- Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Vision; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044656656X
- ISBN-13: 978-0446566568
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.9 x 19 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.
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I can say now I am very glad I decided to give Baldacci a go. As much as I hate using cliches, this one is a real page turner. After finishing my first Neil Gaiman novel, comparatively, I was not expecting much in the way of elegant or intelligent writing. I was pleasantly surprised to discover Baldacci to be a capable writer who has a tight but elegant way of expressing his setting, plot, and characters. His words effortlessly set the scene and describe the action so well it flows much like a film right before your eyes. His use of action and the way he writes dialogue is almost as if this was a screenplay before it was an novel. He certainly knows a great deal about the world of lawyers, politics, and law enforcement. It was not until after I was two thirds through this book that I found he practiced law which would explain this intimate knowledge of these subjects. This really brings an expert point of view to the story and adds to the reader's understanding while they immerse themselves deeper into the plot. Which in turn is fast paced and contains few places for the readers to catch their breath.
This review is not without some complaints, there was a point where I was a little disappointed in Baldacci's imagination. I won't give any spoilers, but it had to do with the discovery of a major clue, and break, in the investigation. Until that point we are treated to am insiders view of forensic investigation, but the way this clue was discovered (in a photo is all I am revealing), was a "oh c'mon?!" moment for me. I simply felt it could have been done with more creativity. You need to consider by this point I was impressed by the authors expert plot development. That being said Baldacci's skill in twisting the story a little here and there helped me recover my belief in the story and in his skill as a writer. After all, this is not a flawless book, and for what it is, this was only a minor detour from an exceptional taut and well written political-crime thriller.
The plot was simple yet the characters drove it through many plot twists and interesting paths that served to keep me on my toes while traversing this unique thriller. Sure, some of the characters are cut out caricatures of well known stereotypes. The high priced lawyer who only craves a simple life but finds himself being sucked into a high power/financed world through a marriage he does not entirely buy into. The fat cat arrogant top dog at the law firm who is begging to head for an inglorious fall. The near retired career criminal whose Robin Hood type past and good conscience grants him a pass from being the "bad guy," and his estranged but intrepid prosecutor daughter who cannot seem to forgive his past. Yes, all are fairly two dimensional in description but somehow Baldacci makes them work and we believe they could really exist, at least on the silver screen.
This a book that needs to be read in a few sittings, within a short as possible period. It's tempo and pace it too quick and interesting to let rest. That is the best endorsement I can five to a book like this. You want to find out what happens next and that is again, cliche or not, what makes it a great summer page turner.
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