David Baldacci

Simple Genius (King & Maxwell Series, 3)

"…a must-read for serious thriller readers…"


A three-hour drive from Washington, D.C. - two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world's most unusual laboratory; whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an elite CIA training camp, shrouded in secrecy. Now a man and a woman are about to run the gauntlet between these two puzzle factories, straight into a furious struggle to exploit a potentially world-shattering discovery -- and keep some other secrets under wraps forever...

Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia.

Soon he is uncovering layer upon layer of disinformation designed to shield a stunning world filled with elite mathematicians, physicists, war heroes, spies, and deadly field agents. Amid yet more murder, a seemingly autistic girl's extraordinary genius, and a powerful breakthrough in the realm of classified codes, Sean soon learns enough to put his life at risk. Now, more than ever, he needs Michelle to help him catch a killer, save an innocent life and solve a stunning mystery that threatens the very soul of the nation.

From Michelle's courageous struggle to defeat her long-buried personal demons to a centuries-old secret that surfaces in the heat of the action, Simple Genius pulses with stunning, high-intensity suspense.

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Here's one I was unable to put down. It was quite slow to start, and with nearly 500 pages I wasn't sure I would actually persevere… I'm so glad I did! Just as you thought the 'crime had been solved' another twist was thrown at you and I never knew who was working with who, or against whom. This was a true thriller, with plenty of action. The book contains a good deal of information about codes and finding hidden treasure, and - if you are into breaking codes - at the back of this book is an unbroken code purportedly giving the location of $20m worth of hidden treasure! The main story contains a couple of sub-plots with questions that were all answered by the end of the book. Simple Genius is a must-read for serious thriller readers – and anyone who enjoys a good spy/espionage tale.

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