Memory Man by David Baldacci

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Memory Man by David Baldacci

With over 110 million copies of his novels in print, David Baldacci is one of the most widely read storytellers in the world. Now he introduces a startling, original new character: a man with perfect memory who must solve his own family's murder.
MEMORY MAN
Amos Decker's life changed forever--twice.
The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect--he can never forget anything.
The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare--his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.
But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
MEMORY MAN will stay with you long after the turn of the final page.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 30, 2015 – 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.

Customer Reviews

A Darker Baldacci

It was really hard to put this book down! It's not action, but the mental puzzling out of situations in the story. David Baldacci made the mind, and man, of Amos Decker brilliant, complex, tragic and, in some regards, enviable. This new (main) character is a little darker than his others, but every bit as human and I think, more impudent. I can't wait to read the next installment of what may be his attempt to reclaim part of his soul.

Memory Man

Riveting and full of plot twists. Baldacci has exceeded expectation.

I'll remember this one... (Pun intended :-)

Baldacci did good! This main character, Amos Decker, is different -- he doesn't have a studly body and the understanding wife/partner/girlfriend.... He's flawed in a very relatable way, even if he has total recall and amazing deductive reasoning.

I could easily identify with Decker at times; other times, I was just as clueless as his colleagues. Moving in and out of his mind kept the narrative compelling.

Well written and easy to leave everything and just keep reading and reading and reading... This may be Baldacci's best yet, or it's a strong tie for second.

Memory Man by David Baldacci
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Android, Win, *Nix, and more.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Apr 21, 2015
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Amos Decker Series

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