King and Maxwell by David Baldacci

King and Maxwell by David Baldacci
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (432 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father . . . after his supposed death.

Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler’s father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target?

Sean and Michelle soon realize that they’ve stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined. And as their hunt for the truth leads them relentlessly to the highest levels of power and to uncovering the most clandestine of secrets, Sean and Michelle are determined to help and protect Tyler–though they may pay for it with their lives.

When they almost run down a teenaged boy in the rain one night, Sean and Michelle stumble into more than just a boy running from a bit of bad news. What starts out as a seemingly cut and dried story too familiar to them all – boy loses father in Afghanistan – turns into something much more involved than either could have ever expected. Will this be the case that finally proves to be too much for the former secret service agents or will they find a way to pull it off in style? Not even they know for sure this time.

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both former secret service agents turned private investigators, each for their own reasons. Despite their glaring differences – Sean’s a neat freak and Michelle’s a slob, for one – they make these differences work for them by using them to spur the other into thinking outside the box. Their deep friendship, insatiable curiosity, and thirst for seeing justice done makes their partnership a successful one.

Probably one of the best part of this novel is the reversal of stereotypes in that Michelle is the one who is the one you need to be afraid of and not Sean. She’s the tougher fighter and she’s also the better shot. She’s also just a touch on the crazy side, too, if you ask me, but that’s all just part of her enduring charm.

This is my first novel by this author, but I can guarantee you that it will not be my last. Not only does he create loveable, endearing characters that stick in your mind long after you’ve finished, but he also has a way of infusing humor into the most intense and serious situations, giving the novel a nice balance. The intense action coupled with a well-developed and highly believable storyline combine for an exciting read.

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