David Baldacci - Simple Genius
Last seen in Split Second (2003), former Secret Service agents Sean
King and Michelle Maxwell have reached a crisis in their relationship
in this less than compelling Washington political thriller from
bestseller Baldacci. When Maxwell instigates a fight with the most
intimidating bruiser she could find at a local bar and lets herself be
beaten unconscious, despite her superior fighting skills, her partner
suggests she voluntarily commit herself to a psychiatric facility.
While Maxwell reluctantly undergoes treatment to find the childhood
roots of her death wish, King probes the suicide of a scientist found
on the grounds of Virginia's Camp Peary, a mysterious CIA facility.
Both mysteries are fairly run of the mill, lacking the sharp twists and
expert pacing that characterize Baldacci's fiction at its best.