From Catherine Coulter, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the FBI Thriller series, and J.T. Ellison, bestselling author and ITW Award winner, comes the first book in a brilliant new international thriller series featuring a new hero: American-born, UK-raised Nicholas Drummond.

Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the “minder” of the Crown Jewels for the “Jewel of the Lion” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.  
Special Agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich from Coulter’s bestselling FBI series don’t hesitate to help Drummond find the cunning international thief known as the Fox. Nonstop action and high stakes intensify as the chase gets deadly. The Fox will stop at nothing to deliver the Koh-i-Noor to the man who believes in its deadly prophecy.  Nicholas Drummond, along with his partner, FBI Special Agent Mike Caine, lay it on the line to retrieve the diamond for Queen and country.


  • #3 on the New York Times Best Sellers List

  • #3 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books

  • Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Nominee, Best Suspense/Thriller

  • Romantic Times Top Pick!

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More Information

  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam & Sons

  • Original release date: 10/09/2013

  • Formats: Print, eBook, audiobook

  • Audiobook narrator: Renee Raudman & MacLeod Andrews

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"Coulter and Ellison deliver a book that's sure to be one of the best thrillers of the year."
The Associated Press  

"Fast-paced and action-packed, with the promise of romance to come, this entertaining thriller merges fact and fiction to superb effect. By the time we get to the gripping denouement in Paris, readers will be rooting not only for Nicholas and Mike but for the Fox as well. Sure to attract all thriller fans."
– ★ Library Journal, starred review

"THE FINAL CUT is the autumn blockbuster that develops new fans for its authors, Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison. . . . Filled with bullets, knives, karate chops, chases and high-tech mechanics, the novel impresses us with new protagonists, tight details and intricate character development."
– Book Reporter

"Thanks to a well-executed theft that involved murder, a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit is now missing one of its crown jewels. Fortunately, Scotland Yard's just appointed chief inspector Nicholas Drummond and FBI Special Agent Mike Caine are on the case, joined at times by Special Agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich. A thrilling crime caper. Editor's recommendation."
Barnes & Noble

"Bestseller Coulter (Bombshell) teams with Ellison (Edge of Black) on a thriller that manages to be both intricate and full of jaw-dropping action sequences."
– Publishers Weekly

"Coulter and Ellison have created a new son of Bond licensed to shine in future thrillers. Genre fans will find the action nonstop."

Kirkus Reviews

"Coulter collaborates with fellow thriller writer extraordinaire Ellison to launch a new series . . . Coulter and Ellison do an excellent job blending their writing styles in this pulse-pounding novel and have produced an outstanding chase thriller that is riveting from beginning to end. This could be the start of a great partnership!"
Romantic Times Top Pick! (4.5 stars)