Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Fix (Amos Decker Series #3)

Title:  The Fix (Amos Decker Series #3)

Author:  David Baldacci

Pages:  421

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Amos Decker is walking in front of the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. on his way to work when the guy in front of him pulls out a pistol, shoots a lady walking close by him, then turns the gun on himself, committing suicide.  Amos is an eyewitness and his team gets the case to solve.  The male victim works as a contractor for various agencies including the FBI, NSA and CIA.  The female victim is a substitute teacher at a Catholic school and volunteers at a hospice center.

Amos has also been upgraded to landlord of an up and coming neighborhood building remodel.  He and his friend Alex Jamison will be co-landlords and live in the building.  It is not in a good neighborhood right now, but hopefully that is going to change.  While working on the case, he must also deal with some local gangbangers who are harassing a tenant in the building.  As the two victims have their backgrounds investigated, the team uncovers far more than they could have imagined and the military branch of the DIA gets involved with their own investigator, who reluctantly agrees to work with Amos and his team.  As the team digs for clues, more and more danger from unknown enemies attempts to take Amos and his fellow investigators out of the picture for good.

This is a great story with lots of intrigue, danger and mystery.  I really like the character of Amos Decker.  He speaks his mind, sometimes to his detriment.  I like watching him solve mysteries and the questions he asks to get his brain the information it needs to process.  He is always ruminating on the various words people say, how they say it and what are the variations in meaning in what they say.  He goes over and over what has been said until something clicks and sends him down a path that hopefully will solve the case.  I would have given this book five stars, but there was a lot more cursing (including the f-bomb) in this story that I didn’t notice in the other two books in this series and for that reason I downgraded my rating.

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