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The Memory Collector (Jo Beckett Series #2)

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    The second Beckett thriller (see THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB) is an action-packed, fast-paced tale

    At a San Francisco Airport, forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett examines an upset airline passenger Ian Kanan who has just returned from Africa. She concludes he apparently suffers from a form of short term amnesia that does not allow him to make new memories more than five minutes old though his pre-flight remain okay. Despondent and hyper with anxiety Ian is rushed to the hospital. Unable to calm down, he insists his family was abducted and in trouble, and someone poisoned him. He soon vanishes from the hospital to go after those he feels harmed him and his family.------------

    Beckett investigates Kanan's background and learns he was a security consultant for Chira-Sayf, a nanotechnology company. She finds out he also may be the accidental victim of an experimental biological weapon Slick. She fears those who Kanan referred to plan to gracefully emit Slick on the city. With her boyfriend Gabe Quintana and SFPD Police Lieutenant Amy Tang accompanying her, Beckett hopes to prevent a terrorist tragedy as the disease is spreading.---------------

    The second Beckett thriller (see THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB) is an action-packed, fast-paced tale in which the audience will not have time to breath. The story line starts at hyperspeed and never slows down so that readers will want to join the ride (wear seat belts). However, the frantic speed keeps character development to a thin level, but no one will care as the enjoyable adventures are faster than the speed of light.---------

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

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    Treasure Your Memory? Write It Down!

    A forensic psychiatrist, Jo Beckett usually only works with psychological autopsy, but as a consultant for the San Francisco Police Department, she is on call. When she got a call to do a psychological evaluation of a passenger on a flight from London, Ian Kanan, she found a man who had no short term memory. He had tried to open the emergency exit during landing and then refused to leave the plane. A catscan and MRI of his brain reveal black lines that criss cross the medial temporal lobe, that part of the brain that translates short term memory into long term memory. After she tells him about his condition and how to cope with it, writing himself notes, he disappears. By the time the victim of an accidental pool electrocution is found to have been on the plane with Ian, Jo and her police lieutenant friend Amy Tang know everyone could be in trouble. Hopefully this is a medical science fiction mystery and thriller because, if what the novel describes can happen, the world would be a considerably more dangerous place than it already is. The Memory Collector is truly frightening on many levels, but most of all, it's a great read with sympathetic characters and a tragic hero who loved his family. As you read, you pull for Ian, his wife Misty, his son Sean, and even their dog Whisky. The villains are truly greedy and detestable, and the main characters, Jo and her boyfriend Gabe Quintana admirable and brave.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    More twists and turns from Gardiner; A perfect second installment in the Jo Beckett series.

    Meg Gardiner impresses me more and more with each and every book I read by her. Where many authors manage to either write a single series based on one main character, or several unrelated stories; Meg Gardiner is writing at least three series'.

    The Memory Collector is the second book in the Jo Beckett series, which is every bit as good as her Evan Delany series.

    Jo Beckett is a forensic psychiatrist who specializes in forensic autopsies as a consultant to the San Francisco Police. That is, she helps them by reconstructing how a person lived to determine why they died. This time around though, she is pulled into using her special skills on a living suspect who's been exposed to something that seems to render his brain unable to form new memories. That is, his mind clears of all memory post exposure every few minutes. And he has a list of names on his arm followed by "Saturday, they die".

    As I have come to expect from Meg Gardiner, the story is meticulously researched and told in a way that draws the reader in for every twist and turn; and there are plenty of twists and turns. The heroes are just good enough to not get everything right, but not so flawed they can't do what needs to be done. The villains, conversely, are not so evil that we even know who they really are all the time. I like that the line between good-guy and bad is not always so clear, and the really bad guys have a way to make the good do things they wouldn't otherwise. In short, it's real and totally believable.

    I highly recommend The Memory Collector, with the caveat that you do need to read The Dirty Secrets Club first to fully get the back story.

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