The Winner is the third novel by David Baldacci. LuAnn Tyler is a twenty year old mother in a small Georgia town in which many people are living in poverty. Many of them dropped out of school when they were young in order to make a living, including LuAnn who dropped out when she was was in seventh grade in order to support her family. She would take jobs wherever she could find them in the local community which usually didn’t last more than a few months. She was living with Duane, the father of her baby girl. Duane was a good for nothing who always sat around in their trailer that was out in a clearing of some woods with trash and rusted out auto parts all around the trailer. She was called for a job interview with a Mr. Jackson who when she came for the interview enticed her with an offer to win the national lottery and being rich the rest of her life. She was given a few days to make a decision. She wasn’t wanting to cheat like that, but during that three days she came home one day to find Duane Cheating with another woman. She went running out with her baby and decided that she was going to leave him. When she returned to the trailer to confront Duane. She was assaulted by another man with a knife and a struggle ensued in which she managed to grab the telephone and smashed the mans head knocking him out. She went running out of the trailer with her baby and was about to go see the local sheriff until she realized that they would suspect her of murdering Duane and end up in jail. She decided that the only way out of this mess was to take Mr. Jackson’s offer and then caught a ride to Atlanta and took a train to New York where she was given a new identity and flown out of the country after winning the lottery. The rest of the book follows her ten years later after she returns to the United States after moving from country to country for the previous ten years.
This book wasn’t as riveting to me as the author’s previous two. It is still good, especially later on when Mr. Jackson is going after her to kill her. I still like this author, just this one not quite as much as the first two.
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Tim’s Rating: ****
(Four out of five stars)
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