The Fix : Amos Decker

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Series: Amos Decker
  • 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

David Baldacci's remarkable detective Amos Decker - the man who can forget nothing - was first introduced in the sensational number-one 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.


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Amos Decker: Baldacci's most interesting character

Amos Decker is gravely injured playing football for the Cleveland Browns years ago. He soon realizes that he cannot forget anything He becomes a star cop in an Ohio town, gets married and he and his wife have a daughter. Amos' wife and daughter are killed and suddenly the inability to forget becomes a major liability. Yet his memory is a big advantage in solving crimes just as it is a major negative since the deaths of his life and daughter are constantly fresh in his memory. He is now on loan to the FBI where his memory is especially useful. Amos is very tall, considerably overweight and always rumpled in appearance. Book 3 in the Amos Decker builds upon the first two novels in the series.

The Fix opens as Amos witnesses the gunshot murder of a 59 year old woman by a man outside the FBI building in Washington DC. The killer then shoots himself in the head. The killer is the owner of a large defense contractor and an ex-employee of DIA (Defense Department Intelligence Agency), so the DIA enters the case and orders the FBI to step away. This novel goes through several twists, some of which the listener can predict and some of which are surprises, until the final twist which blows the case apart.

The Fix is an excellent suspense thriller, but it is not Baldacci's best work. Nor is the best novel in the Amos Decker series.

Orlagh Cassidy does her usual 5 star job of narration and Kyf Brewer does a credible job with the male characters. I remain unhappy that Kyf Brewer replaced Ron McLarty who did the male narration in the first novel in the Amos Decker series.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

this is actually Baldacci Junior

Memory Man was a mediocre introduction to Amos Decker, synethesia and hyperthymesia. The Last Mile was much, much better since we met Melvin Mars and didn't have to hear endless lectures on Decker's 2 odd syndromes that allow him to be an investigatory asset.

Unfortunately, The Fix is yet another mediocre installment in the series. Why the journalist is there helping the FBI is a mystery; she is useless and annoying. Other unnecessary characters are Milligan and Harper Brown. Brown is supposed to be a high-clearance agent, but she doesn't know much, and figures out less. Okay, her bomb-defusing past does help in the end, but that was all she brought to the table. It was hard to remember who Milligan was or what his character was. There were only 3 minor instances of Decker using his memory and only 2 unimportant scenes where his color-coding was even mentioned. So, Decker ends up merely being a good thinker, with the other people feeding him inane lines so he can talk the reader through the solutions to the mysteries. The conversations are unnatural and bothersome. I don't know what has happened to the author of the Camel Club, but it looks as if his 12-yo son is now writing the books.
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- Trudy Owens

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio