Author: David Baldacci
Series: Fifth in Sean King & Michelle Maxwell
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
My Rating: 3 out of 5
The Sixth Man is fifth installment in Baldacci’s Sean King & Michelle Maxwell series.
Edgar Roy is a serial killer behind bars and his lawyer Ted Bergin hires King and Maxwell to help him prove Roy’s innocence. Shortly after the novel starts, King and Maxwell find Bergin murdered and their doubts about Roy are somewhat cleared. They begin to unfold mystery behind Roy’s arrest and why some big shots are putting a great fight in not letting Roy’s true story out. A series of murders follow and King and Maxwell become the targets themselves before they could find out the real culprits and their motives behind the murders.
The story is not just predictable but also has some pretty dull characters (except Sean and Michelle of course) which take away the interest of the reader. It sure starts with a great mystery building up but the story crumbles down shortly before one reaches the half of the novel.
I hoped for the ending to throw some unexpected turn at me, which it did, but unfortunately it was too late and it couldn’t amaze me as much as it could have.
The serial killings are not as impressive as we like them to be and some killings don’t even make sense. It makes you wonder why the killer even bothered to kill this person and traveled between cities to take up that risk. Baldacci is a brilliant writer and I really like reading his novels, but this one isn’t as good as the others and maybe it’s because of my high expectations from the author.
It gets 3 out of 5 stars from me and it gets the third one only because the first half was pretty good.