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Walk the Wire

Walk the Wire

Large Print - 2020
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Amos Decker--the FBI consultant with a perfect memory--and Alex Jamison return to solve a gruesome murder of a young woman named Irene Cramer in a booming North Dakota oil fracking town. The promise of a second gold rush has attracted an onslaught of newcomers all hoping for a windfall--bringing with them problems--including drugs, property crimes, prostitution and now a gruesome murder
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2020
Edition: Large print edition, First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781538752111
1538752115
Characteristics: 662 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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grieta
Jun 12, 2021

I am definitely a Baldacci series follower but this one? Serious misstep. Kind of muzzled my enthusiasm for the Decker/Jamison dynamic duo. Neither were interesting to me this go round ... more meandering and even a bit whiny. Maybe I shouldn't be so harsh, but for me the book was beneath Baldacci's talent and diminished his lead characters to a back-drop. Storyline was such that I couldn't suspend disbelief. Others may thoroughly enjoy this novel ... and clearly some have given the comments ... but this author is too dynamic to pass off this novel as "one of his best".

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avidFVreader
Jun 03, 2021

Enjoyable read with lots of characters.

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ramack6
May 21, 2021

Very disappointing on so many fronts!

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0007548100dmw
Apr 21, 2021

As a big Baldacci fan, I am never disappointed. This book is no exception. A treat to see all Baldacci heroes in the same book. Great excitement from start to finish!

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Ginamarguerite
Mar 13, 2021

Super addition to the Amos Decker series. I haven't read the Wil Robie series but clearly I've been missing out on a good one and will be starting on it soon.

Amos seems to be losing some of his edge -- his "psychic" ability seems to be coming and going but mostly going having him rely on his very intelligent mind and skills. His memory does play into the story and readers are given just enough clues to follow along with him. But there are the usual, wonderful twists and turns to the story so the ending you think is coming doesn't quite happen that way.

Can't wait for the next entry.

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dlduff
Feb 18, 2021

Mixed bag. I like that the Memory Man is a developing character who grows and changes through the series. But, as mentioned by other reviewers, it also takes a bit away from the uniqueness of who he is. Also as mentioned, this plot (actually these plots) are all over the place. There were some concerns about the accuracy of Baldacci's accounts of fracking. I don't know enough about that to say what was right and wrong. But I think I'll go by his own summary of the facts in the postscript: there is a military installation in North Dakota. There is fracking in North Dakota. I made up everything else.

Overall, 3/5. Some interesting plot twists, but the writing is weaker than I'm used to in this series.

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Gramtastic
Dec 19, 2020

Although the first part of the book seemed a slower pace than most Baldacci works, I loved how Baldacci brought two of his series together with Will Robbie's appearance, followed by Jessica and Blue Man. I enjoyed it and am now waiting on the next Baldacci novel.

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dchomik
Dec 19, 2020

As I'm a bit of a Baldacci fan, this was a big disappointment. I couldn't wait to finish plowing through it.

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jcr101998
Nov 15, 2020

Whomever wrote this book should've done some research on "frackers", It's hard to get into a book with such crazy statements. No wonder so many people have misguided opinions about the oil industry

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NedSu
Nov 14, 2020

I had just read "Yellow Earth" by John Sayles when I picked up this novel. Both are about the fracking industry in North Dakota, the booms and busts that make a maelstrom of individual lives. Of the two, I prefer Sayles' novel, and by a good bit.

As with most prolific writers, Baldacci has his ups and downs in terms of quality. This one is down. The most glaring wrong note was the inclusion of Robie and Ryals, two characters from another of his series. They serve as Deus Ex Machina as they do their thing in an overlapping story. Other readers point out that this book could have been two different books, and it detracts from Memory Man. Since I'm not a fan of high body count Robie, this is not the book for me- and maybe not you, either.

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