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Amos Decker is a man with a twisted past - pro football player for one play and then BOOM and his memory turns into a permanent file - nothing ever disappears from it. That made him a great cop. But when his family is murdered that never-ending memory also brought to life all his darkness. He couldn't unsee the murders - they replayed again and again until it caused him to fall off the face of the earth.
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He is drawn back into solving crimes when there is a death much like his family's. There is a school shooting and a truly twisted villian!!
So at the end he joins the FBI as a sort of quasi-cop. And that starts the next book - where he is drawn to another ex-football player's story. Melvin Mars is about to be executed for the murders of his parents. Melvin was a college ball player soon to go pro with amazing talent. When he murdered his parents and that was that - until his execution is stopped due to a confession by another soon to be executed convict. That draws Amos' team to the site and the discrepancies start to add up - especially when the confession falls apart.
I really liked both of these books. Baldacci does a great job creating characters that I root for and I like that! There are twists that I don't always see coming - but enough that you do see that keep you involved in solving the mystery. I REALLY like Amos. He is the anti-hero that I gravitate towards. He is in this situation not by his own will and he would rather not be here - but there is a goodness in him that keeps him involved for those he might be able to help in spite of himself. And yes, I know that is a crazy run-on sentence - but that is exactly how I see him!!
I would highly recommend these books.