Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci
Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #5
417 pages / 12 hrs, 36 mins

"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..."  --from the publisher

I think this one lives up to the above description.  The Kirkus review says, "Authentic scenario, mystery piled on misdirection and more double-crosses than a tic-tac-toe tournament."  The action doesn't stop, and Baldacci gives the reader enough description to make it very real.  Also, this is my first read of the series and I never felt disconnected.  It can definitely stand alone.

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