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To the story and propel Decker forward to make key choices that not only move the mystery in a key direction but also help to give the characters entertaining Moving into the fifth novel in this series there is little lag as Baldacci continues to offer fresh and interesting directions for his protagonist With a mix of short chapters and those with depth to build suspense Baldacci pulls the reader in from the outset and shows why he is at the top of his game I cannot wait to see what else he has in store for his fans and what sort of directions things will go in the foreseeable futureKudos Mr Baldacci for never letting p and keeping this series full of twists for those who like to be surprised Likehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge Amos Decker a cop who also done some work with the FBI is visiting his home town of Burlington Ohio on his daughter s birthday Well accurately it s his late daughter as she and her mother Decker s beloved wife were brutally murdered some while ago As he sits by the grave he s visited by a man he thought he d never see again Meryl Hawkins was the subject of Decker s first murder investigation as a police officer and he was subseuently sent down for life for the murder of four people But it seems that Hawkins has been released early suffering from terminal cancer In a brief conversation with Decker he claims his innocence stating that the cops got it wrong big time Amos is not someone to leave loose end so he seeks out his ex partner with a view to walking through the Hawkins case again He doesn t think they got it wrong as the evidence seemed irrevocable but he wants to set his mind to rest But events soon mean that he s drawn into reviewing the case from top to bottom could it be that somehow they missed something or were misledThis is the fifth book in the series and it s clear that a late joiner I ve not yet read the earlier books I ve missed out on ite a bit of relevant history And although this book can certainly be read as a standalone it s worth noting that there are ite a few references to acts and people previously featured in the series I was definitely left with the impression that I d have been better off reading these books in order That said other than the tragedy impacting his family the only other key piece of information to know about our front man is that he suffers from a condition called hyperthymesia which means that all his memories are permanently stored in his brain The condition brought on by a severe blow to his head is both a blessing and a curse his powers of recall are faultless so that once he s seen something he can pull p the memory and pick out as much detail as he wishes but the downside is that he s also permanently haunted by visions of the bad events in his life I liked both Decker and his ex partner they re presented as believable and interesting characters trying to do the right thing whilst also attempting to address significant challenges in their own lives The the most part this book worked really well with the re investigation being broken "DOWN INTO REASONABLE STEPS AND RELEVANT "into reasonable steps and relevant being made to actions previously taken However I do have a couple of bones to pick with it Firstly I had some issues with a few of the minor characters there s the slightly less able cop that had seen his career pushed aside by the gifted Decker and the boss cop who clearly for reasons nspecified here had the severe hump with our hero neither convinced me The same went for a couple of the other characters Secondly there s the big ending in which all becomes clear a scene that to me simply felt overplayed and totally implausible That said it s a fun read and as I ve already got episode four ready to roll as an audiobook I ll certainly give this series another try it s a decent concept and in Decker I think Baldacci has created a fictional character with some depthMy thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The author is one of my all time favorites meaning anything The author is one of my all time favorites meaning anything writes I want to read And from the start four books ago his Memory Man series was a big hit with me This one the fifth adds another five star entry Detective Amos Decker is a very intriguing character as a result of a football injury he developed hyperthymesia which causes him to remember every detail of every single day whether he wants to or not as well as synesthia abilities associating colors with people and objects But I have to admit my initial attraction was at a far human level He played football at THE Ohio State University go bucks and the aforementioned football injury that ended his sports career happened on the first play as a member of the Cleveland Browns yep my favorite NFL team needless to say I live in OhioEarlier in the series Decker s wife and daughter were murdered imagine being forced to remember every detail of that for the rest of your life and in this book he s returned to Burlington Ohio to visit the cemetery as he always does on his daughter Molly s birthday An aging tattered and battered man interrupts Decker who realizes it s Meryl Hawkins his first arrest for murder back when he was a newbie on the force Released from prison because of a terminal illness Hawkins knew of Decker s annual cemetery visits thanks to information from Decker s former partner Mary Lancaster When he gets Decker s reluctant attention Hawkins insists he was not guilty as charged and pleads with Decker to prove his innocenceThat s not a project Decker wants to A Doctors Vow undertake given that it could mean he was instrumental in putting an innocent man behind bars Besides that Decker s boss back at the FBI isn t happy that he s thinking of going rogue yet again and he orders Decker s current partner Alex Jamison who s with him in Burlington back to the office as an aside another personal coinkidink My mother s maiden name was JamisonBut when evidence turnsp that Hawkins might have been wrongly convicted Decker and his memories can t walk away even if it jeopardizes his. Ton Ohio when he’s approached by an Jonathan Swift unfamiliar man But he instantly recognizes the man’s name Meryl Hawkins He’s the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkinsnrecognizably aged and terminally ill one thing. ,
