Baldacci's new novel thrills _ and tugs at heart

November 17, 2014 3:45 PM

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One of the most compelling characters in David Baldacci's thrillers is John Puller, a crackerjack investigator of military crimes. In "The Forgotten" and "Zero Day," readers learned that Puller has an older brother, Robert, who is serving a life sentence for treason. In "The Escape," Baldacci reveals the reason for Robert's imprisonment.

The story begins on a stormy night in Kansas. There's a major power failure at Robert's maximum security prison. The computer-controlled cell doors unlock and inmates come pouring out into the darkness. Robert escapes, leaving an unidentified dead man in his cell.

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