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 . . .
Publisher: 2019/11/19
New York : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781538734032
1538734036
Call Number: BALDA
LARGE PRINT FICTION
Characteristics: 662 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Subjects: United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation -- Officials and employees -- Fiction.
Twin sisters -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Serial murderers -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Small cities -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Georgia -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Est. publishing date: 2019/11/19

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Ginamarguerite
Nov 16, 2020

I was on the fence about book 1 of this series but thought I'd give book 2 a try. I'm glad I did! I liked the Atlee character and REALLY liked the Blum character and was hoping she'd not only be in future books but in a fuller role. Baldacci does just that. He takes two terrific characters and makes them even better. The story starts out with some page gripping action before changing gears. Not that there isn't action, but it moves at a different pace that keeps you up late at night turning pages...just not holding on so tight.

Atlee is given the opportunity to see if she can find out what happened to her twin sister thirty years ago. Not one to be left out of the action, her assistant, Carol Blum, joins her on the trip to Georgia. While there a series of murders begin to occur that, given the small local police department, Atlee is asked to assist. It isn't long before here own mystery becomes entwined with what could be a current day serial killer.

From the moment they arrive in Atlee's home down there are some twists and turns you just don't see coming. I started it one day and finished it late at night/early in the morning just as day two broke. I can't wait for book 3.

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confidential_me
Nov 02, 2020

Would be happy to read more Atlee Pine, but think the sister thing should be wrapped up in the next book - it's a good storyline but want answers.

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tgroverme
Oct 14, 2020

It is surprising how a male author can actually get inside the head of a female leading character, but Baldacci has that gift. This one was very unlike any of the other novels I've read from him, and I really enjoyed the read. Tough to put down.

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0007548100dmw
Oct 02, 2020

Baldacci is a master story teller. This may not have been one of his best but, still very good. Baldacci books are always entertaining and filled with tension and excitement.

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Bookworm1136
Aug 09, 2020

4 -4 /2 read. The second book in Baldacci's Atlee Pine series was a very good read. Atlee returns to her roots to try to discover what happened to her sister Mercy all those years ago. When she gets there, people start getting murdered. Is the serial killer connected to Mercy's abduction or something else entirely? And why does Atlee have the feeling that everyone in town is keeping secrets from her about that abduction? An interesting read and a good set up for book #3 in the series.

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gloryb
Jul 02, 2020

I was more interested in the storyline involving Agent Atlee Pines's search for her abducted sister than the murders in her hometown which she ended up investigating after returning to her hometown to re-visit her old home where the abduction had taken place when both children, twins, had been 6 years old. That storyline remains unsolved and most likely will be the kernel plot for the next title in the Atlee Pine series. Just as I was losing interest in the second storyline, about 3/4's way through reading this novel as no clues seemed to be forthcoming to its solution, the action picks up - car chases, chases on foot, shoot-outs, child abduction, house explosion, personal risks - but the motives of the bad guys, when they are quickly put forward towards the conclusion, just seem to be over the top - too much detail too late in the story. These characters had not even been presented as dark quirky, possible suspects until the very end. If you don't have time to read the whole book, just read the first couple of chapters and the last couple of chapters - you'l get the essence of the novel.

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LuvReadingStuff
Jun 19, 2020

I love this character Atlee Pine. This was a very entertaining read. I look forward to the next Atlee Pine novel.

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Jlkramps5923
Jun 18, 2020

I’ve already read, can I cancel it?

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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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