Amos Decker—the FBI consultant with a perfect memory—returns to solve a gruesome murder in a booming North Dakota oil town in the newest thriller in David Baldacci's #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man series.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The FBI calls on consultant Amos Decker because of his near-perfect memory. So what happens when his special power fails him? Decker and his partner, Alex Jamison, are in the fracking fields of rural North Dakota to investigate a woman’s murder. It doesn’t seem like a case for the Feds—until strange facts come to light, unearthing the victim’s shocking double life and her ties to a local air force base. Superstar author David Baldacci really turns up the heat in this installment of his best-selling Amos Decker series, using visceral descriptions of the sweltering Great Plains summer to heighten the sense of sinister danger. Longtime Baldacci fans will be excited to see Decker and Jamison get an unexpected assist from some fan-favorite characters from his Will Robie series, but newcomers don’t have to worry about coming into the series cold—you’ll be caught up in no time. Follow the Memory Man on this dark adventure and discover just how bad things can get in the Badlands.
A Good Read
Excellent read that keeps you guessing at what will come next. The ending, while not a total surprise, comes after you have figured it out wrong several times!