On April 21, 2020, Amos Decker is back in Walk the Line, a new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.
Decker, who is perhaps Baldacci’s best protagonist going right now, suffers from both hyperthymesia and synesthesia, the result of a bone-crushing hit to his head while playing linebacker in the NFL. In layman’s terms, Decker can now associate things such as death, for example, with a distinct color—on top of not being able to forget anything . . . ever.
For Decker, who now works as a consultant to the FBI, having every memory permanently seared into his brain no doubt helps when he’s working various cases. With total recall, he never forgets any details and things are always fresh in his mind’s eye. The flip side, of course, is that even painful memories are always present too, horrors from years past as new and visual in his mind as whatever happened the day before—which is bad news for a man who more than a decade ago found his wife and child murdered.
Over the course of five previous books, Baldacci has fleshed out his hero masterfully, turning the Memory Man into one of the genre’s best lead characters.
Following last year’s Redemption, Baldacci’s sixth Decker novel takes Amos and his partner, Alex Jamison, to a North Dakota oil town to investigate the gruesome murder of Irene Cramer, whose body was found dumped out in the open after someone performed an apparent autopsy—raising all kinds of questions.
Check out the official cover art and plot details below.
Amos Decker — the FBI consultant with a perfect memory — returns to solve a gruesome murder in a booming North Dakota oil town in the newest thriller in David Baldacci’s #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man series.
When Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, they instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has also brought a slew of problems with it, including drugs, property crimes, prostitution — and now murder.
Decker and Jamison are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman named Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open — which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and Jamison dig into Irene’s life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who walked the streets by night as a prostitute was a teacher for a local religious sect by day — a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the entire community.
London is a town replete with ruthless business owners, shady government officials, and religious outsiders, all determined to keep their secrets from coming out. When other murders occur, Decker will need all of his extraordinary memory and detective skills, and the assistance of a surprising ally, to root out a killer and the forces behind Cramer’s death. . . before the boom town explodes.
Davis Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world’s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at his official website and his foundation.
Fans looking to pre-order the next Memory Man thriller can now place orders for Walk the Line here or anywhere else books are sold.
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