Memory Man by David Baldacci

Memory Man is the first in the Amos Decker Series.

Summary: After suffering a brain injury in his first professional football game, Amos Decker became a different person. He was transformed into a savant who remembers every hour, minute and second since his accident with perfect recall (hyperthymesia) and sees numbers and some events overlaid with inherent color (synesthesia).

Amos eventually adapts to his altered existence and puts his memory skills to work in a career in law enforcement. After his family was brutally murdered, he slides into despair and homelessness, eventually pulling himself up enough to eke out a sparse living as a private detective.

After he witnesses the aftermath of a school shooting, Amos uses his skills and his prior contacts to help find the shooter and an unexpected connection to his past.

Comments: I’ve read David Baldacci’s books off and on since his first publications in the 90’s. I enjoy his clear writing style and ability to keep me hooked with both action and characters. The book is fast paced and hard to put down. Amos is a sympathetic, multi-faceted main character. There is enough background to make the plot and and denouement plausible.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to read the second in the series.

4 out of 5 books