When Amos Decker returned home eighteen months ago to find the bodies of his wife and only daughter, he didn’t think he could carry on living. Overwhelmed with grief, he saw his life spiral out of control, losing his job as a detective, his house and his self-respect. But when his former partner in the police, Mary Lancaster, visits to tell him that someone has confessed to the murder of his family, he knows he owes it to his wife and child to seek justice for them.
As Decker comes to terms with the news, tragedy strikes at the local school. Thirteen teenagers are gunned down, and the killer is at large. Following the serious brain injury Amos suffered as a professional footballer, he gained a remarkable gift – and the police believe that this unusual skill will assist in the hunt for the killer.
Amos must endure the memories he would rather forget, and when new evidence links the murders, he is left with only one option.
Serving as an introduction to Amos Decker, Memory Man is a terrifically absorbing read and a book I personally struggled to put down, but then David Baldacci has that natural ability to create engaging characters that give you little option but to have a vested interest in the outcome of the book and his protagonists.
Amos Decker has seen better days, following the murder of his wife and daughter, he’s let himself go. Homeless and destitute he sees no reason to continue. Out of shape, fat and carrying so much baggage, Decker wouldn’t appear at first sight to be your typical literary hero. But he is. Despite his troubles, as a reader, you want to bat for him. He’s someone who needs help but isn’t prepared to ask or accept it but as the book and storyline develops he slowly begins to change and we gain an insight into his mind and what could have been. It’s up to him how he moves forward, no one else.
It only takes a small event to change things and with the little credit he has on his credit card he cleans himself up, as best as he can, and starts to put a plan into action, investigating the death of his wife and child and helping the police and FBI with the murder at the school.
Full of twists and turns, entertaining imagery but an intelligent and complex narrative, Baldacci not only has a hit on his hands with Memory Man but with his leading protagonist, Amos Decker. I can see a long and bright future for Decker and his partner Lancaster and I for one can’t wait to see how the author develops this intriguing partnership.
- Hardcover:368 pages
- Publisher:Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (23 April 2015)