in Marin County, California with her husband, Anton Pogany, who is a physician. They travel often, and Coulter loves to ski.[2]