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Long Shadows by David Baldacci
Narrator: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
Series: Amos Decker #7
Published by Hachette Audio on October 11, 2022
Length: 12 hours, 3 minutes
Source: Library, Publisher
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When Amos Decker is called to South Florida to investigate a double homicide, the case appears straightforward: A federal judge and her bodyguard have been found dead, the judge’s face sporting a blindfold with two eye holes crudely cut out, a clear sign that she’d made one too many enemies over her years on the bench.
What at first seems cut and dry is anything but: Not only did the judge have more enemies than Decker can count—from violent gang members, drug dealers, and smugglers to a resentful ex-husband—but the bodyguard presents additional conundrums that muddy the waters even further. Who was the real target in this vicious attack?
Meanwhile, Decker must contend with a series of unsettling changes, including a new partner—Special Agent Frederica “Freddie” White—and a devastating event that brings Decker’s own tragic past back to the present . . . and forces him to reckon with his future. As potential witnesses start disappearing, Decker and White are inexorably pulled down a twisted tunnel of secrets, crimes, and scandal—at the end of which lies Decker’s deadliest threat yet
I was thrilled to learn there would be another book in the Amos Decker series. My friend, Berls and I had read the first six books earlier this year and gave them high marks. Long Shadows feels like a whole new chapter in Amos’ life.
Everything felt like a paradigm shift with all of Amos’ previous friends and co-workers having only brief mentions. Amos has been given a new partner, Freddie and they are sent to Florida for a case minutes after they meet. The local FBI folks are incompetent compared to Amos. Not that they are, just that his skills and pace are so much more than many others.
So I don’t want to spoil many things in this exciting story. I can say there was a lot happening with a twisty effect in the murder mystery the new team tackles. There are more players with a farther reach than I imagined. We figured out some aspects but not quite correctly. There is also the politics of the FBI, along with Amos having a new boss and a new partner.
I especially enjoyed the personal growth for Amos. He seems to be relating much better to others, particularly children. He does ok with his new partner. I hope this continues, and obviously that means I need another book!
The narration was different, but it’s a duet style that is used in most all of Baldacci’s books. Most of it was the male narrator, but when females spoke dialogue it was the female narrator. The point of view was entirely from Amos I listened at my usual 1.5 speed comfortably.
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