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First Family (King & Maxwell Series, 4) Paperback – November 20, 2012
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"Fightening...shocking...Sean and Michelle [are] surely one of the more interesting teams of private investigators...Baldacci is a more subtle writer now, able to tell stories of deep moral ambiguity and to create characters who balance on the line between hero and villain...It will be fascinating to watch where he takes these two heroes from here."
"It's always a good thing when David Baldacci brings back former FBI agents King and Maxwell."
―New York Daily News
"Mr. Baldacci's books are jigsaw puzzles of intersecting events, not simple whodunits. FIRST FAMILY is no exception."―Washington Times
"What Baldacci does best is provide thrills, chills, and suspense. This novel is a total surprise from beginning to end."―Columbus Telegram
"The story unfolds wonderfully. It's another top-flight thriller from this bestselling author, and it's good to see King and Maxwell again."―Oklahoman
About the Author
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (November 20, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1455573175
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455573172
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.15 x 1.65 x 7.95 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #95,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Little do they know that Jane and her husband, the president, immensely angered someone years ago. They have to use all of their wits to avoid being collateral damage in the agenda of a very determined individual, especially because they are getting very little help from Jane. One thing is for sure, the status quo before the abduction gets turned upside down. And there is the call out of the blue that Michelle’s mother has died, possibly murdered, on top of their case. Michelle finally has to confront her past.
Eventually their sheltering Tyler and their wanting to understand more about some mysterious events unfolding led them them in several different directions. The plot kept going and going: in the first third of the book it seemed as if nothing was really going to happen. Plus at times too much explanation was given about what they were doing. Then it suddenly picked up. I'm so glad I continued the book. Of course some bad guys were involved; we're kept in the dark for quite awhile about how exactly are the "bad guys".
The first half of the book was good. Sean and Michelle are okay characters and the story moved along. However, the second part completely fell apart. There were almost no likable characters and the plot jumped the shark, devolving into a lot of unnecessary drama, in my opinion. It was kind of a mess honestly. Still, it's an okay beach read.
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The main story of the kidnapping of a young girl and older lady, and the indescretions of the President, and consequences of these failings in his early political life. The First Lady sorts out all problems, but perhaps at a cost to innocent others who get in her way.
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are given the job to find young Willa who is the daughter of the First Lady's brother,and has been kidnapped. The FBI and Secret Service are also involved, but Sean and Michelle are the one's to find the clues that lead to a result.
During this all Michelle's mother dies, and they have the task of helping to find that her accidental death is in fact murder. The pair work so well together, in spite of Michelle's mental problems. Sean helps to smooth the waters.
A gripping book to the very end. I couldn't stop reading. Thank you David Baldacci.
The fourth book in the series featuring Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Two former Secret Service agents now in the private sector. King is the thinking, methodical part of the partnership whilst Maxwell operates in an in your face, bull in a china shop style.
King is asked by the First Lady of the United States to investigate the kidnapping of her niece. Despite having the services of the FBI to hand both King and Maxwell are told they are what’s wanted.
Maxwell continues to deal with issues that have been with her throughout previous adventures. These are compounded when she has to deal with a significant personal tragedy. King has to balance the demands of the investigation whilst seeking to support his partner.
Meanwhile the kidnapping of the First Lady’s niece appears to throw up more questions than answers. It does not follow the style of kidnapping and there are times King and Maxwell believe that barriers are being put up before them by the First Family to hinder rather than assist the investigation.
Baldacci writes well and the concept of power is prevalent throughout. Those who have it have doors opened to them and have problems taken away. Those who are denied it experience feelings of marginalisation and hopelessness and the right outcome is not necessarily that which prevails.