Memory Man author talks about his ‘unforgettable’ new series
Master storyteller David Baldacci is back with Memory Man, the story a football pro turned detective who must use his perfect memory to solve the murder of his family. We caught up with the bestselling author of nearly 30 novels (there are a whopping 110 million copies of Baldacci’s novels in print) to discuss his highly anticipated new project and more!
Tell us a bit about Memory Man
Amos Decker had a traumatic brain injury on a football field and came out of it with hyperthemesia meaning he can't forget anything. He later becomes a police officer and then a detective in a small town in midwest USA. One night he comes home to find his family has been murdered. Decker spirals out of control, loses his job and becomes homeless. He hits rock bottom and then comes back a little bit, becoming a private investigator. Sixteen months after his family's murder a man walks into the police station and confesses to the crime. Decker has to find out if the man is telling the truth. At the same time a mass shooting at the local high school devastates the town and Decker is call in to help with the investigation. He's the most unique character I've ever written. I had to get out of my comfort zone to write this. But if a writer doesn't stretch, he withers.
Which series do you most enjoy re-visiting?
It's like picking a favourite child. Depending on the day, my answer could change.
Could you tell us a little about your career before writing/how you became a writer?
I've been writing since I was a kid. As a child I never shut up, always telling these outrageous tall tales. My mother finally gave me a journal and told me to start writing some of it down. I did and when my pen hit the paper I was hooked for life. Later, I thanked her for this gift and she said that was great but all she really wanted to do was shut me the hell up. I became a lawyer to support myself and my family while I was trying to build a career in writing. Fortunately, I can now do it for a living.
Who are your favourite authors?
John Irving, John LeCarre, Agatha Christie, Walker Percy, William Styron, Patricia Highsmith, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, Eric Ambler, Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty among others.
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