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The Last Mile (Memory Man series) Paperback – September 13, 2016
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"Entertaining and enlightening, The Last Mile is a rich novel that has much to offer...In the best Baldacci tradition, the action is fast and furious. But The Last Mile is more than a good action thriller. It sheds light on racism, a father-son relationship and capital punishment. Both Mars and Decker are substantive, solid characters....Utterly absorbing."―Associated Press
"[Amos Decker is] one of the most unique protagonists seen in thriller fiction....David Baldacci has always been a top-notch thriller writer ...[his] fertile imagination and intricate plotting abilities make each of his books a treat for thriller readers. THE LAST MILE is no exception."―BookReporter.com
"The intricate details in Baldacci's explosive new novel engage until the final word. He's hit the pinnacle traveling the Deep South and exploring its traditions. Decker and his compatriots are characters to remember long after reading this impressive undertaking."―RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars - Top Pick!)
"A compelling mystery with emotional resonance. Just when the story line heads to what seems an obvious conclusion, Baldacci veers off course with a surprising twist. The end result is another exciting read from a thriller master."―Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Baldacci excels at developing interesting, three-dimensional protagonists...Baldacci fans will not be disappointed, and The Last Mile gives good reason to look forward to the next Amos Decker thriller."―New York Journal of Books
"It's big, bold and almost impossible to put down...Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up...I called this novel a master class on the bestseller because of its fast-moving narrative, the originality of its hero and its irresistible plot....Highly entertaining."―Washington Post on Memory Man
"David Baldacci has written another thriller that will have readers engaged from the first page....Baldacci is a master storyteller...MEMORY MAN works because Amos Decker is an amazing character. Reading how Decker journeys from hitting rock bottom to finding ultimate redemption is nothing short of rewarding."―Associated Press on Memory Man
"Perennial bestseller Baldacci unveils an offbeat hero with an unusual skill set and tragic past who takes on the evil mastermind behind a devastating school shooting..[Decker] proves a quirky, original antihero with a definite method to his madness...Readers will want to see Decker back on the printed page again and again."―Kirkus Reviews on Memory Man
About the Author
David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.
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I enjoy murder mysteries and thrillers, because I am a good guesser. I did guess correctly, but not because the story was particularly a predictable retread. The characters were well thought out and the story also had a social message.
I liked Melvin Mars a lot. I won't say why, and even though the most of the villains had no redeeming features, which I generally think makes a story too black and white, when life has so many gray areas, but Mr. Baldacci painted very successfully with black, white, gray and a full array of colors.
Thanks David, I could barely wait to find out what happens, but it was as always with a good story bittersweet, because when you are done, and things have been resolved one way or another you are done.
Fortunately for me you are quite prolific and there are more stories for me to try.
As part of a specially-appointed team of Federal investigators, Amos Decker works through the evidence, such as is offered, digging for any hint of motives for the murder of Mars' parents. The team stirs up a hornet's nest where nothing is what it seems to be--and finds each step countered by others.
Two more murders and a kidnapping occur, signs that whatever they are on to, it's big. And their lives, especially those of Amos and Melvin, are on the line.
THE LAST MILE is a meaty, sink-into-the-story mystery. David Baldacci knows how to write a story, getting me in hook, line and sinker.
A tense style, twists that would blow you away, and a great ending has me hankering for more.
I cannot WAIT for the next Amos Decker book!!
David Baldacci is good with pace, his twists and turns make you want to keep reading. However there were a few things that didn't seem to kept the story flowing well - the kidnapping of Lisa; seems she got forgotten about part way through. Then the ending was rushed.
If you're a fan of David Baldacci you'll read it, just not as good as Memory Man.
Three and a half stars.