The Memory Collector Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett s specialty is the psychological autopsy an investigation into a person s life to determine whether a death was natural accidental suicide or homicide She calls her

  • Title: The Memory Collector
  • Author: Meg Gardiner
  • ISBN: 9780525950752
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett s specialty is the psychological autopsy an investigation into a person s life to determine whether a death was natural, accidental, suicide, or homicide She calls herself a dead shrinker instead of a head shrinker The silence of her patients is a key part of the job s attraction When Jo is asked to do a psychological autopsy on a livForensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett s specialty is the psychological autopsy an investigation into a person s life to determine whether a death was natural, accidental, suicide, or homicide She calls herself a dead shrinker instead of a head shrinker The silence of her patients is a key part of the job s attraction When Jo is asked to do a psychological autopsy on a living person one with a suspect memory who can t be trusted to participate in his own medical care she knows all her skills will be put to the test Jo is called to the scene of an aircraft inbound from London to help deal with a passenger who is behaving erratically She figures out that he s got anterograde amnesia, and can t form new memories Jo finds herself racing to save a patient who can walk and talk and yet can t help Jo figure out just what happened to him For every cryptic clue he is able to drag up from his memory, Jo has to sift through a dozen nonsensical statements Suddenly a string of clues arises, something to do with a superdeadly biological agent code named Slick, a missing wife and son, and a secret partnership gone horribly wrong Jo realizes her patient s addled mind may hold the key to preventing something terrible from happening in her beloved San Francisco In order to prevent it, she will have to get deeper into the life of a patient than she ever has before, hoping the truth emerges from the fog of his mind in time to save her city and herself.

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    1. Wow! What an awesome thriller! This is my first Meg Gardiner, and the little sticker on the front of the book says ‘As gripping as Tess Gerritsen or your money back’!! As I am an avid Tess Gerritsen fan, and the book was only $5, I decided to take a chance. And boy, am I glad I did!Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett was called to a recently landed plane from the Congo, where a man by the name of Ian Kanan has had to be restrained for his erratic behaviour. He had tried to open the plane door i [...]

    2. "The Memory Collector" may be Meg Gardiner's first misfire in the world of suspense thrillers. I found her last summer after reading about Stephen King's recommendation of her novels in his Entertainment Weekly column. I found and read all of her thrillers--both the Evan Delaney series and the start of this series of stories about Jo Beckett. But it's only here with "The Memory Collector" that I find myself being disappointed with Gardiner.Her novels have always been the equivalent of popcorn th [...]

    3. 3.0 out of 5 stars Erase this one from your memory, June 19, 2009This review is from: The Memory Collector (Jo Beckett) (Hardcover)This book was OK. Average in thrills and short on suspense, the story just sort of limps along with its heroine, forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett behaving in completely illogical, almost superhero fashion, to save her beloved San Francisco from annihilation.Before I read The Memory Collector, I obtained a copy of the first in the series, The Dirty Secrets Club (Jo Be [...]

    4. Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett is a " psychological autopsy" specialist - if cause of death is unclear she will "profile" the victim's life to see if she can come up with a verdict, be it suicide, natural or other. I found this to be an interesting premise and a unique one (The first in the series is "Dirty Secrets Club" which somehow passed me by, but that did not detract from my reading pleasure in this novel and I will be visiting Jo's first case shortly!) and was looking forward to diving [...]

    5. enjoying it ok so far. Develops the theme of a person who has lost the ability to learn anything new and keep it in the memory banks I have seen simliar stuff before but don't recall what book. I think there may be smoe movies with this as a theme also. the ending is one where there don't seem to be any alternatives, but it is still oh so sad. give up one's life for others. the guy who has lost his memory anteretrograde amnesia style. ie can't form new memories from the time of brain damage, rea [...]

    6. You know how the guy in Memento had that condition where all his old memories were intact, but he couldn't retain a new memory for more than five minutes? Now imagine you're trying to track down somebody like that -- and you're among the people he's trying to track down as well. Oh, and did we mention the condition is now contagious?Gardiner's second novel about forensic psychologist Jo Beckett takes a few chapters to work its way up the gears, but once it's up and running it just doesn't slow d [...]

