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Product Details

  • Series: King & Maxwell
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455521310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455521319
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,962 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series."—Associated Press

"David Baldacci's latest thriller is not only highly relevant, it is also well timed. And the details seem so real that it's hard not to wonder if the author is an insider; the tone is that authentic. An absolute page-turner, KING AND MAXWELL is Baldacci at the pinnacle of his game."—

"King and Maxwell is a great starting place if you haven't read this Baldacci series. Once you're done with this one, you'll be so curious...that you probably will read them all."—Omaha World-Herald

"King and Maxwell continues to push the plot envelope, raising the stakes both structurally and emotionally . . . Nobody gets you turning the pages better than Baldacci and he's at the height of his powers here. A wondrously constructed and rivetingly told tale."—Providence Sunday Journal

About the Author

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at and his foundation at

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David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, ABSOLUTE POWER. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 27 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published four novels for children.

David received his Bachelor's degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family's Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and used books have been collected and distributed via area food banks.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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Plot a little too far out, but rather ingenious.
This was a very good read that kept my interest and kept me turning pages.
D. Atchley
These characters are interesting and well developed.

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153 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 6, 2013
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Once again David Baldacci shows that he is a consummate author of popular thrillers in a page-turning adventure featuring two of his most popular characters, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell - former Secret Service agents turned private investigators. This book will undoubtedly become a pre-Christmas bestseller.

King and Maxwell are driving through a storm when they nearly hit a teenage boy, Tyler Wingo, wandering the highway in the dark. They find that he has fled his nearby home after hearing that his father has been killed in Afghanistan. When they take him home it is clear that Tyler is on his own as there is no love lost with his stepmother.

Next day Tyler contacts them directly and hires them to find out more about his father's death. He tells them he is concerned because he has been told by the Army that there will be no casket as his father's remains are not recognisable. What Tyler doesn't tell them is that he has received a carefully worded email with a coded message from his father - sent after the time he was said to have been killed.

King and Maxwell start to uncover an international incident that begins with the loss of an unknown cargo of 4,800 lbs (what could this be?) in a remote part of Afghanistan and the disappearance of Tyler's father. They discover a cover-up that implicates the Pentagon and even higher and become part of a chase to find Tyler's father, uncover the truth and the conspirators. The chase will put their lives at risk many times and claim many lives before it ends in a deadly showdown .

In this book Baldacci explores the special relationship between Sean and Michelle, and Sean's reaction when she was in hospital with serious gunshot wounds from their last adventure.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By W. Mackela on November 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I like beef stew. David Baldacci has written a nice big pot of beef stew. Everything works nicely together, but there isn't much spice, so it's kind of bland. The two main characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have a fun interaction going on. If you've ever seen the American TV show, King & Maxwell, shown on the TNT network, you will recognize these characters. The storyline is a bit far-fetched, and then there is the teenage boy who is told that his dad was killed, and the teenage girl, and their side story, so this book really has the feel of a made-for-TV movie.

This is a pleasant, light, easy to read, book with plenty of action. It kept my interest. I zipped right through it. This would be a perfect beach book if it was Summer, but since it is getting cold out, I guess I would say that this is a good book to take on your Caribbean cruise. I'm sure that you can pick it up in the airport book seller on the way to catch your plane. You can read it on the deck, while sipping your tropical umbrella drink. All nice and fun. It won't disturb your sleep with nightmares.

I give this book 3.5 Stars out of 5. Which means that it is a pleasant book, and if you like an occasional bowl of stew, I'm sure that you will enjoy this.

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49 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on November 18, 2013
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For me this is a book in two parts. I found the first third of the book mostly ho hum. There were some exciting parts, for instance how they found their teenage client, but there were lots of references to past books cases that left me, if not lost, bored. The only other Baldacci book I've read is "The Innocent" which I found edge of my chair exciting right from the start, a completely different experience than with "King and Maxwell". After the beginning third the action began to pick up and by about half way through I was hooked. It still wasn't as good as "The Innocent" but it is well worth reading if you can get through the opening. Mostly what bored me was the push pull relationship between the two main characters. Their not quite love affair felt too prolonged and plain silly. Again maybe if I'd read some of the previous books in this series that plot element would have been more compelling.

The back and forth action between the Middle East and the US added excitement as did the government and military aspects of the plot. The father/son relationship was well done and believable. Conspiracy theorists will be in their element with this book. It was a stretch for me. As I've said it's probably best if you've read the prior books in this series before tackling this one.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Deb on December 20, 2013
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The book stopped it didn't end. I have read everyone of his books and it didn't even sound like David Baldacci's writing.
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56 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Bartley on December 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've read a few reviews here, and I'd like to respond to the people who say you should read the earlier books, as well. This is the first of this series I've read, and I think he did a good job of referencing the backstory, but not making anything dependent upon it.

There are four main things I really disliked about this book.

The first is the author's technique of being too cute. Instead of letting the mystery unfold in a natural way, he would do things like have the narrator deliberately withhold information. "Somebody texted something". The narrator would say that someone was doing something, but pointedly not say what it was. I consider that really sloppy writing, and very irritating, and it put me in a bad mood, to the point that I was looking for faults after that had occurred three or four times.

The second thing that I found really dismaying was how the whole crux of the story revolved around being friends with a computer genius that in a few minutes or hours could crack into anything anywhere, and who is available at the drop of a hat for however long they want to use him. That is completely unrealistic. It's up there with having superman come in and bend the Bad Guys gun barrels into a U. [Reference to 1950s TV, if it's before your time.]

The third thing I disliked was the dialogue. It was the kind of dialog you would see inked into an adventure comic book.

The fourth thing is how very unlikely it is that the opening scene would really happen - that any official agency would send that kind of cargo across hostile territory in the care of one person, armed as poorly as this was purported to be.
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