What can I say about a novel by a guy whose last name ends in a vowel like mine? What do you think? I wonder does he come from the old country like I do, I mean Trenton, N.J. I really don’t know; I haven’t had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing one of my favorite authors on this planet. I have read and consumed every word that the man has written that I can get my hands on. Here in The 6th Man I thought, hey, he is taking Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, one of my favorite tandems in the whole world in a new direction with the sports title. But low and behold that was just the first curve ball thrown my way in what is quite possible one of his most twisted, action packed, and well written novels of his to date. Here is what is between the covers (I read this in hardback):

“After the #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, and First Family, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the absolute limits of the human mind.

Edgar Roy-an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted. “

How many government conspiracy novels have you read in 2010, and so far this year. It seems there are plenty of them. The point I am trying to make is that this is not just another one of those. Yes, it revolves around another government plot, but this goes a long way to further the relationship between our two heroes and introduces us to a few more. I just loved it; he kept me on my toes turning pages till the very end, twists turns, double crosses, triple crosses, well you get the point. I sincerely hope that he spins a few of these characters off into their own novels because they really are pretty neat characters. I see that this is at the top of the food chain on the NYT Bestseller list; it deserves to be there no doubt, great stuff, well done, well thought out and executed. Don’t pass this up whether you are a fan of his or not, and if you are not, please reconsider it, he has so many good novels it would be a shame to miss them. 

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