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He's copying famous serial killers.
And the HOUR GAME has just begun...


A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killing styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. No one knows this criminal's motives...or who will die next.

Two ex-Secret Service agents, Sean King a
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Paperback, 611 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Vision (first published 2003)
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Donna
I like Baldacci's writing quite a bit. He's one of few authors that can usually keep me guessing until close to the end of the book. He also has the ability to create characters that feel real, and he offers insight into human nature. However, in 'Hour Game' I feel these two elements were missing. Michelle Maxwell and Sean King - the principal characters in this book and a few others - were just plain flat, 2-dimensional. In addition, he tended to be more verbose than usual: he would explain som...more
Patrick Gibson
Jul 14, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Patrick by: the box in the closet
I tried reading one of Baldacci’s novels a couple years ago and became disinterested around page twenty. He is extremely popular (apparently) and seems to publish a new title every other day.

I figured he was not an author for me. Then came the dreaded moment: bedtime with nothing to read! Damn. I usually have a stack ready to go—but not this time. While desperately searching, I came across a box of books left by a friend who moved. Double Damn. The books were all either Romance or Political Thri...more
Monnie
What a difference a year makes! Baldacci's debut novel featuring disgraced Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, Split Second, earned just 3 stars from me; it's worth reading, sort of, if only to see how the book series that spawned a TV series got started - but it's just too simplistic and, in some spots, just plain silly, to be worthy of a higher rating. Since I consider Baldacci to be an accomplished (and favorite) author, though, I figured - make that hoped - that this series...more
Ami
This time King & Maxwell were involved with serial murders in their town, Wrightsburg, Virginia, while helping a lawyer friend (Harry) who had a client accused of robbery at Battles' residence. At first, the serial murders seemed to be copycat of works from infamous serial killers (The Zodiac, Son of Sam, etc). But King and Maxwell found that there was more than meets the eye. That everything seemed to link back the Battles family...

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Another great book -- I definitely love this s...more
Mark
This is my first David Baldacci book, and most likely my last. It was a free pick-up, something to read while I was on vacation.

The book is awful. It's so bad it may be the most humorous novel I've read this year. It's like a parody of a someone writing a bestselling novel. Someone at Mr. Baldacci's publisher needs to hire a first rate copy editor, because obviously, there is not one on the staff, This book is filled with sentences and paragraphs so incoherent it would have put my high school A...more
Vanessa Kinney
One of the finest books I've ever read; one book I cannot put down. I am already too sleepy but i just cant put it down.

I like how the story was fast paced and there was no dull chapter and I love how the characters simply evolved and how my brain gets to think on who will be killed next.

The intensity of the book from the first chapter to the last has always been a 10! A perfect 10! David Baldacci has made a new turn on how murders are done. The book is intricately written to include all clues...more
Swati
Too much of everything: Characters, information and events

When the small town of Wrightsburg is rocked by gruesome murders, both ex-secret service agents, Michelle Maxwell and Sean King, now private investigators (partners) are hot on the murderers tail. What sets the murderer apart is how he copies famous serial killers when he commits a crime.

The light banter between Michelle and Sean are the highlight of the book. Their bickering does bring comic relief to an otherwise intense thriller. How

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Virginia Jacobs
Not surprisingly, David Baldacci's books become predictable and formulaic after a while. This book was an enjoyable, easy read, and I got through it quickly. Sometimes it's nice to just be able to read a book without using a ton of brain power.

Probably the most annoying part of the book was not the predictability, but the chapter where the investigators sit down and review the data...the chapter is designed to look like they're all reviewing the information together, to make sure they haven't mi...more
Mel
I enjoyed this novel from David Baldacci. It had all the twists and turns necessary to keep me turning the pages. I had a few of the twists figured out before they were revealed, but that just tells me that Baldacci left the necessary clues for me to piece it together. Some of they "whys" took me by surprise though and I enjoyed that.

My one complaint is the lack of development of King and Maxwell, the protagonists. Sometimes I feel like in a effort the keep things a mystery we miss out on impor...more
Johnsergeant
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Narrator: Scott Brick
Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2004
Length: 14 hours and 25 min.

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 vict...more
Kunal
Yes we are use to serial killers and their traits courtesy authors and movie makers who have over exposed this genre. But this one is different. 2 detectives are trying to get hold of a killer who is coping styles of well known serial killers from history. Tempting as it is I wouldn't indulge in detailing of any of it. The game is complex courtesy an emotionally damaged family involved. Number of character and their respective background gives author liberty to move needle of suspicion across th...more
Lauren Fidler
i think we all need to agree right now that this sort of "four star" rating is not the same as say "out of africa four stars". but since this installment was better than the other ones i'd previously read (and i *think* i gave those about 3 stars), i decided to round up for posterity.

these are like stephanie plums. you know what you're going to get when you start one. i happen to prefer when maxwell and king are not straddling the divide between private detectives and saviors of democracy; there...more
Kevin Allmaras
David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors. This is the second of the Sean King and Michele Maxwell series. Sean and Michele are both ex-secret service agents who have come together and formed their own detective agency. Both leaving the service under extenuating circumstances. They are hired by a lawyer to investigate a break in at a compound in Virginia owned by Bobby Battle. His client a carpenter who worked there is accused of stealing some money but more importantly some revealing papers...more
Terri Lynn
I didn't like this one as well as the first one because this one was too convoluted. Is there one serial killer, two serial killers, or three separate serial or individual killers? That is the question that plagues Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, former Secret Service agents who left the Secret Service in disgrace and now are private detectives deputized by the local sheriff when all the killings stacking up overwhelm his small town force.

A bunch of people get killed in ways modeled on notoriou...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, I liked the first one well enough to run down the second. It's okay. We still get a little bit of the "buried views" but not quite so much. The two characters are still here and we get a bit of snarky dialogue.

