The Memory Detective
So many memories. So little time. In an astounding thriller ripped from tomorrow’s headlines, cutting-edge technology and a pulse-pounding manhunt lead to a conspiracy of money, power, and sex.Cole remembers what it’s like to be murdered. That’s how he does his job. The operation takes eight hours with a dead body on the table next to his; when it’s over, he’s flooded with images, thoughts, recollections, some hazy, some crystal clear. They all come straight from the victim’s brain—right up until his or her final chilling moments.Cole’s career in homicide has wreaked havoc on his personal life. As usual, his new case—a young runaway battered to death with a hammer—consumes all his waking moments . . . and then some. Haunted by the Jane Doe’s hopes, desires, and fears, Cole mentally retraces her every move, from Kansas to New York City, to track down a killer.But Cole has a terrible suspicion that someone is using the same memory-transfer science for a very different purpose. In fact, he’s already being watched. Because Cole’s the only one standing in the way of a ruthless corporation that’s harvesting people for their most intimate memories—and eliminating anyone who stands in the way.

The Memory Detective Details

TitleThe Memory Detective
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherAlibi
ISBN-139780399178702
Rating
GenreMystery, Science Fiction, Fiction

The Memory Detective Review

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In order to do his job, Cole undergoes surgery to receive the implanted memories of murder victims. After he recovers from the eight hour operation, he can remember the thoughts of someone else - right up until the moment of their death that is. Sometimes these memories are fuzzy, but others are perfectly clear. Cole's cases completely consume his every waking moment, leaving him without much of a personal life but that's how he I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In order to do his job, Cole undergoes surgery to receive the implanted memories of murder victims. After he recovers from the eight hour operation, he can remember the thoughts of someone else - right up until the moment of their death that is. Sometimes these memories are fuzzy, but others are perfectly clear. Cole's cases completely consume his every waking moment, leaving him without much of a personal life but that's how he prefers it. He will do whatever it takes to solve the case and track down the killer. While Cole is working his most recent case, however, he begins to suspect that someone else is using the memory-transfer tech for another purpose altogether. Cole isn't far off, in fact, he's the only one standing in the way of a ruthless company harvesting people's most intimate memories and eliminating anyone standing in the way.The Memory Detective by T.S. Nichols has so much potential. The concept behind it is absolutely fantastic, but it never quite hits that mark in execution. I liked getting a look into this author's take on near future technology. I was particularly interested in the consequences of the memory-transfer surgery. Everyday people can receive only one sometimes two transfers, but Cole is the exception to the rule due to his detective skills. He's had many more transfers than the average person could ever hope to receive - and the consequences are high. Think insanity. Unfortunately, I couldn't really connect with Cole because he feels too distant and a little flat. If this novel were told in the first person, I think that would have definitely helped get us into his head. I don't know about you, but with the memory subject matter I think that could only be a good thing. Also as much as I enjoyed the tech, there were moments when I was left wanting more when it came to some of the details regarding how the process all worked. During my entire reading experience, I totally had iZombie in the back of my mind. It's a very similar concept - aside from the zombies and brain eating part, of course.Overall, The Memory Detective features a good mystery and intriguing near future sci-fi elements. The cast of characters could definitely afford to be more well drawn and developed in order to connect better with them on the whole. The story has a lot of potential to be great, but it doesn't quite hit the mark, plus it isn't terribly unique. You may want to give T.S. Nichols first novel a try if you enjoy iZombie and Total Recall. Thanks again, NetGalley!
