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Saturday, 4 April 2015

David Baldacci - The Collectors

Book review written by Brian Lowen and read live on the bookshow 2nd April 2015 

A typical thriller from DB, this time set in the world of libraries and rare books.
 The shy division head of the Library of Congress in Washington DC is making his early morning patrol of the vaults in the Library when he is suddenly mysteriously killed. No motive can be found and the cause of death cannot be ascertained.

Caleb Shaw is head of the rare books section of the library and he is stunned at the unexpected death. He is a member of the Camel Club, a hotchpotch group of four characters, each with individual skills who meet regularly to discuss current problems.
They decide to try and find out why and how he was killed

Meanwhile a top class con artiste is intent on planning a con on the owner of a casino in Atlantic City because he had her Mother killed. She also has a group of confederates involved in her complicated plot.

The two groups eventually come together and are involved in the tracking down of a notorious spy ring in the seat of power in Congress.

The plot is extremely complicated and I lost my way several times as there are so many characters in the story but one can eventually pull it all together.

DB is a good writer of this type of thriller, and it is a good story, even though rather tongue in cheek. I have read some of his other books and this is as good as the rest.


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