Memory Man

David Baldacci ( began writing stories as a child, when his mother gave him a notebook in which to record them. He wrote for more than two decades, penning short stories and later screenplays without much success. While practicing law, he turned to novel writing, taking three years to write Absolute Power. Published in 1996, it was an international bestseller. To date, Baldacci has published over 30 works for adults and younger readers. Memory Man is his latest thriller, and the first book in the Amos Decker series. The summary is as follows.

A big, towering athlete, Amos Decker is the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro in American football. But his career really ends before it has a chance. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocks him off the field for good, and leaves him with an improbable side effect – he can never forget anything. Nearly two decades later Decker is a police detective. He returns from a stakeout one evening and enters a nightmare – his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law have 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. He 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. If you love a pageturner, you’ll love this.


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368 pages in Macmillan

First published 23 April 2015

ISBN 978-1447277583


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