About the Book- Walk the Wire by David Baldacci
Amos Decker — the FBI consultant with a perfect memory — returns to solve a gruesome murder in a booming North Dakota oil town in the newest thriller in David Baldacci’s #1 New York Times bestselling Memory Man series.
When Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are called to London, North Dakota, they instantly sense that the thriving fracking town is ripe for trouble. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall, and the community is growing faster than houses can be built. The sudden boom has also brought a slew of problems with it, including drugs, property crimes, prostitution — and now murder.
Decker and Jamison are ordered to investigate the death of a young woman named Irene Cramer, whose body was expertly autopsied and then dumped in the open — which is only the beginning of the oddities surrounding the case. As Decker and Jamison dig into Irene’s life, they are shocked to discover that the woman who walked the streets by night as a prostitute was a teacher for a local religious sect by day — a sect operating on land once owned by a mysterious government facility that looms over the entire community.
London is a town replete with ruthless business owners, shady government officials, and religious outsiders, all determined to keep their secrets from coming out. When other murders occur, Decker will need all of his extraordinary memory and detective skills, and the assistance of a surprising ally, to root out a killer and the forces behind Cramer’s death. . . before the boom town explodes.
Our Review of Walk the Wire
I am a huge Amos Decker fan and there is no doubt I enjoyed Walk the Wire too. But this book would probably be at the bottom when it comes to the best Amos books. The book is not bad but I thought that it was a mix of a whole lot of things that made it a bit complicated and out of path from the series.
I must admit that ever since Melvin Mars made his appearance in The Last Mile, I have had this bad habit of expecting him in the books and naturally I did for this book too but forgive me if I am being a spoiler when I say that i missed Mars in this book. In fact, this book has a different star coming in for a guest appearance. All I am saying is that there is a crossover from one of the other Baldacci Series. That was a bit surprising and somewhere the plot lines to make this crossover happen is what complicates the book. It is what made this book different from a usual Amos Decker novel.
This book deals with a whole lot of things, conspiracy, murder, military, small-town dynamics, secrets and a whole lot of other complications. It makes the plot more intricate, and immersive but a whole lot of head spinning because there are so many subplots and sub-secrets with the whole thing. Stay tight and you will be rewarded with a good thriller albeit a complicated one.
In conclusion, this is not the usual Amos Decker adventure but don’t take it to be something different that you won’t enjoy. It’s just that the plot is dealing with something completely off-the-track and dealing with a small town. Honestly, it gave me more of a Reacher Book vibe, where Jack Reacher usually ends up in a small town and ends up being caught up in their dynamics. That is the same MO in here too.