Hour Game (King & Maxwell Series (2)) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2005
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"The action is suspenseful and relentless."―Newark Star-Ledger
"Utterly absorbing...spins in unexpected directions...There are terrific action sequences throughout and plenty of suspense...texture and depth...A snappy surprise ending will have Baldacci's many fans remembering why they love this author so much."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"HOUR GAME has the elements of a classic Baldacci thriller. His characters keep getting better and richer and the plots-while always tight and well executed-are becoming more intricate and realistic...There is no question: David Baldacci will stay on the bestseller list for a long time to come."―Richmond Times-Dispatch
"The book's pace is near-gallop."
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Pretty drawn out story, but generally keeps one’s attention. Quite a few twists and characters to keep up with. The Sean and Michelle interaction remains a work in progress; will they be associates or something more? Both of them have their eye on someone else only to find that their judge of character comes up short.
That said, I still enjoyed Hour Game lot and I highly recommend it.
It's great Baldacci!
This takes two former Secret Service agents and gets them involved in a small community, and a very nasty family that just happens to be as rich as midas. And twice as corrupt. And involved in the Last Act of Hamlet, for real.
Keeps you guessing, and ends up with an intelligible explanation for each and every murder.
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This is the second in a series of books from David Baldacci featuring Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Both are former Secret Service agents who left the agency under a cloud. They have now set themselves up as private investigators based in Wrightsburg in Virginia.
Wrightsburg appears have attracted the attention of a serial killer. In quick succession a number of local resident have been brutally slain. Each killing is staged to mimic the work of previous serial killers across America. There appears to be no connection between each victim.
King and Maxwell are deputised by a poorly manned and under resourced local police office. The FBI are brought in but it appears to only result in different agencies following different and contradictory lines of enquiry and nobody is willing to speak or share information on their progress.
The surface calm that is Wrightsburg is also shown to be a sham. Beneath the surface exists a number of tensions that all have the potential for violence. Most of them seem to link back to a leading local resident but he is currently in a coma in a local hospital.
Slowly but surely both King and Maxwell start to dig below the surface. They gradually uncover a maelstrom of emotions, relationships and in addition identify the possibility that there is a second killer involved who is using the serial killer as a cover to further their own agenda.
However, on occasions you do have to take a reality check, and the book is one of thousands of its genre: a mega-rich dysfunctional family, several murders, glamorous sleuths and an uncomfortable FBI-police interface. Yes, we've been there many times before.
I identified the perpetrator a quarter of the way through the book, but I was wrong because he was subsequently murdered. Indeed, so many of the characters in the book get killed that the number of suspects goes down and down. And all in a small town in rural Virginia. The complex scenario evolves and goes on for quite a long time, until you think it's finished (85% on Kindle), but then there's a long twist to the tale.
Towards the end of the book, the phrase "odds of probably a billion to one" is used, and that's quite an apt summary of the whole book.
Although I wasn't entirely sorry to finish the book, I'll probably read another one by David Baldacci, though not for a bit.
For me there were,perhaps, too many characters. I should have kept some notes.
A really good read of reasonable length with many blind alleys. These novels are so powerful that I need to read a few 'quieter
' novels before tackling the next!
Like so many novels of this ilk they make me dispair for the US.
No prior knowledge of Split Second (the first novel that introduces King and Maxwell) is required as it neatly explains pertinent background, although perhaps, if you have read it, over simplifies it.
I would say this is the perfect novel for reading by the pool on holiday (as I did), as it is suitably enthralling but (character names aside) doesn't require a massive engagement of the cranium!
You get here what you always get with Baldacci, an enjoyable story, well told. It has very little emotional heft, but for a bit of light entertainment it does fine.
I look forward to the third book now after reading the previous two and being impressed.