King and Maxwell

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 28,248 ratings

Split Second Publisher's Summary

Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

Living a new life on a quiet lake in central Virginia, Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. He's been there before. In an out-of-the-way hotel eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service man allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the presidential candidate Sean was protecting was gunned down before his eyes.

Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge. She has become obsessed with Sean's case. And he needs a friend - especially since a series of macabre killings has brought him under suspicion and prompted the reappearance of a seductive woman he's tried hard to forget.

As the two discredited agents enter a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, they uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making - and are a long way from over....

©2003 Columbus Rose, Ltd. (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks
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  • Book 1

    • Split Second

    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7,732
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,507
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5,498

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • not a bad read

    • By David on 11-14-03

    Regular price: $19.38

    • Split Second

    • King and Maxwell, Book 1
    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    When something distracts Secret Agent Sean King for a split second, it costs him his career and presidential candidate Clyde Ritter his life. But what stole his attention? And why was Ritter shot? Eight years later Michelle Maxwell is on the fast track through the ranks of the Secret Service when her career is stopped short: presidential candidate John Bruno is abducted from a funeral home while under her protection. The similarity between the two cases drives Michelle to reopen investigations into the Ritter fiasco and join forces with attractive ex-agent King.

    Regular price: $23.44

  • Book 2

    • Hour Game

    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,288
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,902

    A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Sickening

    • By Robert L on 05-30-13

    Regular price: $19.38

    • Hour Game

    • King and Maxwell, Book 2
    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Following their collaboration in Split Second, ex-Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have gone into partnership and are investigating the robbery of some secret documents at the residence of the incredibly wealthy Battle family. It seems like a straightforward case of domestic burglary, but soon they begin to suspect links to larger, more terrifying events now shaking the prosperous town of Wrightsburg....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Triple E! Excellent, excellent, excellent.

    • By Rita Liebrand on 08-04-17

    Regular price: $24.82

  • Book 3

    • Simple Genius

    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Better than average

    • By Joanna on 06-09-09

    Regular price: $19.38

    • Simple Genius

    • King and Maxwell, Book 3
    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both haunted by their last case. Realizing that Michelle is teetering on the brink of self-destruction from long-buried demons, Sean arranges therapy for his reluctant partner. But instead of focusing on her recovery, Michelle unearths disturbing secrets in the hospital....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Yet another one!

    • By Mark on 09-05-18

    Regular price: $23.44

  • Book 4

    • First Family

    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,320
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,618
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,620

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The first lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then-senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding as always

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-24-09

    Regular price: $22.80

    • First Family

    • King and Maxwell, Book 4
    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The first lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them - and the line between friend and foe impossible to define...or defend.

    Regular price: $24.78

  • Book 5

    • The Sixth Man: Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, Book 5

    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, average recording.

    • By Carly on 07-28-11

    Regular price: $23.44

    • The Sixth Man

    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,082
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,084

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favorite Baldacci Books

    • By Ronda Snyder on 04-22-11

    Regular price: $30.79

  • Book 6

    • King and Maxwell

    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,024
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,572
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,571

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!

    • By JR Parrow on 11-27-13

    Regular price: $30.79

    • King and Maxwell

    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, return in their most surprising, personal and dangerous case to date. Michelle had chased many things in her life. As a track star and later Olympic rower, she had constantly pitted herself against others in races. As a cop in Tennessee she had run down her share of felons fleeing the scenes of their crimes. As a Secret Service Agent she had been fleet of foot next to limos carrying important leaders.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oh I LOVED this story

    • By Jasmine on 05-26-18

    Regular price: $23.44