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Split Secondby David Baldacci
Synopses & Reviews
From #1 bestselling author David Baldacci, here is a thriller that will be surely be judged his most extraordinary — a tale of two disgraced Secret Service agents racing against time to find the common thread that connects a series of assassinations and abductions. It only took a split second.
Secret Service Agent Sean King's attention was distracted just along enough for a gun wielding assassin to kill King's "protectee," third-party presidential candidate Clyde Ritter. Eight years later, after retiring in disgrace from the Service, King balances two careers — as a lawyer and part-time deputy sheriff — in the tiny hamlet of Wrightsburg, Virginia. He's getting by, taking each day at a time, when the news hits: once again, a third-party presidential candidate has been taken out of the game — abducted from right under the nose of Secret Service Agent Michelle Maxwell. Then King finds a body in his law office. Soon after, King and Maxwell form an uneasy alliance. Their search for answers as to why people are being abducted and killed — a quest that becomes a bid for redemption — forces them to lift the veil on the government's Witness Protection Program. Not until the end do they realize the degree to which they've been "played," and that the answers lie in a completely different direction.
"Baldacci's new thriller is sustained by the pulse-pounding suspense his fans have come to expect." Booklist
"Assembly-line legal thriller: flat characters, lame scene-setting, and short but somehow interminable action: a lifeless concoction." Kirkus Reviews
From #1 bestselling author David Baldacci comes a thriller that will be surely be judged his most extraordinary — a tale of two disgraced Secret Service agents racing against time to find the common thread that connects a series of assassinations and abductions.
The world can change forever in a single...
Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising career at the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment, and the man whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air. Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. Eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the candidate he was protecting was gunned down before his eyes. Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge.
Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making-and are a long way from over...
About the Author
David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960, where he currently resides. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Baldacci practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., as both a trial and corporate attorney.
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