In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia
suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping Luther Whitney,
a career break-in artist, behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns
deadly, and Luther is running into the night. Because what he has just
seen is a brutal murder involving Alan Richmond, the president of the
United States, the man with ... Absolute Power.
Movie (1997), Clint Eastwood, director with Fene Hackman
Total Control (1996)
Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she
loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter.
Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything
changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.
Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's
leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the
best of everything, Archer has secretly entered into a deadly game. He
is about to disappear-leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies
from his truths, an accident team that wants to know why the plane he
was ticketed on crashed, and a veteran FBI agent who wants to know it
She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for
a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the
gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do
is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. It's an offer she
dares to refuse....until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into
a harrowing game of high stakes, big money subterfuge. It's a price
she won't fully pay....until she does the unthinkable and breaks the
promise that made her rich. For if LuAnn Tyler comes home, she will be
pitted against the deadliest contestant of all: the chameleon-like
financial mastermind who changed her life. And who can take it away at
The Winner (1997)
Twenty-five years ago, Rufus Harms was convicted
of a murder he knows he committed. But when his memory is jogged by a
letter from the army, he has a shocking realization: he's not guilty.
From prison, Rufus secretly files an appeal with the Supreme Court,
unaware that the real killers are on to him. But the long-time convict
knows he's running out of time when the Supreme Court clerk, who is
the first to see Rufus's appeal, and Harms's lawyer are murdered.
Sprung from prison by his brother, Rufus must now elude capture long
enough to expose a shocking cover-up and save his own life.
The Simple Truth (1998)
Saving Faith (1999)
Danny Buchanan and Faith Lockhart are the greatest
influence peddlers in Washington because they can guarantee results.
But Buchanans bribery scheme is uncovered by Robert Thornhill, a
zealous CIA chief, and he is forced to spy on his clients and network
of politicians to further Thornhills grand plan. Separately, Lockhart
goes to the FBI to tell all, and thus becomes a target of Thornhills.
As the FBI is unknowingly pitted against the CIA mastermind, and
Buchanan and Lockhart think each is destroying the other, its left to
private investigator Lee Brennan to save Faith.
It is 1940 and a tragedy sends two young
children, Lou and her little brother Oz, along with their invalid
mother, from New York City to the rugged mountains of Southwestern
Virginia to live with their great-grandmother Louisa Mae Cardinal. The
story is told with both heart-breaking elegance and large doses of
touching humor as the lives of Lou and Oz are forever changed. The
portraits of the land and its people are described with an
extraordinary eye for detail, and the story flows through swells of
prejudice, innocence, greed, faith, and the question of whether one
can ever really wish another well. The climactic courtroom battle is
as unpredictable as it is relentless and will not only decide the
fates of Lou, Oz, and their mother, but also all who have been touched
Wish You Well (2000)
Web London roars into a dark alley one night
with his FBI Hostage Rescue Team. Seconds later, the team is ambushed
and every man is dead except Web. As the FBI conducts their
investigation, the suspicion surrounding Web deepens. Now, he needs
help from an unlikely ally in his desperate search for the killer of
his friends, and finds himself up against a force determined to finish
the job that began in the alley killing the seventh and sole surviving
member of Charlie Team, Web London. Based on the real-life FBI Hostage
Rescue Team, Last Man Standing heralds David Baldaccis highly
anticipated return to the thriller genre.
Last Man Standing (2001)
Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get
from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the
train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at
airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude
awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball
escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives
pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged
terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential
goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. Equal parts
hilarious, poignant, suspenseful, and thrilling, David Baldacci's THE
CHRISTMAS TRAIN is filled with memorable characters who have packed
their bags with as much wisdom as mischiefand shows how we do get
second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially
during this season of miracles.
The Christmas Train (2002)
Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising
career at the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a
presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment and
the man whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.
Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. Eight years earlier, the
hard-charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be
diverted for a split second. And the candidate he was protecting was
gunned down before his eyes. Now Michelle and Sean are about to see
their destinies converge. Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and
deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking
truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives
were really a long time in the making-and are a long way from over.
