A latest thriller by the best-selling author of The Forgotten and King and Maxwell introduces the character of Amos Decker, whose hyperthymesia causes him to remember everything. 500,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
More than a year after the most tragic event in Amos Decker's life, a man confesses to murdering his family and Amos, called to help with the investigation, struggles with the memories. - (Baker & Taylor)
This "impossible to put down" #1 New York Times bestseller introduces Amos Decker, a gifted police detective with a perfect memory who must solve a mystery he wishes he could forget: his family's murder (Washington Post).
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 play in the NFL. 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 forever, and left him with an improbable side effect--he can forget nothing.
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.
- (Grand Central Pub
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. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.