Hour Game : King and Maxwell

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: King and Maxwell
  • 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be. Drawn into this violent affair are two Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Both have been hired to prove a man's innocence in a domestic burglary involving an aristocratic, if dysfunctional, family. Soon, stunning secrets will lead the partners into the middle of a frantic search for a killer unlike any they've confronted before. As the Hour Game barrels forward, Sean and Michelle face a macabre puzzle and uncover one horrifying revelation after another. Nearing the truth, they will find that their own lives are in danger. And then they're hit with the biggest surprise of all. When you play the Hour Game, you have to play to win. But time is running out...for all of them. In Hour Game, best-selling master storyteller David Baldacci has created his most mind-blowing and satisfying thriller yet.


What the Critics Say

"Utterly absorbing, complex mystery-thriller that spins in unexpected directions....A snappy surprise ending will have Baldacci's many fans remembering why they love this author so much." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Great listen!!

This is the first book that gave me "sore ears" because I couldn't stop listening! If you enjoy murder mystery genre, this ia s real winner!
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- Jerome Robbins


I have read two other books with Sean and Michelle and love their chemistry and the research that Baldacci puts into these novels. However, this story was not one I would recommend. It was okay if you want to keep up with the progression of the series; it had some details that might be good to know that carry over to the next book. However,the story-line was all over the place. Even after the EXTREMELY convoluted summation at the end of the book it still didn't make for a believable story. I thought the ending was very far-fetched. However, the biggest criticism I have about this book is the way Baldacci treated the Michelle character. Michelle was a strong female protagonist in Split Second and First Family (both very enjoyable.) But, here the author portrays poor Michelle as a weak sidekick to Sean King. When we are introduced to her as a top-notch Secret Service agent in Split Second, she had amazing skills in marksmanship, self-defense, investigation, and reasoning. She really was a force with which to be reckoned. In this book, she never takes a shot until it's too late, (and then she misses,) she can't fend off an attacker when her life is endangered, and her investigative skills are almost useless. She makes only small contributions along the way, usually as a follow-up revelation to something that King has already figured out. At one point, one of the characters in the book refers to the team as "Batman and Robin" and that's about right, except that Michelle doesn't even come off as being as helpful as Robin! In my opinion, the team works best when they come off as Batman and Superman with each possessing slightly different, but nevertheless, exceptionally cool skills that allow both of them to make equal contributions to the team. This book missed that mark.
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- Joanna "Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2004
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio