Hour Game serves as my intro to the work of David Baldacci, and it hasn’t tempted me to try any others of his titles. The 150-plus Amazon reviews of this particular novel are divided into two camps, those who loved it and those who had problems with it, and I’m afraid I fall into the second camp. The plot opens with an enthralling vignette, of the encounter of a deliberate and detached serial killer and his hapless victim. Good beginning. For some reason, however, the plot diverges almost immediately, disintegrating into a hodgepodge of murders that may or may not have been perpetrated by the guy who opened the book. The characters are mere caricatures, and the interactions among the FBI, local police, and the intrepid PIs are ludicrous. Hour Game ends with a prosaic but prolonged boat chase, in which our valiant hero comes perilously close to losing his life. Never fear….
Nothing new or original here.