There is a sort of "uncomfortable almost love story" for one of our protagonists but it is simply part of the book, the story, the plot so not bothersome.

In fact some of you who'd like to see a love story may be a bit disappointed...or for all I know a lot disappointed.

I didn't car...more
Deanne
If I hadn't been so tired I would have ended up reading all night, good job I could have a lie in. A serial killer is murdering people in Maxwell and King's neighbourhood, seemingly there are no connections. However Sean King is a smart guy and he finds links.
There are also the Battle's, a rich family who have a lot of connections, but with the patriarch in hospital and a burgalry there's a few skeletons in the cupboards who want out.
There are good characters, some gruesome murders and a few re...more
Julie
This started out so bad I gave up on it and started reading the next one but the next one's plot was so clearly dependent on knowing the outcome of this one that I went back. It really dragged but the end was a bit twisty. That being said, I almost don't want to bother with the next one now because I was so irritated by this one. Despite the presence of a purportedly strong female sidekick character, the fact that she's always referred to by her first name while the main character is referred to...more
Kinga
I did not learn much - in fact I don't know why I even bothered listening at the whole thing.

Curiosity! It makes me do all sorts of strange and sometimes unpleasant things!

The characters were like Pinocchio - wooden, but they never came to life, not while I was listening to the audio version. To be fair to the author, maybe it was the abridgment that did in those characters.
The flatness of the main female character, Michelle, hit me especially hard. I was starting to take it personally - what,...more
Nancy Bandusky
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Ash
You know things are intense when a book starts off with a dead girl being dragged in the woods to be posed.

Spoilers Ahead!

David Baldacci's Hour Game, the second in the King and Maxwell series, starts off like that. In fact, it looks like the killer might be a Zodiac copycat but that theory goes out the window when another body appears using another infamous murderer' M.O.

But this is not the case ex-Secret Service Agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, who have started a P.I. business together ha...more
Bill Thibadeau
A great novel and I really liked King and Maxwell. First is the plot. I was completely surprised by the "bad" person in the hood. I never would have guessed who it was. Baldacci has written a very deep and complex (not complicated) book. I simply want to read more of his books.

The characters were compelling. Not just the two in the series. All the characters, even the minor ones stood out and became a real part of the experience. My review would be 4.5 stars if this site allowed.
Leew49
Former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, in the 2nd novel in Baldacci's series, have set up a private investigation firm in Wrightsburg, Virginia. A local attorney hires them to investigate the evidence against his client, charged with the burglary of the home of a powerful local family, the Battles. At the same time an unknown murderer in the area is copying the styles of well-known serial killers of the past. When the two cases seem to dovetail, the local sheriff asks King...more
Merril Anil
i loved it and loved every page of it. dont get let down by the size of the book because you wont even realize that you are half way through the book because of its pace and intensity.

the book has its share of thrills, actions, blood drives and wits and humour filled through the pages.

I liked how david baldacci had kept it light for the readers to keep the track and yet the twists and turns blows your mind completely

true page turner
Susan McChesney
This book was completely different than other ones I have read by David Baldacci. However from reading other, reviews, I found that this is one iwithin a series with main characters named Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. I liked the main characters and the secondary characters. Both were well developed. Sean and Michelle are partners of their own investigation firm. They assist the local police besides taking on work of their own. In this book they help investigate a murder that leads to other mu...more
Nicholas
Up front, this is not a good book.

It started out mildly interesting for the first chapter, up until we met the heroes. Then it started a quick, but long decline into sheer boredom.

The story is trite, and reminded me mostly of something I would have seen in an 80s television movie. The secondary characters are so unoriginal and boring that a 2D person would look at them and think they are quite flat.

The writing is uninspired. Drunken inspiration would have helped. When the author wasn't busy s...more
Debra
PIs and former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are hired to prove Junior Deaver’s innocence in the burglary of the wealthy Battle family. Matriarch Remmy Battle has had the contents of a secret drawer stolen, as has her husband Bobby. Compounding the family’s problems is Bobby’s sudden stroke. Meanwhile, someone is going around town of Wrightsburg and killing people copying the styles of infamous serial killers. A growing connection between these murders and the Battles, plu...more
Carrie
One of the reasons I like mysteries is to see if I can solve it on my own. It's frustrating to me when authors don't provide crucial info that allows me to do that. And I was annoyed beyond belief at he constant reference to the two main characters by his LAST name with her FIRST name. Shouldn't an author as accomplished as this know to be consistent?
Carl
“Hour Game” is the second of Baldacci’s Sean King and Michele Maxwell series. For me and many others, I really was introduced to these characters on the TV series based on King and Maxwell; I grew to enjoy these characters which lead me to the book series. “Hour Game” is not quite as good as the original, “Split Second,” but it is still a great story. It all begins with interesting characterization as Baldacci gives us two fascinating protagonists, who have intriguing chemistry. Sean and Michele...more
Gloria Bernal
2.5 stars if we had halves/stars. This is an overkill - literally! Too many bodies, crimes, criminals, twists and turns and convolution at its best. I was glad to finish it. I thought it was way over the top and I am a fan of Baldacci and have enjoyed the King/Maxwell Series. This is an older one (#2) but if you haven't read him before, don't start with this one. It is just too convoluted and too many characters. Mostly I found it far-fetched by the time it ended. This one had some intense momen...more
Anne
Wrightsburg, Virginia residents are in a panic as a serial killer has murdered at least four times. The victims seem random and the motive is unknown.

Chief of Police Todd Williams knows he and his force do not have the skills to deal with this new predator and wonders if an FBI agent will prove helpful. Meanwhile former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have opened up a private investigative office in town; they are already working on the fifth slaying, that of international b...more
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David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated in...more
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