“Daylight” by David Baldacci is a mystery thriller centered around his character FBI Agent Atlee Pine. It is the third book in the series.
In “Daylight,” Pine is still looking for her twin sister Mercy, who was abducted when they were both children. Using her FBI connections, her trail leads her to New Jersey and Fort Dix, where the investigation intersects with Army CID (Criminal Investigation Command) agent John Puller’s investigation into drugs on base.
Turns out the mob family who may be involved in her sister’s disappearance is also involved in Puller’s case. A case that reaches farther into the American criminal and political system than either expected.
Though I jumped into Pine’s story in the third book, Baldacci rebuilds her world for new readers well. Puller was also new to me, but had been the lead in a different series of books by Baldacci.
The two no-nonsense characters worked well together, as well as on their own solving separate facets of the overall mystery. Each had a well-written companion character, as well. Pine was accompanied on her mission by her assistant Carol Blum, an older lady who also served to temper Pine’s brashness and impulsiveness. Puller was assisted in his investigation by his brother Robert, who was also a decorated officer with Intelligence access.
Some of the dangerous situations Pine and Puller get into are resolved a little too quickly or with few consequences, but overall the way Baldacci evolves the character’s cases from a chance meeting to a full-on espionage case with roots in the American government was thrilling to read.
While I did guess part of the mystery, there were many twists and turns that surprised me, yet naturally felt like a part of the story. No “jump the shark” moments to be found.
The ending, where Pine finds more than she bargained for, not just about her sister, but also other members of her family, left an interesting cliffhanger for the next Atlee Pine book.
I’m giving “Daylight” by David Baldacci a 4 out of 5
Disclaimer: I received an advance e-book copy for review purposes from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other way. My opinion is honest, and as always, my own.
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