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Publisher's Summary

David Baldacci's remarkable detective Amos Decker - the man who can forget nothing - was first introduced in the sensational New York Times best seller Memory Man. Now Decker returns in a stunning new novel....

The Fix

Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself.

Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter - a family man with a successful consulting business - and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack.

Enter Harper Brown. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case. The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren't cleared for it.

But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government - or, worse, an international terrorist group - and an attack may be imminent.

Decker's never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it's too late.

©2017 David Baldacci (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Boring

The only Chapter that was interesting was the last one. What a bummer. Female speaker was weird and the Male narrator was much better but took a while to get used to. I would NOT recommend this book.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Abridged?

Did not realize till after I bought this in the sale that it must be abridged. There are two recordings of this book and this one is almost four hours shorter than the other one. I could not finish it anyways. It is just too simple and boring of a story. Serendipity plays a big part in this so called mystery. Stuff just happens out of the blue, that help in the solving of the case. The whole Roomies thing also seemed a little weird. Someone mentioned that a ghost writer wrote this. That might be true although it did have Baldacci signature, most women are tall good looking blondes.

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fun but not great.

It held my interest but the story was too fake. Mr Bewer is not a great actor. Miss Cassidy probably is. it did hold my attention and I did listen to the whole thing.

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 02-16-18

boring mystery

This novel had a slow moving plot, that mostly consisted of the detectives talking to people and getting more information about a puzzling murder that Decker witnessed. There is not a lot of action, and the murder was not especially interesting. Decker was introduced in Memory Man (which I thought was an okay novel). He has a photographic memory but his behavior is sometimes similar to a person on the Autism spectrum. The problem is that Decker is not a very interesting nor believable character. None of the other characters in this are either interesting or believable. I hoped that this would be exciting near the climax, but it didn't. With only 2 hours remaining, I finally gave up on this. I generally like Baldacci novels, but this was his worst, in my opinion.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Another winner

Baldacci has hit another home run with this latest Amos Decker book. Great read, couldn't stop listening.

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Good book, good narrators but choppy editing.

I am not sure if it was a glitch in editing or because there were two narrators or what, but although the narrators were very good,the tags “he said”, “she replied”, “he responded curtly,” etc really ruined the flow of the book. It made it very choppy. The story was good just that one thing which was constant was very distracting. I listen to a lot of audio books and never noticed it before.

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mediocre at best

the characters were well done and I enjoyed reading about them and getting to know them. But the storyline just got way out of whack and too many things happened too many things were just over the top it would have been a much better book if half of the disasters that happened had been cut out

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The fix is in

Just finished the audio book. It was a mystery from beginning to end. While clues were left they did not come together until the end. Just what is desired. Numerous twists and turns to keep you glued to the book. I felt I learned a bit of Amos’s thinking process, just learning how the mosaic fits together by bits and pieces made this a very entertaining story.

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Amazing narration!!!

Story wasn’t very believable but it is fiction. Normally I only rate with stars but I felt it necessary to let others know that the characters in this book were brought to life through the wonderful work of the narrators. Both were great but I was blown away by the number of different hats the female narrator wore for this book. She had so many parts, varied every single one and really allowed me to enjoy this book. If it weren’t for Orlagh Cassidy and Kyf Brewer I think I would have returned this book about 1/4 of the way through it.

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good story but not a fan of multiple narrators

I love Baldacci books but I find multiple narrators very distracting, almost as bad as authors who read their books.