David Baldacci’s Second Atlee Pine Novel Coming in November

With three long-running New York Times bestselling series still going strong—John Puller, Amos Decker, and Will Robie—David Baldacci introduced readers to a new hero in 2018 named Atlee Pine, who is set to return once again this year when A Minute to Midnight comes out on November 19th. 

Pine, an FBI agent stationed in Shattered Rock, Arizona near the Grand Canyon National Park, originally grew up in Andersonville, Georgia, where tragedy struck when she was just a young girl.  Her childhood, in fact, was defined by one horrific moment when her twin sister, Mercy, was kidnapped in the summer of 1989 and never found.

Survivor’s guilt and a deep desire for answers ultimately led to Atlee joining the FBI, and when readers meet her in Long Road to Mercy, she’s still a damaged character in search of her sister all these years later. Instead, she finds herself going toe-to-toe with one of the most dangerous serial killers alive, while also investigating the disappearance of a tourist who was last seen riding a mule in the Grand Canyon. Things eventually spiral out of control in a way that Baldacci’s fans have come to expect, leading to a heart-thumping conclusion that, without mentioning any spoilers, leaves plenty threads open heading into book two. 

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Unfortunately, we still don’t have the official plot details for A Minute to Midnight, but we’ll update this article just as soon as they’re available—so make sure to check back soon for more info. In the meantime, fans can pre-order the next Atlee Pine thriller here, or anywhere else books are sold. 



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