Book review: Memory Man by David Baldacci - the ex-NFL player who can't forget

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 May, 2015, 10:51pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 May, 2015, 10:51pm


Memory Man
by David Baldacci
Grand Central Publishing

David Baldacci has written another thriller that will have readers engaged from the first page.

Amos Decker, a stellar athlete who made it to the NFL, experienced a helmet-to-helmet collision on his first play that changed his life forever: from that moment, Decker's brain shifted and he lost the ability to forget.

The entire world became myriad colours and memories that he could easily access. With his new abilities, he's the perfect candidate to become a police detective. He can visit a crime scene once and walk through it over and over again in his mind, and he can remember verbatim testimony by a witness or suspect.

His life is destroyed when he arrives home and finds that his wife, young daughter and brother-in-law have been murdered. He can never forget the scene, and with no witnesses and little evidence, he sinks into despair. Decker ends up leaving the force and becomes homeless. He works as a private detective but has few clients, and he's embarrassed by his appearance and how low he has fallen.

Three years later, a man walks into a police station and declares that he's responsible for the murders. Decker, who has never forgotten that day or any of the evidence, realises the man's confession is full of holes.

Baldacci is a master storyteller, and although the pay-off might be a bit of a stretch, 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