Monday, February 13, 2012
Hour Game by David Baldacci
When we left Sean King and Michelle Maxwell at the end of Split Second, the two ex-secret service agents had decided to open their own private investigation firm. This book starts out with Harry, a local attorney, asking them to investigate his client's involvement in a burglary he doesn't believe he committed. Junior is accused of stealing from a very wealthy family he was working for at the time. There is SO much evidence pointing to Junior that Harry believes it has to be a set up.
While King and Maxwell are investigating Junior's case, a serial killer strikes the small town of Wrightsburg, Virginia. He has been toying with the authorities and copying famous serial killers from the past. The killer is obviously not your run of the mill serial killer and the local police are baffled. The chief decides to deputize King and Maxwell, which gives them full access to anything related to the investigation of the murders. This is by far the smartest thing the chief could have done. Without Sean, I have to believe they would still be looking for the killer.
As was the case in Split Second, Sean and Michelle manage to get themselves right into the middle of all of the action. I was on the edge of my seat wondering how they would get themselves out of each potentially deadly situation. There were clues throughout the book, which I missed almost every time, but Sean quickly picked up on and would investigate. Clearly, this is why I am not an investigator. I was not surprised by who the serial killer was, but why he did it was really the mystery. There were two murders that were not the result of the serial killer. I was SHOCKED to find out who committed them and why. Everything all comes together in the end thanks to Sean, but without Maxwell protecting him along the way...we never would have gotten to the bottom of this case. Sean is one person that truly needs his own secret service agent watching his back.
If you enjoy mysteries, I would highly recommend the King and Maxwell series. I absolutely love these characters and can't wait to see what is in store for them in Simple Genius, the next installment in this series.