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Simple Genius
by David Baldacci
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PublisherGrand Central Publishing
Release Date2007-04-24 (added to CC 28 Jun 2011)
Amazon Sales Rank2,933
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both haunted by their last case. Realizing that Michelle is teetering on the brink of self-destruction from long-buried demons, Sean arranges therapy for his reluctant partner. But instead of focusing on her recovery, Michelle unearths disturbing secrets in the hospital . . . Sean accepts a much-needed job. A physicist, Monk Turing, has died in mysterious circumstances near Babbage Town – a secretive establishment populated by an eccentric group of scientists and cryptographers, funded by an anonymous but powerful group. Meanwhile the dead man’s young daughter, piano-playing prodigy Viggie, has secrets of her own. But what is the significance of the phrase ‘codes and blood’? Directly across the York River from Babbage Town lies the sinister CIA training ground, Camp Peary, where Monk Turing’s body was found. With both the FBI and CIA breathing down Sean's neck, can he discover the truth? And will he be in time to save Michelle from herself?

Member Reviews
(7 Jan 2014)
Another solid thriller from Mr. Baldacci. He's a master at plot intricacies and weaving subplots into a story that at first have you wondering where he's going with this idea, but at the end he brings all the subplots together so they make sense and have a bearing on the main plot.

King and Maxwell are a dynamic, interesting pair. Not sure I'm crazy about Maxwell, but at least she's compelling. King is solid, got-your-back, dependable if not brilliant private eye. He provides a good foil for Maxwell's erratic, emotional persona.

If you're a Baldacci fan, or a thriller fan, you'll enjoy this book. Highly recommended.
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