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Hour Game by David Baldacci
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Hour Game (2004)

by David Baldacci

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Series: King-Maxwell (2)

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I've read other Baldacci novels featuring King and Maxwell and enjoyed them more than this one. It had its moments but . . . the beginning was rather slow paced to me, and I didn't really enjoy it much.

Junior Deaver is accused of burglarizing the wealthy Battle family. King and Maxwell are working for Deaver's lawyer. A serial killer who is mimicking other serial killers results in King and Maxwell being deputized so they can help investigate.

There are a few twists and turns. It turns out that not all of the murders were done by the same person which throws off the "how are all these victims related" angle that helps narrow down the suspect pool. (But you'll have to read the book to learn which victims belong with which killer.) ( )
  JenniferRobb | May 3, 2019 |
Synopsis: King and Maxwell are hired by an attorney to find out if his client is being framed for a robbery. This work brings them into close contact with a very wealthy family as well as a serial killer.
Review: There are a lot of subplots going on in this book, not the least of which is the beginning of a romantic entanglement between King and Maxwell. ( )
  DrLed | Aug 13, 2018 |
Good read. Baldacci weaves a fine story. ( )
  rondoctor | Jan 11, 2018 |
This story is an intense drama about a series of murders in Ritesville, Virginia. Shawn King and Michelle Maxwell are partners in a private investigator firm. Both have backgrounds in the Secret Service and have come to notoriety from helping to solve murders around the Ritesburg, Virginia area. Shawn and Michelle become involved in the complex series of what looked like serial killer murders; an exotic dancer, two teenagers in a car, a lawyer, a physicians assistant etc. Each murder has earmarks of different famous serial killers making it difficult to predict what the killer would do next. In the middle of the murders, a burglary takes place at the home of a prominent "old money" family that Shawn King knows. The family's name is "Battle". The mother, Remmie, and her husband Bobby, who had a recent stroke and was in the hospital. Also they have adult children, daughter Savanna and son Eddie. A wood worker, Junior Deever, who was hired to work inside the house, is accused of the robbery with "overwhelming" evidence. It becomes clear that the burglary and murders become intertwined. With many twists and surprises, this is an exciting story. Serial killer stories just are not my favorite. ( )
  gaillamontagne | Nov 1, 2017 |
Hour Game is the second book of the Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series. Sean and Michelle are called to a crime scene where the killer seems to initiate the Zodiac Killer. While the police are working to understand the killer's strategy, a couple of high school lovers turn up dead, and another calling card, similar to that of another infamous serial killer, is left with the bodies. The police admit they are truly baffled. The clues are unmistakable yet don't seem to form any cohesive pattern except that, for some reason, wristwatches are being left on the bodies in what appears to be a taunting message. Before the authorities can piece it together, their worst fears are realized.

The book is a bit aggravating at first, as Baldacci throws in three separate story lines. When all of these plot lines converge, the story turns into an action packed, twist-laden mystery/thriller that brings out Sean and Michelle's completely different personalities. The story is filled with quite a few surprises and the characters are a bit over the top, but it was lots of fun too. The plot was well done and just the right amount of action. It's a fast read that will entertain you for a few hours. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0446616494, Mass Market Paperback)

Two disgraced former Secret Service officers team up to solve a series of copy-cat crimes in this exciting new thriller by a master of the game. Sean King was momentarily distracted when a presidential candidate he'd been guarding was assassinated a few feet from where he stood, and Michelle Maxwell left the Service under a similar cloud when she lost a "protectee" to an ingenious kidnapping scheme, events told in Baldacci's typical terse, fast-paced style in Split Second. Now partners in a private investigation firm in a small Virginia town, they're hired to investigate a burglary at the home of a wealthy local family. But even before the chief suspect in the break-in meets his death in a gruesome slaying reminiscent of a serial killer long since caught and punished, King and Maxwell get caught up in a string of other murders, each of which copies the techniques of another madman, from San Francisco's Zodiac Killer to Chicago's infamous John Wayne Gacy. While the two protagonists aren't especially complex or well-developed, the action never stops, and Baldacci's trademark pacing keeps the reader turning pages until the denouement, which unfortunately isn't quite as satisfying as the rest of the novel. --Jane Adams

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Why Hour Game: An Exclusive Essay by David Baldacci

It's hard not to notice that the majority of fictional serial killers are cut from the same mold. When David Baldacci wrote Hour Game, he went out of his way to create a murderous original. Read this Amazon.com exclusive essay to learn how and why he did it.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:59:42 -0400)

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In the wake of murders in the Virginia countryside in which the killer leaves watches on the victims' bodies, investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell discover a possible link to a case involving an aristocratic southern family.

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