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Thursday, June 18, 2020

#ReadThis #MemoryMan by @DavidBaldacci First Amos Decker Book @NYPDnews

This post is dedicated to the NYPD and everyone who puts their life on the line everyday in America to instill LAW AND ORDER.  There is no business anywhere or anything worth recommending without civilized society.

We never thought we'd have to say that.  It should be understood.
As you know, Walk the Wire earned our Highest Recommendation.

Since our inception in 2009, Whom You Know has been dedicated to highlighting the best of Manhattan and as we expanded and met more people at trade shows and events, the best of everywhere.   Not a lot is receiving our recommendation at all lately, let alone our highest.

Right now, we've seen the worst of Manhattan.  You can't visit.  Hotels aren't open.  Nothing is open.  You need to be careful walking down the street and it's helpful if you have ten sets of eyes and a few bodyguards.  (We do expect this to change as soon as we get a new Mayor in New York which is taking way too long.  Our policy has always been to never publish negative reviews: we just say nothing instead.  DeBlasio has earned every negative review he's gotten from anyone.)  This has massively altered our reviews, however, BOOKS NEVER CLOSE, especially when you open them and Baldacci is a great book Mayor.

Walk the Wire is the latest and greatest in the Amos Decker series, which we hadn't read before.  We decided to start at the beginning with Memory Man, which opens with a shocking start.  Protagonist Amos Decker has hit rock bottom, just like Manhattan has now.  

Baldaccci's snappy style is on-point: "She was doe-eyed and dough-brained" (p.15) and descriptions are excellent: "Her small, pointy chin seemed overwhelmed by her disproportionately large mouth where uneven and nicotine-stained teeth lurked like bats hanging in a cave." (p.22)

Characters are simply fabulous, and we discover how Alex and Amos meet.  The speed at which the plot unfolds is appropriately terrific, and Memory Man is typical of Baldacci winning excellence.  The whackadoodle antagonists will make you cringe and put ideas in your head that you never thought of before.  Baldacci is always full of surprises.

By the way, anyone trying to shut down any media about police: be aware there is free speech in America and the silent majority are interested in the police and wanting to be protected.  It's utterly ridiculous to compromise excellence in telling stories of law enforcement in any medium.  Memory Man is a great reminder of why the police are essential and appreciated.

Memory Man is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, “because every mom needs a break now and then.”)

David published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. The feature film adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 41 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. David has also published seven novels for younger readers.

A lifelong Virginian, David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being a prolific writer, David is a devoted philanthropist, and his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family’s Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy programs in the United States. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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