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Zero Day by David Baldacci

John Puller is a top-notch criminal investigator for the military. He has combat experience under his belt, and resists transfer and promotion to stay in his preferred line of work. He’s assigned to a case, investigating the brutal murder of a Defense Intelligence Agency worker, and his family.

Normally, investigating the suspicious death of someone who deals with sensitive material, would call for a team, but Puller’s sent in solo, with a lot of eyes from higher-up, keeping tabs on his work. He soon finds that those murders were the tip of a rather substantial iceberg.

Zero Day is Baldacci’s first John Puller novel, followed by The Forgotten and The Escape.

I finished reading this one today. Funny story: I ended up with two copies of it. Both looked well-read, one had a slightly ripped cover, I read half of that one. Then I offered it to a couple of people, and finished up the book with the other copy. Which turned out to have been visited by water at some point, but no pages were stuck together or unreadable.

I tend to choose to read books I think I’ll like (SHOCKER!), and I’ve enjoyed other books by Baldacci, so it ought not to be a surprise that I enjoyed this one. I don’t think I really thought that the semi-romantic thread in the story was a good idea, but it didn’t bug me enough to spoil anything.

Baldacci does use some pretty vivid imagery, and there were some particularly notable moments in this book. Speaking as vaguely as I can, the building in an egg, a motorcycle incident.

It’s never made explicitly clear why the book is called “Zero Day”. It’s nothing to do with patches to software released the same day as the software it patches. This is probably a bit spoiler-y, but the nearest I can make out, is it has to do with the term Ground Zero, in its traditional, pre-9/11 meaning. and didn’t that term being applied to the Twin Towers site, help fuel part of the conspiracy mill.

Anyway, thumbs up for this one.

Review: True Blue, by David Baldacci

Mason “Mace” Perry was a cop. At the end of serving 2 years in jail for a crime she was framed for, she’s determined to get back on the force. Inspired by someone else who blazed a trail out of a similar situation, she intends to solve a major crime on her own, and earn her way back onto the force.

At about the time of her release, a big case comes up. a US Attorney is found dead in a dumpster, and then a high-flying attorney dealing with large international transactions, is found dead in a fridge in her office. The latter is found by her colleague, Roy Kingman, whom Mace latches onto as a way into the case. The former, the Chief of Police, and the FBI, get shut out of the investigation.

That Chief of Police is Mace’s sister, Beth. She tries in her own way to help Mace, and sets her up with a job, although not in the Police Department. The US Attorney for DC, Mona Danforth, has it in for both Perry sisters, and threatens both their careers if Beth helps Mace back onto the force.

Baldacci writes great thrillers, and this was another good’un. What’s nice is that everyone- good, bad, and otherwise, all are given believable motivations, and there comes a point where some of the bad guy muscle is given some depth, that you wouldn’t go in to a novel like this, expecting.

Towards the end of the book, one wonders if there’s enough space left to round out the story in a satisfying way, but in the end it was. The way it was wrapped up left a few threads that could be picked up on, were Baldacci to want to write a sequel, and one kind of wants him to (he hasn’t, yet). But life’s stories rarely wrap up all the loose threads at one time, and the loose ends weren’t a disappointment.

Yep, I enjoyed True Blue.