Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter

The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter
Review by contributing blogger
Kathy Lee-Herbst
Scotland Yard’s new 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.

 We start with the death of a New Scotland Yard agent Elaine York. She was the British "minder" of the Crown Jewels. With strict instructions to leave it alone, Nicholas jumps on the next plane to New York to assist his uncle Bo Horsley (former FBI SAC for New York) and security at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He learns that Special agents Savich and Sherlock are also there to look into a stolen painting and are helping his uncle.  Through his uncle and Savich, Nicholas is allowed to partner with Michaela (Mike) Caine.

They are looking for Elaine's killer and the infamous Koh-I-Nor Diamond that appears to be stolen from the museum. They find a body in Elaine's apartment. Why is Elaine friends with a former enforcer for the Russian Mob? Did she help steal the Diamond? Is that why she is murdered? How did they get past the security?  They must find the Diamond before the US is crucified in the press.

This book is a fast paced ride from one country to the next.  Nicholas and Mike race against the clock to not only find a priceless Diamond, the jewel thief who stole it, and the killer of a Scotland Yard Agent.  Nicholas must use his skills as a former Foreign Office agent in the pursuit of The Fox. They start the investigation at the MET. They find out that all is not what it had seemed. You are immediately thrown into the race with the characters to find the diamond and killer.  I loved the chemistry between Mike and Nicholas.

"I'm Special Agent Michaela Caine with the New York Field Office. Glad to meet you," and she opened a black leather case to show him a blue and white card stamped  "FBI." She stuck our her hand." You must be Bo's nephew."
 He shook her hand. "Yes. I was expecting someone older. And more male."
"Ah, yes. People do. And trust me, I've heard all the jokes."
"I daresay. I'm Drummond. Nicholas Drummond. Thank you for coming to gather me."
Her idiot mind said, Bond, James Bond. So this was Bo's super spy nephew. And didn't Drummod look the part, dark hair and eyes and Lord above, was that a cleft in his chin? He'd probably shaved long before he boarded the plane to come to New York, and he had a five O'clock shadow, or whatever o'clock it was in England. It made him look dangerous. she bet he was stubborn as a mule, and a player. The way he eyed her, sizing her up, yes, definitely.

 The book is a balls to the wall, all out chase from start to finish. Nicholas is not going to follow all regulations in his pursuit of the killer and the jewel. He has an attitude that I loved. He wants to get The Fox and is not afraid to bend some laws to get there. In the end he uses the talents that he has to find the killer, rescue the Diamond and impress Savich and the FBI. He is in a unique position to become a FBI agent and continue to work with Mike,Sherlock, and Savich.  Let me say now that Nickolas Drummond is my new favorite Special Agent.

Ms. Coulter has definitely got another amazing character with Nicholas Drummond. I can't wait to see what new adventures this British FBI agent will bring to the table.

I give this new series 5 clocks.

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