    7. good book to take to an airport or (if you're me) to the beach - goes by fast, makes a long wait more bearable - intriguing concept, interesting characters, but, possibly because it does go by so fast, I couldn't get emotionally invested in it and so the ending didn't have the kick I would have liked.

    8. This was an ok thriller but it was a bit disjointed and a bit unbelievable at times, especially with the almost super hero features of the heroine Jo Beckett. Apart from this it was an interesting premise and an easy read. Not sure if I will continue with this series.

    9. I had a little bit of a hard time getting into this book. I ended up getting really caught up in the last third of the book, but this just didn't have to compelling "can't put this down" that Dirty Secrets Club did.

    10. Loved it! My only complaint is that it was a little too like the movie Memento, but otherwise I thought it was great! Suspenseful, fast-paced, and suprising!

    11. This is an entertaining techno-thriller that just zooms along. Jo Beckett is a forensic psychologist who liaises with the San Francisco Police Department; when they can't determine how or why a person died, they come to her to conduct a forensic examination of the person's life. She is also on call some of the time. So when a passenger flies into San Francisco International behaving irrationally and causing a disturbance, Dr. Beckett is called to the scene. And as she interviews him and then sen [...]

    12. I like the plot but the diaglogue and writing had too many cliche. The main person, Jo Bechett, is a forensic psychiatrist but talks like she came from 1930's grade "B" gangster movie. This is my first Meg Gardiner book but I feel it will be my last.

    13. There were definitely tense moments - but the writing was so bad in parts. I'd re-read thinking, surely a page was torn out? I will try one more - but I don't think this is a series I want to continue.

    14. Another fast paced thriller, a little unresolved about what really happened to the stuff at the end. But characters came full circle in full color detail. Love Jo & Gabe!!!

    15. Description- Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett's specialty is the psychological autopsy- an investigation into a person's life to determine whether a death was natural, accidental, suicide, or homicide. She calls herself a dead=shrinker instead of a head-shrinker: The silence of her "patients" is a key part of the job's attraction. When Jo is asked to do a psychological autopsy on a living person-one with a suspect memory who can't be trusted to participate in his own medical care-she knows all h [...]

    16. That's right. This was Momento meets a interchangeable 90's action movie starring Bruce Willis/Keanu Reeves. Veers dangerously close to Steven Seagal territory but never crosses that line.Sorry, buddy. There is a butt load going on in this novel. And it starts right out the gate. Africa to San Francisco, kidnapping, impersonating other people, car chases, gun fights, bombs, science-y stuff I didn't quite understand (my 10th grade science teacher wouldn't be surprised), rich CEOs being rich, a ya [...]

    17. This was my first Meg Gardner book which I picked up because I like a good action thriller and this had a good review.The plot in this one started out great. The writing was crisp and each chapter ends in somewhat of a cliffhanger so it read like one of those serial action movies we used to watch in theaters as kids. A mysterious item called Slick is being smuggled out of Africa in a flask and is intercepted by Ian Kanan a security mercenary employed by the high tech company that made it. Flash [...]

    18. Mediocre, predictable, formulaic crime genre about contamination by an industrial compound that destroys memory. Good guys, bad guys, who cares--they're all barely 2 dimensional, bad guys so unredeemable you feel sorry for them, good guys murderous if dying of boredom were actually possible. Nobody is saved.

    19. 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 h [...]

    20. So I listened to this one a little bit at a time. What can I say? My commute is really short these days, and I generally didn't listen to this title when the boys were in the car with me. All things considered, I really liked it. I had listened to the first in the series on CD also, and I like that they used the same narrator. The voice talent could be kind of annoying at times when she does certain accents, but at least she has been consistent between the two. I almost think that I should 'read [...]

    21. When I first discovered Meg Gardiner, I rejoiced. But I have to say that I was pretty disappointed with this book. I really like Jo and Gabe, but this was just lacking something. She does do one interesting thing, creating a bad guy (Ian Kanan) that you feel a great deal of sympathy for. However, I think "Slick" was just a little too out-there, the nano-technology and its effects a little too complex to know if it’s something that’s plausible or not. I mean, it already erases your short-term [...]

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