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Walk the Wire (Memory Man Series, 6) Hardcover – April 21, 2020
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When Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, they instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has also brought a slew of problems with it, including drugs, property crimes, prostitution—and now murder.
Decker and Jamison are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman named Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open—which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and Jamison dig into Irene's life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who walked the streets by night as a prostitute was a teacher for a local religious sect by day—a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the entire community.
London is a town replete with ruthless business owners, shady government officials, and religious outsiders, all determined to keep their secrets from coming out. When other murders occur, Decker will need all of his extraordinary memory and detective skills, and the assistance of a surprising ally, to root out a killer and the forces behind Cramer's death . . . before the boom town explodes.
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"Walk the Wire may be the finest entry in David Baldacci's Memory Man series. The quality of his writing is at an all-time peak, and, fortunately for his countless fans, he is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon."―Bookreporter
"A master storyteller."―People
"Baldacci delivers, every time!"―Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author
"Intrepid . . . Although it's the sixth in a series, the book stands perfectly well on its own, providing many hours of enjoyable reading."―Mystery Scene magazine
"With twists and turns and mysteries right up until the end, you will not want to put this book down."―Red Carpet Crash
"Dire and complex . . . wildly entertaining."―Winnipeg Free Press
About the Author
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; 1st Printing edition (April 21, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538761467
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538761465
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before I go any further, I must mention that my husband works in the oil industry and has for 20 years. So when I read up on what this book would be about, I knew it would be oil field trash at its finest. Sure enough, by chapter 2 Jamison was horrified by the burning of gas off of wells. She wondered out loud if a paycheck was worth the environment. Well, Alex, you just rode on two airliners and drove an SUV (for two people) for an hour to get to YOUR paycheck, so I wondered the same thing. Rainbows and lollipops don’t fuel planes or vehicles. That bit of hypocrisy bothered me much, but hey, it’s just a book. I’ve much respect for Baldacci, so I continued.
There are about 4 different plot lines, which I could get through. But what bothered me the most was that Amos didn’t feel like the same character. Baldacci has been careful to craft such an interesting character, but failed to really put his star player in the game.
Lastly, I almost put the book down for good when I read this line from a character: “It violates the Geneva Conventions and opens up American soldiers to” basically being tortured by TERRORIST groups. Yes, because ISIS and Al Qaeda have morals too and really respect the Geneva Conventions. I work with many US Veterans that served in Iraq and Afghanistan that would surely disagree with this.
Overall, this book was a fail for me. I hope that the next Amos Decker book will focus on him and his amazing capabilities and shorten the focus on just a couple of storylines so we can get quality and not quantity.
I feel like the author was playing a game of switch-up, or how many story lines can you fit in one book.
PS: I’m never going to North Dakota.
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You can do better, David
Loved all the previous Decker stuff but this is woeful. If this was my first read in the series, it would be my last.