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Shelf Life: Mind Game

In The Last Mile, the policeman-turned-private-investigator is called in to consult with the FBI for a project involving the reopening of cold and/or anomalous cases.

Written by Shantanu David |
Updated: May 7, 2016 1:28:42 am

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Book: The Last Mile

Author: David Baldacci

Publication: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 417

Price: Rs 599

Amos Decker returns in a follow-up to David Baldacci’s Memory Man (2015). In The Last Mile, the policeman-turned-private-investigator is called in to consult with the FBI for a project involving the reopening of cold and/or anomalous cases. Decker, a former football player, had a head injury in college that caused him to wake up from a coma with the ability to recall anything he has ever seen, read, heard or experienced in perfect detail. An enviable skill for an investigator, it also means he remembers other painful events with clarity.

Decker takes up the case of Melvin Mars (another former footballer), who is saved moments before his execution after another man confesses to the murders he was convicted of. Both the FBI and Mars find themselves inextricably drawn towards deeper deceptions. Despite the coincidences, Baldacci manages to turn out a decent page-turner. Pick it up for a summer read, just avoid the football field.

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