David Baldacci's First Family is the fourth gripping New York Times bestseller in the King and Maxwell series.
The President’s niece is missing. Former secret service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return to the White House.
Camp David, USA.
A children’s birthday party at the presidential retreat turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations.
The FBI doesn’t want private investigators King and Maxwell anywhere near the case. Regardless, they are enlisted by the First Lady to bring the child home safely.
A shared history.
The First Lady trusts King, for years ago he saved her then-senator husband from political disaster. But is there a greater secret in their past?
With Maxwell battling her own demons, and forces aligned on all sides against her and King, the two are pushed to the absolute limit. In the race to save an innocent victim, the line between friend and foe will become impossible to define . . . or defend.
David Baldacci's smash-hit series continues with The Sixth Man and King and Maxwell.
Plenty of intense action drives bestseller Baldacci's stellar fourth novel to feature former Secret Service agents Michelle Maxwell and Sean King (after Simple Genius). Maxwell and King, D.C. PIs, step on the toes of everyone, including the FBI and the Secret Service. They even manage to bruise the ego of First Lady Jane Cox, who hires them after her 12-year-old niece is kidnapped following a birthday party at Camp David. Baldacci excels at making the improbable believable as one obsessed man, 62-year-old Sam Quarry, takes on the best security the U.S. can muster from his Alabama redoubt. Even more impressive than Quarry's determined campaign is the ingeniousness with which Baldacci manages to disguise both Quarry's precise motivation and aims. Meanwhile, Maxwell has to deal with her mother's death and a host of other personal issues. Baldacci's careful plotting and confidant depictions of national security procedures make this a thinking man's thriller.
If you've read Baldacci's previous offerings, you can expect more of the same here. Fast-paced, gung-ho, and very patriotically American-as-apple-pie.
You get the feeling that Sean King could take on James Bond and Jason Bourne at the same time and win without breaking a sweat.
Perfect for the plane or beach.
Gripping right to the end
Great read with excellent twists and plot turns. Right amount of detail to make it believable too.
Very enjoyable read. Lots of twists and turns. My first Baldacci but certainly not my last.