The Collectors (novel)
The Collectors (2006) is a thriller written by David Baldacci and published by Warner Books. On November 5, 2006, it debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times Best Seller list and remained on the list for seven weeks.
The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and the curator of the rare books collection of the Library of Congress both are found dead. The Speaker has been killed by a sniper at a party while the head of the rare books collection dies from "unknown circumstances." Oliver Stone and the Camel Club become suspicious, although initially they indulge what they believe is his overactive imagination. Stone and his cohorts discover that Seagraves had been selling American intelligence secrets to terrorists in the Middle East, compromising intelligence efforts in the region. However, when they are followed and ask the Secret Service for help, the followers disappear, and the Camel Club becomes interested in their activities. Seagraves kidnaps and subsequently tortures Stone for information. Annabelle Conroy is introduced as a con artist, who after pulling off a $40 million heist against an Atlantic City Casino owner (Jerry Bagger) is on the run for her life. Bagger wants to find and kill Annabelle and her con team. Alex Ford from the previous novel reappears, and in the climax Seagraves is killed by a knife thrown at his carotid artery by Stone who turns out to be an ex-CIA killer. Alex Ford and his agents take Seagrave's remaining collaborators into custody. One of Annabelle Conroy's collaborators in the heist is tortured for information by the angry casino owner, who finds out the general area in which she is living (Washington, D.C.). The novel ends with a set-up for Stone Cold, the next novel of the Camel Club.
Doug Childers of the Richmond Times said that, while the book had a "splendid opening", the rest of the novel "doesn't take the direction readers might expect". Lee Ann Montanaro of The Times of Malta stated that the novel didn't "qualify as a masterly display of the thriller-writing genre" and that they were "expecting more". A San Antonio Express-News writer, in their title, said that the novel was "predictable and superficial but well-written".
- BEST SELLERS: November 5, 2006, The New York Times (debuting at no. 2, with Mitch Albom's For One More Day sitting at no. 1)
- BEST SELLERS: December 17, 2006, The New York Times (appearing at No. 12)
- Deegan, Carol (November 17, 2006). "'The Collectors' reprises Baldacci's 'The Camel Club'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- Childers, Doug (October 15, 2006). "Latest Baldacci: Hardy Boys for adults". Richmond Times. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- Montanaro, Lee Ann (September 1, 2007). "A harrowing journey of violence, betrayal and revenge". The Times of Malta. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- "'The Collectors'is predictable and superficial but well-written". San Antonio Express-News. November 12, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2010.