“King and Maxwell” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, 432 pages, in stores)
Sean King and Michelle Maxwell worked for the Secret Service but left under a cloud and are now working together as private investigators.
Driving home from a client meeting on a stormy night in northern Virginia, they almost run down Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy. They find out that he has run away from home after hearing that his father was killed in Afghanistan. When they take him back to his house, they meet his stepmother, who seems quite unconcerned.
The next day King and Maxwell hear from Tyler. He wants to hire them to investigate because the Army told him there would be no casket sent home. What he doesn't tell them is that he's received a coded email from his father. What makes it more interesting is that it was sent after his supposed death.
King and Maxwell begin a routine check and soon discover the Army, Homeland Security and the FBI all want them to stop their investigation. Obviously, that's the wrong approach, and as the private investigators dig deeper, they discover an international conspiracy that leads to the Pentagon.
Author Baldacci again brings back two of his favorite characters and spends time exploring their personal relationship as well as giving us another exciting story.
for The Oklahoman