Sean King & Michelle Maxwell Books In Publication Order
- Split Second (2003)
- Hour Game (2004)
- Simple Genius (2007)
- First Family (2009)
- The Sixth Man (2011)
- King and Maxwell (2013)
Camel Club Books In Publication Order
- The Camel Club (2005)
- The Collectors (2006)
- Stone Cold (2007)
- Divine Justice (2008)
- Hell’s Corner (2010)
- Bullseye (2014)
Freddy and the French Fries Books In Publication Order
- Fries Alive! (2005)
- The Mystery Of Silas Finklebean (2006)
Shaw Books In Publication Order
- The Whole Truth (2008)
- Deliver Us From Evil (2010)
John Puller Books In Publication Order
- Zero Day (2011)
- The Forgotten (2012)
- The Escape (2014)
- No Man’s Land (2016)
Will Robie Books In Publication Order
- The Innocent (2012)
- The Hit (2013)
- Bullseye (2014)
- The Target (2014)
- The Guilty (2015)
- End Game (2017)
Amos Decker Books In Publication Order
- Memory Man (2015)
- The Last Mile (2016)
- The Fix (2017)
- The Fallen (2018)
- Redemption (2019)
- Walk the Wire (2020)
Vega Jane Books In Publication Order
- The Finisher (2014)
- The Keeper (2015)
- The Width of the World (2017)
- The Stars Below (2019)
Atlee Pine Books In Publication Order
- Long Road to Mercy (2018)
- A Minute to Midnight (2019)
- Daylight (2020)
- Mercy (2021)
Aloysius Archer Books In Publication Order
- One Good Deed (2019)
- A Gambling Man (2021)
- Dream Town (2022)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Absolute Power (1995)
- Total Control (1996)
- The Winner (1997)
- The Simple Truth (1998)
- Saving Faith (1999)
- Wish You Well (2000)
- Last Man Standing (2001)
- The Christmas Train (2002)
- True Blue (2009)
- One Summer (2011)
Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- No Time Left (2010)
- The Mighty Johns / The Final Play (2021)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- The Origins of Wish You Well (2000)
The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Books In Publication Order
- The Medusa Plot (By:Gordon Korman) (2011)
- A King’s Ransom (By:Jude Watson) (2011)
- The Dead of Night (By:Peter Lerangis) (2012)
- Shatterproof (By:Roland Smith) (2012)
- Trust No One (By:Linda Sue Park) (2012)
- Day of Doom (2013)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- The Mighty Johns (2002)
- No Rest for the Dead (2011)
- FaceOff (2014)
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David Baldacci Books Overview
From 1 bestseller David Baldacci comes a new thriller reminiscent of his phenomenal bestselling debut, Absolute Power. It was only a Split Second but that’s all it took for Secret Service agent Sean King’s attention to wander and his ‘protectee,’ third party presidential candidate Clyde Ritter, to die. King retired from the Service in disgrace, and now, eight years later, balances careers as a lawyer and a part time deputy sheriff in a small Virginia town. Then he hears the news: Once again, a third party candidate has been taken out of the presidential race abducted right under the nose of Secret Service agent Michelle Maxwell. King and Maxwell form an uneasy alliance, and their search for answers becomes a bid for redemption as they delve into the government’s Witness Protection Program and the mysterious past of Clyde Ritter’s dead assassin. But the truth is never quite what it seems, and these two agents have learned that even one moment looking in the wrong direction can be deadly. Full of shocking twists and turns, and introducing a villian to rival Jackson in Baldacci’s The Winner, Split Second is pure, mind numbing adrenaline to the last page.
Two disgraced former Secret Service officers team up to solve a series of copy cat crimes in this exciting new thriller by a master of the game. Sean King was momentarily distracted when a presidential candidate he’d been guarding was assassinated a few feet from where he stood, and Michelle Maxwell left the Service under a similar cloud when she lost a ‘protectee’ to an ingenious kidnapping scheme, events told in Baldacci’s typical terse, fast paced style in Split Second. Now partners in a private investigation firm in a small Virginia town, they’re hired to investigate a burglary at the home of a wealthy local family. But even before the chief suspect in the break in meets his death in a gruesome slaying reminiscent of a serial killer long since caught and punished, King and Maxwell get caught up in a string of other murders, each of which copies the techniques of another madman, from San Francisco’s Zodiac Killer to Chicago’s infamous John Wayne Gacy. While the two protagonists aren’t especially complex or well developed, the action never stops, and Baldacci’s trademark pacing keeps the reader turning pages until the denouement, which unfortunately isn’t quite as satisfying as the rest of the novel. Jane AdamsAmazon. com Exclusive ContentWhy Hour Game: An Exclusive Essay by David Baldacci It’s hard not to notice that the majority of fictional serial killers are cut from the same mold. When David Baldacci wrote Hour Game, he went out of his way to create a murderous original. Read this Amazon. com exclusive essay to learn how and why he did it.