Read long ago Excellent Unputdownable Can you ever go wrong when reading a David Baldacci book Nope not in this case Once again he has written a FANTASTIC story By far one of my favorite series of all time Very entertaining and you don t even have to start at the beginning because you get a Shotgun Bride uick synopsis of the characters backstory I m smitten with Amos Decker lol In this 5th book in the Amos Decker series the detective re investigates a multiple murder that occurred 13 years ago The book can be read as a standaloneFormer Burlington Ohio homicide detective Amos Decker is now a consultant for the FBI His partner is Agent Alex Jamison whom he first met when she was a journalist and who s now his platonic roommate Decker is assisted in his investigative work by a condition called hyperthymesia which was caused by a massive head injury when he was a young football player The hyperthymesia gives Decker the ability to recall in vivid detail everything he s ever seen read or experienced Decker s family was brutally killed four years ago and he returns to Ohio every year to visit their graves Decker and Jamison are standing in the Burlington cemetery when they re approached by a sick shuffling man who identifies himself as Meryl Hawkins Decker remembers Hawkins a perp he helped put away 13 years ago for killing businessman Don Richards Richards two young children and a banker named David Katz who happened to be in Richards house Hawkins says he s been released from prison because he s terminally ill He goes on to assert that he was wrongly convicted that he has new information about the Richards and Katz murders and that he wants Decker to investigate Decker agrees to meet Hawkins later on but the convict himself is killed before that can happen When he thinks back Decker recalls that the RichardsKatz murder case was open and shut Hawkins fingerprint was found in the Richards house the murder gun was found in Hawkins closet and Hawkins DNA was foundnder the fingernails of one of the dead children Because Hawkins was clearly the killer Decker didn t carefully consider other evidence like autopsy results When Hawkins is murdered Decker becomes concerned that as a newly minted homicide cop he might have put away an innocent man Thus Decker decides to re investigate the four old murders as well as Hawkins recent deathDecker s partner Alex Jamison has to leave for other FBI business but Decker remains in Ohio to look into the killings As a result Decker gets STRONG pushback from jealous and abrasive Burlington detectives and is even put in jail for a few hoursDecker carries on regardless He manages to get a copy of the murder file he visits the original RichardsKatz murder scene he re interviews family members he speaks to witnesses he looks for new evidence and so on All this frightens someone because murders occur and Decker himself is almost shot As a result Decker s friend Melvin Mars who was on death row before Decker intervened comes to Ohio to protect Decker and assist with the inuiries Little by little Decker The Long Road Home unveils an intricate diabolical scheme that led to the murders over a decade ago as well as the current killingsDecker who s always been rathernemotional due to his head injury has a lot of personal challenges in this book His good friend has marriage problems and early onset Alzheimer s he s angry at himself for a shoddy original investigation and he s in danger of losing his job because he disregarded FBI orders This humanizes the detective and makes him a little relatableI enjoyed the book but it s not the best entry in the Amos Decker series IMO For one thing the first part of the book consists of Decker and his associates discussing the original crimes again and again which gets repetitive and tedious For another thing I have a problem with the elaborate criminal scheme Decker ncovers which reuires too much suspension of disbelief for me Still this is a good series with interesting characters Recommended to mystery fans You can follow my reviews at Perhaps Mr Decker s character is played out Perhaps Mr Baldacci has run out of interesting writing ideas as this story is a near snoozer 3 of 10 star zzz In another thrilling novel David Baldacci places Amos Decker in the middle of a case that will reuire all his attention While visiting his daughter s grave Amos Decker is approached by a man he put away for murder over a "decade ago Released for compassionate reasons the man professes that his conviction was wrong and that "ago Released for compassionate reasons the man professes that his conviction was wrong and that needs to reevaluate the work he did when serving with the local police department Now armed with a task and reunited with his former partner Decker is trying to piece together the narrative from the murder When the original accused is murdered himself Decker can only surmise that someone is trying to silence an attempt to find justice The further he digs the Decker ncovers though some of it is surely as painful for him as it is for the families of the victims and the accused When others die Decker refuses to let that deter him and forges ahead at full speed The town of Burlington Ohio may *HAVE CHANGED AFTER ALL THESE YEARS BUT THERE ARE *changed after all these years but there are secrets that linger including one that could destroy its bucolic nature Can Decker save all that he holds dear without allowing his past to fade into oblivion Another wonderful novel by Baldacci who has been keeping the Decker series fresh and insightful for fans Recommended for those who love a good mystery and have followed the series from its inceptionI those who love a good mystery and have followed the series from its inceptionI long been a fan of David Baldacci and his work having seen him through many series over a number of years I became curious about Amos Decker from the start as the premise caught my attention from the outset With a well established backstory Amos Decker would appear to have little to offer the reader though his past is always coming back to work its magic and old cases receive new life As the story begins with Decker returning to Burlington the reader is taken back and discovers some of the pain the series protagonist has been holding onto over the past number of years Others add depth and intrigue. FBI Special Agent Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly conseuences in the latest Memory Man thriller in David Baldacci’s number one New York Times bestselling seriesAmos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burling.
