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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
Paperback, 611 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Vision (first published October 26th 2004)
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Jan 12, 2010 Donna rated it it was ok
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
Dec 27, 2013 Mark rated it did not like it
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
Empieza muy bien, pero a medida que avanza se vuelve absurdo. Las motivaciones para los asesinatos son ridículas en su mayoría. Pasan cosas que son extremadamente convenientes para el unsub (tengo ganas de llamarle asi, como en criminal minds :P ). El unsub es expert@ en todo, consigue información que nadie más puede, entra en lugares con extremada facilidad. Todo en este libro es demasiado conveniente simplemente porque la trama lo necesita así.
La primera parte es entretenida, pe
Patrick Gibson
Jul 14, 2009 Patrick Gibson rated it liked it
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
Sep 03, 2013 Monnie rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2013 Swati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Ho

Brenda H
Aug 13, 2016 Brenda H rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed the book and it was an interesting read, it was much longer than it needed to be. In addition there were several tangents/red herrings that had been taken/thrown out but never resolved that it left me a bit frustrated at the end. The end was not as satisfying as it could - and should - have been but that has to remain unsaid as it would be a major spoiler...

Overall, because the story was interesting, kept me guessing throughout and was generally well written, I liked the read.

Vanessa Kinney
Aug 09, 2013 Vanessa Kinney rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 22, 2013 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 02, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
Overall this was a very enjoyable book. I enjoyed the style and feel of the book, I just feel it was a touch long to keep up the suspense and tension throughout. There was a big list of characters and the interactions with them were very intriguing and interesting. In some sense I just feel there was too much going on. That said it was a very enjoyable read that I would recommend to others, but I can see why some others don't take to it. Unusually I worked out the culprits on this one and quite ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Fatima rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
No creo que este libro sea la mejor presentacion de David Baldacci, es mi primer libro que leo de este autor, el cual es muy reconocido en este genero.

Que puedo decir del libro, primeramente no hice empatia con los protagonistas, King & Maxwell, ambos me los encuentro mal estructurados, no dan ni ton ni son. La narracion me la encontre en muchas ocasiones repetitivas, principalmente cuando describian los personajes. Hablando de personajes, demasiados, llega un punto que el autor se enreda ta
Aug 02, 2016 Eadie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 500-series
This is the 2nd book in the King and Maxwell series. It was a very interesting read and kept me turning the pages. The book could have been shorter as there were entirely too many characters and the plot had subplots. Each chapter brought more questions without any clues or answers. I do have to admit that Baldacci is very good at keeping us guessing and the killer was quite surprising and unexpected. I now look forward to reading the next in the series as I do enjoy the partnership of King and ...more
Baldacci throws everything, including the kitchen sink, at you in this action-packed thriller, the 2nd in the King and Maxwell series. A killer stalks Wrightsburg Virginia, imitating infamous serial killers with each murder. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, two ex-Secret Service agents, working now as Private Detectives in the area are called in to help with the investigation by the local police chief. As well, they are working a separate case for a lawyer, defending a break and entering suspect. ...more
Jul 09, 2014 Nicholas rated it did not like it
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
Virginia Jacobs
Sep 30, 2012 Virginia Jacobs rated it it was ok
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
Jun 24, 2009 Mel rated it liked it
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
Sep 15, 2007 Johnsergeant rated it really liked it
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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
Feb 02, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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Audiobook review - 4 stars story 4 stars audio. I enjoyed the story.... I was shocked how far the killer was able to go before caught. Also... all those murders and no FBI or major man-hunt went on... that didn't seem plausible. I'm happy that Ron McLarty has "Re" narrated to books. It's a great narrator. I'm really looking forward to book 5 where he teams up with Orlagh Cassidy! Together, they are spectacular. ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
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
Denisa Smrzova
Apr 22, 2016 Denisa Smrzova rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hrozný český překlad - jinak by možná knížka nebyla tak špatná.
Jan 13, 2016 Jane rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read and enjoying it a lot. Always love David Baldacci.
Dec 27, 2014 Luffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess doing a recurring thing as a hobby can seem pointless. Not reading, but reviewing. The Hour Game, though a book I enjoyed amply, cannot give rise to an insightful review. Also I'm trying to make it the last book read this year, instead of the penultimate one. The book bears the signature of its author. Only I can't decide if that's beneficial all the way through.

Make no mistake, The Hour Game is, by high standards, a paint by numbers book. From the way I see it, it has a great heart. I
Mar 05, 2016 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
I listened to the abridged version of this audio book. While this is not my preference (I'm always wondering what I'm missing from the full-length, unabridged novel), I purchased the book at a Salvation Army for a great price and thought I'd give it a shot (beggars can't be choosers). This book was one of my "eh, I'll read it eventually" books until I came across something that prompted me to read it. I'm really glad I did! As someone who has been reading chiefly romance novels, this was an exce ...more
Aug 01, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing
Hour Game by David Baldacci
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From The Book:
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 and Michelle Maxwell, have been hired to defend a man's innocence in a burglary involving an aristocratic family. Then a series of secrets leads the par
Hour Game is the second book of the Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series. Sean and Michelle are called to a crime scene where the killer seems to initiate the Zodiac Killer. While the police are working to understand the killer's strategy, a couple of high school lovers turn up dead, and another calling card, similar to that of another infamous serial killer, is left with the bodies. The police admit they are truly baffled. The clues are unmistakable yet don't seem to form any cohesive pattern exce ...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
Nancy Bandusky
Apr 06, 2014 Nancy Bandusky rated it it was ok
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Kevin Allmaras
Aug 14, 2011 Kevin Allmaras rated it really liked it
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
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