Thursday, 8 September 2011

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: The Sixth Man - David Baldacci

Release Date: 22/07/11


After alleged serial killer Edgar Roy is apprehended and locked away in a psychiatric unit, private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy’s lawyer—an old friend of Sean King— to look into the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins: while en route to their first meeting with the lawyer, King and Maxwell discover his dead body.

A rash of terrifying events begins to unfold and it is up to King and Maxwell to uncover the truth: is Roy a killer or not? But the more they dig into his past, the more they are bombarded with obstacles, half-truths, and dead ends that make filtering the facts nearly impossible. As each new theory brings a new revelation, King and Maxwell will be pushed to the limit. Could this deadly case be the one that leaves the duo permanently parted?


As most people are aware, I love a thriller and as such David Baldacci is usually a name that I trust to give me what I want. It’s cleverly written, the characters are developing their relationships and its usually something that keeps the book on an even keel from start to finish giving the reader enough excitement as well as opportunity to recover before the next big sequence.

Whilst I did get that from this story, it was sadly a little predictable and when you’re on book five of an established series the reader expects some shocks as well as twists to keep it from stagnating. Whilst I did get a lot of goose bumps from the action, knowing what was going to happen ruined this experience for me and as such this isn’t one of my favourite books by this author. Don’t get me wrong, it is a lot of fun, the usual elements are there and if you’re not up to speed it might well surprise but as an established fan, I expected more. Sadly I didn’t get it but I’ll still stick in there to see what comes next.

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