The Fallen (Amos Decker, #4)by David Baldacci Published 17 Apr 2018
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David Baldacci returns with the next blockbuster thriller in his #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man series featuring detective Amos Decker--the man who can forget nothing.
Amos Decker and his journalist friend Alex Jamison are visiting the home of Alex's sister in Baronville, a small town in western Pennsylvania that has been hit hard economically. When Decker is out on the rear deck of the house talking with Alex's niece, a precocious eight-year-old, he notices flickering lights and then a spark of flame in the window of the house across the way. When he goes to investigate he finds two dead bodies inside and it's not clear how either man died. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. There's something going on in Baronville that might be the canary in the coal mine for the rest of the country.
Faced with a stonewalling local police force, and roadblocks put up by unseen forces, Decker and Jamison must pull out all the stops to solve the case. And even Decker's infallible memory may not be enough to save them.
"Amos Decker is an amazing character." --Associated Press
"Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up." --Washington Post
"The Fallen (Amos Decker, #4)" Reviews
Okay, I'm OD'ing on David Baldacci.....
Read all the Will Robie books, too - Yikes!!
Time to change the channel.
Amos Decker and Alex Jamison are visiting Alex sister in Baronville, Pennsylvania. They are there to celebrate Alex's niece's birthday, but they hardly get there before Amos sees something amiss in the house next door. Then, everything goes to hell!
That is all you need to know about the story that and that there will be dead bodies, lots of secrets and the most important thing of all, never trust anyone!
The Fallen has action from the beginning until the end. There is a deep dark mystery hidden in Baronville and all Amos has to do is figure out it all, and keep himself and those around him alive. I loved the setting in this book, this once glorious town that now is filled with junkies and desolate people. There is definitely something wrong with the city, but what? One thing for sure, and that is some people will regret that Amos Decker decided to tag along with Alex...
Personally, did I find this book to be hard to put down, then again that's what I expected from this book since Baldacci always writes heart-pounding, page-turning thrillers. This one is not an exception. This is book four in the Amos Decker series, but they are all stand-alone so you can without any problems read this without having read the previous three books.
I want to thank Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!
I get a lot of books from Goodreads Giveaways but this was one of the very best. Decker is a smart, savy and dedicated FBI agent, who is still investigating while on vacation. His partner, Alex knows him well and is great at backup. The story takes place in a very small, impoverished town in Pennsylvannia where nothing is as it seems. Strange sounds are heard, drugs are rampant and there are several murders that are initially hard to solve for anyone. There are several suspects, more than one thing wrong, and there is a long lost treasure. The plot moves quickly and the reader is engaged. I couldn't put it down. A phenomenal read!
Book 4 in the Memory Man series is The Fallen by David Baldacci. “Decker and his partner, Alex Jamison, go to visit her sister in Baronville - a town that’s struggling except for the new Fulfillment Center. Decker stumbles onto two bodies in the house next door. Before he knows it, he is investigating drug smugglers, insurance fraud and a legendary buried treasure. How many more will die?” Baldacci has finally given us a page turner again. This is what we expect from him. Book has a little of a Reacher feel. You might guess a couple of things but there are still plenty of surprises at the end. Glad to see DB letting Decker grow and change. Excellent thriller read from Baldacci.
Two of my favorite mystery/suspense writers are Lee Child and David Baldacci. There are very few books by either author that I haven’t enjoyed. This continues to be the case for me with Baldacci’s new book, “The Fallen” which is his fourth adventure with Amos Decker, referred to as the Memory Man. Due to a life-changing head injury, Decker has perfect memory and cannot forget a thing. Along with his partner, Alex Jamison, they are two of the best civilian investigators the FBI has on its team.
When this new adventure begins, Decker and Jamison are visiting her sister and family in Baronville, a rust belt town with a collapsing economy that has seen it lose both its milling and mining industries. In addition, the city has has seen four strange murders within a two-week period. Within hours of arriving, Decker stumbles upon a horrible double murder, increasing the death toll to six.
Decker and Jamison’s vacation turns into a multiple murder investigation that involves a long-storied history of the city’s founding family and those related secrets may hit even closer to home for Jamison. With his special talents and lack of social grace, Decker faces a whole town opposed to letting truths be revealed, including local law enforcement and most of it citizens. As Decker moves forward, he is even faced with reliving his own memories of loss from the brutal killings of his wife and daughter from several years ago.
I can count on David Baldacci like clockwork. Twice a year – in May and November – he will publish a new book that I have already reserved at my local library. My excitement level is high and I anticipate a fun read ahead of me. I find reading a Baldacci book is like an exciting roller coaster ride. The story moves along at a fast pace, moving from one action packed scene to another in staccato fashion. There are few well-placed slow moments that allow the reader to take in and process necessary information, as well as catch their breath. Baldacci has the formula down and uses it well.
In this case, as Decker works the clues, interviews people of interest, and background information is revealed piece by piece, the tension is ratcheted up to a fulfilling and pleasing climax. In my opinion, one of Baldacci’s best strengths as a writer is his ability to wrap a plot together in such a strong manner where the mystery, suspense, and clues are revealed one at a time like peeling away the layers of an onion. With each of his books I try my best to try and figure out the different pieces of the mystery before he reveals them. For an author that produces two books a year, he is still capable of intricate plotting and pacing. Each character introduced is unique and their own, and the conversations between them and the investigators flow with a rhythm almost lyrical in nature.
Amos Decker is one of my favorite Baldacci characters. His unique skills are balanced by his lack of physical strength and social acumen. Although he contributes to the betterment of society, he is a person who learning, growing, and fighting to overcome his own challenges and weaknesses. He is full of conflict and someday I hope he will see Jamison as potentially more than just a work partner.
Overall, it’s an enjoyable journey for the reader to solve the mystery before Decker does while experiencing his own personal journey. In my case, I think I damaged a brain cell or two trying to beat him to the resolution. If you haven’t tried reading Baldacci, this is a good series to start with if you like fast-paced plotting, robust mystery elements, and interesting multi-dimensional characters.
Give Memory Man a try and I am pretty sure you will enjoy the journey too…
Amos Decker is one of my favourite detectives... so happy to have a 4th book. It was fantastic, cant wait for book 5.