The Lost Key
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
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"A thriller packed with nonstop action, real-life name-dropping and enough cutting-edge science to make you wonder how much of it could be true." Kirkus Reviews
The newest entry in the sizzling international thriller series featuring Nicholas Drummond, from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Catherine Coulter.
Freshly minted FBI agent Nicholas Drummond is barely out of his Quantico training when he and his partner, Mike Caine, are called to investigate a stabbing on Wall Street. Their investigation, however, yields more questions than answers. It quickly becomes clear that the victim, John Pearce, was more than the naval historian and antiquities dealer he appeared to be. What Drummond doesn’t know is that buying and selling rare books was Pearce’s cover, and that he had devoted his life to discovering the whereabouts of a missing World War I U-boat concealing a stash of gold bullion, and an unexpected surprise that only raises more questions. When Drummond and Caine find both of Pearce’s adult children have disappeared, the case assumes a new sense of urgency. The FBI agents know their best lead lies in the victim’s cryptic final wordsThe key is in the lock.” But what key? What lock? The search for Adam and Sophia Pearce takes them on an international manhunt, which threatens to run them afoul of an eccentric billionaire industrialist with his own plans not only for the lost gold, but the creation of a weapon unlike anything the world has ever seen.
Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Timesbestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, TailSpin, KnockOut, Whiplash, Split Second, Backfire, Bombshell, and Power Play. She is also the author of the New York Timesbestselling The Final Cut, the first in a new international thriller series featuring Nicholas Drummond. She lives in Sausalito, California.
J. T. Ellison is the bestselling author of eleven critically acclaimed novels, including When Shadows Fall and Edge of Black, and her work has been published in more than twenty countries. Her novel The Cold Room won the International Thriller Writers Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original. She is also the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Final Cut. She lives in Nashville with her husband.
Praise for The Lost Key “A thriller packed with nonstop action, real-life name-dropping and enough cutting-edge science to make you wonder how much of it could be true.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This engaging and suspenseful thriller will entertain readers with impossible nail-biting situations that are resolved by ingenious means. … James Bond fans and readers who like heart-stopping action, cutting-edge science, and technology puzzles are bound to reserve this title.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“The authors’ sophisticated third-person narration smoothly propels the action to the exciting climax.” —Publishers Weekly“
Fast-moving technothriller that proves the collaboration of Coulter and Ellison to be a serendipitous one.” —Booklist
“Catherine Coulter never disappoints…Nonstop action with enough realism to keep you thinking and scare the daylights out of you at the same time….The Lost Key will expand your mind and imagination as it takes you on a thrill ride worthy of two such great writers.” —Suspense Magazine
Praise for The Final Cut
“A thriller that manages to be both intricate and full of jaw-dropping action sequences . . . Drummond connects in entertaining fashion with Coulter’s main series heroes, FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. . . . Ingenious disguises, daring bluffs, and hair-breadth escapes add to the fun of the chase.” —Publishers Weekly
“Coulter and Ellison have created a new son of Bond licensed to shine in future thrillers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The twists to the story are nonstop, and the characters sparkle like precious stones . . . one of the best thrillers of the year.” —Associated Press