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Title:
Memory man
Author:
Baldacci, David, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
Physical Description:
405 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"A man with perfect memory... must solve his own family's murder"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781455559824
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary


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.


Author Notes

David Baldacci was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 5, 1960. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He practiced law in Washington D.C. as a trial and corporate lawyer.

His first novel, Absolute Power, was published in 1996. It won Britain's prestigious W.H. Smith's Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997 and was adapted as a movie starring Clint Eastwood. His other works include Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, True Blue, One Summer and End Game. He writes numerous series including King and Maxwell, Freddy and the French Fries, the Camel Club, Will Robie, Shaw and Katie James, John Puller, Vega Jane, and Amos Decker. He also published a novella entitled Office Hours and has authored five original screenplays.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Meet Amos Decker: former college football star, NFL player for one brief moment, police officer, and now a down-and-out private investigator. He sounds like a bit of a stereotype, and he probably would be, if it weren't for something that sets him apart: due to a violent accident on the playing field, Decker now has hyperthymesia, a psychological condition that makes him unable to forget anything. This isn't a completely fresh idea the main character in the TV series Unforgettable has hyperthymesia, and The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper and Criminal Minds' Spencer Reid have eidetic memories (a heightened ability to remember things) but Baldacci makes it feel fresh by adding in a highly dramatic element: Decker's family was murdered about a year and a half ago, and, out of the blue, someone has confessed. Using his perfect memory, Decker sees a way to find out what really happened to his wife and child, and to find peace. One of Baldacci's better recent novels.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

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 [his] 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. Agent: Aaron Priest, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Star football player Amos Decker was severely injured during his first professional game. As a consequence of a powerful blow to the head, his brain was altered-Decker now has total, permanent recall of anything he reads, observes, or experiences. He would like to forget the details of the brutal murder of his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law, but he can't. Since the senseless loss of his family, he has mentally and physically deteriorated. The police and FBI recruit Decker to help discover who committed the crimes and why the killings continue. Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy do a fine job bringing the characters to life with clear and engaging narration. Verdict Recommended for all Baldacci fans and listeners who enjoy psychological mysteries and thrillers.-Ilka Gordon, Beachwood, OH © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.