The mystery deepens in the gripping second novel in David Baldacci's Camel Club series, The Collectors. Annabelle is a beautiful stranger with a mysterious past, planning the heist of the century - two short cons to fund a long con, then a life of unashamed luxury, incognito in a foreign land. Jonathan DeHaven, the shy head of the Rare Books ...
The mystery deepens in the gripping second novel in David Baldacci's Camel Club series, The Collectors. Annabelle is a beautiful stranger with a mysterious past, planning the heist of the century - two short cons to fund a long con, then a life of unashamed luxury, incognito in a foreign land. Jonathan DeHaven, the shy head of the Rare Books Division at the Library of Congress, is planning nothing more than an uneventful day amongst his cherished collection. But when Jonathan is found dead by Caleb Shaw, a member of the Camel Club, two conspiracies are destined to meet as the Club determines to track down the dead man's long-lost wife - and Annabelle decides to avenge the death of her beloved ex-husband. Unfortunately, the victim of Annabelle's long con has sworn eternal revenge and Jonathan's killers will stop at nothing to keep the truth about his death, and the code they have perfected over the years, from surfacing ...The Collectors is followed by Stone Cold, Divine Justice and Hell's Corner.
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This is the second book of Baldacci's featuring the members of The Camel Club that I have read. I love these interesting old men and was glad to accompany them on this exciting adventure. It was interesting the way there were separate story threads being spun to come together at the end. This is a very suspenseful book so if you like a "page turner", this book will fill the bill very satisfactorily.
Mar 1, 2008
What a disappointment!!
I was very sorry to see after only a few pages that this author had succumb to the publishing industry's desire for graphic sexual detail throughout the narrative and had littered his work with titillating details completely unnecessary to a good thriller. A shame Baldacci did not rely upon his own talented craftsmenship and instead is pandering to the more base desires of our present day culture.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-08-07 In bestseller Baldacci's entertaining if overly long sequel to The Camel Club (2005), renegade CIA agent Roger Seagraves has set himself up in the business of freelance assassination and selling our country's secrets to the highest bidder. The Camel Club, a group of four dysfunctional crime solvers headed by ex-CIA assassin Caleb Shaw, becomes involved with Seagraves through a killing at the Library of Congress, where one of the club members works. Meanwhile, an enigmatic young woman, Annabelle Conroy, is assembling a team to engineer a "long con," a $33 million scam targeting Jerry Bagger, the sleazy owner of an Atlantic City casino. This time around, Baldacci wisely tones down the wackiness of the club members, focusing instead on bringing Seagraves to justice while Annabelle works her ingenious scam. The splicing of the two plots is problematic, but Baldacci sacrifices a bit of believability to cobble together a new cast of characters destined to continue fighting the forces of evil in the next installment. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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