I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Mile by David Baldacci
Series: Amos Decker #2
Narrator: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
Published by Hachette Audio Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 11 hours, 49 minutes
Audio | Goodreads
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'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.
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.
Amos Decker is on his way to Washington, D. C. to join an FBI special task force headed by Ross Bogart. They’ll be investigating cold and questionable cases. When he hears a news report about a former college football star who was on death row for murdering his parents and just escaped execution when someone suddenly confessed to the crime, it’s no surprise that Decker wants this to be the first project of the task force.
I loved this story from the start as every scene was compelling, interesting and provided something new to ponder. It went from being fairly uncomplicated to becoming a thing with so many tentacles that it tangled my brain in a good way. Decker’s mind continues to be fascinating and the team dynamics suited his style perfectly.
I also enjoyed the narration, which transitions between the two narrators every time there is a gender change during dialogue. Aside from helping with character distinction, it also livens up the performance. I’m committed to the audio format for this series.
Literally, I couldn’t stop listening to this book (even put my headphones on in the middle of the night). This is great storytelling with a very intriguing character in Decker at the forefront. It also has a strong supporting cast and I especially liked the man of focus in the investigation, Melvin Mars, who I couldn’t help but root for throughout. Loved everything about this reading experience.
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