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Book Beat: Simple Genius

Book Beat: Simple Genius

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A friend of mine asked me a couple weeks ago for a recommendation on a good summer beach read for his vacation. If I had read Simple Genius at the time, I would have suggested it. This is just good stuff. It's not groundbreaking, earth-shattering stuff - it's just a good, suspenseful read.

For Baldacci fans, you'll recognize the two lead characters in this new bestseller - Sean King and Michelle Maxwell from Hour Game and Split Second. I like the chemistry between them. I like the loyalty and complication that defines their lives. This one begins with Michelle losing it in a barroom brawl, which leads to her committing herself into a treatment program to figure out where her death wish comes from. There is something irresistible about a petite woman who can take a big brute down, something she does more than once in this novel. And Baldacci keeps it from seeming like a bad night of WWF.

David Baldacci is simply a great storyteller. He is one of those uncommon writers whose language doesn't feel self-conscious, who tells the story with a strange combination of ease and urgency. I found myself sneaking a few minutes of reading time while dinner was on the stove or my little ones were napping. While this is not his best, it was definitely enjoyable and a perfect summer read.

A thumbs up for the latest hardback bestseller from David Baldacci - Simple Genius. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio, I'm Amanda Dickson.

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