A Minute to Midnight

A Minute to Midnight

Book - 2019
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FBI Agent Atlee Pine's life was never the same after her twin sister Mercy was kidnapped--and likely killed--thirty years ago. After a lifetime of torturous uncertainty, Atlee's unresolved anger finally gets the better of her on the job, and she finds she has to deal with the demons of her past if she wants to remain with the FBI.Atlee and her assistant Carol Blum head back to Atlee's rural hometown in Georgia to see what they can uncover about the traumatic night Mercy was taken and Pine was almost killed. But soon after Atlee begins her investigation, a local woman is found ritualistically murdered, her face covered with a wedding veil--and the first killing is quickly followed by a second bizarre murder.Atlee is determined to continue her search for answers, but now she must also set her sights on finding a potential serial killer before another victim is claimed. But in a small town full of secrets--some of which could answer the questions that have plagued Atlee her entire life--digging deeper into the past could be more dangerous than she realizes . . .
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781538761601
Characteristics: 418 pages ;,24 cm.

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Bookworm1136
Aug 09, 2020

4 -4 /2 read. The second book in Baldacci's Atlee Pine series was a very good read. Atlee returns to her roots to try to discover what happened to her sister Mercy all those years ago. When she gets there, people start getting murdered. Is the serial killer connected to Mercy's abduction or something else entirely? And why does Atlee have the feeling that everyone in town is keeping secrets from her about that abduction? An interesting read and a good set up for book #3 in the series.

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gloryb
Jul 02, 2020

I was more interested in the storyline involving Agent Atlee Pines's search for her abducted sister than the murders in her hometown which she ended up investigating after returning to her hometown to re-visit her old home where the abduction had taken place when both children, twins, had been 6 years old. That storyline remains unsolved and most likely will be the kernel plot for the next title in the Atlee Pine series. Just as I was losing interest in the second storyline, about 3/4's way through reading this novel as no clues seemed to be forthcoming to its solution, the action picks up - car chases, chases on foot, shoot-outs, child abduction, house explosion, personal risks - but the motives of the bad guys, when they are quickly put forward towards the conclusion, just seem to be over the top - too much detail too late in the story. These characters had not even been presented as dark quirky, possible suspects until the very end. If you don't have time to read the whole book, just read the first couple of chapters and the last couple of chapters - you'l get the essence of the novel.

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LuvReadingStuff
Jun 19, 2020

I love this character Atlee Pine. This was a very entertaining read. I look forward to the next Atlee Pine novel.

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Jlkramps5923
Jun 18, 2020

I’ve already read, can I cancel it?

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2303tes
Mar 06, 2020

Will look forward to the next in series.

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harrybosch
Feb 28, 2020

Again, like the previous Atlee Pine story, not one of Baldacci's best. Pines' search for her sister leads to a long , drawn-out and convoluted plot involving a local serial killer, which gets excruciatingly tedious. Not much was acheived in the search for her mother or sister, but she does uncover one surprising fact about herself. I assume this one was just the precursor to the next in the series. All in all I prefer the John Puller and King and Maxwell series.

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NedSu
Feb 18, 2020

It's a Baldacci book, the second in the Atlee Pine series. The two storylines are tangential but intertwined, as Atlee goes home to investigate her past. Ancillary characters get some more meat on their bones, as does Atlee Pine's back story. The pace, like all of his books, is page turning, and the plot is convoluted and contorted. Considering the author's prolific output, any flaws in the plot are incidental. I look forward to more Baldacci, and if it's Atlee Pine, that is OK by me.

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writermala
Feb 18, 2020

This is the second in the Attlee Pine series. The book begins with a show of strength by FBI agent Pine and goes on with her desire to solve her three decade old mystery of how her twin, Mercy was abducted. She goes back home only to step into a quagmire of murders. Will she solve anything at all? Not a bad book.

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carolsonder
Jan 23, 2020

Have never been disappointed when reading one of his stories. great story line and i look forward to seeing more of this.

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Reads_A_Lot
Jan 20, 2020

This is the 2nd book in this series. Like the first book, it was just OK for me. What keeps me reading is the mystery of what happened to Atlee’s sister. The main mystery of a local serial killer did not interest me much and was drawn out far longer than needed. We only get a small amount of additional info regarding the sister, but once again the book ends leaving me intrigued enough that I will probably keep reading the series until her sister is found.

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