I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Fix by David Baldacci
Series: Amos Decker #3
Narrator: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
Published by Hachette Audio on April 18, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 12 hours
Source: the Publisher
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THE NEW MEMORY MAN NOVEL!
Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself.
Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is 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.
Enter 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.
But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government--or worse, an international terrorist group--and an attack may be imminent.
Decker's 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.
Amos Decker is walking to the FBI building in Washington DC when he witnesses Walter Dabney, a prominent owner of a government contracting firm, pull out a gun and shoot a woman who was also walking in that vicinity. He then turns the gun on himself. It’s clear that Dabney murdered Anne Berkshire, a substitute school teacher, but what’s not so clear is the why. Since Decker witnessed the event and the case is handed to the FBI, the task force is given the assignment.
Unlike the first two books, the task force is investigating a hot case instead of a cold one. It’s classic police procedural with Decker’s added unique skills. As it progresses, the investigation runs smack into another of the alphabet agencies, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and Harper Brown, their liaison. It was a gnarly puzzle, leading down unexpected and surprising paths. I ended up suspecting quite a few from time to time but ended up going with my initial instincts, which were right. I loved that the clues were all there for me to deduce much of it on my own (along with a lot of help from Decker).
What I truly loved about this book was the relationship elements. Decker is experiencing the benefits of being part of a team after the circumstances of his tragic past and it humanizes him and the story. It makes quite a difference in a good way. Also, the duality narration has found its rhythm and it rocked. Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy made this a very enjoyable listening experience.
Still loving this series and Amos Decker. This story might not have all excitement of the first two but it certainly strains the brain in figuring out the mystery.
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