In a world of secrets, human genius is power.
And sometimes it is simply deadly…
A three hour drive from Washington, D.C., two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world’s most unusual laboratory, whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an elite CIA training camp shrouded in secrecy. Now a man and a woman are about to run a gauntlet between these two puzzle factories, straight into a furious struggle to exploit a potentially world shattering discovery and keep some other secrets underwraps forever…
Former secret service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious ina hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the mutder of a scientist just inside the CIA’s razor wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia.
Soon he is uncovering layer after layer of disinformation that shields a stunning world filled with elite mathematics, physicists, war heroes, spies, and deadly field agents. Amid more murder, a seemingly autistic girl’s extraordinary genius, and a powerful breakthrough in the realm of classified codes, Sean soon learns enough to put his life at risk. Now more than ever, he needs Michelle at her best to help stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.
From Michelle’s courageous struggle to defeat her long buried personal demons to a
centuries old secret that surfaces in the heat of action, Simple Genius pulses with stunning, high intensity suspense. The heroes of Split Second and Hour Game, David Baldacci’s 1 New York Times bestsellers, are back as you’ve never seen them before.
Following the instant 1 New York Times bestseller Simple Genius, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in David Baldacci’s most heart pounding thriller to date…
It began with what seemed like an ordinary children’s birthday party. Friends and family gathered to celebrate. There were balloons and cake, games and gifts.
This party, however, was far from ordinary. It was held at Camp David, the presidential retreat. And it ended with a daring kidnapping…
which immediately turned into a national security nightmare.
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell were not looking to become involved. As former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, they had no reason to be. The FBI doesn’t want them interfering. But years ago, Sean King saved the First Lady’s husband, then a senator, from political disaster. Now, Sean is the one person the First Lady trusts, and she presses Sean and Michelle into the desperate search to rescue the abducted child.
With Michelle still battling her own demons, and forces aligned on all sides against her and Sean, the two are pushed to the absolute limit. In the race to save an innocent victim, the line between friend and foe will become impossible to define…
After the 1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, and First Family, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the absolute limits of the human mind. The Sixth Man 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: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy’s past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.
The Camel Club exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric members whom society has forgotten. One man leads this ragtag crew. He has no known past and has taken the name ‘Oliver Stone.’ Day and night, Stone and his friends study wild conspiracy theories and the machinations of government, hoping to discover some truth that will hold America’s leaders accountable to its citizens. Yet never in Stone’s wildest nightmares could he imagine the conspiracy they are about to uncover, in…
The Camel Club: After witnessing a shocking murder, the Club is slammed headfirst into a plot that threatens the very security of the nation, full of stunning twists, high stakes intrigue, and global gamesmanship rocketing to the Oval Office and beyond. It’s an event that may well be the catalyst for a long threatened Armageddon, and all that stands in the way of this apocalypse are these unexpected heroes. THE COLLECTORS: Headquartered in a caretaker’s cottage in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Oliver Stone discovers that someone is selling America to its enemies one classified secret at a time. When Annabelle Conroy, the greatest con artist of her generation, struts onto the scene in high heeled boots, The Camel Club gets a sexy new edge as the investigation of two chilling murders hurtles them into a world of espionage that threatens to bring America to its knees. STONE COLD: One by one, men from Stone’s shadowy past are turning up dead. To almost all who know him, Harry Finn is a doting father and loving husband who uses his skills behind the scenes to keep our nation safe. But the other face of Harry Finn is that of an unstoppable killer with his sights on Stone. As The Camel Club and Annabelle fight for their lives, the twists and turns whipsaw, leading to a finale that is as explosive as it is shattering.
