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The Target

by Catherine Coulter

The Target
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    Apr 1998, 372 pages
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    Aug 1999, 400 pages

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A man and a woman thrown together into a diabolical conspiracy and the little girl at its center.

THE TARGET is an absorbing new contemporary suspense novel about a man and a woman thrown together into a diabolical conspiracy and the little girl at its center. Coulter plunges her main characters into a labyrinth where the unthinkable happens and the unimaginable becomes terrifyingly real. In the novel, Ramsey Hunt escapes unwanted media attention after a notorious incident by retreating to a cabin high in the Rockies. But his solitude is shattered when he finds a small girl unconscious and hurt in the forest. When strangers suddenly come into his private meadow with the intent to kill, the found girl offers up no clues. She's mute.

Molly Santera, the little girl's mother, catches up with Ramsey and her daughter, mistaking him for the kidnapper. When she discovers that he instead saved her daughter, there is little time for thanks. The three of them are pursued by men who want them badly. Eventually, they go for sanctuary to the Chicago compound of Molly's father, crime boss Mason Lord. Even there, however, safety is fleeting as their pursuers prove as relentless as their motives are baffling.

With an unexpected assist from FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock (last seen in The Maze), Molly and Ramsey begin to unravel the clues, and in the process make an astonishing discovery as to the true center of the target.

Like Coulter's previous suspense stories, The Target is rich in tension and filled with shocking twists, and it offers an engaging look at the binds that tie people brought together by danger. The Target confirms that Catherine Coulter is one of today's most versatile fiction writers.

Prologue

He saw the man clearly: tall, with dark clothes, a stark figure against the misty gray sky. He was walking into the big granite building, ugly and flat-looking, with scores of windows that didn't look over much except if you were up high. Then, suddenly, he was behind the man, just over his shoulder, keeping pace with him watching him take the elevator to the nineteenth floor. He was nearly beside him as he walked down the long corridor and opened the door to a large office. A smiling receptionist greeted him, laughing at something he said. He watched the man greet two other people, a young man and a young woman, both well dressed, both obviously subordinate to him. He went into a large office with the man, saw a United States flag, a huge desk with its computer on top, the built-in bookshelves behind him, the windows beside him. He punched up the computer. Then, he was right behind the man, he could have reached out and helped him put on the long black robe. He watched him...

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Romantic Times

Charmingly written and filled with passion and adventure.

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Coulter continues the suspense-filled series she began with The Cove (1996) and The Maze (1997), even bringing in some of the same characters....Coulter, who doesn't stint on humor or romance, keeps readers guessing.

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This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I recommend this book to anyone!!

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Beth
Just got through reading this book - it was wonderful! Just enough romance to keep you smiling and enough suspense to keep you wanting to turn the pages as fast as you could read. I read the "The Maze" before this and was thrilled to ...   Read More

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Lynda Youngblood
I read "The Maze" first and it was wonderful. When I bought "The Target" and started to read it, it turned out to be a logical extension of the Maze. Fast paced, lot's of suspense, and an occasional warm fuzzy to ...   Read More

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