Critics rarely take Baldacci's novels seriously. He may not write "serious literature," but Baldacci's books aren't devoid of useful information or guilty pleasures:
1. Best secret code technique: a chemical wash applied to rare copies of 19th-century dime novels from "The Collectors."
2. Best terrible motto: "Why waste time trying to discover the truth, when you can so easily create it? from "The Whole Truth."
3. Best money-making scheme: a lottery scam that was so ingenious, some Italian thieves used it from "The Winner"
4. Best random factoid: Polk's wife played "Hail to the Chief" so people would notice her short husband from "The Camel Club"
5. Best worst line: "'Survival is always intoxicating,' Thornhill thought as he turned out the light from "Saving Faith"
At the ITT Technical Institute-Miami, we do not keep fiction literature in the Library collection. But we do have a small collection of paperbacks, and among them we have a David Baldacci's "Split Second." Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making-and are a long way from over... Our students of Criminal Justice will find interesting reading material about promising career in the Secret Service.