Backfire by Catherine Coulter Review

When San Francisco Judge Ramsey is shot at his home, his two friends, Sherlock and Savich fly to find out who the shooter is in Catherine Coulter’s Backfire. When they arrive in San Francisco, they find that the Prosecuting attorney, Mickey O’Rourke has also gone missing and was working on the same case as Judge Ramsey. But is the shooter of Judge Ramsey connected with the missing attorney? Savich and Sherlock must investigate this attempted murder and see if they can find the missing attorney and save Ramsey from an more possible attempts at his life. Are these two cases related, or are they looking for two suspects?

Great book! It took me a little bit to get into Backfire, but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down.  The plot was great, even with my usual of reading the first five chapters and the last five chapters, I still had no idea who the killer was. Backfire was very clean. There is a suggestion at two people having sex, but wasn’t graphic and Catherine just left it to the reader to delve deeper into it. The suspense was awesome and would recommend this book in a heart beat. I had only a few issues with the book. The first was trying to stay caught up with who was speaking. Catherine Coulter had a tendency to switch in the middle of a paragraph to a different character’s point of view. If I was listening to this on audio, it wouldn’t be an issue, but having it switch in the middle made it a little confusing. My second issue was I felt like I it took me longer to get into the book because I hadn’t read a previous book of this series. I felt like the author just expected you to know Savich and Sherlock from the previous books and their relationship. I was frustrated because I had no idea who these characters were until I was a little ways into the book.

Other then these issues, I really did enjoy Backfire. I was actually recommended by my husband to read it when I was given the chance. He is a big fan of Catherine Coulter and her Savich and Sherlock series. I received only positive responses when I mentioned to friends that I was reading a book of hers. I really enjoyed the plot, the ease of reading and the characters and would recommend Backfire to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

You can read an excerpt here.

FBI Thriller Reading Order:

The Cove

The Maze

The Target

The Edge


Hemlock Bay

Eleventh Hour



Point Blank

Double Take




Split Second




Title: Backfire

Author: Catherine Coulter

Format:  Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 412

ISBN: 978-0-399-15732-5

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Release Date: July 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.