He was alive. She was not. Right now it was a difference without significant distinction for him. He sat there as his little room was lit by the electric blue of a death that had touched him from nearly a thousand miles distant.

Chapter 2, Page 8

In a nutshell

FBI Agent Amos Decker returns to investigate the murder of a federal judge and her bodyguard at her home in an exclusive, gated community in Florida. However, Decker’s life is changing. He’s in crisis following the suicide of a close friend, his memory is changing and he’s been assigned a new partner Frederica White. There’s no obvious suspects, the judge appears to have no enemies and both her ex-husband and son have rock solid alibis. So who did it and why did she feel the need to hire a bodyguard?

Book Club Notes

This is book seven from David Baldacci’s mystery man series however you do not have to have read any other books in the series to be able to understand and enjoy this book. Something I can attest to, having never read any other books in this series. I would describe this book as the literary version of an episode of Law & Order meets CSI: Miami. It opens quite quickly with the crime and then focuses on the investigation to figure out the killer (or are there more than one?). Much like an episode of a crime drama, there are many potential suspects, leads that seem to solve the crime but are dead ends and little twists and turns to keep you in suspense.

It was an easy but enjoyable read with just enough twists to keep you on your toes, guessing and never bored. This is the kind of book you’ll get lost in and happily finish in a day.

Read If

You love watching crime dramas (think Law & Order, CSI or anything with the FBI) are already a fan of David Baldacci and his character Amos Decker or enjoy reading James Patterson.


Storyline – 7/10
Writing – 6/10
Character Development – 7/10
Plot Twist – 8/10
Shareability – 7/10
7.0Overall Score
A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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