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A Minute to Midnight (An Atlee Pine Thriller…

A Minute to Midnight (An Atlee Pine Thriller (2)) (edition 2019)

by David Baldacci (Author)

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'My sister was abducted from here nearly thirty years ago. The person who took her was never found. And neither was she. Her abductor nearly killed me. So I'm back here now trying to find the truth'Atlee Pine has spent most of her life trying to find out what happened that fateful night in Andersonville, Georgia. Her six-year-old twin sister, Mercy, was taken and Atlee was left for dead while their parents were apparently partying downstairs. One person who continues to haunt her is notorious serial killer, Daniel James Tor, confined to a Colorado maximum security prison. Does he really know what happened to Mercy? The family moved away. The parents divorced. And Atlee chose a career with the FBI dedicating her life to catching those who hurt others. When she oversteps the mark on the arrest of a dangerous criminal, she's given a leave of absence offering the perfect opportunity to return to where it all began, and find some answers. But the trip to Andersonville turns into a roller-coaster ride of murder, long-buried secrets and lies. And a revelation so personal that everything she once believed to be true is fast turning to dust.… (more)
Title:A Minute to Midnight (An Atlee Pine Thriller (2))
Authors:David Baldacci (Author)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2019), 432 pages
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An excellent second Attlee Pine novel. Baldacci writes a strong page turner. His ability to develop new primary characters with complex back-stories keeps his work fresh and interesting. This book is a fast paced detective novel with enough plots twists and surprises to keep the reader engaged from the first page to the last. ( )
  labdaddy4 | Feb 8, 2020 |
FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s life has been centered on event that began when she and her twin sister, Mercy, were five years old. Their parents were downstairs, drunk and stoned, in their Andersonville, Georgia, home when a man broke into their room, hit Atlee so hard that he broke her skull, and abducted Mercy. She was never heard of again. A few months later, her parents and Atlee left their home in the middle of the night without letting anyone know their plans.
A few years later, the parents divorced. Atlee lived with her mother. A few years after that, her father committed suicide. When Atlee was seventeen years old, she came home one day and found a note from her mother and enough money to support herself. She had been unable to locate her mother nor had she heard from her again.
Atlee, now 35, is an FBI agent based near Grand Canyon, Arizona. She has never given up hope that she would be able to learn what happened to Mercy. She began to visit a violent, mean serial killer hoping he could give her information. One day, after her third, depressing meeting, she heard an Amber Alert. She was in the vicinity and went on pursuit. She was successful, but her anger got the better of her and she went way beyond what was required to subdue him. Her boss placed her on leave so she could get herself together.
Atlee decided to go back to Andersonville, Georgia, for the first time in thirty years. With her assistant, Carol Blum, she began to try to speak to people who knew her family and might know what had happened to her sister..
Soon after she got there, a body was discovered in an alley. The woman, who had no identification on her, was dressed in a bridal gown from another era. Andersonville is a small town and the sheriff and police departments lack the experience and personnel to solve such a crime. Atlee agreed to help solve the crime. That was followed by finding of another unidentified body, this one a black man dressed in an antique tuxedo placed on a grave in the Andersonville Cemetery. More murders also take place.
The book has unexpected twists and red herrings. As Atlee investigates her own family’s story, she learns that almost everything she knew about her parents were lies and her recollection of that fateful night were also suspect.
Not surprisingly, the two plots overlap.
Atlee learns a lot about herself and meets up with former acquaintances.
There is a detailed explanation of how financial markets work and can be manipulated.
I found A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT to be another David Baldacci page turner. ( )
  Judiex | Feb 7, 2020 |
Atlee Pine is still trying to find her sister who disappeared from her bedroom as a child and where she was left for dead. This is the second in the Atlee Pine Series by David Baldacci, A Long Road to Mercy being the first. In this book the chase continues for Atlee to solve her own mystery while continuing to do her job. I do not particularly like this character and may not continue to read the series as it feels formulaic which is not my typical response to Baldacci’s writings. I have read numerous Baldacci books but the older Camel Club series continues to be my favorite by Baldacci. I give this book a 3. ( )
  WeeziesBooks | Feb 5, 2020 |
In this second installment of David Baldacci's Atlee Pine series, Pine returns to her childhood town in an attempt to discover what really happened to her twin Mercy who was kidnapped when they were children. As luck would have it, a series of murders rock this small town, resulting in Pine working both cases at once. We get to meet some truly evil people and are left with a cliff hanger, so I can't wait for the next book in this series. Baldacci never disappoints! ( )
  Susan.Macura | Jan 28, 2020 |
A Minute to Midnight, David Balducci, author; Brittany Pressley and Kyf Brewer, narrators.
Female FBI agent Atlee Pine has suffered a setback in her career because of an overreaction when she caught a pedophile with a young girl. Although she rescued the girl, she also beat the pedophile to a pulp. Her superior understood her reaction, and he did not discipline her, but instead, he gave her the opportunity to use some time off to reconcile her emotional issues concerning her twin sister’s disappearance. She set out to find out what she could about the crime that had occurred more than two decades ago, when her sister Mercy had been kidnapped. She and Mercy were six years old at the time. Atlee was left for dead with a fractured skull. Her sister was never found. Her parents were devastated, and her father was accused of the crime. Eventually, her parents left town in secret.
As years passed, Atlee was never told the truth about her background, although she did not realize it until this investigation. She knew that her father killed himself on her birthday and that her mother abandoned her when she was in college, leaving her enough money to finish her education. However, she discovered that the rest of her life was a fiction. She was never able to find her mom or discover the truth about her sister’s disappearance, either. Now she hoped to at least find out something about Mercy.
When she returns to her home town, with her assistant, Carol Blum, she discovers that her mother and father had different names and a past she had not known. While she searches for answers about her sister’s fate, additional murders take place around her. She assists in the investigation and pretty much takes it over. She wonders if there is a serial killer on the loose? Are the murders related to her return? Has everyone told her the whole story about her family, or are they holding back facts? Somehow, in bits and pieces she realizes that she knows little about herself or anything else, and she places herself in great danger.
Atlee acts as if she is superior to everyone else, and she often has a chip on her shoulder. Her responses to others are authoritarian, abrupt and sarcastic. I did not find her very likeable. Sometimes she actually seemed to be endowed with supernatural capabilities, almost like a superhero, surviving situations that should have killed her. The author seemed to want to stress the fact that women are at least as capable, if not more so, than men in similar situations.
The author would not have written such trite dialogue between men, as he did between the women in the book. It was often glib and pointless. I found the book disappointing. I thought that the narrator over emoted, and her interpretation of the characters made me dislike most of them. Although Atlee’s insights were often spot on, and she was very fit and strong, I found her to be ruled by emotions not brains. She is painted as the sharpest knife in the drawer, the brightest bulb in the box, the genius who somehow instinctively solves all problems. However, the novel feels like it is chick lit at best, filled with trite platitudes and hackneyed conversations, not up to the standards of this author.
I won’t be listening to the next book they indicated is coming in this series and was disappointed that the book left me hanging without Atlee solving the mystery of her sister or her mother’s location. While the book tackles civil rights, women’s rights, sex trafficking, drugs, porn, and other crimes high on the liberal list of causes, it seemed to do so in a trivial manner to me. It was almost as if the author did it for the sake of his liberal leanings. I would not recommend this book to others. It held my interest, but only because I thought it would get better. It really didn't improve. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Jan 5, 2020 |
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