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Deliver Us From Evil

deliver us“Mallory had used great care in vetting all of the people who worked here.  There were no formal recruitments, of course. One couldn’t put an advertisement in the paper seeking justice-minded vigilantes comfortable with killing folks who desperately deserved it.”

Deliver Us from Evil is author David Baldacci’s second in the “Shaw series” (I only put it in quotes as I don’t think it is a true series as it seems to have stopped after three novels).  In this story Shaw finds himself on the hunt for a really bad man which leads him to a serene little town in France and into the arms of a beautiful woman…a woman who seems intent on getting in his way and needing his protection.  This is making his task more dangerous and forcing him to take his eye off of the prize…a dangerous thing when trying to catch a very dangerous man.

The Innocent

innocentIn the first of the Will Robie thrillers, The Innocent, Robie path is crossed with a young lady who throws him off of his game after he could not go through with a hit that he was ordered to complete,  He cannot bring himself to leave her behind.  Their paths are intertwined though he is not sure why or even if it is just a coincidence.  Their lives are at risk and he has to fend off a determined FBI agent also trying to solve a series of murders.  He is used to the chess game of his profession, but he is not sure whether he is playing or is a piece being manipulated.  Robie’s enemies always seem to be one step ahead.

Hour Game

Hour GameIn the Hour Game a small town is gripped with a series of murders investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are asked to help unravel the clues left by the diabolical killer.  As the national media descend upon the tiny hamlet of Wrightsburg, Virginia there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight for the killings.

“He flicked a good-bye wave to the clueless soccer mom.  Maybe I’ll be seeing you if you’re extremely unlucky.  He checked his watch:  three potential potentials in less than twenty minutes.  He breathed in the fresh air of the prosperous town of Wrightsburg, a town that had suffered a trio of brutal killings in quick succession.  Well, they hadn’t seen anything yet.”

The Whole Truth

whole truthThe Whole Truth is the first in the “A. Shaw” series originally published in 2008.  The novel by thriller writer David Baldacci has the world on the verge of war as unseen forces are playing chess with world powers and global superpowers are thrust into a return to Cold War days.  Powerful forces are at work to push public opinion against an old enemy.  The lead character named Shaw seems to be a puppet on the string of powerful “police” and is forced to do their bidding and accidently become intertwined with the growing world tension.  He joins forces with a prize-winning author who is down on her luck to try to prevent war.

Total Control

total controlIn Total Control a tragic plane crash turns attorney Sidney Archer’s world upside down.  The young mother is thrust into a world of sinister characters and where danger lurks seemingly around every corner and she is really never sure who she can trust.  A veteran FBI agent, who long ago sacrificed his marriage and his family to the “job,” is trying to help and figure out is she in innocent or part of the bizarre plot to perpetrate mass murder.  She also has to find out how her husband might have been involved and whether he is still alive.

The Hit

imageAlthough David Baldacci is a rather prolific and popular author, I had not read many of his novels.  I usually feel that when an author puts out that many books they are either written by someone else or if written by the author they may not be his best work.  That’s just my gut feeling.  I think my first book by this author was a few weeks ago, Memory Man.  It was decent, but wouldn’t drive me back again and again to this author.

Memory Man

imageImagine what it’s like to be able to remember everything. We’re not talking about a good memory, but an extraordinarily detailed ability to “re-watch” something that happened yesterday, a week ago, or even twenty years ago. Oh and the bad stuff that we are able to let fade is just as vivid.  In David Baldacci’s novel, Memory Man, former detective Amos Decker has this unique ability and is faced with trying to solved a series of crimes that become very personal.