Simple Genius, written by David Baldacci, read by Scott Brick (Recorded Books)

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In this sequel to Hour Game (2004), private investigator Michelle Maxwell and her partner, Sean King, take on a case involving murder at a high-tech think tank. The story is as much about the mystery (involving a government conspiracy) as it is about Michelle and Sean piecing themselves together after surviving some near-fatal events, recounted in the earlier book. Brick reads in his usual crisp, dramatic manner, although he reveals his softer side when he changes pitch and tone while reading passages that explore Michelle’s mental instability and Sean’s deep concern for her. He seems invested in the plot, almost as if he cares about the outcome. Brick injects personality into the protagonists, whose strengths and weaknesses complement one another.

This review originally appeared in Booklist, September 2007.

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