David Baldacci practiced law for nine years in Washington D.C. His cousin was the democratic governor of Maine, so you could safely assume that he knows a thing or three about the world of politics. No surprise then that the man People magazine named one of the 50 most beautiful faces in the world has come up with another politically themed novel. First Family is the fourth novel in his Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series. The action is fast moving and the puzzles are deeply plotted, murder, kidnap, revenge, corruption: all cornerstones of the Baldacci repertoire, and very much in evidence here.
Aside from being the most pulchritudinous man in publishing, Baldacci is also a super nice guy, so it is with heavy heart I tell you that certain aspects of his fiction lack a certain edginess. A characteristic that years of comfy sofas and big career success seem to imbue in certain writers. One gets the feeling that his clean cut protagonists are just too damn perfect for their own good. Family however twists us of balance, first by creating a truly despicable villain then…redeeming him, which makes for very interesting reading indeed. Naturally the politicians are as ever despicable from start to finish. No matter if things get a little silly towards the end of the book rest assured the delicious twisting finale will leave the reader smiling happily. We are talking big budget fiction here and I would be surprised if the finely manicured one hasn’t sold the screen play for this tome already. He isn’t the hardest working man in political crime fiction for nothing bub.