The 6:20 MAN, D. Baldacci

The 6:20 MAN, a Baldacci read, a little weaker than his earlier style.

Every day without fail, Travis Devine puts on a cheap suit, grabs his faux-leather briefcase, and boards the 6:20 commuter train to Manhattan, where he works as an entry-level analyst at the city’s most prestigious investment firm. In the mornings, he gazes out the train window at the lavish homes of the uberwealthy, dreaming about joining their ranks. In the evenings, he listens to the fiscal news on his phone, already preparing for the next gruelling day in the cutthroat realm of finance.

Then one morning Devine’s tedious routine is shattered by an anonymous email: She is dead.

Sara Ewes, Devine’s coworker and former girlfriend, has been found hanging in a storage room of his office building—presumably, a suicide, prompting the NYPD to come calling on him. If that wasn’t enough, Devine receives another ominous visit, a confrontation that threatens to dredge up grim secrets from his past in the Army unless he participates in a clandestine investigation into his firm.

This treacherous role will take Travis from the impossibly glittering lives he once saw only through a train window, to the darkest corners of the country’s economic halls of power…where something rotten lurks. And apart from this high-stakes conspiracy, there’s a killer out there with their own agenda, and Devine is the bullseye.

Richard says
Baldacci may be slipping or maybe “Baldacci fatigue” has started to creep in.

It’s a murder story with a very credible plot though once it gets into the technology, it becomes leading edge rather than today’s norm.

Not quite “classic Baldacci” as the story is erratic in development. There are even sections where the reader will lose focus as boredom edges in.

Overall though, Baldacci’s team of writers maintains his excellence in story line and writing quality.

An acceptable “read!”

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