Annabelle is a beautiful stranger with a mysterious past, planning the heist of the century two short cons to fund a long con, then a life of unashamed luxury, incognito in a foreign land. Jonathan DeHaven, the shy head of the Rare Books Division at the Library of Congress, is planning nothing more than an uneventful day amongst his cherished collection. But when Jonathan is found dead by Caleb Shaw, a member of the Camel Club, two conspiracies are destined to meet as the Club determines to track down the dead man’s long lost wife and Annabelle decides to avenge the death of her beloved ex husband. Unfortunately, the victim of Annabelle’s long con has sworn eternal revenge and Jonathan’s killers will stop at nothing to keep the truth about his death, and the code they have perfected over the years, from surfacing…
The 1 bestselling author of The Collectors and Simple Genius returns with Stone Cold…
an unforgetable novel of revenge, conspiracy, and murder that brings a band of unlikely heroes face to face with their greatest threat.
Oliver Stone, the leader of the mysterious group that calls itself the Camel Club, is both feared and respected by those who’ve crossed his path. Keeping a vigilant watch over our leaders in
Annabelle Conroy, an honorary member of the Camel Club, is also the greatest con artist of her generation. She has swindled forty million dollars from casino king Jerry Bagger, the man who murdered her mother. Now he’s hot on her trail with only one goal in mind: Annabelle’s death. But as Stone and the Camel Club circle the wagons to protect Annabelle, a new opponent, who makes Bagger’s menace pale by comparison, suddenly arises.
One by one, men from Stone’s shadowy past are turning up dead. Behind this slaughter stands one man: Harry Finn. To almost all who know him, Finn is a doting father and loving husband who uses his skills behind the scenes to keep our nation safe. But the other face of Harry Finn is that of an unstoppable killer who inevitably sets his lethal bull’s eye on Oliver Stone. And with Finn, Stone may well have met his match.
As Annabelle and the Camel Club fight for their lives, the twists and turns whipsaw, leading to a finale that is as explosive as it is shattering. And when buried secrets are at last violently resurrected, the members of the Camel Club left standing will be changed forever.
With unrelenting pacing, stunning reversals, and two of the most compelling characters in modern fiction, Stone Cold is David Baldacci writing at his breathtaking best.
Following the instant 1 New York Times bestseller Stone Cold, Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in David Baldacci’s most surprising thriller yet…
Known by his alias, ‘Oliver Stone,’ John Carr is the most wanted man in
But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the
With their friend and unofficial leader in hiding, the members of the Camel Club risk everything to save him. Now, as the hunters close in, Stone’s flight from the demons of his past will take him from the power corridors of Washington, D.C., to the small, isolated coal mining town of Divine, Virginia and into a world every bit as lethal as the one he left behind.
Oliver Stone and the Camel Club return in 1 bestselling author David Baldacci’s most stunning adventure yet.
An attack on the heart of power…
In sight of the White House…
At a place known as…
John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he’s fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes.
Then Stone’s mission changes drastically before it even begins. It’s the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister. As he watches the prime minister’s motorcade leave the White House that evening, a bomb is detonated in Lafayette Park, an apparent terrorist attack against both leaders. It’s in the chaotic aftermath that Stone takes on a new, more urgent assignment: find those responsible for the bombing.
British MI-6 agent Mary Chapman becomes Stone’s partner in the search for the unknown attackers. But their opponents are elusive, capable, and increasingly lethal; worst of all, it seems that the park bombing may just have been the opening salvo in their plan. With nowhere else to turn, Stone enlists the help of the only people he knows he can trust: the Camel Club. Yet that may be a big mistake.
In the shadowy worlds of politics and intelligence, there is no one you can really trust. Nothing is really what it seems to be. And Hell’s Corner truly lives up to its name. This may be Oliver Stone’s and the Camel Club’s last stand.
Freddy Funkhouser comes up with an idea to bolster business for his family’s fast food health restaurant, Burger Castle, and finally defeat Pookesville’s biggest bully, Adam Spanker. When Freddy’s fun invention goes awry, the results are five very funny French fries who come to life and wreak havoc in Freddy’s family and community. With some help from his cheese cube loving best friend Howie Kapowie, and armed with his dad’s inventions, Freddy and the French Fries set out to bring Spanker and his gang down in a final showdown, proving that brains have an edge over brawn any time.
‘Dick, I need a war.’
Nicolas Creel is a man on a mission. He heads up the world’s largest defense contractor, The Ares Corporation. Dick Pender is the man Creel retains to ‘perception manage’ his company to even more riches by manipulating international conflicts. But Creel may have an even grander plan in mind.
Shaw, a man with no first name and a truly unique past, has a different agenda. Reluctantly doing the bidding of a secret multi national intelligence agency, he travels the globe to keep it safe and at peace.
