The last mile
When Amos Decker, newly appointed special agent with the FBI, hears the news that Melvin was saved in the final seconds before his execution because someone has confessed to the killings, he persuades his boss to allow him to carry out an investigation into the Mars murders.
There are facts about the case which don't add up, and as the investigation deepens, Decker and his team uncover layer upon layer of lies and deception which are rooted at a time in American history which most would rather forget, but some seem keen to remember.
There is someone out there with a lot to hide, and a secret that everyone is looking for. A race against time ensues because, when revealed, that information threatens to tear apart the corridors of power at the very highest level.
The case proves to be life-changing for both Mars and Decker in ways that neither could ever have imagined.
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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.
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.