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Hour Game

(Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  41,422 ratings  ·  1,799 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 1st 2004)
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Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, 2017
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are hired to help prove that Junior Deaver did not break into and burglarize the Battle family's estate. But as they are questioning the Battle family, the Police Chief asks them to look into a murder. The victim is made to look like a casualty of the Zodiac Killer. Soon more bodies are turning up, each made to look like the victim of a famous serial killer. As King and Maxwell's original case becomes entwined with the serial murders, they begin to question just ho ...more
Jan 12, 2010 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 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
kartik narayanan
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hour Game follows the usual trend of a Baldacci series. The first book, Split Second, was interesting but not great and it set up the rest of the series. Hour Game improves upon Split Second in every way possible, especially the plot.

The lead characters are great as is their interactions. The murders are local; so we get to see a lot more of Wrightsburg. The plot is also much better since there is some kind of payoff in the end.

Overall, this is a nice time pass.
Rohit Enghakat
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
This book is a taut thriller pairing Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. The duo is hired as deputies to the police chief Todd Williams to solve a string of murders committed by a serial killer. The ride is bumpy with bodies falling left and right, ending in a superb climax. The author builds up the suspense beautifully right till the end. The characters are interesting especially the entire Battle family and the ending is unpredictable.

I enjoyed this edge-of-the-seat thriller.
Dec 27, 2013 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.

Aug 31, 2013 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
Vanessa Kinney
Aug 09, 2013 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
Jul 26, 2016 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
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Pretty standard for a David Baldacci book, having read several of these. I have not read the first book in this series though, but I still enjoyed this book and the mystery. 3.75/5 stars.
Jeff Dickison
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This started on a pace to be a 4-star book, but it just went on and on, probably at least 100 pages more than it should have. Then the last plot twist was just too much over the top, unbelievable and very unsatisfying. I think Baldacci faked himself out. King & Maxwell are on the trail of a serial killer and the plot twists and turns like a snake in a hot frying pan. Recommended only to King & Maxwell fans.
Diana Long
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second book of the series pairing ex secret service now investigators King and Maxwell. In this story they are on the hunt for a serial killer and it's non stop action from beginning to end. Plenty of intense moments and creatively written scenarios. Highly entertaining ...more
Jun 20, 2013 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 serie
Patrick Gibson
Jul 14, 2009 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
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Would recommend to… nobody. It was dreadful. It made the boring stuff I had to do even more boring.

As I have said in one of my updates already, this book wouldn't have made it past the DNF line if it weren't for the fact that I listened to it as an audiobook while doing really blunt tasks at work. It seems ironic to mee that especially crime novels and thrillers have a hard job exciting me, given suspense is their major tool to catch the reader'
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, re-read
**my second read**

King & Michelle from Charottlesville, work on killings in Wrightsburg. The plot link to murderer is easy. The book's link to the "Hour game" title is good. Wrist Watch "stems" are pulled out stopping at a hour 1:00, 2:00, etc. hence set to the "hour" are placed on bodies/victims.
"Zodiac" Letters/Symbols & Zodiac Wrist Watches set at a hour?
Murders point to a Battle family. A good character, Dr. Sylvia Diaz, dept. med. examiner had an affair from her husband, Steve Diaz, with a
Brenda H
Jul 17, 2016 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.

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 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read as part of World of Sleuths Readalongs

Another enjoyable read. Been listening to it on audio through Hoopla and I do enjoy the narrator. Lots of twists and uncovering the reason behind the murders was interesting. Each puzzle piece fit together well and I was surprised with the outcome.

The murders were much more violent in this one than the previous installment, but I think I did enjoy this mystery just a touch more than the first one. I do enjoy seeing how King and Maxwell work together as
Neel Tullu
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
So many characters! So many murders! So many mysteries! This book had me in the story from page one right until the end. The plot and the buildup was so so good and the way the characters intersected and the way every story and person had another deeper layer of darkness has very interesting. The reveal in the end wherein the killer is ........... was a bit expected if not completely surprising. Still it touched a lot of points on intentions and lost love and family and desires and in the end th ...more
Merril Anil
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library
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
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Well this is a book and a half. Maxwell and King return in Hour Game. They find themselves on the Hunt for a serial killer who is copying famous serial killer.
Baldacci can spin a tale and Hour Game is no different. There are multiple stories here that do eventually come full circle. While I did guess some of the plot points it would be near impossible to guess them all, not that I'm going to stop trying with the following books in this great series.
William Richardson
A fast paced. page turning, did not want to put it down, roller coaster ride. This book had everything a reader could want in a story. The plot was complicated because there was more then on. The characters were as complicated as the plot. If you like mystery's then this is a must read. ...more
Dec 24, 2014 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
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
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
David Highton
A very long book for the second King and Maxwell book, six months or so following the events in the first book which brought their two characters together. Slightly sleepy Wrightsburg in Virginia sees a spate of murders, where it is not clear whether more than one killer is involved - pretty violent stuff and some exciting scenes
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not at all one of his better works and much too long. If you're patient enough to get to the end, you reach the best part. On that basis 4 of 10 stars ...more
Amit Bagaria
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my 26th David Baldacci novel and the seventh back-to-back. This was Baldacci's second book in the "King and Maxwell" series but the third that I read.

Following their collaboration in the previous novel "Split Second", former Secret Service agents Sean KIng and Michelle Maxwell have gone into partnership and set up a private investigation firm in the small but wealthy town of Wrightsburg, Virginia.

As they begin investigating a theft at the mansion of a very wealthy family, a serial kille
Una Tiers
Gross, unnecessarily violent, and at least the first 5 pages should have been labeled horror.
Jun 16, 2009 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
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