The Sixth Man by David Baldacci


The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

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After the #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, and First Family, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the absolute limits of the human mind.


Edgar Roy--an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins--en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered.
It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 14, 2011 – At the outset of Baldacci's routine fifth thriller featuring ex Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell (after First Family), the pair, who now work together as private investigators, fly to Maine to meet Ted Bergin, King's old law professor. Bergin has hired King and Maxwell to assist in his defense of Edgar Roy, a U.S. government employee who's been indicted for murdering six people found buried on Roy's Virginia farm. Because for some reason it's a federal case, Roy is incarcerated at a Maine prison. Near their destination, the PIs stop to investigate a broken-down car on the side of the road. Inside is Bergin, who's been shot between the eyes. King and Maxwell probe deeper into the charges against Roy to find the professor's killer, with no help from Roy, who hasn't been talking since his arrest. A fast pace compensates only in part for a cartoonish villain a venal politician and a familiar Washington conspiracy plot.

Customer Reviews

Hollow effort

The entire book never came together for me. The storyline was clear and crisply presented, but the characters - both main and ancillary - were presented narrowly and without a lot of color. Their motivation was rarely well understood: from the trooper who keeps sticking his neck out for no good reason to a knee-breaker turned good guy to a whiz-bang genius CEO who abruptly needs help formulating and executing the most basic of plans to a former spook with an endless Rolodex of friends and favors to call in, the interactions of the characters was lost in sporadic, halting plot development.

Baldacci does good work. This isn't one of them, though.


Excellent reading from the first page to the last. Great ending!!

Sixth Man

I have read all of David Baldacci's books. This is one of his best. If he keeps this up, Sean and Michelle will replace Oliver Stone and the rest of at the Camel Club as my favorite characters. I literally could not put my IPad down.

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Android, Win, *Nix, and more.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Apr 19, 2011
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 5, King & Maxwell

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