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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Lrg edition (19 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455500062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455500062
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.DavidBaldacci.com, and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.

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David Baldacci is one of the most effortlessly accomplished novelists in the crime and thriller field at work today, and his new book,The Sixth Man, is one of his most engaging outings, representing some of his best work. His long-term protagonists, private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, are confronted with a considerable challenge when serial killer Edgar Roy is apprehended and incarcerated in a psychiatric unit. The King/Maxwell duo are called in by the supposed murderer’s lawyer (who has known Sean King for years) to check the details of the case. But things take a nasty turn very early on – even as Sean and Michelle are en route to meet the lawyer, the latter is killed – and it the duo who discover his corpse. Multiple problems begin to present themselves: is Edgar Roy really the psychopathic monster he is supposed to be? But their investigation, far from unveiling the truth, begins to throw up ever more insurmountable obstacles, with every new lead turning into a dead end. And as things become ever more tricky, even the unshakable loyalty between Sean and Michelle is to be tested to the limit.

The Sixth Man represents Baldacci on cracking form, with all the customary elements firmly in place. He author has long produced some of the most assured and accomplished thrillers being written in the USA, and recent books have gleaned him a great many new readers. This latest book is perhaps less innovative in terms of plotting and character development than we are used to, but it is none the worse for that. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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`It is fast-paced and action-packed with lots of intrigue and his customary extensive detail...Anyone disappointed that Baldacci has taken a break from his popular Camel Club series will find plenty to enjoy here...The chicanery of this plot would test the best Formula 1 drivers'
--Sunday Express

`Chemistry between characters is desirable for films but it is vital for novels too - and in Sean King and Michelle Maxwell it is delivered in spades by David Baldacci...You worry that it might all come unstuck as you reach the thrilling, twisting climax - but never fear, it just gets better' --The Sun

`Baldacci admirers have come to expect an opening which takes you by the throat and that is what we get here...for pulse-racing excitement readers turn to Baldacci'
--Daily Express and Scottish Daily Express

'Researching intrigue, murder...and relaxing' --The Irish Examiner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Di-W on 13 Nov. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
My first thoughts about this book were a little too 'lead you by the hand' and spelt things out a bit too much. I am astute enough to understand the nuances in the story without having everything explained in detail and there was a little too much fine detail which explained the number of pages it contained! Having said that I enjoyed the story line and liked the characters but just knew who the baddie was early in the book and would have been very let down by any other ending. The story moved well once I started to skip some of the finer details of scenery and technical facts about jet planes! It improves as it goes along and I'm glad I stuck with it. I can't decide if it was mediocre and perhaps a bit amateurish or excellent. I'll probably try another book by this author to follow the characters, who I liked. It's definitely worth a read.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 24 July 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
All the elements of a good Baldacci novel are present in THE SIXTH MAN but somehow they just don't come together quite as well as in some of his previous books. There is the usual secret service goings on and their questionable actions which leave you wondering who is in the right and who's on who's side. The two main characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both ex-secret service who share a common link that draws them together and sparks romance. Working as PIs they are hired to help in the defence case of a serial killer. When his attorney is murdered they uncover some alarming facts and find themselves against mysterious and far superior forces. The writing is sharp, the action gritty and the story interesting as we follow the couple on their journey which makes this an enjoyable read. It just lacked a little bit of suspense in the way that it was revealed. Still one I would recommend as un-complicated and fun read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tom Stronach on 7 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
"Michelle moved, but not quite fast enough. The blow glanced across her forehead and dug into her ear. She twisted sideways, found purchase on the asphalt path, pivoted, setting her weight on her right foot, and launched a kick to her attacker's left knee.
Michelle Maxwell loved attacking knees. It was the largest joint in the body where four bones - the patella, the femur, the fibula, and the tibia - all came together like a highway interchange and were held together by an array of ligaments, muscles, and tendons. It is one of the most intricate parts of the body and critical for mobility.
Michelle destroyed it."
The Sixth Man

I heard an interview with David Baldacci on the BBC Breakfast recently and I thought his 'new' book sounds interesting.

I had previously seen his books as I browsed the shelves before but I never got round to actually picking one up for a flick through. Having said that, on the strength of the interview I thought it might be worth a go. Mr Baldacci seems to be a bit of a prolific author and "The Sixth Man" is No 5 in his King and Maxwell series of books about the lives of two ex American Secret Service Agents, both of whom have been fired for losing the people they were protecting.

I have not read any of the previous novels and I may well do as I found that this was a good read.

A Good Read was what it was and there were many twists and turns. The premise is that King and Maxwell start off to meet King's old college tutor, a lawyer who has asked for his help in a case. On travelling to Maine they come across, in the middle of nowhere the lawyers car with his dead body still in it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
As most people are aware, I love a thriller and as such David Baldacci is usually a name that I trust to give me what I want. It's cleverly written, the characters are developing their relationships and its usually something that keeps the book on an even keel from start to finish giving the reader enough excitement as well as opportunity to recover before the next big sequence.

Whilst I did get that from this story, it was sadly a little predictable and when you're on book five of an established series the reader expects some shocks as well as twists to keep it from stagnating. Whilst I did get a lot of goose bumps from the action, knowing what was going to happen ruined this experience for me and as such this isn't one of my favourite books by this author. Don't get me wrong, it is a lot of fun, the usual elements are there and if you're not up to speed it might well surprise but as an established fan, I expected more. Sadly I didn't get it but I'll still stick in there to see what comes next.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellie Cat on 19 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the first book I have read by this author. Having struggled to get hooked on the story I gave up when I was half way through. For me it certainly wasn't a page turner, and I found that when there was dialogue, it was almost unbearably corny. This of course is just my personal taste, so to help other potential readers, some of the authors I really enjoy are Jeff Abbott, Lee Child, Patrick Lee, James Patterson, Sam Bourne & more. Ones I struggle with are Andy McDermott, David Sakmyster and sometimes Michael Connelly. So if your taste is the same as mine, chances are you'll feel the same about this book.
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