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Riptide
Catherine Coulter
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Trouble, in the form of psychopathic madmen, seems to follow political speechwriter Becca Matlock around like a personal storm cloud in bestselling historical romance (False Pretenses) and thriller (The Edge) author Coulter's newest suspense novel. When a stalker who calls himself Becca's "boyfriend" accuses her of sleeping with the governor and threatens to kill his perceived rival if she doesn't stop, Becca turns to New York's finest, but the cops repeatedly dismiss her. Worse, when the governor is shot, they assume she's responsible. With nowhere to turn, Becca retreats to coastal Riptide, Maine, a sleepy community that is also home to her college friend Tyler. But all is not peaceful there either. Tyler's wife apparently disappeared a while back, the locals think he killed her, and a skeleton falls out of the basement wall of Becca's rented house. Things get really out of hand when it looks as though Becca's problems can be traced to an axe-grinding former KGB agent. Although the book's setting shifts from New York City streets to rural New England, there is little atmospheric detail. The unsettling tone moves from NYPD Blue to Murder, She Wrote with creepy Cold War inflections. But convolution doesn't camouflage the fact that the heroine has more guts than brains, and the villains are ultimately silly rather than menacing. When Dillon and Sherlock Savich, FBI computer specialists from Coulter's The Maze, enter the plot, one gets the feeling that the gang's all here, but the hijinks remain untethered. Only diehard Coulter fans will want to tread water with this one. Doubleday Book Club main selection; 20-city author tour. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Becca Matlock flees New York City and her job as a senior speechwriter for the governor to escape the increasingly menacing attentions of a stalker who identifies himself as "your boyfriend" and is threatening to kill her boss. The police think she is a garden-variety hysteric, so Becca changes her last name to Powell (after Colin) and heads to the coastal Maine village of Riptide. She rents the old Jacob Marley place (really!) and settles down to some peace and quiet only to discover a skeleton in her basement. Up until this point, the story is interesting, but then a dramatic turn involving her not-really-dead father as a high-ranking intelligence agent on the run from a Soviet assassin muddies the plot past redemption. Laural Merlington does her best with this confusing, silly story, but even her expertise cannot rescue it from its lack of character development, testosterone overload, and the contrived appearance of Dillon and Sherlock from several of Coulter's previous novels. While Coulter (False Pretenses) is a popular author always in demand, libraries with limited budgets may want to pass on this title. Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Dillon Savich
Male
Must protect Rebecca from her stalker.
FBI agent

Lacey Sherlock
Female
Must protect Rebecca from her stalker.
FBI agent

Rebecca Matlock
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Working for the re-election New York's popular governor; being stalked; receives death threats and anonymous phone calls; fled New York after the governor was shot; hiding out at a college friend's house in Maine.
Speechwriter



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