Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Last Mile by David Baldacci

Title: The Last Mile
Series: Amos Decker #2
Author: David Baldacci
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing 
Release Day: April 26, 2016 

In his #1 New York Times bestseller Memory Man, David Baldacci introduced the extraordinary detective Amos Decker-the man who can forget nothing. Now, Decker returns in a spectacular new thriller . . . The Last Mile

Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution--for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier--when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime.

Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars's case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men's families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling the truth.

The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars--guilty or not--a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now?

But when a member of Decker's team disappears, it becomes clear that something much larger--and more sinister--than just one convicted criminal's life hangs in the balance. Decker will need all of his extraordinary brainpower to stop an innocent man from being executed.

“So the criminals win, that's what you're saying? For now they do. But it's a long game, Jamison. And I always play for the long game.”

I liked this one so much better!! 

At the end of Memory Man, Amos Decker gets hired by the FBI as part of a special task force led by Special Agent Ross Bogart. The team will put to a vote the next interesting case to pursue. Alex Jamison, who we met on the last book has also been invited to be part of the same task force. 

On his way to join them, Amos is listening to the radio. A news bulletin informs the listeners of a development in the execution of Melvin Mars. Melvin Mars was convicted twenty years ago of murdering his parents in cold blood. Yet, just before his execution, another man confesses to the murders. Montgomery knows specific details of the murders which were kept from the public. Due to this new development, Melvin is released from prison. 

Amos can't keep himself from getting involved and soon the whole team is looking for clues into a twenty-year-old case. Amos is sure Melvin is innocent and he wants to get to the truth. He wants to know who murdered Melvin's parents and why Melvin was framed. 

Melvin lost everything in the blink of an eye. Instead of becoming a pro football player, he spent two decades in prison and was sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit. Now is his chance to learn the truth about that night that changed his life. 

The Last Mile was entertaining and intriguing. It kept my attention and the pages flowing. I'm warming up to Amos as a character too. For me, he was too dry in Memory Man but In The Last Mile, he acts less robotic despite having no tact. 

Alex Jamison and Special Agent Ross Bogart are both good side characters. Although, I wish they were able to participate more in the investigation.

I'm looking forward to the next book. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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