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Hour Game
by David Baldacci
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PublisherGrand Central Publishing
Release Date2004-10-01 (added to CC 3 Aug 2010)
Amazon Sales Rank1,424
He's copying famous serial killers and the game has just begun.


A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killing styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. No one knows this criminal's motives...or who will die next.


Two ex-Secret Service agents, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, have been hired to defend a man's innocence in a burglary involving an aristocratic, dysfunctional family. Then a series of secrets leads the partners right into the frantic hunt that is confounding even the FBI. Now King and Maxwell are playing the Hour Game, uncovering one horrifying revelation after another and putting their lives in danger. For the closer they get to the truth, the closer they get to the most shocking surprise
of all.

Member Reviews
(31 Jul 2013)
Baldacci has reached the point in his career where he can produce a weaker than excellent book (by his standards) and still have it become a bestseller. The story unfolded over a long time period, the plot became rather intricate,with numerous subplots tripping over each other, making the task of following the story and keeping characters straight a bit of a challenge. Tightening by about 10% would have produced a much better pace and intensity. Still, the ending was clever, and the extra twist there was well-executed. Maxwell and King (the two protags) are building a good dynamic, with sexual undertones, but each has distinct skills and personalities.
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