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Split Second by David Baldacci
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Apr 07, 08

bookshelves: audio, murder, mystery, crime
Read in March, 2008

I like the reader (Scott Brick, who also read The Wish List), so enjoyed the book, despite its inconsistencies. Kate Ramsey knew nothing that could help the investigators. Then she knew a little. Then within minutes she knew a lot. She couldn't conceive of her mother having an affair with Thorston (spelling?), yet she knew they were engaged eight years later. Continuity was lacking. Joan thinks about a Trojan horse just before she's blindsided by one? Katy says she knew of nothing in her dad's past that would have kept him from getting a professorship at a better college. Then a few minutes later she says he was in a protest in the '70s and was accused of murder and that had kept him from getting on with a better university.
Baldacci loves to tell you that the protagonist has clues that he isn't yet ready to share with his partner or the reader. The mystery isn't so much "who done it" as "what does he know".
Too many of the solutions were things the reader couldn't have known about, and the bad guy was an unbelievable character.
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