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Memory Detective is a terrific read. It is a well-written, thoroughly plotted, story that explores a number of really interesting ideas about inheriting memories. Frank Herbert explored this in the Dune series with the Bene Gesserit reverend mothers inheriting all the memories of their maternal ancestors and the power and the horror of having all those other personas in your mind. Nichols takes a slightly different approach. In his concept, memories are found in brain proteins and can be siphone Memory Detective is a terrific read. It is a well-written, thoroughly plotted, story that explores a number of really interesting ideas about inheriting memories. Frank Herbert explored this in the Dune series with the Bene Gesserit reverend mothers inheriting all the memories of their maternal ancestors and the power and the horror of having all those other personas in your mind. Nichols takes a slightly different approach. In his concept, memories are found in brain proteins and can be siphoned out via medical procedures within 48 hours after death and given to a recipient, often inherited by family members. While the story doesn’t really focus on the family member situation, it poses questions about use and misuse of memories. Cole, dubbed the Memory Detective, takes on memories of crime victims with the intention of finding their killers. To get those memories, he often has to struggle to find things that trigger the memories. As great as his purpose is, Cole has so many memories from so many people that he often gets lost in them and loses some if his own memories. Of course, there’s another side to the coin which is what happens when someone comes up with the brilliant idea of purchasing memories, that is, rich folk with bland boring corporate boardroom lives can lose themselves in other lives, living it up as rock stars, race car drivers, surfers, as people dared to live out every adventurous or sexual fantasy imaginable. Are they purchasing better lives by buying these memories? What life is worthwhile or meaningful? Can you basically purchase someone else’s life and live vicariously through their memories like the ultimate virtual reality game? And, well, memories can only be harvested from the dead. Who would sell their memories in such a situation? At what price? At what cost?Nichols does a great job of exploring all these ideas in the context of an action packed thriller. Thanks to Random House -Alibi for providing a copy for review.
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  • Judy Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Alibi for a digital galley of this novel.Sometimes a book will have a premise that holds so much promise that I am disappointed when the writing craft doesn't carry the project into a totally enjoyable experience. That's what happened to me here. Thinking about a detective being able to solve crimes by having the victim's memories implanted into his own brain just hours after their death was a fantasy I couldn't resist. Naturally things Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Alibi for a digital galley of this novel.Sometimes a book will have a premise that holds so much promise that I am disappointed when the writing craft doesn't carry the project into a totally enjoyable experience. That's what happened to me here. Thinking about a detective being able to solve crimes by having the victim's memories implanted into his own brain just hours after their death was a fantasy I couldn't resist. Naturally things couldn't go quite that smoothly because there wouldn't have been many pages in a book that told of only memories leading to arrests of criminals. I was fine with the system of memory recovery taking some time to play out. What wasn't so fine was my feeling of total ambivalence regarding the lead character, the memory detective. My reading of the personality of Cole, the detective, was more or less just a flat line. I know he had emotions because the author told me about them, but I didn't feel them coming from the character. In fact, I began to wait patiently for the twist in the story that would tell me that Cole was not human at all but was a robot. No, no spoilers here because Cole is not a robot. I would have liked him much better if he had been.Through investigating the murder of a young woman - from Kansas, which seems to be very important for some reason - Cole and his colleagues become aware that there is a serial killer operating worldwide. Cole begins to use the memories transplanted from the young murder victim to investigate this case and finds himself going completely off the rails. I doubt that the author would describe it in that way but it sure looked that way to me. I know from the ending of this book that there will be at least one more novel featuring this main character. I wish him well.
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  • Bandit
    January 1, 1970
    There's just something about memory, lately. The subject has been all over the movies and tv. Maybe it's just what I've been coming across. And I'm mentioning this appropriately while reviewing the book that very much reads like a movie (or a tv show). Something along the lines of a bastard child of Total Recall and iZombie, both of which are book adaptations, actually. But this isn't as good as either and miles away from the superlative Black Mirror, which also often plays with the subject of m There's just something about memory, lately. The subject has been all over the movies and tv. Maybe it's just what I've been coming across. And I'm mentioning this appropriately while reviewing the book that very much reads like a movie (or a tv show). Something along the lines of a bastard child of Total Recall and iZombie, both of which are book adaptations, actually. But this isn't as good as either and miles away from the superlative Black Mirror, which also often plays with the subject of memory. And this isn't terrible either. It's just average or slightly above average. In something like a new future or an alternate now memory transplants have been achieved and perfected. NYPD Detective Nicholas Jones, Nick originally, now Cole, solves crimes by inheriting memories of the victims, thus relegating old fashioned detecting and deductions to things of the past to an extent. Cole also holds a record for the amount of memories he stores and juggles in his brain and is also addicted to memories of others. When he has to solve a murder of a gay teenager, he becomes embroiled in a much larger crime. This isn't so much of a mystery, because whatever's mysterious in here can be seen a mile away. There are some suspense and thriller elements to make up for it. The writing is ok, occasionally just above ok (particularly character writing), but there isn't much in the way of originality, all the ideas are sort of versions of other ideas, which have already been done. If this was a tv show, which is easy enough to visualize, it would be wildly derivative of iZombie. Thing is...do you want to watch a kinda cute and quirky zombie girl creatively cook and eat victims' brains and then assist in solving their murders all done in a good naturedly funny fashion or a middle aged nonzombie nondescript cop do more or less the same thing but all too seriously. Well, now there's something for everyone apparently, the ending of this one is definitely sequel ready and who knows how many memories Detective Nick/Cole Jones can fit into his gaunt blonde cranium. Entertaining enough, relatively quick read, just nothing to particularly wow the readers. I'm not usually the one to recommend tv over books, but seriously just watch Black Mirror instead. Or just watch Black Mirror. It's so good. Thanks Netgalley.