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’ 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.
He’s on Death Row just waiting to die. It’s the date of his execution for murdering his parents. He didn’t do it but he’s taking the fall for it. He’s resigned himself to this. Then there’s someone unusual at his cell door and he’s told someone else has confessed to the crime…
David Baldacci has been writing for years now and every one of his books is suspenseful, tense and has unexpected consequences. This one is no exception.
Melvin is going to be exonerated and set loose. His attorney says that she will sue the prison for the attempted murder of Melvin before he leaves the facility. He’s glad. He’s been in jail for twenty years and has no idea what to do for living when they let him out. It seems someone still thinks he should be dead. It’s a good thing Amos Decker has taken on his case. He thinks this guy confessing is a bit over the top but he’s not sure Melvin is guilty. He’s going to find out though.
Amos is an intriguing character. He has a faultless memory, sees colors (blue means death), and he’s driven to accomplish his goals. He won’t stop until he gets to the truth of the matter. That means he and Melvin are in danger.
Amos’ mind is dangerous. He keeps working the pieces of the puzzle in his head and puts together facts from the stories people tell him. Sometimes my head feels too full of facts. Amos just jugs ahead and sorts while driving or sitting in his room. This time, though, he’s playing with the big fish in the pond. It’ll be hard to come out ahead.
You wonder if Melvin will live long enough to be free, you question who is telling the truth, and the more the background and story start to come clear, the worse it is. If you start this book, you won’t stop until you’ve read the last page. Mr. Baldacci grabs you around the throat and starts throwing words in. You have to know how it turns out.