Version: Unabridged
Author: Catherine Coulter
Narrator: Joyce Bean , Paul Costanzo
Genres: Romance
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: June 2008
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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FBI Special Agent Jackson Crowne is flying renowned psychiatrist Dr. Timothy MacLean back to Washington, D.C., to protect him and discover who’s trying to kill him. But they don’t make it. That same morning, agents Savich and Sherlock are told about Agent Crowne’s Mayday sent from deep in the Appalachian mountains near Parlow, Kentucky. Within thirty minutes, Savich and Sherlock are aboard an FBI helicopter, headed for Parlow. Agent Crowne barely manages to bring his Cessna down in the narrow Cudlow Valley and haul the unconscious Dr. MacLean from the burning wreckage before it explodes.

Their crash is witnessed by Rachael Abbott, a young woman who has just narrowly escaped drowning by assailants who drugged her, tied her to a cement block, and threw her into Black Rock Lake. When Savich and Sherlock arrive in Parlow, they discover Jack is down but not out, that Rachael saved his and Dr. MacLean’s lives, and that she’s hiding something big. To add to the complexity of the situation, Dr. MacLean has been diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia, a pernicious disease that makes the victim say whatever comes to mind with no regard to consequences. With a patient list of Washington’s elite movers and shakers, MacLean has almost certainly compromised doctor-patient confidentiality, and one of his patients, they presume, is out to shut him up. But which one, and why?

Reviews (6)

Written by Denise Crum on January 4th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this book and all of Catherine Coulter 's books. They really keep you focused.


Written by JJ / Phila on May 14th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book is okay, the problem is all her books are basically the same. No surprises here!


Written by Anonymous on April 6th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Didn't get any farther than the 1st disc as the 2nd was damaged beyond operability. Just sent it back.


Written by D in LA on September 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Coulter is always enjoyable but this one is very formulaic and predictable. Good characters but little else. Ok for the commute.


Written by BB on December 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This is the worst production I have ever listened to. I did not get through the first CD. The reader was ok (woman), but someone decided to edit in a male voice that was obviosly recorded separatly. It was Monty Python like. Unlistenable!

Too simple

Written by Hemet, CA from Hemet, CA on April 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I found the book just too simplistic and overly dramatic. The romance in it was very sappy. The plot was OK, but most of the characters were very shallow and cliche. It is good listening for a commute because it is so easy to follow the action.

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]