Split Second (2003)
As a series of brutal murders darkens the
Wrightsburg, Virginia countryside, the killer taunts police by leaving
watches on the victims set to the hour corresponding with their
position on his hit list. What's more, he strives to replicate
notorious murders of the past, improving on them through savage
attention to detail. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are already
investigating a crime involving an aristocratic and dysfunctional
Southern family, but when they're deputized to help in the serial
killer hunt they realize the two cases may be connected. Adding to the
tension is the appearance of a second killer, this one imitating the
murders of the first. Soon, the two killers are playing a game of cat
and mouse, with King and Maxwell racing to solve the intricate puzzle
of their identities-before the body count escalates.
Hour Game (2004)
Baldacci takes readers inside the nations most
elite power club and shows how far its members will go to protect
their darkest secrets. The Camel Club. Its where the most influential
businessmen and politicians wine, dine, and often change the course of
history and where ruthless mercenaries spy unseen, recording every
last bit of information to sell to the highest bidder. But when Harry
Stone homeless man and conspiracy theorist extraordinaire witnesses a
gruesome murder, secrets begin to unravel. Stone steals a piece of
evidence from the scene that links the Clubs founders to the murder of
a high-profile government official, and they'll do anything to get it
back. Secret Service Agent W. Frank Churchill begins investigating
Stone as a murder suspect, but soon, with the help of defense attorney
Kate Monroe, he unearths a shocking truth: One man is using the Camel
Club for his own terrible devices and to achieve his horrific goals,
he must kill Stone....and anyone else who gets in his way.
The Camel Club (2005)
People are dropping dead in Washington, D.C.
First the Speaker of the House falls victim to a hitman in a carefully
orchestrated murder in front of dozens of the city's power elite.
Next, the director of the Library of Congress's Rare Books Room dies
in a book vault, but no one knows how. Caleb Shaw, Camel Club member,
nearly falls victim, too. Across the country, a gifted con woman
assembles an A-list team to pull off one of the most audacious scams
ever, against one of the most dangerous men in the world. When the
worlds of Washington and the elite con collide head-on, the Camel Club
finds itself teamed with a person they don't really trust but whose
skill helps them unravel a secret that threatens to bring America to
The Collectors (2006)
Simple Genius (2007)
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are back, and struggling in the
emotional aftermath of the events that brought them to the brink in
Dogged by personal demons, Maxwell is agrees to treatment
in a psychiatric institution, after barely surviving a violent barroom
brawl. And King, to right their partnership, accepts an offer to
investigate a murder in a scientific think tank named Babbage Town.
Feeling cured, Michelle joins him on the case, and they penetrate this
secret enclave of geniuses working to surpass the capabilities of the
most sophisticated microprocessor in the world. Suddenly, the pair
find themselves in a race against time to expose those who would tip
the entire global power structure...and destroy what's left of their
tales of football (and in one case European football, rugby) include
macabre deaths, ultimate suspense, theft, drugs, big money and
football. Tales of Super Bowl Sunday, NFL teams, has-been players,
great fans, and final plays are a collection like no other. Includes
works by Anne Perry, Brad Meltzer,
Brendan DuBois, Carol O'Connell, Colin Harrison, Dennis Lehane, Gary
Phillips, James Crumley, John Westermann, Lawrence Block, Mike Lupica,
Peter Robinson, and Tim Green
Freddy and the French Fries #1 (2005) with Rudy Baldacci,
A fast-paced, funny, fast-food 'thriller'
from New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci! Meet Theodore,
Wally, Curly, Ziggy, Si, and Meese-French fries you'll love so much you
won't want to eat them! But shoestring, waffle, wedge, curly, and
crinkle-cut potatoes were never more irresistible than in David
Baldacci's zany adventure about five giant fries that come to life-well,
six if you count heads......
Fries Alive! (2006)
with Rudy Baldacci, Illustrator
The Gang: Freddy T. Funkhouser, science
whiz kid; Howie Kapowie, his cheese-cube chowing sidekick; and Freddy’s
most incredible inventions: five living, breathing French fries by day,
super-powered kick butt spuds by night!
The Plan: Using the secret plans of mysterious missing inventor Silas
Finklebean to construct a time travel machine (from a pile of junk) that
sweeps the annual science competition and creams Pookesville’s baddest
bully, Adam Spanker, once and for all.
The Big Questions: Will Freddy’s time-warp team beat the clock before
Adam’s exploding volcano project buries the Funkhouser family
restaurant, the Burger Castle, in goopy purple lava? And can they
finally crack the case of the long-lost Silas Finklebean?
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