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"The page-turner of the season" The Times
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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- ASIN : B00TJ760MM
- Publisher : Macmillan; Air Iri OME edition (1 May 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 846 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 391 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 18,745 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed the story line & writing, however I was expecting it to keep me on the edge of my seat, which it didn't.
I would read more of his books because they are interesting.
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In his younger days, Amos was a professional football player whose career was cut short by a terrible head injury sustained on the field. During his recovery he was found to have developed a condition known as hyperthymesia, which means he never forgets things - an almost perfect memory in other words. This ability has had good, and not so good effects on him. The one downside to this condition is that he has difficulty relating to other people, and shows little in the way of empathy to others, often appearing rude.
In the novel’s opening pages, Amos finds out about a mass shooting at Mansfield High School, where he had attended as a child. When he realises that his previous partner, Mary Lancaster is investigating the case, he decides to offer his help….
All I can add is that this was a proverbial page-turner, and had me engrossed for the three days it took to finish it - no mean feat for a 571 page novel! I was so impressed that I’m definitely going to work my way through the following books in the series. For those interested, here’s the series in order:
The Last Mile
Walk The Wire
Anyway, for thrill seekers out there I thoroughly recommend this book to you. Many thanks for taking time out to read my review, I do hope you found it of use, and that you feel encouraged to get your hands on a copy of Memory Man. Reading is a passion of mine, and I loved reading this.
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The storyline was well paced and the additional characters interesting and well drawn, and it was good to see that there is a cleverly rounded storyline that will link Amos and a couple of the other main characters into the follow-up book.
I could certainly recommend this to anyone who isn't familiar with Baldacci's work and I will certainly give one of his other series of books a closer look as well.
I really liked the ladies Amos worked with on the case, both Lancaster and Jamison. Though WHY is it always so acceptable in the States to refer to each other by surnames all the time ? To me it is pretty rude but they do it over there all the time with no offence seemingly taken. I don't like it.
I did make a note that Lancaster's gum-chewing habit got mentioned too often, as did men's pocket squares....not anything I'd usually notice, if not for the needless repetition.
He wrote "I'd been the first one doing it" and it should be "I'd have been the first one doing it" and Yincision needed a space inserted. Then he writes lighted up, which is an oft-written Americanism I hate, as opposed to lit up, then ferret where I'd use ferry....a lot hung upon a sentence uttered...."But it's good" when the actual wording was "But this is good" so the back 'n forth over that phraseology for me was negated by this.
It's a good tale but it does get a little boggy and could probably lose 100 pages...I prefer a longer story but not when it ends up being a little padded to me.
In really is a 3.5 book, and I will give my reasons in this review...
I love David Baldacci's Will Robie and John Puller, and now Atlee Pine...
Amos Decker is a different pace of character, a man who thinks things through in fact a lot of thinking.
I do understand fully that this is a first in a series so a new character has to be introduced to the reader, and there is a lot to know about Decker and there is a lot to learn and understand.
The first half of this book was very slow, but speeds up for the second half, assisted by some great characters that I did like Bogart, Mary Lancaster and
Amos Decker went off the rails 15 months ago when the Burlington police detective returned home from his shift to find someone had cut his brother-in-law’s throat, shot his wife, Cassie, in the head, and strangled his 9-year-old daughter, Molly. The case still hasn't been solved, and in his grief and despair, Decker leaves the police department. After a bout with homelessness, he settles in as a small-time private investigator operating out of the hotel room in which he also lives. The 42-year-old Decker is overweight and out-of-shape, but he was once a professional football player. During his time in the NFL, he took a hard hit, and the traumatic brain injury induced a rare condition known as hyperthymesia—he can’t forget any detail about anything he experiences.
When his former partner, Mary Lancaster, tells him a man named Sebastian Leopold has confessed to killing his family, Decker lies his way into the jail to see the guy. At the same time, a bloody school shooting takes place at his old stomping grounds, Mansfield High School, leaving many dead. The FBI shows up and the BPD brings the obese ex-cop in as a consultant. But could everything be connected?
Once Decker starts unraveling the threads, it begins to look like it, and soon he’s following trails that no one but he can see, much less interpret. The killer’s motive seems tenuous, at best, and the killer’s trail is difficult to follow, but Decker, who has no discernible social skills and a tendency to abruptly disappear, proves a quirky, original antihero with a definite method to his madness.
A strong and complex story, with lots of twists and turns, good characters but a crime thriller rather than an action thriller, my favourite genre.
Just a different pace of book, not so action packed as a usual Badacci book, but an interesting character. But took a lot to get into this book, especially the first half of the book.
But I am sure this series will get better.