David Baldacci is an internationally-acclaimed author of 20 novels translated into more than 45 different languages. His The Sixth Man follows private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell trying to get to the truth about the accusations aimed at Edgar Roy, the alleged serial killer now locked away in high security mental facility. Their meeting with Roy’s lawyer takes an unexpected turn to the wrong direction when they discover his dead body. Questions follow more questions. Who would want the lawyer dead? Is Roy guilty or innocent? Who exactly is Kelly Paul? Who is following behind the investigative duo? Are they risking their lives trying to uncover the facts?
The current of surprises and speedily occurring events grab hold of King and Maxwell like a tornado, throwing them into suspect circumstances that don’t appear to make sense. Things simply aren’t what they seem. When federal agents and state law enforcement get involved, King and Maxwell find themselves squeezed between rock and a hard place. They just have to dig deeper through deception to get to the truth.
Contemporary Romeo and Juliet trying to save their country from terrorist attacks
In Baldacci’s Zero Day the protagonist, John Puller, a special agent from the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division, or CID, makes his first appearance in the Castle, or United States Disciplinary Barracks known as USDB. CID, USDB, SIG, P228, M11, SFC and SAC serve to create the world of the United States Army where coded language is the norm and classified information is accessible only to high-ranking officials. Shrouded in secrecy, government and military men with their codes and acronyms seem to be united as comrades to serve a common cause – protecting their nation.
The protagonist, Puller, comes from a family of military men. His father, Puller Sr. and his older brother, now behind the bars, have loyally served their country just like John. Puller is the all-time masculine hero, made of muscle, bravery and integrity, who drives his black Army-issued Chevy Malibu. Cool beyond words even in the heat of West Virginia summer. His equally competent and confident partner, who assists him in investigating the all-but-simple murders linked to concerns about national security, is Sergeant Samantha (Sam) Cole from Drake, West Virginia. Puller and Cole are contemporary Romeo and Juliet on a mission together.
The story starts with Howard Reed, the mailman, delivering the mail on a seemingly normal day in rural West Virginia. Trying to get a customer’s signature for a package delivery thrusts the mailman right in the middle of a murder scene. He finds four bodies sitting on a couch, all killed with different weapons.
Zero Day is built on fear for mass destruction and terrorist attacks, of government cover-ups, media lies, threat of contamination and pollution, health risks the good civilian people are exposed to because of government, media and military schemes and conspiracies. Solving this case, as Puller puts it, was like treating cancer. It required its own unique solution.
Baldacci’s family non-profit organization, Wish You Well Foundation, is dedicated to eliminating illiteracy in the United States.