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  1. Split Second (King & Maxwell Series)
    Split Second (King & Maxwell Series)
    Split Second (King & Maxwell Series)
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  2. Split Second (King & Maxwell Series)

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  • ISBN13: 9780446533126
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The world can change forever in a single...


Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising career at the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment, and the man whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air. Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. Eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the candidate he was protecting was gunned down before his eyes. Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge.

Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making-and are a long way from over...

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are among my favorite fictional detectives and in "Split Second" author David Baldacci spins a tale about how they first met and, eventually, became partners with their own agency.
It's an interesting story; one that details how a momentary distraction caused King to look away at the precise moment that an assassin shot the presidential candidate he was supposed to be protecting when he was a Secret Service agent. It also explains how Maxwell wound up suspended eight years later when a candidate she was protecting was kidnapped.
That should make this a 5-star novel but Baldacci, in my opinion, doesn't quite make the villain and his henchmen very convincing. They are cartoonish more than menacing; cutouts rather than fully realized characters with believable motives. Baldacci does try to explain the villain's reasons by saying he is insane but... well, that's just not really believable given the length of time that passes between the... Read more
This was my first read of a David Baldacci book. I don’t know if I’ll be back.

I liked it through the first half. I liked the premise of two Secret Service agents, each professionally disgraced by an attack on the presidential candidate they were respectively guarding, drawn to each other to dig deeper into the crimes, which show links despite the years between them.

In the more recent case, candidate John Bruno has been kidnapped while agent Michelle Maxwell headed up his protective case. In one eight years earlier, agent Sean King shot and killed the shooter of candidate Clyde Ritter, but is blamed for having been distracted just long enough to miss stopping the assassination.

Their investigation is complicated by the involvement of former agent Joan Dillinger, a onetime flame of King’s somehow involved the day of the shooting but for whom King has been covering all these years. Now she’s a private consultant working on... Read more
I thought the story started out wonderfully, but then it became overly complicated when so many different characters got involved in hypothesizing about what might be happening and the motivations for all the murders. I guess some people would call all that hypothesizing to be “red herrings” but to me it was a little too much and overstated.

And while I was willing to accept that the murderer was mentally imbalanced along the lines of the Phantom of the Opera, I found it a little bit too unbelievable that a U.S. Marshal had aided and abetted the murderer with seemingly no conscience and, in fact, had partly orchestrated the murderer’s plan.

The writing was good to excellent, the story moved forward at a nice pace, but I found the whole justification for the murderer’s revenge a bit difficult to swallow, pushing the verisimilitude of the story past the boundaries which I usually find acceptable.

The story also lost a few points... Read more
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