If you like a good political thriller, Baldacci delivers in his sequel to 2005's The Camel Club. The four-member club sets out to solve another well-crafted conspiracy mystery. This time they're joined by beautiful con artist Annabelle Conroy. The novel begins with two strong plots that merge halfway through the novel, when the action really takes off. One plot remains unresolved at the end, leaving us waiting in anticipation for the next installment.

When the Speaker of the House is murdered and the director of rare books at the Library of Congress also dies suddenly, the Camel Club looks for a connection. Unhappy with their interference, government assassin Roger Seagraves tracks their every move.

Meanwhile, Annabelle Conroy is on the run after executing the ultimate long con against Atlantic City casino owner Jerry Bagger. Her plan to leave the country is derailed when she learns of her ex-husband's death, and soon she crosses paths with the Camel Club. They must work together to stop the culprits who are selling America's secrets and taking lives. (WARNER, Oct., 438 pp., $26.99)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin