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"Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up." (Washington Post)
Amos Decker is the Memory Man. Following a football-related head injury that altered his personality, Decker is now unable to forget even the smallest detail - as much a curse as it is a blessing. And in number one New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci's gripping new thriller, Decker's life might be about to change again....
Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped.
Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.
Then the next killing hits sickeningly close to home. And with the lives of people he cares about suddenly hanging in the balance, Decker begins to realize that the recent string of deaths may be only one small piece of a much larger scheme - with consequences that will reach far beyond Baronville.
Decker, with his singular talents, may be the only one who can crack this bizarre case. Only this time - when one mistake could cost him everything - Decker finds that his previously infallible memory may not be so trustworthy after all...
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 56 minutes|
|Narrator||Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 17, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,667 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#39 in Mystery Action Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#49 in International Mystery & Crime (Audible Books & Originals)
#87 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
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Bottom line is if you enjoyed the previous books of the series you will enjoy this one, also. Baldacci picks up where he left off with the cast of characters and does his usual good job of changing the twists and plot lines: I stayed up really late with an unsuccessful effort to finish it because I didn’t want to put it down. I recommend this one for those who have enjoyed the series, and I’m ready for the next installment.
OK, it’s not entirely that bad but it is a far cry from the initial Memory Man. We start in Baronville, Pennsylvania with Amos and his partner Alex Jamison on vacation, visiting Alex’s sister. And this is another “bone to pick” with Baldacci…he’d ended the previous Decker book with an enticing note of impending romance between these two and the notion of them on “vacation” together gives the reader hope of this relationship advancing. I’ll stop you right there…there is NO ADVANCEMENT one way or the other in this book, NOTHING! Whether Baldacci does this on purpose or not, we’ll have to wait for the next installment.
Baronville is a rundown, post-industry town with a serious opiod problem. One evening Decker discovers a series of murders and his “vacation” turns into an investigation. Through an, again, unusual and complex series of events, we learn of the town’s originator, the family of John Baron the first and of an alleged treasure left behind when he died at his mansion high up at the town’s outskirts. Intrigue, dubious and sinister characters, drugs and murder all get interwoven into a plot that only Decker seems able to figure out. Going far beyond his “memory man” capabilities here (in my opinion) he’s able to determine all angles and all outcomes in the end, most, it seems to me, by just educated guesses. I had to re-read many paragraphs just to understand what had been uncovered at that particular point and by the end, I just gave up, actually skimming through most of the explanations because I found that I didn’t really care anymore.
There were some heartwarming moments admittedly…Decker shows a new side of himself when he deals with Alex’s niece, five year Zoe, who reminds him of his own daughter. But the overall vibe here is that this is a book that was just so rushed and un-edited that it does a dis-service to the character. We’re used to a certain quality with an Amos Decker work and we definitely do not get it here. And gauging by the reviews here on Amazon, Baldacci can only deduce that he’s still striking the right chord, which is a shame…I really wonder how many of these positive reviews aren’t emoting their true feelings. I know that I totally loved the previous three in this series and it’s difficult to pan this work, but it’s necessary…this is definitely not a great book.
Jamison’s 6-year-old niece loses her father on her birthday and that just grips the heart of Amos in so many ways. If you have followed the Memory Man series, you know how this touches Amos very deeply and makes him face some of his own personal losses again. Readers familiar with the uniqueness of how Amos thinks and works will really enjoy the way David Baldacci has Amos going through some neurological changes. These changes cause Amos to think long term and wonder exactly how long he can keep working without losing what memory he has left.
The ending of the book is very touching, and I absolutely loved the way its is written! I hope this isn’t the last we see of Decker and Jamison as I enjoy them working together on solving crimes. Zoe, the little girl in the story, really grabbed my heart and I loved how it drew out the heart of Amos. The mystery was top notch and many surprises are in store for those who venture into the book. You don’t want to miss this thriller!
If you haven’t read Amos Decker in the Memory Man series, start with the first book titled, Memory Man and catch up in the series before the next novel is released!