Willing to do anything to get back to the top of her profession, Katie James is a journalist who has just gotten the break of a lifetime: the chance to interview the sole survivor of a massacre that has left every nation stunned.
In this terrifying, global thriller, these characters’ lives will collide head on as a series of events is set in motion that could change the world as we know it. An utterly spellbinding story that feels all too real, The Whole Truth delivers all the twists and turns, emotional drama, unforgettable characters, and can’t put it down pacing that readers expect from David Baldacci and still goes beyond anything he’s written before.
David Baldacci the 1 bestselling author of The Whole Truth and First Family returns with his most surprising, heart stopping, and timely thriller to date…
Deliver Us From EvilEvan Waller is a monster. He has built a fortune from his willingness to buy and sell anything…
and anyone. In search of new opportunities, Waller has just begun a new business venture: one that could lead to millions of deaths all over the globe. On Waller’s trail is Shaw, the mysterious operative from The Whole Truth, who must prevent Waller from closing his latest deal. Shaw’s one chance to bring him down will come in the most unlikely of places: a serene, bucolic village in Provence. But Waller’s depravity and ruthlessness go deeper than Shaw knows. And now, there is someone else pursuing Waller in Provence Reggie Campion, an agent for a secret vigilante group headquartered in a musty old English estate and she has an agenda of her own. Hunting the same man and unaware of each other’s mission, Shaw and Reggie will be caught in a deadly duel of nerve and wits. Hitchcockian in its intimate buildup of suspense and filled with the remarkable characters, breathtaking plot turns, and blockbuster finale that are David Baldacci’s hallmarks, Deliver Us From Evil will be one of the most gripping thrillers of the year.
From David Baldacci the modern master of the thriller and 1 worldwide bestselling novelist comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. And Zero Day is where it all begins…
. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth. Now, Puller is called out on a case in a remote, rural area in West Virginia coal country far from any military outpost. Someone has stumbled onto a brutal crime scene, a family slaughtered. The local homicide detective, a headstrong woman with personal demons of her own, joins forces with Puller in the investigation. As Puller digs through deception after deception, he realizes that absolutely nothing he’s seen in this small town, and no one in it, are what they seem. Facing a potential conspiracy that reaches far beyond the hills of West Virginia, he is one man on the hunt for justice against an overwhelming force. David Baldacci is one of the world’s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www. DavidBaldacci. com and his foundation at www. WishYouWellFoundation. org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www. FeedingBodyandMind. com.
America has enemies ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can’t stop. That’s when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target. But Will Robie may have just made the first and last mistake of his career…
The InnocentIt begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn’t seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people. Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen year old runaway from a foster home. But she isn’t an ordinary runaway her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can’t walk away. He needs to help her. Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he’s convinced she is at the center of a vast cover up, one that may explain her parents’ deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power. Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl’s life…
and perhaps his own.
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‘Accomplished and amazing one of the hottest reads around’ ‘Daily Mail.’ Set in Washington D.C., this fascinating thriller of unparalleled suspense dares to explore an unthinkable abuse of power and criminal conspiracy: a vicious murder involving the US President and a cover up orchestrared by his zealously loyal Chief of Staff and the Secret Service. But, unknown to the President and his lackeys, one unlikely witness saw everything. Trapped behind a two way mirror in a country house in Maryland, Luther Whitney, a professional burglar, witnesses an event that destroys his faith in justice. By the time he escapes, pursued by two Secret Service agents, a young woman has been sexually assaulted, then shot dead. And a breathtaking cover up has been set in motion. ‘Baldacci’s prose is fluent and amazing…
this book is sure to make a killing’ ‘The Times.’ ‘A high octane legal thriller. An almost Shakespearian study in the nature of evil horror in its purest form’ ‘Spectator’.
Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world’s leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the best of everything, he has secretly entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. He is about to disappear leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies from his truths, an air crash investigation team that wants to know why the plane he was ticketed on suddenly fell from the sky, and a veteran FBI agent who wants to know it all. Soon the startling truth behind Jason Archer’s disappearance explodes into a sinister plot with the murder of the country’s single most powerful individual. And Archer’s wife, Sidney, is plunged straight into the violence that is leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and shocking, exposed secrets.
