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Memory Man by David Baldacci
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Memory Man

by David Baldacci

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This is the first book in the series.
Main character is Amos Decker he is an ex Policeman he has a great photographic memory. He got this after an American football injury.
His wife and daughter were murdered, by an unknown killer.
Decker receives a message then later the same day there is a spree killing at the local high School.
Decker teams up with his old partner Mary Lancaster. Also the FBI and a reporter called Alex Jamison assist.
They are on the hunt of the Murderers
They eventually catch the 2 criminals both are murdered.
Decker decides he will come and work with the FBI in future.
Fast paced good but silly book. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Dec 18, 2018 |
Very interesting... cool divergence from Baldacci's standard M.O. Some of the writing seems a bit flat, but I loved the exploration of Amos Decker's persona. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
This book, the first in the Amos Decker series, introduces Amos as a former football player who as a result of a severe head injury, can now never forget anything. Following the football injury he was no longer able to play. So, instead Amos became a successful police detective until the day that he returned home from work to find his brother-in-law, wife and daughter murdered. After this his life took a downward spin until one day there was a breakthrough in the the case of his family's murders. And then Amos began to take a new interest in helping to solve the case. And before long the case became of utmost importance when other killings including a school shooting were linked to Amos, himself.

The audio version of this book was very well-done and was very entertaining with the use of both a male and a female narrator sharing in the telling. The plot itself was more methodical than fast-paced as Amos Decker thoroughly dissected all of the clues to the murders. However, overall I enjoyed following the unraveling of the plot and the characters and would read another book in this new series. ( )
  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |
Amos Decker has had the best and the worst that life could offer. He was a pro football player, but during his first and only play as a pro, he suffered a hit that was so intense he died twice on the field. That hit left him with remarkable brain damage: he is now unable to forget anything. He coped with that super power, until the day he came home to find his daughter, his wife, and his brother-in-law all murdered. Now that image is as raw in his mind as the day he first saw them years ago. His life plummeted until he found himself jobless, homeless, and hopeless. Slowly, he pulled himself together just enough to maintain a semblance of a life. Then he gets word that the muderer of his family has confessed, and now his life again has purpose. Author David Baldacci has penned a suspenseful page turner raw with emotion and human failings. The characters are flawed in unusual ways; some are born that way, others made that way, and their struggles are evident in their behavior. But some turn to depravity, and suspense builds as the need for justice, or perhaps revenge, confronts the growing evil. Well written, this novel will have you racing through the pages. ( )
  Maydacat | Oct 23, 2018 |
Amos Decker is down on his luck.... out of work, overweight, and with a brain that never forgets a thing. And no real ability to experience emotions.

After a great High School football career, a nasty tackle in his first pro football game changes his brain - and his life - forever.
Years later, he comes home to find his visiting brother-in-law, his wife, and his daughter all brutally murdered. That's when he ends up out of work and overweight... and eventually taking on jobs as a private investigator.

When there's a mass shooting at the local high school that was the location of Decker's football glory days, Amos becomes a consultant on the case. The case twists and turns through more murders and lots of possible leads and almost to the end of Decker's life. BUT - if it's at all possible with a story like this, there is a bit of a happy ending. ( )
  CYGeeker | Sep 6, 2018 |
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To Tom and Patti Maciag:
Go forth and have fun.
You've earned it!
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Amos Decker would forever remember all three of their violent deaths in the most paralyzing shade of blue.
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"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" --… (more)

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