Melvin Mars awaits his fate on death row. He was one of America's most promising football stars until, aged 20 years old, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents - just as he was due to begin a very lucrative contract with the NFL.
When Amos Decker, newly appointed special agent with the FBI, hears the news that Melvin was saved in the final seconds before his execution because someone has confessed to the killings, he persuades his boss to allow him to carry out an investigation into the Mars murders. There are facts about the case which don't add up, and as the investigation deepens, Decker and his team uncover layer upon layer of lies and deception rooted at a time in American history which most would rather forget, but some seem keen to remember.
There is someone out there with a lot to hide and a secret that everyone is looking for. A race against time ensues, because when revealed, that information threatens to tear apart the corridors of power at the very highest level. The case proves to be life-changing for both Mars and Decker in ways that neither could ever have imagined.
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By Simon on 22-04-16
Baldacci's Decker Full of Aces!
The first book in this series was a good one but with The Last Mile Baldacci moves smoothly into top gear. While the opening volume was slower due to the need to setup the characters and background this one feels perfectly paced. It delivers an entertaining story smoothly with the author showing increasing confidence in his characters. Gone is the need to explain Decker's complex background and medical condition, that aspect is now limited to small and occasional reminders.
The dual-aspect narration is more smoothly produced and Kyf Brewer is a more upbeat male voice which further boosts the tempo. The opening scenes on Death Row are one of the highlights of the book.
With these improvements this promises to be a very successful series with the potential for longevity should Baldacci so choose. This story is a similar mystery to the first where the devil is in the detail and the smallest of clues turn out to be important.
So, if you enjoyed the first book you may well find yourself liking this one even more. The story comes to the fore over the character backgrounds and leads up to an exciting conclusion. If you haven't read the first book then I wouldn't advise jumping straight into this one as you will miss out on the carefully constructed back stories for the characters.
In summary, a five star thriller all the way!
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By Lia on 01-06-18
Amos Is Amazing
David Baldacci impresses me in a way I had not previously considered in The Last Mile
because the hero, ex-cop, private eye Amos Decker, has unexpected unique qualities.
He's not your typical leading man of detective literature. In fact, he's a big, fat
slob - obese, ill-clothed, socially awkward and totally un-graceful. But not forgetful.
He has a perfect memory, resulting from a sports injury, which makes him smarter than
you think he is. When he thinks, he forgets everything else, like who he's talking to
at the moment. But, he remembers seemingly insignificant facts related to the crime
that help him solve it. If he saw a car back in the day, he can tell you, now, its
license plate number, and that may identify the murderer. It seems that Baldacci had
a eureka moment and is creating some fun by giving Amos such an unpredictable weapon.
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By Aditya K on 30-12-17
Missing the mark
The first book featuring amos decker was great. The voice of amos in this makes him sound like a kid rather than the character that was first created.
Overall, the book is nice. Performances are better than the story!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful