In his #1 New York Times bestseller Memory Man, David Baldacci introduced the extraordinary detective Amos Decker—the man who can forget nothing.
Now, Decker returns in a spectacular new thriller…
THE LAST MILE
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’ 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.
“Utterly absorbing…In the best Baldacci tradition, the action is fast and furious…Entertaining and enlightening, ‘The Last Mile’ is a rich novel that has much to offer.”
“Already among the world’s bestselling writers, Baldacci hardly needs to prove himself but he’s created one of the most intriguing, complex anti-heroes….Impossible to put down, especially because of Decker, who weaves a powerful spell.”
—The Daily Mail (UK)
“Some writers are brilliant at plot. Others excel at character development and dialogue. David Baldacci ticks both boxes. Memory Man’s extraordinary hero, Amos Decker, is back and we couldn’t be happier. Decker’s starting a new job at the FBI, putting his awesome recall of details to use trying to crack cold cases. When he learns about the case of a Texas death row inmate condemned for killing his mixed-race parents—and the startling confession that may prove his innocence—Decker fixates on uncovering the truth. The Last Mile is a top-notch thriller that tackles the ugly legacy of racism and paints a powerful portrait of the friendship between two damaged but indomitable men.”
“David Baldacci’s The Last Mile is a second outing for Amos Decker, the Holmesian hero of last year’s Memory Man…A typically twisty plot never flags, and benefits from having the likeably offbeat sleuth (whose gifts include synaesthesia and photographic memory) as its pivot.”
—The Sunday Times (UK) – Thriller of the Month