Book review: The Edge by David Baldacci

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The Edge by David Baldacci is the second in the series featuring Travis Devine, who we met in The 6.20 Man, released just last year. Travis is an ex Army Ranger and working in the financial sector when we first met him but now lured back to government.

Book review: The Edge by David BaldacciThe Edge
by David Baldacci
Series: The 6:20 Man #2
Published by Macmillan
on 14/11/2023
Source: PanMacmillan
Genres: Thriller / Suspense
ISBN: 1529062128
Pages: 477

Retired from the Army’s most prestigious special ops force, Travis Devine is now part of an elite undercover team in Homeland Security. But when he’s brought in by DC Emerson Campbell to investigate the murder of a young woman, he quickly learns that this case is more personal than most.

Four days earlier Jennifer Silkwell was found dead on the rocks of the Maine coastline. A high ranking analyst for the CIA, she had knowledge of national security secrets that would be valuable to a number of enemies. And her Senator father once saved DC Emerson Campbell’s life.

Knowing how much is riding on the case, Devine packs his bags and heads for the small town of Potter in Maine. But small towns can harbour big secrets, and not everyone wants to share them with outsiders. Not when there’s a killer on the loose . . .

I really enjoyed this book, all underpinned by the question of whether Jenny Silkwell’s murder was related to her work for the federal government, or something more personal. And it seems fairly early on as if it’s the latter but Devine is invested by then so ends up helping out the local sheriff with the investigation given his boss’s relationship with the victim’s father.

There’s a lot of texture here, a series of incidents involving the town and the victim’s family and associates that seem unrelated but in retrospect, linked or rather all cascading out of past secrets.

I’m liking Devine – not quite as much as I like Baldacci’s Amos Decker, or Atlee Pine but he’s a decent guy and relatable despite his obvious physical prowess (and killing skills) and here there’s some romance on offer. And though the only consistent character from the first novel is Devine’s boss, Baldacci manages to introduce others here, including Jenny’s siblings and local cops, building solid characters we quickly get to know and like.

The Edge by David Baldacci was published in Australia by PanMacmillan and is now available.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. 


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