David Baldacci has written several fine thrillers including "Last Man Standing" and "Absolute Power". "Total Control" has several of the same features, notably a complex plot whose contours only become clear as the reader moves further into the book. Unfortunately, the writing just isn't as sharp as in Baldacci's better works. In particular, the characters are less well drawn and behave in irritatingly improbable ways. This makes it hard to care about them, or how the conundrums set up by the author are resolved. Unlike his earlier works, I found it a real challenge to finish.
For: complex, puzzling plot. Against: not gripping enough.