SIXTH MAN, David Baldacci

The plot is a stretch in credulity but not in its ultimate destination.

Edgar Roy–an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy’s attorney, Sean’s old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins–en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. 

It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy’s past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.

Richard comments
As always, Baldacci delivers. Sixth Man is a very readable, engaging and entertaining read. It has its twists and turns but nothing that is shocking or outlandish. The story is simply a very well written and winning read.

However, I am beginning to suspect Baldacci uses a “Baldaci Team” to write his works now. He has too many books published too frequently for one person to be able to write. Most readers cannot even read his books as fast as he publishes them. This is what happened with Tom Clancy books at the price of quality and excellence.


I may be losing my trust in the works of my favourite others, Baldacci, Child, Clancy. Who’s next? Brown, Grisham. Sad to feel the anxiety building that my authors are becoming commercialized and eschewing their professional integrity. Perhaps, instead of lamenting their professional decline, I need to broaden my reading library. Any suggestions?



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