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Title:
Memory man
Author:
Baldacci, David, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. ; New York, NY : Hachette Audio, [2015]

℗2015
Physical Description:
11 audio discs (approximately 13.5 hours.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Amos Decker's promising football career was ended by a violent helmet-to-helmet collision. Now a police detective, he is still haunted by a side effect from the injury--he remembers everything, including things he would prefer to forget. One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law murdered. As the husband, Amos immediately becomes a prime suspect in the crime, but is subsequently cleared. But when a man turns himself in--more than a year later--and confesses to the crime, Decker seizes his chance to learn what really happened that night. And the truth will stun him.
General Note:
Title from web page.

Compact discs.

Duration: 13:30:00.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781478986140

9781478929987
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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Amos Decker's promising football career was ended by a violent helmet-to-helmet collision. Now a police detective, he's still haunted by a side effect from the injury--he remembers everything, including things he would prefer to forget. One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law murdered. As the husband, Amos immediately becomes a prime suspect in the crime, but is subsequently cleared. But when a man turns himself in--more than a year later--and confesses to the crime, Decker seizes his chance to learn what really happened that night.


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

For a man who has total recall to forget a serial killer he disrespected could be deadly. In Baldacci's (The Escape) latest thriller, former police detective Amos Decker is a man halfheartedly climbing out of an emotional abyss. It is a year after he found his wife and daughter murdered in their home, and the horrific night is still vividly seared into his mind. Time will never lessen the grief, because a blow to Decker's head two decades ago gave him a perfect memory. It is both a blessing and a curse. Now a man has come forward confessing to the murders. Did he do it? Meanwhile, a shooting at the local high school leaves several teachers and students dead. What at first appear to be two separate cases quickly converge into one as the killer leaves taunting messages for Decker. Will he find the murderer before the body count gets even higher? Verdict Baldacci weaves a suspenseful story right up to the climactic face-off between these complex and compelling characters. Highly recommended for all thriller fans who love elusive, taunting criminals and the slightly bent but always determined detectives who pursue them. [See Prepub Alert, 10/20/14.]-Susan Moritz, Silver Spring, MD © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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