LuAnn Tyler is an unwed mother striving to escape a life of endless poverty. Then a mysterious Mr Jackson makes her an offer he thinks no one can refuse: a guarantee to be The Winner of the $100 million lottery. But LuAnn won’t do it. Less than twenty four hours later, she is fighting for her life and running from a false murder charge. Jackson’s offer and its condition that she leave the country forever seems her only hope. However, ten years later, LuAnn secretly returns to the United States to begin a new life with Matthew Riggs, a man whose origins are as murky as her own. But a canny reporter has picked up her trail, as have the FBI and Jackson. Matt Riggs is the only person who can help her. But is help what Matt intends or is he too closing in for the kill? ‘Baldacci cuts everyone’s grass Grisham’s, Ludlum’s, even Patricia Cornwell’s and more than gets away with it’ ‘People’ magazine.
Sizzling David Baldacci’s novels have been called ‘sizzling’ USA Today and ‘superior’ Houston Chronicle. Now Baldacci is back, with the story of a death row inmate, a Supreme Court clerk, and a crime that is costing people their lives…
Terrifying Michael Fiske broke the law when he took Rufus Harms’s prison letter from the Supreme Court. But he also sealed his own fate. Now Michael’s brother, a cop turned attorney, is coming to Washington to find out why his brother was murdered and what it had to do with a crime that Rufus Harms committed twenty five years before…
Simply the Best In his new novel of corruption, romance, family, and justice at the heart of the American republic, David Baldacci takes us on a journey of harrowing conspiracy and proves once again that in the realm of suspense, he is in a league of his own. The Simple Truth It’s never what it seems…
In the field of popular fiction David Baldacci is far ahead of the competition. Continuing his string of New York Times bestsellers, Baldacci presents his most electrifying story to date a novel of nonstop action, vividly etched characters, and an astounding vision of the inner sanctums of our government. Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin. One man a local private investigator named Lee Adams has come to the house on the orders of his client. Another man, a hired killer, stakes out the house on orders from his powerful paymasters. And the witness, Faith Lockhart, is coming to tell the FBI everything she knows about the powerful lobbyist with whom she has worked, a man who manipulates U.S. government policy and who, in the process, made some very dangerous enemies. Then, before Faith can tell her story, the hit man pulls the trigger and the wrong victim falls. Now Faith Lockhart is on the run from the most dangerous people in America with Lee Adams, a man she doesn’t know, yet must trust. A relentless chase novel that unfolds as both the FBI and a killer search for Faith and Lee, this is also a searing and utterly suspenseful tale of power gone mad in Washington, and of one woman’s desperate attempt to break out of a web of corruption and terror that reaches much further than even she can know. In the hands of master storyteller David Baldacci, Saving Faith elevates the thriller to a new level and poses stunning questions about the rules we live by, the rules we are governed by and what happens when some people make rules of their own
David Baldacci has made a name for himself crafting big, burly legal thrillers withlarger than life plots. However, Wish You Well, set in his native Virginia, is a tale of hopeand wonder and ‘something of a miracle’ just itching to happen. This shift from contentiousurbanites to homespun hill families may come as a surprise to some of Baldacci’s fans but they canrest assured: the author’s sense of pacing and exuberant prose have made the leap as well. The year is 1940. After a car accident kills 12 year old Lou’s and 7 year old Oz’s father and leavestheir mother Amanda in a catatonic trance, the children find themselves sent from New York Cityto their great grandmother Louisa’s farm in Virginia. Louisa’s hardscrabble existence comes as aprofound shock to precocious Lou and her shy brother. Still struggling to absorb theirabandonment, they enter gamely into a life that tests them at every turn and offers unimaginablerewards. For Lou, who dreams of following in her father’s literary footsteps, the misty, craggyAppalachians and the equally rugged individuals who make the mountains their home quicklybecome invested with an almost mythic significance:They took metal cups from nails on the wall and dipped them in the water, and then sat outside anddrank. Louisa picked up the green leaves of a mountain spurge growing next to the springhouse,which revealed beautiful purple blossoms completely hidden underneath. ‘One of God’s littlesecrets,’ she explained. Lou sat there, cup cradled between her dimpled knees, watching andlistening to her great grandmother in the pleasant shade…
Baldacci switches deftly between lovingly detailed character description an area in which his debtto Laura Ingalls Wilder and Harper Lee seems evident and patient development of the novel’scentral plot. If that plot is a trifle transparent no one will be surprised by Amanda’s miraculousrecovery or by the children’s eventual battle with the nefarious forces of industry in an attempt tosave their great grandmother’s farm neither reader nor character is the worse for it. After all,nostalgia is about remembering things one already knows. Kelly Flynn
