John Puller is back, and this time, it’s personal

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David Baldacci is one of my favourite suspense/thriller writers. I picked up The Forgotten, thinking that I hadn’t read it before, but I have. But Baldacci’s books are detailed enough to read again without getting bored, so I decided to reread it.

In this, the second book in the John Puller series, Puller discovers that his aunt has, right after sending him a letter about suspicious things going on in the neighbourhood, dies under circumstances that could be accidental, but could point to murder.

There are strong similarities between Baldacci’s John Puller and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. Even the names echo each other. Both characters’ history, body type, personality, etc. are nearly identical. So if you like Jack Reacher, you might give John Puller a try. Note that this one has a couple of more explicit scenes you might want to skip through.

She noticed a shadow of movement behind her, but had no chance to feel alarmed about it. 

David Baldacci, The Forgotten

Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

A picture-perfect town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt’s death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller’s father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.

What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt’s death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.

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