The Last Mile

By David Baldacci
Read by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy

The Amos Decker Series: Book 2

11.82 Hours 04/19/2016 unabridged
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In his #1 New York Times bestseller Memory Man, David Baldacci introduced the extraordinary detective Amos Decker-the man who can forget nothing. Now, Decker returns in a spectacular new thriller . . . THE LAST MILE 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.

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Summary

Summary

#1 New York Times bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

In his #1 New York Times bestseller Memory Man, David Baldacci introduced the extraordinary detective Amos Decker-the man who can forget nothing. Now, Decker returns in a spectacular new thriller . . .
THE LAST MILE
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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Baldacci excels at developing interesting, three-dimensional protagonists...Baldacci fans will not be disappointed, and The Last Mile gives good reason to look forward to the next Amos Decker thriller. New York Journal of Books
A compelling mystery with emotional resonance. Just when the story line heads to what seems an obvious conclusion, Baldacci veers off course with a surprising twist. The end result is another exciting read from a thriller master. Library Journal (Starred Review)
It's big, bold and almost impossible to put down...Decker is one of the most unusual detectives any novelist has dreamed up...I called this novel a master class on the bestseller because of its fast-moving narrative, the originality of its hero and its irresistible plot....Highly entertaining. Washington Post on Memory Man
David Baldacci has written another thriller that will have readers engaged from the first page....Baldacci is a master storyteller...MEMORY MAN works because Amos Decker is an amazing character. Reading how Decker journeys from hitting rock bottom to finding ultimate redemption is nothing short of rewarding. Associated Press on Memory Man
Perennial bestseller Baldacci unveils an offbeat hero with an unusual skill set and tragic past who takes on the evil mastermind behind a devastating school shooting..[Decker] proves a quirky, original antihero with a definite method to his madness...Readers will want to see Decker back on the printed page again and again. Kirkus Reviews on Memory Man
The intricate details in Baldacci's explosive new novel engage until the final word. He's hit the pinnacle traveling the Deep South and exploring its traditions. Decker and his compatriots are characters to remember long after reading this impressive undertaking. RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars - Top Pick!)
[Amos Decker is] one of the most unique protagonists seen in thriller fiction....David Baldacci has always been a top-notch thriller writer ...[his] fertile imagination and intricate plotting abilities make each of his books a treat for thriller readers. THE LAST MILE is no exception. BookReporter.com
“Entertaining and enlightening, The Last Mile is a rich novel that has much to offer…In the best Baldacci tradition, the action is fast and furious. But The Last Mile is more than a good action thriller. It sheds light on racism, a father-son relationship, and capital punishment. Both Mars and Decker are substantive, solid characters…Utterly absorbing.” Associated Press
Entertaining and enlightening, The Last Mile is a rich novel that has much to offer...In the best Baldacci tradition, the action is fast and furious. But The Last Mile is more than a good action thriller. It sheds light on racism, a father-son relationship and capital punishment. Both Mars and Decker are substantive, solid characters....Utterly absorbing. Associated Press
“Baldacci excels at developing interesting, three-dimensional protagonists…Baldacci fans will not be disappointed, and The Last Mile gives good reason to look forward to the next Amos Decker thriller.” New York Journal of Books
“The intricate details in Baldacci’s explosive new novel engage until the final word. He’s hit the pinnacle traveling the Deep South and exploring its traditions. Decker and his compatriots are characters to remember long after reading this impressive undertaking.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
“Narrator Kyf Brewer breathes life into Decker and convicted killer Melvin Mars with depth and texture…The second narrator, Orlagh Cassidy, portrays a backstabbing Southern belle…Together, the narrators provide listeners with a vibrant story of Decker and Mars’ search and the surprising revelations that hit them at every turn. There’s nothing routine in this solid whodunit—just striking performances from superb narrators. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Randy 9/13/2017
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Another Baldacci Masterpiece

A well written story that you can't stop listening to. Very well read as well.
by Jack Vincent 9/13/2017
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Very Fast Paced , Well Read !

This book is a thriller right from the first word !!! It's the story of a man waiting on death row and through the strangest of twist of fate finds himself in the most surreal adventure of his life . I don't want to give too much away other than to say I must of had 20 different okay now I've got it monuments while listening to this book , only to say what the .......... ? The narration is so good you need to hear this book for yourself , it is a wonderful second book in the series . Highly recommended

Author

Author Bio: David Baldacci

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published three novels for children. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 11.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English