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Hour Game (King and Maxwell Book 2) by [Baldacci, David]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 334 customer reviews

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In Hour Game David Baldacci finally gets around to writing a serial killer plot--and his approach to that hoary old cliché is as inventive and ingenious as one would expect. His is not the first serial killer to perform his various atrocities in quotation marks and in the style of killers dead and gone, but Baldacci's does so with considerable ingenuity and for well-plotted reasons that are not mere games-playing. He also does so in a small community which a small epidemic of sudden horrible death tears apart--Baldacci is a small 'c' conservative for whom the nightmare of crime is the way that it affronts community and family, and in this, as in other books, he makes a not unappealing case for his value system. As with the equally ingenious Split Second, his investigators here are ex-Secret Service protection squad Michelle and Sean, now working together as private eyes on a case at first peripheral to the killings--clearing the name of a handyman accus! ed of burglary. When their client and his alleged victim join the death list, it all gets very personal. Baldacci is always crisp and clever and this lives up to his usual standards.--Roz Kaveney

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In Hour Game David Baldacci finally gets around to writing a serial killer plot--and his approach to that hoary old cliché is as inventive and ingenious as one would expect. His is not the first serial killer to perform his various atrocities in quotation marks and in the style of killers dead and gone, but Baldacci's does so with considerable ingenuity and for well-plotted reasons that are not mere games-playing. He also does so in a small community which a small epidemic of sudden horrible death tears apart--Baldacci is a small 'c' conservative for whom the nightmare of crime is the way that it affronts community and family, and in this, as in other books, he makes a not unappealing case for his value system. As with the equally ingenious Split Second, his investigators here are ex-Secret Service protection squad Michelle and Sean, now working together as private eyes on a case at first peripheral to the killings--clearing the name of a handyman accus! ed of burglary. When their client and his alleged victim join the death list, it all gets very personal. Baldacci is always crisp and clever and this lives up to his usual standards.--Roz Kaveney

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1338 KB
  • Print Length: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (21 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QHZM52
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 334 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
My favorite style of crime thriller is one where the criminal matches wits with the detectives and the book alternates perspectives in sharing what each is thinking. Unfortunately, many current authors are unable to carry off this style with enough tension, plot interest and interesting characters to make the story compelling. Having enjoyed Last Man Standing, I wanted to see what David Baldacci could do with this style. I was mostly pleased with the results. I hope he will write more crime thrillers of this sort.
The Hour Game features a slightly over-the-top killing spree that provides many red herrings and twists in the plot. The identity of the serial killer is well hidden until about two-thirds of the way through the book.
The private detectives are appealing. Both Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are former members of the Secret Service whose service ended with less than stellar results. They are bright, determined and counterparts in style. There's also a hint of sexual chemistry between them that makes the story more interesting -- it almost reminded me of The Avengers. They are originally dragged into the case as volunteers when the first dead body appears and are eventually deputized. In that role, they are placed in predictable and unnecessary conflict with the Feds.
The book's main weakness is that the trigger for the crimes lies in a history that is too bizarre to be credible in current times. If the current events of the story had been placed back into the 1960s or 1970s, I think it would have been easier to swallow. There are also just a few too many murders for one book. I think if the solution had been developed about 100 pages sooner I would have liked the book much better.
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By A Customer on 12 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read all of this authors books, from the sentimental, modern romance of Christmas Train through to the inventive & taught thriller, 'The Winner'. I read 'Split Second' being reasonabably impressed with the story and felt the characters were adequate instruments in giving the reader some pace and insight. I was surprised to see that a second novel has come out based around Sean King & Michelle Maxwell as they are characters that seem to be fairly run of the mill ex-law enforcement dectectives that are almost clichéd. The book is a soild read, with the usual peaks and troughs between believability and realism worked inside a good small town drama-murder. I did expect to read that Angela Lansbury was going to assist on the case on occassions, or that another long lost daughter or son was going to appear for another twist.
As with all the other Baldacci novels the book is highly readable and well thought out. You are kept guessing enough to turn the pages, but no so much that frustration & laughter set in. Perfect for a week in the sun.
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By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
I too had never read any David Baldacci novels before, but found this excellent. The only thing i didn't like was the relationship between the investigators - i don't see it necessary to keep trying to progress these sort of relationships in books especailly when I haven't read any of the previous books - but at least i know they don't die in an earlier book!!
On the basis of reading hour game and the comments from other reviewers i've bought 3 of his other books to read. Can't get a better recommendation for the author than that.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2004
Format: Perfect Paperback
My favorite style of crime thriller is one where the criminal matches wits with the detectives and the book alternates perspectives in sharing what each is thinking. Unfortunately, many current authors are unable to carry off this style with enough tension, plot interest and interesting characters to make the story compelling. Having enjoyed Last Man Standing, I wanted to see what David Baldacci could do with this style. I was mostly pleased with the results. I hope he will write more crime thrillers of this sort.
The Hour Game features a slightly over-the-top killing spree that provides many red herrings and twists in the plot. The identity of the serial killer is well hidden until about two-thirds of the way through the book.
The private detectives are appealing. Both Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are former members of the Secret Service whose service ended with less than stellar results. They are bright, determined and counterparts in style. There's also a hint of sexual chemistry between them that makes the story more interesting -- it almost reminded me of The Avengers. They are originally dragged into the case as volunteers when the first dead body appears and are eventually deputized. In that role, they are placed in predictable and unnecessary conflict with the Feds.
The book's main weakness is that the trigger for the crimes lies in a history that is too bizarre to be credible in current times. If the current events of the story had been placed back into the 1960s or 1970s, I think it would have been easier to swallow. There are also just a few too many murders for one book. I think if the solution had been developed about 100 pages sooner I would have liked the book much better.
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