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(Amos Decker #5)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,026 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Detective Amos Decker discovers that a mistake he made as a rookie detective may have led to deadly consequences in the latest Memory Man thriller in David Baldacci's #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man'
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
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Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
David Baldacci's 5th in the Amos Decker series is a brilliant and compulsive thriller with Decker back home in Burlington, Ohio, where his wife, Cassie, daughter, Molly and brother in law, Johnny, died. He is there to commemorate what would have been Molly's 14th birthday. This tragedy has driven Decker's fierce and implacable obsession to fight for justice. After earlier brain injuries, he has been gifted and cursed by hyperthesmia, which means he can forget nothing and synesthesia. At Molly's ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Amos Decker so the moment I saw this book on the bookshop shelves I bought it, came home, and settled down in my favourite chair for a really good read. And it was good, very good in fact.

Amos is struggling badly. Had she lived he would have been celebrating his daughter's birthday and he is blind sided with grief for his dead wife and child. He is also experiencing very strange symptoms from his brain condition, and he feels the need to be away from his friends and suffer on his own. Luc
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This fast paced, smart, well developed, gripping crime thriller which brings back one of my favorite book characters, Amos Decker a.k.a. “Memory Man”.
Remembering everything is a great gift for solving murders, handling loose ends by bringing back the images you stocked ( like unlocking your personal cloud which full of memories). But also can be curse to remember your loved ones’ taking away from you. It was like living a nightmare over and over again.
This time Decker goes back to his hometown
The Real Book Spy
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amos Decker, the Memory Man, is back in another twisting thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci (Long Road to Mercy, 2018, etc.).

By now, readers know his story. Years back, the Hulk-sized Amos Decker suffered a bone-crushing helmet-to-helmet hit during his first play in the NFL, rendering him unable to forget anything, ever. Not only is every memory seared permanently into his brain—a medical condition known as hyperthymesia—for good, but the way Decker’s brain sees a
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in the Memory Man series, and have read them all for their in-depth, interesting characterizations and detailed investigative work. Adam Decker is the Memory Man and his detection skills and bravery are beyond reproach. This is a riveting series of detective work and personal growth.

For those not yet familiar with this unique detective, here is some background. Detective. Amos Decker was the first from his town to make a Pro football team. On his very first play, he was tack
kartik narayanan
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Redemption is a great book because it focuses on Amos Decker's faults. (and it is actually a redeeming followup to the steaming pile that was 'Long Road to Mercy')

Amos Decker has been setup in the series as a sort of detective savant. And I have to confess that I like the books where he detects the shit out of the crimes. So it comes as a refreshing change to see his greatest mistake come to the fore. And like the blurb mentions, could he have sent an innocent man to prison?

Throughout the book,
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for an advance copy of Redemption, the fifth novel to feature FBI consultant Amos Decker.

Decker is back in Burlington visiting the graves of his murdered wife and daughter when he is approached by Meryl Hawkins, the first man he charged with murder thirteen years previously. Hawkins is dying and wants Decker to prove his innocence but he is killed before he can talk to Decker seriously, making Decker think there was maybe more to the case than hi
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amos Decker is back with a bang in the fifth instalment of the series in which Mr Baldacci shows his page-turning prowess with this deliciously addictive delicacy. It's a complex, beautifully constructed suspense fest and the tension is palpable throughout. Everything just works so superbly and because of that I fell hook, line and sinker very early on. Baldacci has that uncanny knack of knowing exactly what his readers want and provides it to them in spades.

Decker is a fascinating creation but
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize how much I missed the Decker character until I got back into this book. Once I did, it was tremendous fun. Another great mystery and some great suspense. I don't think I'm spoiling anything when I say that Mars comes back, and that just brought a smile to my face. Decker and Mars make a great team, even if they are not really supposed to.
Jack Webb
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Baldacci gets his fascinating character Amos Decker involved in multiple murders in his home town. And I'm doing so, manages to bring in a hopefully novel concept of Russian involvement in America.
Mojo Shivers
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read four Baldacci series—Atlee Pine, John Puller, and Robie & Reel being the others. Till now I thought of Will Robie as being the best and certainly my favorite. That was the series that got me into reading the author and assassin-themed novels are a particular favorite of mine. Blame Scotch for that.

However, the last two novels in that series have left me wanting, delving into more maudlin territory and getting wrapped up in sub-plots that detour it from what it originally was. It’s sti
It seems like with Amos a simple trip never ends up that way and this trip is no different. Being back in his hometown Amos stumbles upon a man from the first case he worked, one where he got the ba guy, but this man now says that he didn't commit the crime. This throws Amos, throws him more when the guy ends up dead a few hours later. With Amos being Amos he now can't let this go. As Amos investigates one small thing leads to another, to another, all of them fishy. By the time we get to the end ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great read in a great series! Love Amos Decker! Amos is back in his home town visiting the graves of his wife and daughter. A sentenced criminal from his past has been released because he is dying with cancer and he wants Amos to clear his name because he claims he was innocent - don't they all. But something about this guy - besides the fact that he is murdered shortly after meeting Decker - stirs within Amos. That's the start of the bodies accumulating at his every turn, even attempts ...more
Jay Dwight
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do love the Memory Man character.

Typical Baldacci fare here. Clever plot, fast paced, lots of action, and totally entertaining.

Decker revisits his very first homicide case, given it now appears he was overly keen to close the case and overlooked some key aspects which may have lead to an innocent man being found guilty of the crime. Whilst not convinced Decker would have been quite so "sloppy", even in his first case, I was happy to overlook this plot flaw because it helped serve an engaging
What a deep suspense. There were layers upon layers of whodunit.

