The Sixth Man by David Baldacci


6 Critic Reviews

Authentic scenario, mystery piled on misdirection and more double-crosses than a tic-tac-toe tournament.


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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.

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 19, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 426 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on May 08 2011
Weeks as Bestseller
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All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2


Apr 05 2011

Authentic scenario, mystery piled on misdirection and more double-crosses than a tic-tac-toe tournament.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Mar 14 2011

A fast pace compensates only in part for a cartoonish villain--a venal politician--and a familiar Washington conspiracy plot.

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Reviewed by Ray Palen on Apr 25 2011

a roller-coaster ride whereby Baldacci continuously stays three steps ahead of the reader as plot lines are opened and closed with lightning speed... THE SIXTH MAN may be the best entry yet in the...series

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Chicago Sun Times

Below average
Reviewed by Mitch Dudek on May 05 2011

a rash of cliched one-upmanship dialogue between government agents is enough to make you shake your head.

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AP/Press of Atlantic City

Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on May 01 2011

Baldacci is a master craftsman..."The Sixth Man" will certainly land at the top of best-seller lists.

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Cym Lowell

Reviewed by Cym Lowell on Jul 25 2012

a brilliant weave of sophisticated intrigue, loyalty, love, patriotism, honor, and redemption... a page turning thrill

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