Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in this compelling Memory Man thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.
Decker is visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by a man named Meryl Hawkins. Hawkins is a convicted murderer. In fact, he's the very first killer Decker ever put behind bars. But he's innocent, he claims. Now suffering from terminal cancer, it's his dying wish that Decker clear his name.
It's unthinkable. The case was open and shut, with rock solid forensic evidence. But when Hawkins turns up dead with a bullet in his head, even Decker begins to have doubts. Is it possible that he really did get it wrong, all those years ago?
Decker's determined to uncover the truth, no matter the personal cost. But solving a case this cold may be impossible, especially when it becomes clear that someone doesn't want the old case reopened. Someone who is willing to kill to keep the truth buried, and hide a decades-old secret that may have devastating repercussions . . .
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
David Baldacci’s Memory Man stories are built on a fascinating hook—Detective Amos Decker used to be an NFL player before a brutal hit gave him the ability to remember every single detail of his life. In the series’ fifth book, Decker returns to his small hometown in Ohio to revisit his first-ever murder case and begins to wonder if he got it all wrong. Decker is a heartbreaker of a hero, a man who’s faced real personal tragedy and loss, but keeps going anyway. Baldacci does a great job of depicting the realities of Decker’s situation—unfortunately, remembering everything also means never being able to forget your mistakes. As always, the tag team narration of Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy (who plays the book’s female characters) gives an already engrossing mystery a conversational quality that makes it feel even more intimate and exciting.
Although this book wasn’t as interesting as the Atlee series, it still an interesting Baldacci thriller. Atlee went in search of what happened to her twin sister but didn’t bargain for the turn of events. She was able to find out her true biological father at the end of the book. I hope that there will be a follow up to this book.