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Hour Game (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  17,421 ratings  ·  886 reviews

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
Paperback, 611 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Vision (first published October 26th 2004)
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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
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
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...


Another great book -- I definitely love this s
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
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

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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
Nancy Bandusky
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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
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
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
Hour Game serves as my intro to the work of David Baldacci, and it hasn't tempted me to try any others of his titles. The 150-plus Amazon reviews of this particular novel are divided into two camps, those who loved it and those who had problems with it, and I'm afraid I fall into the second camp. The plot opens with an enthralling vignette, of the encounter of a deliberate and detached serial killer and his hapless victim. Good beginning. For some reason, however, the plot diverges almost immedi ...more
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,
This is another grab hold of your seat and hold on story. This is a fast paced book and one that has many players and I found that I needed to keep reading because it was easy to get confused. That being said WOW what a good book. On to #3 in the series.
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
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.
first from baldacci for me. good story. i've deducted two stars for the two split least that many...possibly can you keep track when you're reading with intent? with...purpose?
strunk and white (among others) have told us not to split the infinitive...baldacci has done that, so, three stars.

has all the requisite elements...action, suspense, terror, pages all numbered and in sequence, he does take too much time and space to describe the physical appearance of a charact
Baldacci's "Hour Game" is, in most every way, yet another crime thriller. There's an extravagent amount of violence and action, a "Who-Dun-It" that seems to hide more than it shows to keep the mystery going, and characters of this high ecleticism and strange relation that seem exclusively the type of fiction. It's not a book that is breaking any new ground for anyone who has read any "Bestseller" thriller author before.

But it's 600 pages, and those 600 pages went down like water. No matter the c
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
I picked up this series because of the King and Maxwell TV show which I really enjoyed, however I am finding what I liked about the show is lacking in the books.

First the good. Baldacci has me guessing and questioning throughout the entire novel. The twistedness of the villain is realistic and scary. The bad guys are smart and well thought out. It is easy to forget that you are reading a book. Until...

The bad. King's insistence on keeping the good theories to himself is driving me nuts! He has n
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David Baldacci published 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 into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 cou ...more
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