The Forgotten is the second John Puller novel and takes the lone wolf detective, who works for the Army's Criminal Investigation Division, to Paradise, Florida to investigate the death of his aunt. Although this death was ruled a suicide by the authorities, Puller is unconvinced and tries talking to the detectives who looked into the case, without coming up with anything more interesting than a sexual proposition. Puller turns down the female detective coming on to him and reaches out to his paramour, General Julie Carson, who promptly shows up in Paradise wearing an alluring outfit. The two fall into bed together prior to taking the investigation further.
Another character, who plays an important role, is a man named Mecho who was brought to the U.S. via a human trafficking ring. After escaping, Mecho starts working as a gardener for a rich man who might be behind the trafficking. This millionaire, Peter Lampert, coerces people into staying where they are sold by threatening their families in their home country. Together, it's up to Puller, Carson and Mecho to bring him down and free "the forgotten," i.e., the people being trafficked.
John Puller has quite a few similarities to Lee Child's Jack Reacher—both are big men trained in the military who travel around America solving cases. Baldacci's Puller does seem a little more thoughtful than Reacher, which lends complexity to his character.
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Born in Virginia, David Baldacci went to school at Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned his Bachelor's in Political Science. He went on to study law at the University of Virginia School of Law and was a practicing lawyer for nine years in Washington D.C. He published his first book, Absolute Power, in 1996 and it was made into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Eastwood himself and Gene Hackman. Since then, he has published twenty-five books, including two children's books and was voted one of the 51 most beautiful people in the world in 1997 by People magazine. He is married with two teenaged children and continues to live in Virginia.
In Paradise, nothing is what it seems... THE FORGOTTEN Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case-but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida. A picture-perfect town on Florida's Gulf Coast, Paradise thrives on the wealthy tourists and retirees drawn to its gorgeous weather and beaches. The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be. What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed. Download and start listening now!