David Baldacci's novels have been called "sizzling" (USA Today) and "superior" (Houston Chronicle). Now Baldacci is back, with the story of a death row inmate, a Supreme Court clerk, and a crime that is costing people their lives.
Michael Fiske broke the law when he took Rufus Harms's prison letter from the Supreme Court. But he also sealed his own fate. Now Michael's brother, a cop turned attorney, is coming to Washington to find out why his brother was murdered - and what it had to do with a crime that Rufus Harms committed 25 years before.
In his new novel of corruption, romance, family, and justice at the heart of the American republic, David Baldacci takes us on a journey of harrowing conspiracy - and proves once again that in the realm of suspense, he is in a league of his own. The simple truth... it's never what it seems.
©2001 David Baldacci (P)2011 Hachette
This is one of Baldacci's worst; the characters are put in hard to imagine places and keep doing incredibly stupid things.
The narrator sounds like a 50's detective with all characters; young, old, male, female, like Joe Friday on a particularly monotone day.
There's an audible pop at the start of about 15% of the sentences in the book, but concentrated, like 10 sentences in a row, so it gets irritating. Not quite sure how the audio engineer missed it, but it's distracting.
I finished the book, so it's not terrible overall, but a definite 2 stars max.
Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!
OH BOY I AM RUNNING OUT OF WORDS TO DESCRIBE MR. DAVIDS BOOKS. I WILL READ EVERY ONE! I THINK IM ADDICTED TO HIS STYLE OF MYSTERY, THEY KEEP MY HEART RACING AND MY MIND TRYING TO OUT THINK WHAT IS COMING NEXT...NOT HAPPENING!
Author, rabid Audible listener.
David Baldacci wrote what could have been a very good book but there were so many characters with similar -- or not different enough -- names that I kept forgetting who was who. Jonathan Marosz did not help breaking up the characters so they could be told apart.
There were some very interesting characters and some really interesting information on the Supreme Court but I felt lost in this book.
There are too many moments where things just were not plausible. I am not giving anything away of great importance here so stick with me.
There are people with motives that are completely unclear, people that acted completely off base, and the end. I will not give away the end but let's just say as all becomes more clear it will feel less and less like high drama and intrgue and more and more like a very operatic soap opera.
If you like David Baldacci, I doubt you will miss this book. If you want to learn a thing or two about the Supreme Court, I'm sure there are better sources. Overall, I would give this book a miss. I am giving it two stars because it at least kept me through to the end.
Another Great novel from David Baldacci. The characters are compelling and the plot moves quickly. The action parts are exciting, but not overly drawn out.
The one thing that was frustrating at first was the narration. Particularly at the beginning, Jonathan Marosz draws out vowel sounds in random words for what seems like an eternity. It sounded as if he were a poet reading his own poetry rather than a thriller novel narrator reading prose. Fortunately, this was less noticeable as the story progressed. I was glad I hung in there because the story itself was well worth it.
First book by this author I've read. It was just so predictable not just the plot but the dialogue. Give me west lake, Mcbain or wambaugh.
Unbelievable great story that was excellently spokes, getting you more deeply than involved ai it moved forward. Another great work by David Baldacci
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