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    This novel takes "I see dead people" to a whole new level! Instead of simply seeing dead people, detective Cole is able to see and immerse himself in the memories of those who have been murdered so he can catch the killers. But of course there is a downside to this futuristic society as a secretive company has capitalized on this memory transfer technique and is paying young twenty-somethings to create a wild, adventurous life--only to have their memories taken by millionaires. So lots of questi This novel takes "I see dead people" to a whole new level! Instead of simply seeing dead people, detective Cole is able to see and immerse himself in the memories of those who have been murdered so he can catch the killers. But of course there is a downside to this futuristic society as a secretive company has capitalized on this memory transfer technique and is paying young twenty-somethings to create a wild, adventurous life--only to have their memories taken by millionaires. So lots of questions abound: what is a life worth? How far would you go to live through someone else's "better" memories? This novel has it all--power, money, corruption, sex...what more could you ask for? Even though I'm not a huge sci-fi fan, this novel won me over!
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  • Rick
    January 1, 1970
    A good read, but the ending seemed a little weak. Still recommended.
  • Okuta Otherside
    January 1, 1970
    I got ARC of this book and I'm so glad to have chance for reading. The idea about transfer another person memory to help police solve difficult cases is new for me and it's so interesting! I love the writing, the characters and how the writer get me on edge just because I want to know what happen next. This book is one of book that you want to read in one sitting, totally page turner book! What makes me give this book 4 stars than 5 stars instead is because I feel a bit disappointed with the end I got ARC of this book and I'm so glad to have chance for reading. The idea about transfer another person memory to help police solve difficult cases is new for me and it's so interesting! I love the writing, the characters and how the writer get me on edge just because I want to know what happen next. This book is one of book that you want to read in one sitting, totally page turner book! What makes me give this book 4 stars than 5 stars instead is because I feel a bit disappointed with the ending. Why Cole give up so easily? Will be the next book for this story? If so, I'm dying to read it!
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    cash? This is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in reverse. Instead of deleting memories of a specific person or event, you can get other’s memories. Mom died? Inherit her memories! Cousin lead a phenomenal life? Inherit those memories! However, remember, inheriting the good also means inheriting the bad. And this is where Detective Cole Jones comes in. Cole is a cop who has a unique ability to take in many individuals’ memories without going crazy. He takes the memories of individuals who a cash? This is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in reverse. Instead of deleting memories of a specific person or event, you can get other’s memories. Mom died? Inherit her memories! Cousin lead a phenomenal life? Inherit those memories! However, remember, inheriting the good also means inheriting the bad. And this is where Detective Cole Jones comes in. Cole is a cop who has a unique ability to take in many individuals’ memories without going crazy. He takes the memories of individuals who are murdered who have nobody else to take their memories. He uses the memories to figure out who killed the person. A strange side effect of taking in other’s memories is the addiction. Cole has not stopped taking in other’s memories not only to solve their murders, but because he gets a rush each time he is immersed in that person’s past. His 14th case, however, is about to change everything. A young woman named Meg is murdered and he downloads her memories to figure out who bashed her head in with a hammer. What he was not expecting was what Meg’s memories would unlock. Unbeknownst to Meg, she overheard a much larger and exponentially more dangerous conspiracy of memory transfers. Someone is paying others to live their life to the fullest for a decade, and then kills them to transfer their memories to the highest bidder. When Cole realizes what he has access too, he goes deeper into the rabbit hole to find out just how far this conspiracy goes and how many others are out there who are willing to pay anything to live a life they never had.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    The concept of the Memory Detective is fantastic and well-thought-out. This is also the only really obvious SF part of the plot, with the rest of the world seeming pretty much the same as always. Cole’s presence gives context to the procedure and prevents it from feeling like a gimmick or plot device. He truly humanizes the whole thing, particularly through his addiction and his quirky methods for trying to tease out the memories he needs. In addition, our exploration of the mysterious memory-se The concept of the Memory Detective is fantastic and well-thought-out. This is also the only really obvious SF part of the plot, with the rest of the world seeming pretty much the same as always. Cole’s presence gives context to the procedure and prevents it from feeling like a gimmick or plot device. He truly humanizes the whole thing, particularly through his addiction and his quirky methods for trying to tease out the memories he needs. In addition, our exploration of the mysterious memory-selling company is through the experiences of one of their customers as he goes to great lengths to draw out every last one of the memories he’s inherited, again putting a human face on all of the machinations.The only difficulty I had was with one particular scenario where Cole fails to figure out something that seemed rather obvious. But at least that situation doesn’t last for long. (Sorry for the vagueness; I’m trying not to give spoilers.)I keep wishing there was already a sequel for me to read!Uncorrected book provided by publisher for reviewOriginal review on my blog: http://www.errantdreams.com/2018/01/r...
