The incredible follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Memory Man
BOOK 2 IN THE AMOS DECKER SERIES
Ex-detective Decker suffered a life changing head injury when he played professional football as a young man. His accident resulted in a condition known as Savant syndrome, where the sufferer demonstrates extraordinary abilities far in excess of what is considered normal. In Decker's case, he has gained a phenomenal memory.
Decker is still suffering from the devastating loss of his wife and only daughter. They were murdered in his home two years previously. Overwhelmed with grief, his life spiralled out of control and he lost his job, his home, and his self-respect.
It is only when teenagers are gunned down in a shooting at a local school, and Decker's special skills can help to find the killer, that he goes back to work with the help of his former partner, detective Mary Lancaster. As the investigation deepens, new evidence reveals that one of the weapons used in the shooting was the same as that used to kill Decker's wife and daughter. The case turns even more personal as he attempts to track down the killer. This sequel takes Decker to a new case where he will be required to test his special skills to the very limit of his endurance.
PRAISE FOR MEMORY MAN
"It's big, bold and almost impossible to put down" Washington Post
"Readers will want to see Decker back on the printed page again and again." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] strong first in a new thriller series from bestseller Baldacci" Publishers Weekly
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Some writers are brilliant at plot. Others excel at character development and dialogue. David Baldacci ticks both boxes. Memory Man’s extraordinary hero, Amos Decker, is back with a new job at the FBI, putting his awesome recall of details to use trying to crack cold cases. When Decker learns about the case of a Texas death row inmate condemned for killing his mixed-race parents—and the startling confession that may prove his innocence—he fixates on uncovering the truth. The Last Mile is a top-notch thriller that tackles the ugly legacy of racism and paints a powerful portrait of a friendship between two damaged but indomitable men.
In bestseller Baldacci's so-so sequel to 2015's Memory Man, the FBI persuades Amos Decker a former professional football player, whose career-ending injury left him with some unusual abilities, including an almost perfect memory to join a new unit that combines special agents and "civilians with special skills" to reopen select cold cases. Decker advocates for a case that appears resolved. Former college football standout Melvin Mars is reprieved minutes from his execution after another convict on death row, Charles Montgomery, confesses to murdering Mars's parents in their Texas home more than 20 years earlier. Decker feels an affinity for Mars, since the two played against each other once, and Decker also lost family members to a killer. His strong feelings prevail, and his unit looks into whether Montgomery is being truthful and why he waited so long to come forward. Despite his extra brain power, Decker doesn't leave much of an impression. This entry will work best for readers with a taste for improbable resolutions.
A great in depth story
Almost real is the experience when reading this book, also David gives a tremendous educated insight into a person with special gifts, indeed psychological explanation, along with a great narration!
Really enjoying getting to know Amos Decker. Will look forward to his exploits in future books.
David Baldacci: The Last Mile
A great read, couldn’t put it down.