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The Collectors (Camel Club Book 2)

The Collectors (Camel Club Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Baldacci
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'Brilliantly plotted, The Collectors lives up to the high
standards expected of David Baldacci...Cleverly written with intriguing
-- Gazette (Weekly journal of the Law Society)

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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 . . .

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David Baldacci is the author of eighteen previous New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 45 languages and with nearly 90 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at, and his foundation at, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Camel Club Adds a New Ally 5 Nov 2006
If you liked David Baldacci's The Camel Club, don't miss The Collectors! The wackiest group of Minutemen in history is back with an unexpected ally, Annabelle Conroy, who brings her extraordinary skill in running million-dollar frauds to the Camel Club's traitor fighting. It's a brilliant development for a series concept that is already one of the most successful variations on the thriller genre in many years.

As before, the Republic is in danger by sinister people who are selling off secrets to the highest bidders to feather their own nests. The evidence of this danger is found in frequent deaths of spies and prominent people. In this case, a rogue assassin has gone into business for himself. In addition to earning a fortune, he is also thrilled to keep souvenirs of those he dispatches.

One of these deaths, that of Jonathan DeHaven, is a quite mysterious one at the Library of Congress that seems on the surface to be from natural causes. But the Camel Club wants to know more and develops an intriguing theory. As a result of the death, Caleb Shaw becomes the literary collection's executor of his former boss's estate. In the process of reviewing the books, Caleb stumbles onto an unexpected volume that raises astonishing questions that are not easily answered. One mystery leads to another when a visit to Jonathan DeHaven's home turns up a telescope trained at an unexpected scene. There's also a photograph of DeHaven with a most attractive young woman. Who could she be?

Separately, we meet the brilliant and energetic con-woman, Annabelle Conroy, who wants millions from . . . and revenge against a casino operator, Jerry Bagger, who once murdered her mother. The book develops that story line until the two stories begin to intertwine.
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By Christine L HALL OF FAME
It was a pleasant surprise to pick up this book and discover some of the characters from the Camel Club. It's a fast paced story with a lot of sub-plots without getting too complicated. David Baldacci has written some books that weren't great, but on a whole I still consider him one of the best authors in this genre and the Collectors more than lived up to my expectations. You don't have to necessarily have read the Camel Club before this, but I'd recommend it as it's an excellent introduction to the characters that appear in this book. I won't spoil the ending, but I will say that the way this book finishes promises a lot for his next offering, if he chooses to live up to it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not perfect 16 April 2008
The main quality of the book is that it starts with two lines that it joins later into one without completely closing any one of the two. The two lines are so different that the book becomes kind of funny when they join. On one hand a band of four gangsters that are making millions on the gullible back of a casino boss - who is of course crooked and criminal - in Atlantic City. They succeed though one mistake will cost his life to the younger gangsters who did make the mistake because of his unquenchable hormones. The second line is a spy ring in Washington DC that involves the Library of Congress - LOC for favored fans - and the rare books reading room as the medium for the the circulating of the stolen data and then later as the target itself because of the resistance of some of its personnel. I can't give away all the details of the successful destruction of the spy ring, a destruction that is only reached because the leader of the ring who is an inner circle CIA spy makes several mistakes that are absolutely unexplainable. He does not kill the one person he has abducted for interrogation though he has no use of him any more afterwards and this abducted person is revealed as in the know of too many elements and hence as dangerous. Then we could accumulate the smaller mistakes from beginning to end and the list would be long. Let's mention the last one only that will cost te spy ring boss his life when he decides to have a conversation with the same person as before instead of killing him straight away. How dumb one spy can be! Or is he in love with his counterpart? But the novel suffers because of it. It looks and sounds amateurish when we expect everything to be great art and powerful conjuring magic. The book though has a meaning. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced and Entertaining 17 Feb 2008
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
David Baldacci is the prize winning and best selling author of several novels including: Absolute Power, The Simple Truth and recently The Camel Club. He lives in his native state of Virginia. His writing style makes the story flow and leaves the reader wanting more.

Annabelle is a beautiful con artist and she is planning the most outrageous heist of this century or any other. Jonathan Dellaven is a shy unassuming man, the head of the Rare Books Division at the library of Congress. Jonathan is planning to have a peaceful day among his cherished collection of books, but little does he know it is never going to happen. Something or somebody is lying in wait for him . . .

When fellow librarian Caleb Shaw stumbles across the body of his unfortunate colleague, his friends in the Camel Club are determined to get to the bottom of what after all is an inexplicable death. But when they pay a visit to Jonathan's home it becomes patently obvious that there was much, much more to the mild mannered man than his love of books.

In the meantime Annabelle flees from the terrible repercussions of her plan. The Camel Club members move ever nearer to uncovering a secret code and find themselves confronting powerful enemies who are day by day growing ever more fearful that the truth will come to light. Only someone from Jonathan's mysterious past can save them . . .
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