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  • Carol Dass
    January 1, 1970
    This one surprised me and I loved it! The plot sounded so unbelievable that I thought it would be difficult to take in, but it was superb! IT had me gripped from the beginning. In a surgical procedure, memories can be transferred from a dead person to a live person. Cole is expert at this, having had many memories transferred to him. He is a cop, but the memories help to catch killers. But it has made his personal life difficult as the memories become mixed up with his real memories. His relatio This one surprised me and I loved it! The plot sounded so unbelievable that I thought it would be difficult to take in, but it was superb! IT had me gripped from the beginning. In a surgical procedure, memories can be transferred from a dead person to a live person. Cole is expert at this, having had many memories transferred to him. He is a cop, but the memories help to catch killers. But it has made his personal life difficult as the memories become mixed up with his real memories. His relationship with Allie has disintegrated. He has become addicted to having memories transferred to him. He tries to break away from the memory transfers and go back to normal cop life. But will he succeed, can he do it? A memorable story.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    When I first started reading this book I thought the premise was a little far fetched. But then I thought given all that is going on in this world, maybe it's not. I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and kept you on the edge of your seat. Very different from all the other books out there. Loved the main character. You could see how his job really affected his whole life and how tormented he was. Great from beginning to end. I am hoping that based on the ending there might be a sequel. When I first started reading this book I thought the premise was a little far fetched. But then I thought given all that is going on in this world, maybe it's not. I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and kept you on the edge of your seat. Very different from all the other books out there. Loved the main character. You could see how his job really affected his whole life and how tormented he was. Great from beginning to end. I am hoping that based on the ending there might be a sequel. Enjoy the book !
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  • Bea
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! When I saw the synopsis of this book I knew that I wanted to read it. I enjoy medical thrillers and although this one wasn’t exactly medical it was close. Transferring memories, what a novel idea and one that kept me reading and coming back for more! Actually, this book probably has something for everyone! It’s a real page turner and it will keep you occupied, interested, and guessing! The concept of this book is definitely unique (well to me it was). How fascinat I thoroughly enjoyed this book! When I saw the synopsis of this book I knew that I wanted to read it. I enjoy medical thrillers and although this one wasn’t exactly medical it was close. Transferring memories, what a novel idea and one that kept me reading and coming back for more! Actually, this book probably has something for everyone! It’s a real page turner and it will keep you occupied, interested, and guessing! The concept of this book is definitely unique (well to me it was). How fascinating to be able to obtain the memories of another person, a loved one for example. I’ve often wondered what others in my family experienced and how their memory of an event was different from the memory I have of the same event. Talk about actually being able to understand another individual and relate more compassionately. Sorry, I digress!The detective in this book, Cole, uses other peoples memories in order to catch killers. The problem is he finds it addictive and continues to take on more and more memories to the detriment of his health and life. He basically gives up everything in order to catch killers. The book is written in such a way as to make the reader understand Cole’s feelings, his need for another fix (memory transfer) and his need to catch killers. Somehow, the plot, the setting, the characters and the writing style all mesh together to create a wonderful book and I wanted MORE! I know when I want more that it’s a book I want others to read and an author that I’m going to follow closely. I received a copy of The Memory Detective through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Penguin Random House books and T.S. Nichols for the opportunity.
