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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:...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Newsweek
"It's his eager, expansive imagination that drives his books . . . Like other thriller writers, Baldacci depends on a mixture of inventive plotting, appealing characters, luck, and consistency. Unlike others, his books rely more on characters' relationships than whiz-bang technology or procedural twists . . . What he offers is in some ways more unusual."
Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Equal parts Hitchcock and James Bond, it's the perfect literary cocktail...One of Baldacci's best."
Washington Post
"High-stakes action, shadowy government agencies, and [a] neo-Cold War backdrop . . . Baldacci pushes his plot ahead at such a blistering pace."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455506408
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet 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 www.david-baldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

Biography

David Baldacci's authoritative legal thrillers operate on the irresistible notion that a sinister undercurrent threads through the country's most powerful institutions.

While his stories hinge on the complex machinations behind the presidency, the FBI, the Supreme Court and other spheres of influence, Baldacci (a former Washington, D.C.-based attorney) finds his way into a mystery through the eyes of the innocents. Semi-innocents, at least: small players who often don't realize they're players at all end up hunting down answers, and their hunt becomes the reader's.

According to Baldacci, reading John Irving's The World According to Garp convinced him that he wanted to be a novelist. Absolute Power -- in which a thief finds himself accidentally connected to a murder involving the president and the ensuing coverup -- was hardly Irvingesque; but it did begin Baldacci's friendly relationship with the bestseller lists, which has continued over his writing career.

Baldacci's style is brief and plot-driven, but he's not afraid to linger on macabre and vivid details, such as a rosary clenched in a plane crash victim's hand, or hard-learned lessons from a sniper's life (pack your food so you can find it at night, by touch). These small but memorable -- indeed, almost cinematic -- details give his books another layer that distinguishes them from the average potboiler.

Although the author has occasionally departed from his usual fare (examples include the tenderhearted coming-of-age tale Wish You Well and the holiday-themed adventure The Christmas Train), it is high-octane thrillers that are his true stock in trade. Whether it's a taut stand-alone or a new installment in his Camel Club series, readers know when they crack the spine of a new Baldacci book, they're in for an action-packed page-turner.

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Good To Know

Baldacci was a trial lawyer and a corporate lawyer for nine years in Washington, D.C.

He worked his way through college as a Pinkerton security guard and by washing and detailing 18-wheel trucks.

Baldacci writes under his own name except when published in Italy, where he uses a pseudonym because it is the homeland of his ancestors.

Bill Clinton selected The Simple Truth as his favorite novel of 1998, according to Baldacci's web site.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northern Virginia
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 5, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richmond, VIrginia
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    Don't recommend

    I've read every book Baldacci has written up to this point, but $14.99 for an ebook is rediculous. It cost more than the list price of the hardcover on this very site. There are plenty of authors out there not gouging readers.

    45 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    Great book, once again Baldacci does a great read

    why is the hardcover cheaper than the nook version? Please someone answerthis question. I love reading with the nook, but I love collecting books as well. Think i will sell the nook and buy books again with what I can get for it.

    38 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    The latest King-Maxwell investigative thriller is a terrific action-packed tale

    Former Secret service Agent Sean King believes he owes his former mentor lawyer Ted Bergin big time. So Sean feels good when his friend hires him and his partner Michele Maxwell to help in the defense of alleged serial killer Edgar Roy.

    Edgar is being held in an isolated supermax psychiatric facility where the most dangerous criminal psychopaths are incarcerated. He was caught in his barn and soon after authorities found the remains of six bodies he was digging a grave for. A genius who worked for the IRS, Edgar left his job to work somewhere else. Sean and Michele drive to meet Ted when they see flashing hazard lights on an isolated road. They stop to see if the driver needs help only to find inside Ted who is dead. Determined to avenge his friend's murder, Sean and Michele dig deep into the Edgar case, but the more they uncover, the more they learn that the inmate has incredibly powerful enemies at the top levels of government who want him dead without a trial. As people associated with Edgar are murdered and attempts on the two sleuths increase, several groups have plans for Edgar.

    The latest King-Maxwell investigative thriller (see Split Second and First Family) is a terrific action-packed tale that explodes on the first page and intensifies to such a degree that the armchair reader will believes our lives are in peril too. While the relationship between the lead sleuths is tested, fans will wonder if this could be figuratively be the end as partners. In spite of a conspiracy seemingly over the top of the Washington Monument, David Baldacci shows his talent by convincing the audience that this thriller is true crime.

