cover image Enigma


Catherine Coulter. Gallery, $27.99 (496p) ISBN 978-1-5011-3806-5

Bestseller Coulter is at the top of her game in her 21st FBI thriller featuring married agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock (after 2016’s Insidious). The first of two major plots gets off to a fast start when an apparently crazed young man barges into the house of pregnant Kara Moody in Washington’s upscale Georgetown neighborhood. Savich arrives in time to save Kara by shooting the home invader, who winds up in a coma; in the hospital, he’s labeled a John Doe pending identification. Soon afterward, Kara gives birth to a son. When the baby is abducted from the same hospital, Sherlock and her fellow agents get on the case. In an equally pulse-pounding second story line, Savich sends FBI agents Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot in search of convicted bank robber Manta Ray, who has escaped custody while being transported to federal prison. Twists and turns galore in both investigations ensure there’s never a dull moment. Newcomers will find this a good entry point, since it works just as well as a standalone as part of the series. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)