serial killers & civil war reenactments

Hour Game by David Baldacci; 2004; Kindle Edition; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 9780446586658; purchased from Amazon.com; 2/19/18-2/20/18

Why did I read this?  Because I am reading through all of David Baldacci’s series and I had a long plane ride from Portland to Anchorage.

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are hired to solve some burglaries but that gets them involved in a case where a killer is mimicking notorious serial killers of the recent past.  One of the characters is a member of a civil war reenactment society and gets Michelle involved.  This mystery takes a lot of twist and turns and we discover more of Sean and Michelle’s backstories.  They characters are the most engaging parts of Baldacci’s books.

Grade 10/10

don’t take your eye off the sparrow

Split Second by David Baldacci; 2003; kindle edition; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 9780446588362; purchased from Amazon.com; 2/16/18-2/19/18

Why did I read this?  I have become a big fan of David Baldacci’s work and am working my way through his various series.  This is the first book in the King and Maxwell series.

Secret Service Agent Sean King’s attention was diverted for a split second as he was guarding a presidential candidate.  That split second allowed the candidate to be assassinated.  That split second resulted in King’s career coming to a screeching halt, he has now become an administrative lawyer.

Eight years later, Secret Service agent Michelle Maxwell allows a presidential candidate to enter a room unescorted.  He disappears and so does Maxwell’s career.

When Maxwell sees a news story about about Sean King and is struck by the similarities in their cases she begins to investigate.  They end up becoming a team and solving a multi-year mystery that ties them together.

One of the authors strengths is writing characters that you care about.  He begins to give clues about what drives each of the characters.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review?  It is a line from the Baretta theme, but here both agents took their eye off of their protectee and suffered the consequences.

strange way to deliver a message

The Fix, An Amos Decker Novel by David Baldacci; 2017; $29.00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-455-8656-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Woodstock; 2/7/18-2/9/18

Why did I read this? Because I really like David Baldacci’s book and am reading my way through his books.  I really like this series, the Amos Decker series.

A man sees a clown, walks to the front of the Hoover building, shoots a woman in the back or the head and then kills himself.   Amos Decker witnesses the crime and his unit is tasked to solve the crime.  As Amos, Alex, Bogart and Milligan team up with Harper Brown of the DIA the investigation takes them in many different directions.  Melvin Mars from the previous book shows up and works alongside the team.  Amos, Alex and Melvin get involved with a cartel and gang in their neighborhood.  There are so many twist and hidden agendas that you may get a little dizzy.

Grade-10/10

the definition of a page turner

The Last Mconfile by David Baldacci; 2016; $29 .00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-8645-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gregory Heights; 1/23/18-1/25/18

Why did I read this? I have read several of Baldacci’s books and I enjoy them especially this series, Amos Decker is a engaging series.

Amos is heading from his home to his new job in Quantico when he turns on the radio and hears about the imminent execution of Melvin Mars in a Texas prison.  Melvin was convicted of killing his parents and he is about to be executed when someone in prison in Alabama confessed to the killing. The confession contains details that only the actual killer would know.  Amos decides to ask his task force teammates if they can take on the case to find the truth in the case.  As they dig into the case, things start getting dicey.  People attack them and political strings are pulled to prevent further investigation, but Decker insists on staying with the investigation even when he has no legal protection.  As Amos pulls at the threads he has found more and more things in peoples pasts.  The threads run all the way to Washington D.C., through a multi millionaire defense contractor and to a racist police chief in Alabama.  I stayed up late, and did everything I could to keep reading.

Grade 10/10

something rattled, something new

Memory Man by David Baldacci; 2015; $28.00; 405 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-/01-/4555-5982-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Technical Services; 1/4/18-1/7/18

Why did I read this?  I am trying to read as many of David Baldacci books as I can, I finished the Shaw series and am starting on the Amos Decker series.

Amos Decker was good enough to make it to the NFL but only lasted one play.  That play ended his NFL career and rattled his brain in such a way that he never forgot anything ever again.  He also now see numbers and colors in his memories and sometimes hallucinates numbers and colors.   After he recovers from his multiple injuries he marries his physical therapist and becomes a police officer and works up to become a detective.  His phenomenal memory and abilities enable him to become a great detective.  One night he comes home and finds his brother in law, wife and young daughter cruelly murdered.   He begins a downward spiral the ends with him living on the street in a box and sees how far he has fallen.  He pulls himself partway back up and becomes a private investigator.  A Columbine type shooting happens at the local high school and the police chief requests Amos help.  The massacre ties back to the killing of Amos’s family and he begins to work with a journalist and the FBI to solve things.

Grade-8/10 It starts kind of slow but picks up and gains steam quickly and finishes well.