Friday, November 27, 2020

The Last Mile

Book: The Last Mile
Series: Amos Decker #2
Author: David Baldacci

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.-Goodreads

Review: Amos Decker is a consultant to the FBI. A former NFL player, a vicious hit left him with hyperthymesia (perfect memory) and synesthesia. He takes on the case of Melvin Mars, a talented football player who could have made the NFL but instead has been in jail for 20 years for the murder of his parents. Mars is released when someone else confesses to the crime but authorities still think Melvin did it. 

I really liked Amos as a lead investigator. He's sharp, direct and looks at things differently than those around him. I also really liked Melvin Mars, a man wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn't do. I was not as enamored with Amos' team, I couldn't keep them straight half the time as their personalities were all very similar. The crime/conspiracy itself was so far fetched to be believable but it was a page turner. Not sure I'll continue with the series but fast, popcorn type room. 

Grade: 3/5 

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