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FBI work Complicating matters further is that a personal connection means Lancaster who was willing to help out is forced to recuse herself from the investigation leaving Decker pretty much on his own On the plus side Jamison contacts Decker s old friend Melvin Mars who insists on helping despite Decker s protests The two make a great combination and that makes for a great story that s both complex and exciting For the record this book stands well on its own but I have no doubt I enjoyed it because I d read its predecessors which I recommend that others new to the series should do as well not only for that reason but simply because they re all so enjoyable As for me I say keep em coming This fast paced smart well developed gripping crime thriller which brings back one of my favorite book characters Amos Decker aka Memory Man Remembering everything is a great gift for solving murders handling loose ends by bringing back the images you stocked like The Greek Tycoons Revenge unlocking your personal cloud which full of memories But also can be curse to remember your loved ones taking away from you It was like living a nightmare over and over again This time Decker goes back to his hometown to honor the memories of his wife and daughter by visiting their graves At his redemption place he sees a ghost from his past A man he has convicted 13 years ago who has a terminal disease claiming his innocence By helping this ex convict Amos Decker tries to atone his sins and face his inner demons On previous books Decker was acting like a robot building walls around him to minimize human connection and only Jamison and his new friend ex convict Mars were able to open small cracks on his walls fighting against his social barriersOn this book by slowly making peace with his past Decker starts to communicate with the people even he starts accepting human touch He still remembers the past tragedies suffers from panic attacks and obsessed with his family house but he takes a big step on his life At the end our character does not only bring justice to the wrongly convicted man he also moves farther a little bit and learns to embrace his past to have a real future I loved twisted crime story and smartly developed plot but mostly I enjoyed to see the development of the character I love Amos Decker so the moment I saw this book on the bookshop shelves I bought it came home and settled down in my favourite chair for a really good read And it was good very good in factAmos is struggling badly Had she lived he would have been celebrating his daughter s birthday and he is blind sided with grief for his dead wife and child He is also experiencing very strange symptoms from his brain condition and he feels the need to be away from his friends and suffer on his own Luckily those friends do not take no for an answer and he soon finds himself being supported in his personal life while working hard to solve a particularly complicated caseThere are an awful lot of dead bodies in this book many visits to the morgue and a huge amount of very detailed and very smart police work Some of the goodies turn out to be baddies and hardly anyone is who they seem to be I suppose someone very smart could guess who killed who and why but I had to be patient and waitntil Decker explained it all I enjoyed it enormously and hope that the author is planning a book 6 David Baldacci s 5th in the Amos Decker series is a brilliant and compulsive thriller with Decker back home in Burlington Ohio where his wife Cassie daughter Molly and brother in law Johnny died He is there to commemorate what would have been Molly s 14th birthday This tragedy has driven Decker s fierce and implacable obsession to fight for justice After earlier brain injuries he has been gifted and cursed by hyperthesmia which means he can forget nothing and synesthesia At Molly s grave a man meets him that he doesn t recognise but he knows his name Meryl Hawkins now released from prison and dying of cancer Decker had led the investigation that convicted Hawkins of the murder of Don Richards and his 2 children and David Katz who had dropped in to see Don It was Decker s first murder investigation and the evidence against Hawkins appeared ironclad but Hawkins proclaims his innocence asking him to look again at the murders Decker s original cop partner and friend Mary Lancaster also has doubts about the original conviction Decker cannot bear living with the possibility that he helped to destroy the life of an innocent man as he commits to reworking this cold case Indications that he is on the right path begin with the stone cold murder of Hawkins Attempts are made on Decker "s life and in a blood drenched case every lead he has ends p dying as the bodies start piling " life and in a blood drenched case every lead he has ends p dying as the bodies start piling As Mary is forced to recuse herself when her husband Earl turns out to be the alibi of a possible suspect Blake Natty is appointed to lead the case from the police end and he and his superior Pete Childress "are determined that Decker takes no further part in the case and leaves Ohio Decker is having "determined that Decker takes no further part in the case and leaves Ohio Decker is having of this relentless in his pursuit of the truth He is joined and assisted by a familiar face and friend Melvin Mars a man who spent 20 years in prison and on death row in Texas The Queens Choice until Decker proved his innocence Decker finds that old sins cast long shadows as he seeks redemption for his past errors as an inexperienced murder detectiveThis is a fast paced complex and compulsive thriller well constructed and packed with suspense and tension Baldacci is an expert at drawing in the reader and keeping them hooked rightp to the tense last pages of the novel His protagonist Decker is an interesting and The Cowboy Wants a Wife! unusual character trapped in past traumas with memories that will never fade away he is slowly and surely being destroyednless he Can Learn To Shift learn to shift and create stronger personal ties with his friends that roots him in the present rather than the past This is a highly intense thrilling and entertaining read with a diverse cast of characters showcasing Baldacci s considerable skills in writing nail biting thrillers Highly recommended Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for an ARC. Hasn’t changed He maintains he never committed the murders Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago As he starts digging into the old case Decker finds a startling connection to a new crime that he may be able to prevent if only he can put the pieces together ickly enoug. .