Simple Genius

I’ve made myself a new writing schedule where I write on M, W and F morning for two hours before work. I’ve only done it last week and this morning, but it has made a difference in my attitude. Writing throughout the week has allowed me to make excellent progress on The MAGIC QUILT because I never mentally get out of the book. Each time I write I am immersed in Katharine’s life and I think about her even when I’m not writing. I write down notes to myself several times a day — sometimes when I’m driving to and from work. I apologize to the other drivers out there. I’m that car going 55 in the slow lane that everyone is passing while I’m writing on a scrap of paper. I’m going to work on rewriting the final chapter this morning, which is an awesome feeling.

It was a rainy day yesterday – much needed after the drought we’d been experiencing. After writing in the morning, I used the rainy afternoon to finish reading SIMPLE GENIUS by David Baladacci. This was my favorite of the series with dynamic duo Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. The former Secret Service agents turned private investigators have their hands full in a twisting plot involving mathematics, codes, the CIA and murders made to look like suicides.

But it wasn’t the espionage that drew me in so completely — It was Michelle. The book begins when she picks a fight in a bar with the biggest man she could find and lets herself be beaten, despite her superior fighting skills. “Before she blacked out completely Michelle’s final thought was simple: Goodbye, Sean.” I wanted to read on simply to find out why.

While Michelle is recovering from her injuries in the hospital, Sean King gives the man she fought $45,000 of his own money to prevent him from pressing charges against Michelle for his medical injuries. Now Sean must find a case to keep their business afloat. He finds one — a murder in Babbage Town, the think tankmodeled after World War II’s Bletchley Park. Baldacci’s twenty-first-century version of Bletchley brings together a community of scientists working on a new kind of computer. Sean soon learns enough to put his life and that of a girl who shows extraordinary genius in jeopardy. He is working alone, while his partner is receiving psychiatric treatment — until Michelle stops a shooting in the psychiatric center where she is being treated, checks herself out and joins her partner in Babbage Town.

I love the way Baldacci captures Michelle’s voice. This books works especially well because of the interplay between Sean and Michelle. Well written and captivating.

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