This book has 590 pages of actual story. A very good book that I couldn't put down.
Things change by the hour and some are just a tick off!
Two ex-Secret Service Agents become partners and are hired to defend a man's innocence in a burglary involving an aristocratic, dysfunctional family. A series of secrets, leads the partners right into the frantic hunt that even has the FBI baffled. Playing the hour game by uncovering one horrifying revelation after another, putting their lives in danger.
I really enjoy good suspenseful who done its and this is a must read.
Another good Baldacci book. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are drawn into a case involving a serial killer who sets the victim's watch to the time of the murder. In tracking down the suspect, they find own lives in danger.
The book sleeve says: "When is a serial killer not a serial killer? When are the hands on a clock not the hands on a clock? When you play the ... Hour Game."
"A woman is found murdered in the woods with a special watch on her wrist-and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of th emost infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be."
For those of you who enjoy a complicated serial murder mystery...enjoy!
From the dust jacket leaves:
"A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist--and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.
Drawn into this violent affair are two Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Both have been hired to prove a man's innocence in a domestic burglary involving an aristocratic, if dysfunctional, family. Soon stunning secrets will lead the partners into the middle of a franctic search for a killer unlike any they've confronted before.
As the Hour Game barrels forward, Sean and Michelle face a macabre puzzle and uncover one horrifying revelation after another. Nearing the truth, they will find that their own lives are in danger. And then they're hit with the biggest surprise of all. When you play the Hour Game, you HAVE to play to WIN...but time's running out.
For them all."
This book was SO captivating. I could not put it down, and read the entire thing in one day...
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
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 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.
This is the 2nd book in the King and Maxwell series. It was a very interesting read and kept me turning the pages. The book could have been shorter as there were entirely too many characters and the plot had subplots. Each chapter brought more questions without any clues or answers. I do have to admit that Baldacci is very good at keeping us guessing and the killer was quite surprising and unexpected. I now look forward to reading the next in the series as I do enjoy the partnership of King and Maxwell. I would recommend this book to those who like twists and turns and mysteries that are hard to solve.