The Last Mile by David Baldacci

The Last Mile is the latest exciting thriller by David Baldacci. It follows on from the events in the previous novel Memory Man and features FBI Special Agent Amos Decker an ex footballer with hyperthymesia. This novel concerns Melvin Mars who, like Decker, was a promising American Football player until, at the age of twenty, he was arrested and convicted of the murder of both his parents. He now awaits his fate on Death Row. However Mars gets a reprieve when someone else suddenly confesses to the killings. This confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars, guilty or not, a free man.

Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars’s 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. Did the man who confessed to killing Melvin’s parents actually commit the crime? It seems as though someone wants Melvin freed.

So FBI Special Agent Amos Decker and his FBI Task force launch an investigation into what really happened. Then a member of Decker’s team disappears, and it becomes clear that something much larger, and more sinister, than just one convicted criminal’s life hangs in the balance and Amos learns that there is more to the story than just the murder of Melvin Mars parents, why were they actually murdered and by whom? Amos discovers somebody with a lot of secrets and skeletons in their cupboards who is keen to stop the truth being discovered at any cost.

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