Book review: 'The Forgotten' by David Baldacci

“The Forgotten,” David Baldacci's second book featuring Army Special Agent John Puller, is a well-written thriller that takes shape in the seamier side of Paradise, Fla.
BY JOHN HARRINGTON Published: November 25, 2012
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In David Baldacci's “The Forgotten” (Grand Central Publishing, $27.99), Army Special Agent John Puller is about to take some much-needed rest when an urgent call sends him to see his father in the VA Hospital.

A letter from Betsy, his father's sister, asks Puller to go to Paradise, Fla., to do some investigating.

Puller goes there and finds Aunt Betsy dead, a supposed drowning victim in her backyard fountain. The police are calling it accidental.

Puller isn't buying that and begins his own investigation.

What he discovers is the seamy side of Paradise, and the major operator is the rich and powerful Peter Lampert.

There's slave trade and prostitution with human consignments shipped all across the country.

Puller and an unlikely group of allies want revenge and justice, but it's a well-trained group they're facing.

This is Baldacci's second Puller book, and if you read Lee Child's books, Puller may remind you of someone.

But it's still Baldacci, and it's still a well-written thriller.

— John Harrington