Amos Decker is a former professional football player whose career was ended by a terrible hit. Now a police detective, Amos is still haunted by a side effect from the accident he can never forget. One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter and brother-in-law horrifically murdered. Obviously scarred and nearly broken, Decker has to use his skills as a detective and his unusual brain capacity to try and catch the monster who killed his family.
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Amos Decker can’t forget anything, and we can’t forget Amos Decker. A devastating gridiron hit should have killed Decker, but instead it left him with hyperthymesia: a condition where memories are perfectly preserved and effortlessly accessible. That blessing ends up being a curse for David Baldacci’s ex-cop protagonist when he discovers the dead bodies of his entire family, leaving his career and health in tatters. Unpredictable, vivid and exceptionally powerful, Memory Man follows Decker as he uncovers connections between two seemingly unconnected tragedies: the brutal murders that haunt him and a methodically executed school shooting engulfing his hometown.
This strong first in a new thriller series from bestseller Baldacci (The Escape) introduces Amos Decker, the memory man, whose unique abilities are the result of a vicious hit he suffered as a 22-year-old NFL rookie that ended his football career. The injury induced hyperthymesia and synesthesia in Decker he forgets nothing, and he counts in colors and sees time as pictures in head." Years later, the murders of his wife and daughter left him too grief-stricken to continue working as a cop in what may be Burlington, Vt. At age 42, the grossly overweight Decker is barely scratching out a living as a PI. The arrest of Sebastian Leopold for the slaughter of his family and a mass shooting at a local high school combine to put an unwilling Decker back into the game with temporary credentials as a policeman. Rusty but still brilliant, he rejoins his former partner, detective Mary Lancaster, in investigating both cases. A startling discovery links the school killings and those of his family. Baldacci supplies a multitude of clever touches as his wounded bear of a detective takes on a most ingenious enemy.
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You know you have found a great story teller when you are reluctant to put the book down and you can not wait to find out what happens next. Hugely absorbing!
A far fetched yarn
I stuck it out until the end but wished this weird tale, which ventured into an almost comic book fantasy at times, would end long before it did. True, it kept my attention but not enough, as I had nights off without unduly missing it. So in summary, too long and too distanced from reality.
An enjoyable thriller and Amos Decker is a great creation, but how on earth are we to believe that the police and FBI let first, a PI and then a reporter, get involved with an investigation and end up running it. Come on ....!!!