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Hour Game

Posted - Nov. 16, 2004 at 4:24 a.m.



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HOUR GAME

By David Baldacci

David Baldacci is bad for my sleep. Most writers relax me before I fall asleep, even the murder mysteries relax me, but not David Baldacci. And his latest bestseller, Hour Game, kept me up way past my bedtime.

I admit I had a little bit of a hard time getting into the story. There are several murders in a row, each one imitating a famous serial killer, and that plot line didn’t catch me. What caught me is the moment when Baldacci hints that while everyone is assuming it’s a serial killer, it may be more than one killer. Why? And how, if at all, are they related?

That’s when the trying to figure it out aspect of the novel begins, and it lasts right until the last chapter. Baldacci is so good at the talented, twisted plot. And in Hour Game, he brings back two very likeable characters from his bestseller Split Second – former Secret Service agents, now partners in private investigation, Michelle Maxwell and Sean King.

Add a spectacularly wealthy family in a quaint little town, a gentleman’s club, beautiful women, Civil War reenactments – and you’ve got a hold-your-attention Baldacci novel.

When it comes to popular fiction, Baldacci has another winner with his tenth novel – Hour Game. On the book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.

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