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Book 121: Split Second by David Baldacci

Book 121: Split Second (King and Maxwell #1).
Author: David Baldacci, 2003.
Genre: Crime Thriller. Political Thriller.
Other Details: Paperback. 599 pages.

When something distracts Secret Agent Sean King for a split second, it costs him his career and presidential candidate, Clyde Ritter, his life. But what stole his attention? And why was Ritter shot? Eight years later Michelle Maxwell is on the fast track through the ranks of the Secret Service when her career is stopped short: presidential candidate John Bruno is abducted from a funeral home while under her protection.

The similarity between the two cases drives Michelle to re-open investigations into the Ritter fiasco and join forces with attractive ex-agent King. The pair are determined to get to the bottom of what happened in those critical moments. Meanwhile, high-ranking members of the legal system and key witnesses from both cases are going missing. King is losing friends, colleagues and clients fast and his ex-lover, Joan Dillinger, is playing curious games - she wants Sean back, but she also owes him for something . .
- synopsis from UK publisher's website.

This was my first Baldacci novel and like Lee Child I immediately understood why his books are so popular. They are very readable and certainly page-turners. Split Second was a political thriller with plenty of twists and turns that constantly surprised.

However, it was very different to the King and Maxwell TV series that I'd been watching and enjoying. When I had learned that the series had been cancelled I decided to read the source material in case answers to certain questions were provided there. Well they were though in a different way to the direction the TV series was taking. Still no regrets as I instantly adored the team of King and Maxwell and plan to read more in the series.
Tags: crime fiction, political thriller
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