King and Maxwell

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708 ratings

Split Second Summary

Split Second is the first in the gripping King and Maxwell series by best-selling author David Baldacci.

When something distracts Secret Agent Sean King for a split second, it costs him his career and presidential candidate Clyde Ritter his life. But what stole his attention? And why was Ritter shot?

Eight years later Michelle Maxwell is on the fast track through the ranks of the Secret Service when her career is stopped short: presidential candidate John Bruno is abducted from a funeral home while under her protection.

The similarity between the two cases drives Michelle to reopen investigations into the Ritter fiasco and join forces with attractive ex-agent King. The pair are determined to get to the bottom of what happened in those critical moments.

Meanwhile, high-ranking members of the legal system and key witnesses from both cases are going missing. King is losing friends, colleagues and clients fast, and his ex-lover, Joan Dillinger, is playing curious games - she wants Sean back, but she also owes him for something....

Split Second is followed by Hour Game, Simple Genius, First Family, The Sixth Man and King and Maxwell.

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  • Book 1

    • Split Second

    • King and Maxwell, Book 1
    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 508
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 462
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 458

    When something distracts Secret Agent Sean King for a split second, it costs him his career and presidential candidate Clyde Ritter his life. But what stole his attention? And why was Ritter shot? Eight years later Michelle Maxwell is on the fast track through the ranks of the Secret Service when her career is stopped short: presidential candidate John Bruno is abducted from a funeral home while under her protection. The similarity between the two cases drives Michelle to reopen investigations into the Ritter fiasco and join forces with attractive ex-agent King.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Baldacci at his best

    • By derbyfile58 on 05-05-17

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 2

    • Hour Game

    • King and Maxwell, Book 2
    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    Following their collaboration in Split Second, ex-Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have gone into partnership and are investigating the robbery of some secret documents at the residence of the incredibly wealthy Battle family. It seems like a straightforward case of domestic burglary, but soon they begin to suspect links to larger, more terrifying events now shaking the prosperous town of Wrightsburg....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • David Baldacci and Scott Brick do it again

    • By Resham D on 21-06-17

    Regular price: £23.99

  • Book 3

    • Simple Genius

    • King and Maxwell, Book 3
    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163

    Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are both haunted by their last case. Realizing that Michelle is teetering on the brink of self-destruction from long-buried demons, Sean arranges therapy for his reluctant partner. But instead of focusing on her recovery, Michelle unearths disturbing secrets in the hospital....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Spoilt by music and poor quality audio

    • By Amanda on 18-07-17

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 4

    • First Family

    • King and Maxwell, Book 4
    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The first lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them - and the line between friend and foe impossible to define...or defend.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping

    • By anne on 06-06-17

    Regular price: £23.99

  • Book 5

    • The Sixth Man: Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, Book 5

    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 298
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    After alleged serial killer Edgar Roy is apprehended and locked away in a psychiatric unit private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy’s lawyer—an old friend of Sean King— to look into the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins: while en route to their first meeting with the lawyer, King and Maxwell discover his dead body. A rash of terrifying events begins to unfold and it is up to King and Maxwell to uncover the truth: is Roy a killer or not?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Why do American heroes have no flaws?

    • By David on 18-07-11

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 6

    • King and Maxwell

    • By: David Baldacci
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 270
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, return in their most surprising, personal and dangerous case to date. Michelle had chased many things in her life. As a track star and later Olympic rower, she had constantly pitted herself against others in races. As a cop in Tennessee she had run down her share of felons fleeing the scenes of their crimes. As a Secret Service Agent she had been fleet of foot next to limos carrying important leaders.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • King & Maxwell

    • By glenda on 05-02-17

    Regular price: £21.99