David Baldacci’s ‘Daylight’ Pits Atlee Pine and John Puller Against the Same Creepy Villain [REVIEW]

Silhouette of woman standing in daylight.
Atlee Pine returns in Daylight. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Some agents get more vested in their cases than others. For FBI agent Atlee Pine, this is as personal as it gets. But when she crosses paths with an investigator from another agency, will he attempt to stop her in her tracks or help her catch her man? Find out in David Baldacci’s relentless new thriller, Daylight.

David Baldacci's DAYLIGHT
Grand Central

The third installment in Baldacci’s Atlee Pine franchise opens with Atlee and her assistant, Carol Blum, chasing down a lead in order to find Atlee’s missing sister, Mercy. Their intel takes her to the doorstep of one Anthony Vincenzo, who just so happens to be military investigator John Puller’s prime suspect in a drug ring investigation.

Unbeknownst to Atlee, she interrupts a sting operation and Vincenzo flees the scene. At this point there is nothing she can do except come clean regarding her interest in Vincenzo. John and his CID partner, Ed McElroy, meet to join forces and find how Vincenzo links to each case.

Along the way John, Ed, Carol and Atlee must unite to discover the truth about Vincenzo, even if each of them may have to find new employment once the culprit is apprehended. Who doesn’t love heroes who own their actions as they strive to conquer the evil with the good, come what may?

From the moment I had Daylight in my hot little hands until I turned the very last page, I was once again intrigued and vested in what Atlee would find on her quest to locate her missing sister. As Jeffrey Deaver once said in an interview on one of my husband’s radio shows, a good author masterfully manipulates his reader’s emotions. And let me tell you, that is exactly what Baldacci does here. He keeps the tension high, strings us along from one nail-biting scene to the next, wondering if this is the moment that Atlee will finally find her twin. I for one can’t wait for the next installment of this series to see what challenges await her and her merry band of friends!

Oh, and as a personal aside to the author: could you please send a bottle of wine with the next book? These stories of yours are hard on the nerves! If you plan to keep toying with us the way you do, you’ve got to help a girl cope!

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David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, “because every mom needs a break now and then.”)

David published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. The feature film adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 41 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. David has also published seven novels for younger readers.

A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being a prolific writer, David is a devoted philanthropist, and his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy programs in the United States. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.

For more information, visit DavidBaldacci.com, like him on Facebook, and follow him on TwitterInstagramBookBub, and Goodreads.

By David Baldacci
416 pp. Grand Central. $29.

Purchase Daylight direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target or Walmart.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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