I'm so glad Decker was back in Ohio for this book. Unfortunately for Decker, he met a guy whom was put away by him and his partner when they were rookie homicide detectives. Now he has to find the truth and right the wrong. Hard to put down.
Cheryl Shearer
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best book of the 100 I have read so far this year.

I opened this book this evening and couldn’t put it down. Five hours later I finished the book, longing to meet these characters again. Amos is once again larger than life and the nuances that Mr Baldacci writes into his tales of Amos set you on the edge of your seat and have you wanting to turn the pages faster. Another fast paced, intriguing story with a stellar plot line and little sidebars for the well-known characters that stir your senses.
Joann Amidon
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a bad way to survive a stormy weekend. I found this book a bit repetitive and clogged with characters, some of who just got dropped along the way and not from a bullet.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have liked all David Baldacci’s characters but I think Decker is my favourite. Once again Baldacci has woven his magic and created a story with twists and turns to keep you constantly intrigued and I did like the fact that at the end we see things maybe changing for the better with Amos Decker. It is a special talent that can be as prolific as David Baldacci, have such a range of characters and maintain such a constantly high standard of novel.
Breakaway Reviewers
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very clever thought-provoking plot.

Amos Decker is at the cemetery in Burlington where his daughter Molly and her mother, and his wife, Cassie are buried. He always visits on Molly’s birthday. While he’s laying fresh flowers on the graves, he’s approached by a dishevelled and obviously sickly man.

The man is Meryl Hawkins. Decker and his partner at the time, Mary Lancaster, had ensured that he was locked up for life after discovering evidence that linked him to the murder of four people. Meryl
Sue Plant
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this book...what a book

decker has put many a bad guy away but when one comes back to say that he is dying and that he was framed and innocent of the crime that he was found guilty for, and a man that decker actually put away for life, who then ends up murdered what is a guy to do...but go over the case and see if there are any flaws in the first case that decker actually investigated all those year ago....

and with his technique
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amos Decker is back in his home own visiting the graves of his wife and his daughter on her birthday when he approached by a face from his past. A man he had put in prison without parole as a result of his first case as a new detective. The man says he was released form a private prison because he was terminal and he was back to ask Amos to clear his name because he was still adamant that he was not guilty. They agree to meet the next morning, but that never happens. I am not going to say why, y ...more
David C Ward
A visit to his home town and his family’s graves leads Decker to review an old case where he helped wrongly convict a murderer. Unraveling that injustice leads to weird doings in the rust belt - the bad guys start doing their usual “kill a lot of people” thing - and reveals a complicated, long term operation. The problem with the Decker books is that they’re too mopey - the goodguys are all miserable and the continual dwelling on Decker’s weird brain state as well as his tragic past is wearing. ...more
Mean Drake
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Typical Amos Decker stuff. The man is unstoppable. Can you spot the discrepancies before he does?

But why is almost everyone now days writing mysteries linked to the past? Every book I read seems to be doing it.
Tracy Wood
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Amos Decker has a problem - he never forgets anything he sees be it good or bad and as a cop and FBI consultant the bad outweighs the good pretty much on a daily basis.

David Baldacci is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and although I am a little late to the party that just means I have a lot of excellent books to discover.

Redemption is the fifth in the Amos Decker series but the first I have read. The author very cleverly describes his hero's past in detail without giving anything awa
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent read from David Baldacci featuring, who has to be my favourite character, Amos Decker.
Decker returns to his old stomping ground of Burlington, Ohio .Whilst on a visit he comes across Meryl Hawkins the first person he jailed as a homicide detective. It is an absolute page turner, full of twists and it keeps you guessing til near the end. I would have no hesitation to recommend this book as Amos Decker is a wonderful character and I hope to read more books featuring him.
David Baldacci doesn't write bad books, most are pretty good, like this book Redemption. Baldacci writes his characters very well. He doesn't spend a lot of time taking paragraphs or pages to describe rooms or the outdoors. In the Amos Decker series, he doesn't talk about feelings, because Amos doesn't have feelings, so some time is spent on what he should be feeling.

Decker was a college football linebacker at OSU (ROLL TIDE) and during the first American professional football game in which Amos
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the advanced copy that I won....Sorry it has taken me a week to get my review in... i just couldn't seem to put my thoughts into words...This is my first book that I have read by David Baldacci, and now i am going to start at the beginning of the series and read them all.... so here goes nothing as i try to write my very first review.

From the very beginning of the book i was blown away. Amos seems like a tough man that has an even tougher life. Mistakes were made, and he needed to
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
Another fantastic book by fellow Virginian David Baldacci. Much like the rest of the Decker series, what seems to be an innocuous crime ends up being a much bigger conspiracy. Without giving too much away, there ends up being a large scale, multiple year spanning plot that hops on the latest fears in 2019 America.

Two things held it back from being a 5 star read. First, there were some sentences/paragraphs that read in an awkward manner. For example, one sentence included the phrase "dressed exp
Patricia Atkinson
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
amos decker is back in his 5th book he comes back to Burlington ohio for his daughters 14th birthday. while there he runs into meryl Hawkins who was his first case on the department 13 years ago Hawkins was released early because he is dying of cancer and asks amos to recheck the case he was innocent that night meryl Hawkins is shot dead. Hawkins was charged when david katz 35 was shot than Donald Richardson 44 shot Frankie Richards 14 shot Abigail Richards strangled to death Hawkins was charged ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-book-list
For the first time, I am really disappointed with a David Baldacci book. While it was a fast read, I just felt as though there was way too much going on, the characters were one-dimensional, and the writing just wasn't up to par. I enjoy the Amos Decker character, for his being different than other detective characters, but there weren't many of those difficult moments that he normally has when relating to other characters. He seemed almost normal. And the writing was awkward at best. As I was r ...more
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