In Simple Genius, David Baldacci reintroduces the main characters from bestsellers Split Second and Hour Game. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both haunted by their last case. Realizing that Michelle is teetering on the brink of self-destruction from long-buried demons, Sean arranges therapy for his reluctant partner. But instead of focusing on ...
In Simple Genius, David Baldacci reintroduces the main characters from bestsellers Split Second and Hour Game. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both haunted by their last case. Realizing that Michelle is teetering on the brink of self-destruction from long-buried demons, Sean arranges therapy for his reluctant partner. But instead of focusing on her recovery, Michelle unearths disturbing secrets in the hospital ...Sean accepts a much-needed job. A physicist, Monk Turing, has died in mysterious circumstances near Babbage Town - a secretive establishment populated by an eccentric group of scientists and cryptographers, funded by an anonymous but powerful group. Meanwhile the dead man's young daughter, piano-playing prodigy Viggie, has secrets of her own. But what is the significance of the phrase 'codes and blood'? Directly across the York River from Babbage Town lies the sinister CIA training ground, Camp Peary, where Monk Turing's body was found. With both the FBI and CIA breathing down Sean's neck, can he discover the truth? And will he be in time to save Michelle from herself? Simple Genius is followed by First Family, The Sixth Man and King and Maxwell.
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This book was like many of David Baldacci very interesting and hard to put away that's why I finished it in one setting. This book was also in very good condition when I received it.
Jul 13, 2007
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I don't know if I'm the right person to write a review because I enjoy all of his books immensely. This is another page turner that I read in one day. I've always bought every book of David Baldacci and John Grisham and whereas Grishams' books seem, at least to me, to be going downhill, Baldacci goes uphill. I enjoyed the old characters from former books in this story. The former Secret Service agents who are now private investigators (Sean King and Michelle Maxwell) from the books Split Second and Hour Game are back and how! Human genius can mean power but can also be deadly... A story about a world filled with spies, physicists, mathematicians, a genius girl and classified codes. First the murder of a scientist inside the CIA,s compound and with more murders to follow, Sean's life is at risk and he really needs the help of Michelle. Guess I just have to say that this book, along with all the others are just great! It's a real shame if you don't read it.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-03-26 Last seen in Split Second (2003), former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have reached a crisis in their relationship in this less than compelling Washington political thriller from bestseller Baldacci. When Maxwell instigates a fight with the most intimidating bruiser she could find at a local bar and lets herself be beaten unconscious, despite her superior fighting skills, her partner suggests she voluntarily commit herself to a psychiatric facility. While Maxwell reluctantly undergoes treatment to find the childhood roots of her death wish, King probes the suicide of a scientist found on the grounds of Virginia's Camp Peary, a mysterious CIA facility. Both mysteries are fairly run of the mill, lacking the sharp twists and expert pacing that characterize Baldacci's fiction at its best. (Apr. 24) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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