My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time Taken To Read - 2 days
Blurb From Goodreads
In Washington, D.C, where power is everything and too few have too much of it, four highly eccentric men with mysterious pasts call themselves the Camel Club. Their mission: find out what's really going on behind the closed doors of America's leaders.
The assassination of the U.S. Speaker of the House has shaken the nation. And the outrageous iconoclasts of the Camel Club have found a chilling connection with another death: the demise of the director of the Library of Congress's rare books room, whose body has been found in a locked vault where seemingly nothing could have harmed him.
A man who calls himself Oliver Stone is the groups unofficial leader. Staying one step ahead of his violent past and headquartered in a caretaker's cottage in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Stone, drawing on his vast experience and acute deductive powers, discovers that someone is selling America to its enemies one classified secret at a time. When Annabelle Conroy, the greatest con artist of her generation, struts onto the scene in high-heeled boots, the Camel Club gets a sexy new edge. And they'll need it, because the two murders are hurtling them into a world of high-stakes espionage that threatens to bring America to its knees.
From an ingenious con in Atlantic City tho the possible forgery of one of the rarest and most valuable books in America history, to a showdown of epic proportions in the very heart of the capitol, David Baldacci weaves a brilliant, white-knuckle tale of suspense in which every collector is searching for one missing prize: the one to die for..
A government hitman, a talented con woman with a long time score to settle and a group of misfit gentlemen are the main characters in this book. The story is split into a few parts, the female con artist and her plan to avenge her family (plus get a big heist done whilst doing the job). The Camel club comes into play after a member of their library is killed very soon after the U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated. There is a bit of background on each of the members of the group and then finally our hitman and how he ties into it all, his obsession with his trophies and the murders.
This is my first Baldacci book and even though it is number two, I found I could follow it fine as the relationships are touched on briefly but enough for you to know how they came to be and are with each other. The story is fairly quick paced and I am not sure if it is meant to but I found some of it really funny (just how some of them interact with each other or the things they come away with).
Whilst the stories start off as three separate stories the characters eventually link into each other and everything comes together. It has murder, twists and a surprise or two along the way and the chapters aren't too long apart so you can dip in and out if you like. The characters are very well done and as the story finished (on a bit of a cliff hanger) you can't help but wanting more. I think I will track down the first book of this series and will defiantly read this author again, 4/5 for me.