Sean King has reinvented his life after success then failure as a Secret Service Agent. In 1996, a Presidential candidate was assassinated on his watch, and he paid the price. He's now put the past behind him, fashioning a new life as a small-town lawyer in Virginia.
While on a current Presidential campaign, driven Secret Service Agent Michelle Maxwell makes a judgment error that results in the kidnapping of another Presidential candidate.
These events may or may not be coincidental. Best-selling author David Baldacci brings Sean and Michelle together with several skeletons from the past. Their task is dangerous. Any wrong move could result in death in Split Second.
Publisher's Weekly called this tale "less gripping" than Baldacci's previous works and I must disagree with that statement. Split Second is thoroughly engaging. There are fewer intricate political and legal details, but that aspect makes the story easier to follow.
Baldacci creates multi-dimensional characters in Sean, Michelle, and Joan (Sean's old flame and colleague). The author pits each player against the others. Their chemistry adds depth and suspense to the page-turning tale. The set for the ending is a stretch, but the author doesn't disappoint in the action department. Split Second is one of Baldacci's best.