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Summary

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

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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.

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Enjoyable

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.

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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.

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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.

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Never disappoints

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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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.

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excellent couldn't stop until the end

this book kept me entrapped untill the very last word. well done narrator and author

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Great team

I always like to hear these two together on any audio book, their delivery, timing and characterisations are, for me, second to none. Great story well told!

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Another great story

Only got into the king & maxwell books after most of the author’s others and I love them.

The voice acting is well done and keeps the story moving at pace

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This book starts really slow and only seems to pick up in the middle but the end is really good and it finished well

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  • 28-07-11

Great book, average recording.

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.

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  • Gerald
  • 09-11-18

A Work of Art

Only one word to describe, Excellent Thank You But, I have to write 15 words because

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  • Kim
  • 11-12-12

Another David Baldacci gripping tale

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.