A Minute to Midnight

A Minute to Midnight

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'My sister was abducted from here nearly thirty years ago. The person who took her was never found. And neither was she. Her abductor nearly killed me. So I'm back here now trying to find the truth.' Atlee Pine has spent most of her life trying to find out what happened that fateful night in Andersonville, Georgia. Her six-year-old twin sister, Mercy, was taken and Atlee was left for dead while their parents were apparently partying downstairs. One person who continues to haunt her is notorious serial killer, Daniel James Tor, confined to a Colorado maximum security prison. Does he really know what happened to Mercy? The family moved away. The parents divorced. And Atlee chose a career with the FBI dedicating her life to catching those who hurt others. When she oversteps the mark on the arrest of a dangerous criminal, she's given a leave of absence offering the perfect opportunity to return to where it all began, and find some answers. But the trip to Andersonville turns into a roller-coaster ride of murder, long-buried secrets and lies. And a revelation so personal that everything she once believed to be true is fast turning to dust.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781538761601
1538761602
Branch Call Number: FICTION Baldacci 2019
F BALDACCI
Characteristics: 418 pages ; 24 cm

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carolsonder
Jan 23, 2020

Have never been disappointed when reading one of his stories. great story line and i look forward to seeing more of this.

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Reads_A_Lot
Jan 20, 2020

This is the 2nd book in this series. Like the first book, it was just OK for me. What keeps me reading is the mystery of what happened to Atlee’s sister. The main mystery of a local serial killer did not interest me much and was drawn out far longer than needed. We only get a small amount of additional info regarding the sister, but once again the book ends leaving me intrigued enough that I will probably keep reading the series until her sister is found.

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Gareldb
Jan 16, 2020

This book was a really quick read, as are many of David Baldacci's books. There were basically two storylines: Atlee Pine searching for answers on the abduction of her twin sister, and a series of murders in a small town in Georgia. Throughout most of the book she never seems to really get traction on events around her sister's abduction but is able to get past a bunch of red herrings in tracking down the source of the murders. I found her main search for her sister to be more of a distraction than an interesting story that plays off of, and enhances, the other story. Atlee Pine makes a decent protagonist but I find some of Baldacci's other heroes (John Puller and Will Robie) a little more interesting. She seems more like version 2.0 of Michelle Maxwell from one of the author's previous series.

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WinstonO
Jan 01, 2020

Very typical Baldacci but with less twists, turns and intrigue. The storyline is much simpler than his previous stories. The story is good but read very quickly. Most people will enjoy reading this story. I was drawn into the story but there was no surprise(s) for me.

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Lilybop1
Dec 28, 2019

Excellent story. Characters are wonderful. Should read the books in order though. Looking forward to the next in this series.

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USAF1969
Dec 16, 2019

With A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT we have the 2nd book in David Baldacci's series starring FBI Agent Atlee Line. This series is a bit different than a usual series where the main character solves new crimes in each installment. In the first Atlee Pine book, LONG ROAD TO MERCY, we see an FBI agent doing her job, but also consumed with trying to find out what happened to her sister Mercy, when Atlee was nearly beaten to death and her twin sister just disappeared at the age of 6. In this 2nd book, she is granted some leave time to go back to the place where the twins were separated to try and unearth what actually happened so many years earlier. While there she finds herself also drawn into a web of what appears to a serial killer at work. Ultimately these two lines of investigation have a connection and at the end she learns a startling new fact about her own history that most definitely sets up book #3 in this series. I hope Baldacci gets to work and that book is published soon - can't wait. Lots of twists and turns, lots of characters, and great development of the key character, Atlee Pine (as well a former FBI partner and her current FBI Admin Assistant). Great read, enjoy!

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Zoelexi777
Dec 08, 2019

I really like this new series featuring Atlee Pine. This was a good story as Atlee goes searching for information on her family and while doing so comes across a murder. I would recommend the read.

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mjk236sb
Dec 05, 2019

Good story - and it is interesting to get to know Altee and her history better. Baldacci continues to keep us entertained with his stories and characters. Never disappointed in his books. Now we have to anxiously wait for the next chapter in her story.

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Pecknpaws
Dec 03, 2019

Excellent story! Held me throughout. Lots of potential seemingly viable suspects. Love his stories.

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cnsreader
Nov 27, 2019

In this, the saga of FBI Agent Atlee Pine, continues. She returns to her hometown to reopen the investigation of her twins disappearance and is drawn into an apparent serial killers beginning a series of staged killings that make no sense except to the disturbed killer! During this reign of killings Agent Pine finds out something that shakes up her memories of her childhood!

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