The Fix by David Baldacci

IMG_4859Having read The Target, The Hit, The Innocent, The Guilty, Memory Man, No Man’s Land and The Last Mile, I would like to read The Fix by David Baldacci. This exciting police thriller features Detective Amos Decker a special agent, who suffered a head injury that resulted in giving him the gift of a remarkable memory, Which has enabled him to solve many crimes, which have baffled everyone else.

The novel concerns a chap named Walter Dabney, a family man. A loving husband and the father of four grown daughters , who has built a life many would be proud of. Then while Standing outside the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D C, Dabney shoots school teacher Anne Berkshire execution style, in cold blood, on a crowded pavement, before turning the gun on himself. One of the many witnesses is Amos Decker; a man who forgets nothing and sees what most miss. However Even with Decker’s extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the seemingly senseless and random killing appears 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.

Decker finds himself thrust into the investigation to determine what drove this seemingly loving family man to pull the trigger, so Decker and the team delve into the lives of Dabney and Berkshire to find a connection that doesn’t seem to exist. Then he meets 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. Decker discovers that the Defense Intelligence Agency believes that Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government – or, worse, an international terrorist group – and an attack may be imminent so now solving the murder has become a matter of urgent national security. Decker is a bit of a maverick and has 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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