The Fallen

The Fallen

Large Print - 2018
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The closer Amos Decker comes to the truth, the deadlier it gets in David Baldacci's latest #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man thriller.

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes--obscure bible verses, odd symbols--have the police stumped.

Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has only been there a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

Then the next killing hits sickeningly close to home. And with the lives of people he cares about suddenly hanging in the balance, Decker begins to realize that the recent string of deaths may be only one small piece of a much larger scheme--with consequences that will reach far beyond Baronville.

Decker, with his singular talents, may be the only one who can crack this bizarre case. Only this time--when one mistake could cost him everything--Decker finds that his previously infallible memory may not be so trustworthy after all...

"Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up." - -Washington Post
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing Large Print,, 2018
Edition: First edition, large print edition
ISBN: 9781538713662
1538713667
Characteristics: 611 pages

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McAnnieG
Jul 02, 2018

So predictable it felt contrived and drawn out but it was still a good story.

Amos Decker joins his FBI parnter Alex Jamison on a vacation visit to her sister's family in their new location of Baronville PA.

Observing strange flickering of lights leads to a joint investigation of six murders with the local police and the DEA. The more they dig the more danger and death they uncover. Further concussions have Decker's brain misfiring giving a potential problem for future novels.
Robber Barons owning the town of Baronville and hidden treasure were a bit of a stretch.

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KJP48
Jul 01, 2018

The book held my attention throughout. However, the premise is farfetched which made it a bit hard to enjoy. The ending in particular was way beyond the believable. I know this is fiction and it did keep me guessing who were the bad guys and who were the good. But I've read better books from the author.

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writermala
Jun 29, 2018

David Baldacci is at his best when he writes about Amos Decker. Amos and his partner Alex Jamison are back in the "Fallen." This book does not disappoint. Decker an Jamison are vacationing in Baronville at Jamison's sister's place when things start going wrong. Murder after murder take place and the local police and even DEA do not seem to make any headway. Decker with his usual logical thinking makes several discoveries which only seem to put him at risk. The difference in this book is that Decker does not make use of his prodigious memory instead he as portrayed as a sensitive, caring man. Regardless, the murders are solved with some surprising endings and a satisfactory conclusion. I enjoyed the book.

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badafrank
Jun 21, 2018

So slow moving. I skipped many pages out of boredom, then wished I'd skipped the book altogether. Didn't even read the last ten pages.

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pishposh9
Jun 18, 2018

Plodding.

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workhorse6491
Jun 18, 2018

Decker and his comrade go on vacation.... and run into a real spaghetti mess. Could not keep most of the characters straight... probably understandable as nearly everyone in this small town is in some kind of thrall to opioid pill-pushers and related drug scum. All, including Decker, are running around in reaction to the latest outrage, etc. etc. Not much character development, even of Decker himself. I like the Memory Man, but this one I'd much rather forget.

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Bookworm1562
Jun 12, 2018

David Baldacci does not disappoint with "The Fallen." I could not put it down.

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reader7176
May 25, 2018

Another great book from David Baldacci in the Memory Man series. I have enjoyed all his books but especially this series.

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USAF1969
May 20, 2018

THE FALLEN is the best David Baldacci book yet in the Memory Man Series. Decker and Jamison are "on vacation" in a small town where Jamison's sister lives. Decker is relaxing on her deck outside when he notices strange things going on in the house behind it and goes to see what is happening. "On vacation" quickly evolves into "working a case" (or course). What is a case becomes so many different threads and twists and turns that it is a lot of cases balled up into one - though they merge somewhat towards the end. This is a very complicated story with great characters and plot development. The non-fiction, descriptive parts of this dealing with our Nation's opiod crises (plural intended) adds a huge layer of complexity to the story (a good thing) and scares the hell out of me (a less good thing, but a reality we better face). Throw into the mix that Decker gets decked by a major blow to the head which messes with his already "rewired" and amazing memory and you have a great story of crime solving and changing interpersonal relations. Well done David Baldacci! Enjoy.

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ValinOR14
May 04, 2018

3½ stars. I totally did my happy dance when I got my hands on this book! I love the Amos Decker series sooo much! Sadly, this wasn't my favorite in the series. There were so many story lines to keep track of - and the end of the book felt (to me) like everything had been thrown in a blender, pulsed a couple of times, and dumped back out, lol.

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