Simple Genius by David Baldacci
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In a world of secrets, human genius is power.
And sometimes it is simply deadly . . .

Near Washington, D.C., there are two clandestine institutions: the world's most unusual laboratory and a secret CIA training camp. Drawn to these sites by a murder, ex-Secret Service agent Sean King encounters a dark world of mathematicians, codes, and spies. His search for answers soon leads him to more shocking violence-and an autistic girl with an extraordinary genius.

Now, only by working with his embattled partner, Michelle Maxwell, can he catch a killer...and solve a stunning mystery that threatens the entire nation.

About David Baldacci

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David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at and his foundation at, and to look into its program to spread books across America at
Published April 24, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 442 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Baggage Town is high-powered because the scientists who work on its behalf are super bright, and it’s mysterious because no one really knows what they’re working on—except that a breakthrough could bring “the world as we know it to a screeching halt.” There, Sean finds the adorable Viggie, an 11-...

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This isn't Baldacci's most original book, but it's his most generously textured, distinguished by thoughtful delvings into family psychodramatics (of both the Fiske and Harms clans), a nicely rendered romance between two tentative lovers and, adding a welcome and strong backdrop of authenticity t...

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Entertainment Weekly

There are many mysteries in Simple Genius, David Baldacci's new book starring Secret Service agents-turned-PIs Michelle Maxwell and Sean King.

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Suite 101

The connection with Bletchley Park is examined throughout the plot and this may be the reason why some readers of Simple Genius feel that David Baldacci pays a nod to the adventure stories from days gone by.

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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Reviewing the Evidence

SIMPLE GENIUS is a complex tale of murder, lost treasure, a secret enclave of scientific geniuses, tormented pasts, and love without barriers.

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Nonetheless, the partnership of Michelle and Sean make this book a worthwhile read.

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