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Publisher Description

Split Second is the first in the gripping King and Maxwell series by bestselling author David Baldacci.

When something distracts Secret Agent Sean King for a split second, it costs him his career and presidential candidate, Clyde Ritter, his life. But what stole his attention? And why was Ritter shot?

Eight years later Michelle Maxwell is on the fast track through the ranks of the Secret Service when her career is stopped short: presidential candidate John Bruno is abducted from a funeral home while under her protection.

The similarity between the two cases drives Michelle to re-open investigations into the Ritter fiasco and join forces with attractive ex-agent King. The pair are determined to get to the bottom of what happened in those critical moments.

Meanwhile, high-ranking members of the legal system and key witnesses from both cases are going missing. King is losing friends, colleagues and clients fast and his ex-lover, Joan Dillinger, is playing curious games – she wants Sean back, but she also owes him for something . . .

Split Second is followed by Hour Game, Simple Genius, First Family, The Sixth Man and King and Maxwell.

Crime & Thrillers
August 21
Pan Macmillan

Customer Reviews

Neetmap ,

Split Second

Gripping, intelligent so sometimes complicated - just what you need to become engrossed and forget everything else that’s going on - just brilliant 🤷🏻‍♀️👏😍😁

2ghosts ,

Split second


KiithZZzzz# ,

Very disappointing

A ridiculous story, full of twists and incidents which, unless you think Elvis lives on the moon, are impossible to believe. To be brief, just a few examples. These are two ex special agents, highly intelligent and highly skilled. All the way through the story they are followed everywhere but never realise it. Although they know the killer is always one step ahead as if he hears everything they say, it’s only near the end of the story that Sean twigs they are being bugged. A car chase is so impossible you can only laugh. Sean alone is credited with, it must be said, having a super human brain solving intricate clues while all the other intelligent people gasp in amazement. A small middle class town in the national spotlight because of its highly publicized string of gruesome murders, yet people are still not switching on their security systems or drawing the curtains fully when they undress and go to bed.
I thought of myself as a Baldacci fan, but this book is almost like a spoof.

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