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Sunday, July 29, 2012

"Simple Genius" by David Baldacci

Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #3)Simple Genius by David Baldacci

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Oh, just okay. Whenever it takes a chapter at the end to explain who the bad guys/good guys/mischief were all about, that's bad. And, it wasn't even the last chapter!  This book went on to tie up loose ends.

I'm not sure that even taking notes of minor details as you read will give you enough clues to figure out what is happening here.

Michelle Maxwell and Sean King are teamed up again. Desperate for money to pay for Michelle's therapy after she flips out by attacking a muscle-bound guy in a bar, Sean takes a solo job to investigate a murder at a think tank across the river from a high-security CIA camp.  Up to his IQ in quantum physics, cryptography and geniuses, he protects the victim's autistic daughter while trying to figure out if her father committed suicide or was murdered. A second body and Michelle's flight from her therapy compound his problems. 

So many federal law enforcement agencies, plots, harrowing escapes, villains, theories...Baldacci is validated as a smart person.  Was that his intent in writing this book?  He tried so hard that his book was not entertaining.

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