Last Man Standing has the essential elements of a terrific DavidBaldacci novel: a tough but tender hearted hero, dirty dealings in the nation’sbureaucracy, and a roller coaster plot. Web London, a member of the FBI’sHostage Rescue Team, froze up on a drug raid and thus became the sole survivorof a remote controlled ambush that killed six of his compatriots. Now the onlywitness has disappeared and the inside man on the botched raid has goneunderground. As a pretty psychiatrist puzzles over the corners of Web’s brain that kept himalive, Web himself stays on the move. He’s certain that the ambush is connectedto the prison escape of a neofascist leader, Ernest B. Free, whom he helpedarrest five years earlier, and a series of new murders leads him to a Virginiahorse farm and the driving force behind all the carnage. It may seem as thoughBaldacci gives away the mastermind too soon, but both the bad guys and the goodguys are complex enough that there’s plenty of punch all the way to the lastpage. Barrie Trinkle
One of America’s most critically acclaimed storytellers, David Baldacci has enthralled millions of readers with his popular novels. Now in a special new gift edition, here is Baldacci’s beloved holiday classic a work that showcases his remarkable versatility as he brings us a uniquely entertaining tale…
The Christmas Train Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight ‘misunderstanding’ at airport security, he begins a journey of self discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. Equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful, and thrilling. David Baldacci’s The Christmas Train is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief…
and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.
A mysterious high profile homicide in the nation’s capital collides with the dark side of national security in David Baldacci’s new, heart stopping thriller.
Mason ‘Mace’ Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything her badge, her career, her freedom and spent two years in prison. Now she’s back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a True Blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform. But even with her police chief sister on her side, she has to work in the shadows: A vindictive U.S. attorney is looking for any reason to send Mace back behind bars. Then Roy Kingman enters her life.
Roy is a young lawyer who aided the poor until he took a high paying job at a law firm in Washington. Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation’s capital.
Soon, what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal.
From 1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci comes a moving family drama about learning to love again after heartbreak and loss. One SummerIt’s almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together. Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie’s death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie’s childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.
Are you ready to save the world? The bestselling series returns with an adventure spanning 6 explosive books, 2 secret filled card packs, and a website that places readers right in the action. Thirteen year old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, thought they belonged to the world’s most powerful family. They thought the hunt for 39 Clues leading to the source of that power was over. They even thought they’d won. But Amy and Dan were wrong. One by one, distress calls start coming in from around the globe. Cahills are being kidnapped by a shadowy group known only as the Vespers. Now Amy and Dan have only days to fulfill a bizarre ransom request or their captured friends will start dying. Amy and Dan don’t know what the Vespers want or how to stop them. Only one thing is clear. The Vespers are playing to win, and if they get their hands on the Clues…
the world will be their next hostage.
Amy and Dan are in a race for their lives…
and the enemy may be even closer than they think. When seven members of their family were kidnapped by a sinister organization known as the Vespers, thirteen year old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, vowed they’d stop at nothing to bring the hostages home. But then the ransom comes in and the Vespers demand the impossible. Amy and Dan have just days to track down and steal an ancient map. The only catch? No one has seen the map for half a century. Now Amy and Dan are on a desperate search that will lead them to the Na*zis, spies, a mad king and some of history’s dirtiest secrets. It’s the race of their lives…
and one misstep will mean certain death for the hostages.
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More than twenty New York Times bestselling authors team up to create a first rate serial novel a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery. Alexander McCall Smith. Sandra Brown. Faye Kellerman. J.A. Jance. Jeffery Deaver. Kathy Reichs. Lisa Scottoline. Jeff Lindsay. These are only a handful of the names that make up the all star lineup of authors behind No Rest for the Dead, a tale of vengeance, greed, and love that flows seamlessly, in the words of David Baldacci, as it pas*ses from one creator s mind to the next. When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted, and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. In the years since the case was closed, he’s discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomases that could implicate any number of people in the crime. Solving this case may be Nunn s last chance for redemption but the shadowy forces behind Christopher s death will stop at nothing to silence the past forever. In this innovative storytelling approach, each of these twenty six bestselling writers brings their distinctive voice to a chapter of the narrative, building the tension to a shocking, explosive finale. No Rest for the Dead is a thrilling accomplishment that only America s very best authors could achieve.