MEMORY MAN by David Baldacci

MEMORY MAN by David BaldacciMemory Man by David Baldacci
Series: Amos Decker #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 21st 2015
Pages: 416
Genres: Fiction, General, Thrillers
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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.


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.

Reading time 3 mins

I just got this book last week. Once I realized that it was already published, I bumped it up on my list. I am so glad I got to read this. Memory Man was a really great read. It was a mystery with a very compelling story and complex characters. I could not put this book down and read the whole thing in two days.

Amos Decker is an ex football star. His first game in the big leagues knocked him down so hard he ended up with a rare condition called with hyperthymesia. He is an acquired savant, a person that can remember everything. After the accident he became a cop and then a detective. He fell in love and had a child. Almost ten years after her birth, he comes home to find his family brutally murdered. After that he can not focus on work anymore. He disappears and reinvents himself as a PI to get by. Over a year later, a man confesses to the murder of his family. Amos is pulled out of obscurity to once again use his gift when a shooting happens at a local high school and it looks like his families murder suspect is involved.

Right away I have to say that detective books are not my thing. I don’t seek these books out. This one was mentioned so many places that I felt like I had to read it. Right at the start we get that the main character Amos Decker is memorizing his environment. This character is so complex, and his condition makes him one of the most memorable characters I have ever read about. I was immediately hooked. Amos is quite a mystery, even to himself. He knows he is not normal, borderline asperger’s in his social style. He sees in colors and numbers. He is able to recall every single detail since his accident. He remembers his family’s murder scene with disturbing clarity. Amos is unable to process emotions quite the same so his gift is not without faults. His attention to details mostly ignored make him one hell of a detective. This is the guy I would want working on my murder mystery. He sees all the angles and is smart enough to see a pattern in even the most twisted events.

This was such a great read. It was just written so well. I did almost nothing but read this story for two days straight. I was stunned by the brutality unleashed on the victims. I really wanted justice for the victim’s families, and especially Amos. Yet, somehow the author made me empathize with the criminal mind enough to understand the motive. This story had really fast pace. I was really rooting for all the Amos, the cops in the town and the FBI to figure out who did it. The author really paints the detectives as such driven regular people who just want to catch the bad guy. I cannot wait to read more from this author about Amos.

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About the Author

David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 29 novels; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published four novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film.

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  1. You are so brave to read something like this. It would give me nightmares! Especially such an intimate crime. Be well!
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    • Karen Blue
      May 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Yea, but it was so well written. Seriously, I didn’t realize the weight of the crimes committed until I was already attached to Amos Decker, the protagonist.

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  3. Elizabeth
    May 11, 2015 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    That’s a rave! I like this kind of book, so I’m saving it TBR. I recently saw on a talk show a bunch of people who have been born with this condition, including the actress, Marilu Henner. It makes them kind of OCD because they notice the details as well as remember them.
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    • Karen Blue
      May 11, 2015 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      I know, his condition is so rare. It was such fun to imagine what he could do with it and the neurosis that would come to the surface. I hope you get a chace to read it. THIS BOOK actually started my reading slump. I just couldn’t seem to find something good enough to follow it.

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