King and Maxwell (book series)

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King and Maxwell series
Split Second - baldacci - bookcover.jpg

Split Second
Hour Game
Simple Genius
First Family
The Sixth Man
King and Maxwell

Author David Baldacci
Country United States
Language English
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Published September 2003 (for Split Second)
Media type Print (Hardback and Paperback)
No. of books 6

The King and Maxwell book series is a crime novel book series created by David Baldacci. There are currently six books in the series featuring two former Secret Service agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell.


NOTE the following summaries have been taken from David Baldacci's website [1] or from the book flaps of each book directly. They shall be altered eventually.

Split Second[edit]


Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising career at the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment and the man whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air. Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. Eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the candidate he was protecting was gunned down before his eyes. Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge.

Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making – and are a long way from over….

Book information[2][edit]

Publication Date: September 30, 2003

ISBN 978-0446533126

Pages: 482 (Mass Market Paperback)

Hour Game[edit]


A woman is found murdered in the woods. It seems like a simple case but it soon escalates into a terrible nightmare. Someone is replicating the killing styles of the most infamous murderers of all time. No one knows this criminal’s motives…or who will die next.

Two ex-Secret Service agents, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, have been hired to defend a man’s innocence in a burglary involving an aristocratic family. Then a series of secrets leads the partners right into the frantic hunt that is confounding even the FBI. Now King and Maxwell are playing the Hour Game, uncovering one horrifying revelation after another and putting their lives in danger. For the closer they get to the truth, the closer they get to the most shocking surprise of all.

Publication information[3][edit]

Publication Date: October 26, 2004

ISBN 978-0446577106

Pages: 736 (Hardcover)

Simple Genius[edit]


Near Washington, D.C., there are two clandestine institutions: the world’s most unusual laboratory and a secret CIA training camp. Drawn to these sites by a murder, ex-Secret Service agent Sean King encounters a dark world of mathematicians, codes, and spies.

His search for answers soon leads him to more shocking violence – and an autistic girl with an extraordinary genius. Now, only by working with his embattled partner, Michelle Maxwell, can he catch a killer…and solve a stunning mystery that threatens the entire nation.

Publication information[4][edit]

Publication Date: April 24, 2007

ISBN 978-0446580342

Pages: 420 (Hardcover)

First Family[edit]


A daring kidnapping turns a children’s birthday party at Camp David, the presidential retreat, into a national security nightmare.

Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell don’t want to get involved. But years ago Sean saved the First Lady’s husband, then a senator, from political disaster. Now the president’s wife presses Sean and Michelle into a desperate search to rescue a kidnapped child. 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.

Publication information[5][edit]

Publication Date: April 21, 2009

ISBN 978-0446539753

Pages: 464 (Hardcover)

The Sixth Man[edit]


Edgar Roy – an alleged serial killer – is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy’s attorney, Sean’s old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed when Sean and Michelle find Bergin murdered.

It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? The more they dig into Roy’s past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.


This book has been adapted into the King & Maxwell TV series on TNT.

Publication information[6][edit]

Publication Date: April 19, 2011

ISBN 0446573108

Pages: 417 (Hardcover)

King and Maxwell[edit]


It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father . . . after his supposed death.

Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler’s father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target?

Sean and Michelle soon realize that they’ve stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined. And as their hunt for the truth leads them relentlessly to the highest levels of power and to uncovering the most clandestine of secrets, Sean and Michelle are determined to help and protect Tyler–though they may pay for it with their lives.

Publication information[7][edit]

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

ISBN 978-1455521319

Pages: 432 (Hardcover)


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  2. ^ Baldacci, David (30 September 2003). "Split Second". Grand Central Publishing – via Amazon. 
  3. ^ Baldacci, David (2 October 2004). "Hour Game". Warner Books – via Amazon. 
  4. ^ Baldacci, David (24 April 2007). "Simple Genius". Warner Books – via Amazon. 
  5. ^ Baldacci, David (21 April 2009). "First Family". Grand Central Publishing – via Amazon. 
  6. ^ Baldacci, David (1 January 2011). "The Sixth Man". Grand Central Pub – via Amazon. 
  7. ^ Baldacci, David (19 November 2013). "King and Maxwell". Grand Central Publishing – via Amazon.