David Baldacci’s ‘Memory Man’ Explores Unfamiliar Territory

David Baldacci

David Baldacci (Photo courtesy Alexander James)

Amos Decker, the main character in David Baldacci’s Memory Man, is intriguing and complex. This isn’t because he is an imposing figure, but because of his acute and fascinating mind. 

I love how Baldacci weaves a multilayered tale and builds psychological suspense by playing with Decker’s perfect memory. Here is a man who is driven to solve his family’s murder after the case has grown cold. I was thoroughly captivated from the very first line.

Amos Decker would forever remember all three of their violent deaths in the most paralyzing shade of blue.” (1)

Memory Man

Grand Central Publishing

Throughout the story, I couldn’t help but wonder how Decker’s old college football injury would affect his performance now. Would identifying the killer help Decker, a man who by his own admission said,

Jokes don’t really register with me anymore. But that may be because I don’t ever intend to laugh again. I was once normal, or as close as humans get to that state. Now I’m not.” (30)

Then a violent crime is reported and those involved seek closure in their own way. However, Baldacci charts a path for Decker which will surprise and enthrall you.

Readers will remember Decker and his amazing skills of deduction for a long time to come. The next time you’re in need of a good thriller, remember to pick up David Baldacci’s Memory Man!

By David Baldacci
416 pps. Grand Central Publishing. $28.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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