After alleged serial killer Edgar Roy is apprehended and locked away in a psychiatric unit, private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy’s lawyer—an old friend of Sean King—to look into the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins: while en route to their first meeting with the lawyer, King and Maxwell discover his dead body.
A rash of terrifying events begins to unfold, and it is up to King and Maxwell to uncover the truth: is Roy a killer or not? But the more they dig into his past, the more they are bombarded with obstacles, half-truths, and dead ends that make filtering the facts nearly impossible. As each new theory brings a new revelation, King and Maxwell will be pushed to the limit. Could this deadly case be the one that leaves the duo permanently parted?
©2010 David Baldacci (P)2010 Hachette Audio
The narrative is wonderful as all Baldacci books are... but the recording is way too heavy on the sound effects which made certain parts seem trite. Dialling them down would have lead to a 5/5 review.
Ron and Orlagh are my favourite audiobook narrators, that added to a great David Baldacci tale and I found it difficult to stop listening. As usual there were many close calls for Sean and Michelle, and some excellent twists in the storyline.
"Why do American heroes have no flaws?"
This book demonstrates precisely why I seldom dip into modern American crime fiction and try to stick with European authors where possible. Why do American heroes always have to be so perfect?. They can never be clever, they have to be the cleverest. And what is so special about being a Rhodes Scholar? It's almost impossible to find a hero who wasn't one and this book's no exception. Sporting achievement? No problem, it's Olympic standard across the board. Modern America is in denial. So many of its people suffer Third World Standards in health, education and housing and yet books, TV and film continue to portray a different country altogether. The world has moved on. It's time American fiction moved on too.
"No distinction between the voices of the character"
A terrible idea having the man do the male parts and naration and having a woman do the female parts. Very distracting as it does not come across as natural dialogue, but as one reader waiting on another to finish before proceeding.
Aside from the naration, I found the plot to be ludicrous - another misused opportunity to jump on the conspiracy theory band-wagon. If writers could have their way, we'd all live without any policing in society, after all law enforcement consists of corrupted vigilante enforcement agencies, or so they would have you believe.
Book would probably be enjoyed by an impressionable child.
A good read but you do need to concentrate as there are many characters and you can loose what's going on. I enjoyed this book.
"Ruined by 'music'"
Good, well-paced, well read story but ruined for me by the extraneous noises. I wish the publisher would not insult the intelligence of the listener by signalling 'tense' episodes with whining discordant music or making banging noises to indicate shots. Books should be about words. If a publisher cannot resist embellishing the text he should, at least, warn purchasers of the noise content.
"Well crafted thriller"
Whilst the characters are a bit stereotypical, I find DB a good story teller, this book was a good lsiten and I'd recommend it to anyone. The story was very unusual and the plot just this side of believable and therefore the whole plotline and characters interesting. You always new the good guys would win out in the end but nevertheless, I enjoyed the book immensely. Thanks.
"Another gripping read, full of unexpected twists."
I really loved the performance and this pairing of narrators is a proven combination. I felt the punctuating sounds heightened the mood of a particular situation. I wish more books included them. The plot is very winding and full of pace, so making it difficult to predict the ending, which I enjoyed. Always expect a final twist and this book did not disappoint. I was so gripped i read the last few hours of the end. This was my first King & Maxwell I look forward to the rest in this series.
David Baldacci is AMAZING this book is stunning from start to finish I highly recommend it !!!!
"The Sixth Man : Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, Book 5"
It was a very long involved story narrated extremely well by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassisdy. I am looking forward to listening to Book 6 in the series.
I am a great Baldacci fan and have so far never been disappointed. This was my first Maxwell King book but it won't be my last. If you like Jack Reacher and similar give these a try
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