The Final Cut is the first novel in a new international thriller series by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison. In The Final Cut, the reader is introduced to Scotland Yard Chief Inspector, Nicholas Drummond, and FBI Special Agent, “Mike” Caine. Drummond and Caine team up to find the thief who stole the Koh I Noor diamond which was on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the British Royalty. The main suspect is the “Fox” who has been successfully committing major art thefts for years.
The Fox has been hired to steal the diamond by a buyer who believes in the Koh I Noor legend. The Koh I Noor diamond was originally a much larger stone. It was cut to make it more brilliant and dazzling. Legend has it that when the diamond was cut, there were three pieces. There was the Koh I Noor diamond, the larger piece of the diamond that the Koh I Noor was cut from, and the dust from the diamond cuttings which formed into a third piece. If the three pieces are reunited and covered in a woman’s blood, the diamond will become whole again and give special powers to the owner of the stone.
Catherine Coulter is the author of the FBI thriller series that features FBI agents, Sherlock and Savich. Coulter bring those two characters as well as some others from her FBI series into The Final Cut. Bringing in those characters was good way to entice readers to the new series. J. T. Ellison also writes thrillers. While I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I’ve enjoyed Coulter’s FBI thriller series, it was a worthwhile read.