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Amos Decker Series, Book 5

eBook - 2019
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Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in the latest Memory Man thriller in David Baldacci's #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Decker is visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by a man named Meryl Hawkins. Hawkins is a convicted murderer. In fact, he's the very first killer Decker ever put behind bars. But he's innocent, he claims. Now suffering from terminal cancer, it's his dying wish that Decker clear his name.

It's unthinkable. The case was open and shut, with rock solid forensic evidence. But then Hawkins later turns up dead with a bullet in his head, and even Decker begins to have doubts. Is it possible that he really did get it wrong, all those years ago?

Decker's determined to uncover the truth, no matter the personal cost. But solving a case this cold may be impossible, especially when it becomes clear that someone doesn't want the old case reopened. Someone who is willing to kill to keep the truth buried, and hide a decades-old secret that may have devastating repercussions....

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing


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Mar 08, 2021

A good crime fiction read.

Good, solid crime fiction with interesting back story. Some of the dialogue is over-written and assumes the reader has both a very short memory and is not able to pick up subtleties of character and plot development.

Jul 14, 2020

4 1/2 star read. This is the 5th book in Baldacci's excellent Amos Decker "Memory Man" series and it was a very good read. Decker is back in his old home town on the anniversary of his daughter's murder and expects to have a short visit, but a man from his past accosts him and tells him he was innocent and that Decker's investigation was flawed and he wants to clear his name. And then the man is murdered. So of course, Decker is determined to go back over the case, his first as a detective, and find out if there were things missed and if the man just might be innocent after all. As he starts investigating, it soon becomes apparent that there are people who want him to stop, at any cost. This was a very interesting and compelling read and I enjoyed every page. Another great read from Baldacci.

May 06, 2020

This was an enjoyable read.

Apr 21, 2020

I felt like watching a movie :) it was full of suspense. enjoyed reading the book.

Feb 09, 2020

Good but not great from Baldacci. It is very slow until late on, and too many characters, murders, and red herrings. I had to read this book in stops and starts with a week or so in between, and it was hard to pick up on every character, and where they all fit. It did pick up towards the end as the pieces started to fall together. The conclusion was unexpected. I prefer the John Puller series.

Feb 09, 2020

This novel starts off as a 2 star, but towards the end, as more is revealed, it climbed in my estimation to 3.5 stars. Decker becomes involved in a solving a cold murder case in his old hometown in which he was the lead detective - a newbie just starting out in his career. Decker faces the possibility that he helped convict the wrong man and, now, many years later, tries to clear that wrongly convicted man. There are several twists in the plot which made it relatively interesting, but Baldacci does put in a lot of fillers - quips, conversations, and information about Decker's background - that I just skim over - especially the descriptions of his past football career. This author, like Michael Connelly, has aging main characters in this novel.

Jan 05, 2020

convicted wrong man

Nov 17, 2019

A good read with lots of twists and turns.

Oct 04, 2019

Oh, the angst. Too many people murdered, that is, until the denouement. Then, of course, it all makes sense. Bloc inhabitants have no reverence for life. Still and nevertheless, way too much going on. Decker is changing, fashioning a new persona and potential future for himself.

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