Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered.
It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.
©2011 David Baldacci (P)2011 Hachette Audio
The story is full of action, with many twists and turns that never seem to end. I couldn't put it down.
Lousy, stupid plot, predictable. Too many dead people in too little time. The apparent bad guy turns out to be on the right side. The "saves" are illogical and ill-conceived. The language is childish. The dialogue is stilted and transparent.The author's hand is in every sentence, leaving you no sense of dread or excitement or terror -- nothing!!! The plot was so stupdily convoluted that we had to be hand held by the author's constant explanations in order to keep staright all the bodies and two-faced actors.
The final outcome, the final twist/surprise/last minute showdown was so, so, so, so over the top, (in terms of credibility) it was laughable. The final confrontation, which concerned a suprise bad guy, took the book's previous action from simple murder for convenience to animal attack and emotional aggression -- the book previously had none of that. It's as if the final antagonist had been an animal held back for the final kill. Throughout the book, that character was mild and self-effacing and showed absolutely no proclivity toward the violence to come. It was as if the writer had to come up with something quick. YUCK!
Also, I did not get a sense that there was any magnetism between Shawn and Michele. Found it unlikely that they had ever had a "thing" in the past.
These comments come from someone not familiar with the series. If this is representative of Baldacci's series in general, I'm out.
About that narration: Horrible. How can they use a woman's voice to speak the woman's parts and then the man says, "she says?" What moron thought that was a realistic rendering of speech? Even a child would find it annoying. The woman's voice reminded me, alternately, of Betty Rubble and Wilma Flintstone.
Very bad. One credit burned for nothing.
I might try another book by David Baldacci but not in this series - I'd rather watch the T.V. show.
Not the genre just King & Maxwell. He completely changed the story.
If it was Ron alone. Adding a ladies voice to this one was a bad idea. Her voice did not match my idea of Maxwell's voice and after forming that voice in my head for 4 books this one was annoying to listen to.
I would send it back for a rewrite with ALL the old characters
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