A Minute to Midnight

A Minute to Midnight

Large Print - 2019
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"FBI Agent Atlee Pine's life was never the same after her twin sister, Mercy, was kidnapped--and likely killed--thirty years ago. After a lifetime of torturous uncertainty, Atlee's unresolved anger finally gets the better of her on the job, and she finds she has to deal with the demons of her past if she wants to remain with the FBI. Atlee and her assistant Carol Blum head back to Atlee's rural hometown in Georgia to see what they can uncover about the traumatic night Mercy was taken and Pine was almost killed. But soon after Atlee begins her investigation, a local woman is found ritualistically murdered, her face covered with a wedding veil--and the first killing is quickly followed by a second bizarre murder. Atlee is determined to continue her search for answers, but now she must also set her sights on finding a potential serial killer before another victim is claimed. But in a small town full of secrets--some of which could answer the questions that have plagued Atlee her entire life--digging deeper into the past could be more dangerous than she realizes." --back cover.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781538734032
1538734036
Characteristics: 662 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.

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2303tes
Mar 06, 2020

Will look forward to the next in series.

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harrybosch
Feb 28, 2020

Again, like the previous Atlee Pine story, not one of Baldacci's best. Pines' search for her sister leads to a long , drawn-out and convoluted plot involving a local serial killer, which gets excruciatingly tedious. Not much was acheived in the search for her mother or sister, but she does uncover one surprising fact about herself. I assume this one was just the precursor to the next in the series. All in all I prefer the John Puller and King and Maxwell series.

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NedSu
Feb 18, 2020

It's a Baldacci book, the second in the Atlee Pine series. The two storylines are tangential but intertwined, as Atlee goes home to investigate her past. Ancillary characters get some more meat on their bones, as does Atlee Pine's back story. The pace, like all of his books, is page turning, and the plot is convoluted and contorted. Considering the author's prolific output, any flaws in the plot are incidental. I look forward to more Baldacci, and if it's Atlee Pine, that is OK by me.

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writermala
Feb 18, 2020

This is the second in the Attlee Pine series. The book begins with a show of strength by FBI agent Pine and goes on with her desire to solve her three decade old mystery of how her twin, Mercy was abducted. She goes back home only to step into a quagmire of murders. Will she solve anything at all? Not a bad book.

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carolsonder
Jan 23, 2020

Have never been disappointed when reading one of his stories. great story line and i look forward to seeing more of this.

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Reads_A_Lot
Jan 20, 2020

This is the 2nd book in this series. Like the first book, it was just OK for me. What keeps me reading is the mystery of what happened to Atleeā€™s sister. The main mystery of a local serial killer did not interest me much and was drawn out far longer than needed. We only get a small amount of additional info regarding the sister, but once again the book ends leaving me intrigued enough that I will probably keep reading the series until her sister is found.

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Gareldb
Jan 16, 2020

This book was a really quick read, as are many of David Baldacci's books. There were basically two storylines: Atlee Pine searching for answers on the abduction of her twin sister, and a series of murders in a small town in Georgia. Throughout most of the book she never seems to really get traction on events around her sister's abduction but is able to get past a bunch of red herrings in tracking down the source of the murders. I found her main search for her sister to be more of a distraction than an interesting story that plays off of, and enhances, the other story. Atlee Pine makes a decent protagonist but I find some of Baldacci's other heroes (John Puller and Will Robie) a little more interesting. She seems more like version 2.0 of Michelle Maxwell from one of the author's previous series.

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WinstonO
Jan 01, 2020

Very typical Baldacci but with less twists, turns and intrigue. The storyline is much simpler than his previous stories. The story is good but read very quickly. Most people will enjoy reading this story. I was drawn into the story but there was no surprise(s) for me.

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Lilybop1
Dec 28, 2019

Excellent story. Characters are wonderful. Should read the books in order though. Looking forward to the next in this series.

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USAF1969
Dec 16, 2019

With A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT we have the 2nd book in David Baldacci's series starring FBI Agent Atlee Line. This series is a bit different than a usual series where the main character solves new crimes in each installment. In the first Atlee Pine book, LONG ROAD TO MERCY, we see an FBI agent doing her job, but also consumed with trying to find out what happened to her sister Mercy, when Atlee was nearly beaten to death and her twin sister just disappeared at the age of 6. In this 2nd book, she is granted some leave time to go back to the place where the twins were separated to try and unearth what actually happened so many years earlier. While there she finds herself also drawn into a web of what appears to a serial killer at work. Ultimately these two lines of investigation have a connection and at the end she learns a startling new fact about her own history that most definitely sets up book #3 in this series. I hope Baldacci gets to work and that book is published soon - can't wait. Lots of twists and turns, lots of characters, and great development of the key character, Atlee Pine (as well a former FBI partner and her current FBI Admin Assistant). Great read, enjoy!

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