    Harriet Klausner

    25 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    Baldacci is always a good read.

    I will never again be trapped into paying 14.99 for a book on Nook, when with normal discounts and a B&N card to can actually pay a lower price. Welcome to Barnes and Noble the rip-off store!!!

    24 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2011

    call customer service

    PLEASE stop using reviews for complaining call or email bn customer service

    21 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2011

    BALDACCI BLOCKBUSTER MAY HAVE SOME COMPANY WITH THE PARAGON CONNECTION BY FINZ

    Ranks at the top as a mystery thriller in which the team of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell once again find themselves in the thick of assorted murders, an accused they are dedicated to defend through their investigative skills, and a D.C. conspiracy comprised of evil people, all with huge power who conduct their insidious acts from hidden political perches. Having been a Baldacci affectionado beginning with his kick-off blockbuster "Absolute Power", to the present "Sixth Man", he has earned the top rank he enjoys with each of his entries. But ten or more Baldacci novels later, I can almost predict the action and writing-which indeed is first rate- and so I'm ready to move on to another talent. He's a new writer with a second book. This one is, "The Paragon Connection", by Leonard Finz. It too falls within the political mystery genre offering up an extraordinary story that speeds aloft like a missile, and with shocks and surprises along its treacherous path. In my view, Baldacci is one of the the best around, but I may have just discovered another great one.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    Reviews

    Reviews are supposed to be about the BOOK content not the price. Those bad reviews for price skew the overall rating of the actual book!!!

    15 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Too much

    Why should I pay more for an Ebook than a hard cover....not a good way to earn customer loyalty.

    14 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Best David Baldacci Book Ever!

    And I've read them all! This one kept me on the edge of my seat and I literally couldn't put my nook down. Just when you think you have the plot and the characters figured out a new wrinkle is thrown in.

    I literally couldn't put my Nook down. Which leads me to another thought. I am tired of people grousing on these reviews about the price of an ebook! I think what Barnes and Noble needs to do is get a forum moderator to delete these worthless, meaningless reviews so those of us looking for some insight into the book itself can get some valuable information not worthless rants.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    ??

    why is this book so expensive? nook is great but books are simply too expensive.

    10 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    This book was really well written. I found it really hard to put down.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    Love David Baldacci...

    I've read everyone of his books, but I will not get this one. WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE??? I bought my nook thinking of the huge saving I would have by not buying paper. Was I wrong! I think I will sell my nook and dust of my library card. Sorry B&N you've lost a loyal customer. I am giving this book one star only because I have too.

    6 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    Sixth Man

    It is so offensive to see the review process abused by people who do not like e-book pricing. Write to management if that is the case, do not abuse this space for people who actually read the book. I enjoyed The Sixth man even if the writing was sometimes clunky and even if I had to ignore some pretty impossible scenarios. Baldacci can tell a tale.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2011

    Great, as are all his books

    Just read the sixth man. Great book, and cheap!! Got it at BJ's. B&N is not getting any more high prices from me. I'm back to the discount stores until they realize we're not stupid. When the Nook book costs more than a hard copy book, someone is being greedy.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Too Expensive

    why the high price? I agree with others that this price should be reduced. I bought my Nook because it used larger print and as I age, I am finding the nook gives me the ability to read books that I could not read in regular print. However, I, too, will wait until the price drops. I love Baldacci's writing and definitely will read it , but not at this price.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    Why so much?

    Now we have a Nook, and you put out the hook so we can get took. It'$ more than I want to pay for an ebook novel.

    5 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    Why so much?

    Why do you charge so much for e books? Lots of posts asking this question but no answers! I will buy it at Costco and donate to the library when done!

    5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    Lower the price

    REALLY ? Lower your price B&N for ebooks

    5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    ?

    I have not read this like some of the other reviewers. I am a Baldacci fan, the Camel Club series being my favorite. Please tell all of your e-book readers why we cannot apply our membership cards and special offers to our e-books. This is making me think that I do not want to renew my membership with B&N. Please advise why we are separated from the hard book users.
    Thanks,
    Judy Margolis

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    The High Price Does Not Make Sense

    The truth is that price does matter! This may be the best book David Baldacci has written, but "Nook" people will never know because the price is so high. I'm still waiting for the supposed upgrade to make the Nook Color more of a tablet. Wonder if it will ever happen? Kinda wish I had bought a Kindle for $139.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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