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  • Jay Williams
    January 1, 1970
    This book is extremely thought-provoking. It deals with the issues created by a medical technique that allows memories to be transferred from one person to another. This capability is displayed for both good and evil, but the line between them blurs as the story proceeds. The characters are interesting, if a little far out, and the style of writing keeps the story up front in the reader's mind. Danger and suspense lurk behind every page, leading up to a most unusual ending. The book will stay in This book is extremely thought-provoking. It deals with the issues created by a medical technique that allows memories to be transferred from one person to another. This capability is displayed for both good and evil, but the line between them blurs as the story proceeds. The characters are interesting, if a little far out, and the style of writing keeps the story up front in the reader's mind. Danger and suspense lurk behind every page, leading up to a most unusual ending. The book will stay in your mind long after you finish reading.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Memory transfer is an interesting concept as a way to solve crimes but to be honest, I like IZombie better ( possibly because of the live action engaging characters.). If you haven't watched Zombie, in that one, the brains are eaten by Liv, a doctor who works in the coroner's office after having been turned into a Zombie. She takes on the characteristics of the victim before solving the crime. Cole isn't a zombie but he's definitely carrying a huge burden doing this. The conspiracies that surrou Memory transfer is an interesting concept as a way to solve crimes but to be honest, I like IZombie better ( possibly because of the live action engaging characters.). If you haven't watched Zombie, in that one, the brains are eaten by Liv, a doctor who works in the coroner's office after having been turned into a Zombie. She takes on the characteristics of the victim before solving the crime. Cole isn't a zombie but he's definitely carrying a huge burden doing this. The conspiracies that surround him are different= not better, not worse, just not zombie (for one thing.). To be fair this is well written and carefully plotted (gotta watch those twists). Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Recommend for sci-fi detective fans (I know, narrow market) and to those who would like to try something different.
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    What a unique plot! This book gripped me at the very beginning. Many twists and turns and "edge of your seat suspense"! I hope there is a next book, if so I am ready for it!
  • Walter Scott
    January 1, 1970
    It is two or three years in our future. Law enforcement is making use of a method of transference of memory from the dead into the minds of police officers. There is a limit to how many such transfers can be made into a single mind. Two is generally considered as safe. One person took four transfers and went insane. Cole Jones has done 15.Cole’s skills and experience make him unique.One day, he has a sixteenth transfer from a dead body – which has absolutely no memories. Cole is determined to fi It is two or three years in our future. Law enforcement is making use of a method of transference of memory from the dead into the minds of police officers. There is a limit to how many such transfers can be made into a single mind. Two is generally considered as safe. One person took four transfers and went insane. Cole Jones has done 15.Cole’s skills and experience make him unique.One day, he has a sixteenth transfer from a dead body – which has absolutely no memories. Cole is determined to find out what has happened to the memories of the person who had lived in that body. The nightmare begins.Nichols has thought the concept through, in a thorough manner. There is some medical science content – right or wrong – that suggests an acceptable basis for the concept. However, Cole (“The Memory Detective”) gives the reader a rich depiction of this own memory process and how that interacts with the memories of the victims in a way that will let you suspend any disbelief. Back in the 1960s, we had the Vulcan Mind Meld which avoided the necessity of syringes and intracranial mind probes. If you are old enough, you might recall a television movie (1970) called Hauser’s Brain (starring David McCallum). Or the original and remake of Total Recall.A true page-turner, and an author to keep track of.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    page turner. loved it.
  • Trevor Shane
    January 1, 1970
    Yes - I am reviewing my own book here. I had a lot of fun writing this book and I hope people have a lot of fun reading it. At the same time, I hope it makes people think... about memory and life and its important moments. Hat tip to Radio Lab and Moonwalking with Einstein for the inspiration.If you wonder if you'd be interested in this book, ask yourself these questions: 1. If you could inherit the memories of someone you loved, but you have to take all the memories, good and bad, would you?2. Yes - I am reviewing my own book here. I had a lot of fun writing this book and I hope people have a lot of fun reading it. At the same time, I hope it makes people think... about memory and life and its important moments. Hat tip to Radio Lab and Moonwalking with Einstein for the inspiration.If you wonder if you'd be interested in this book, ask yourself these questions: 1. If you could inherit the memories of someone you loved, but you have to take all the memories, good and bad, would you?2. If you could will your memories to someone when you die, but you have to give them all your memories, good and would you?If you find those questions intriguing, I think you'll find the whole book pretty interesting. If you are interested in getting a pre-publication galley. Shoot me a message and I'll see what I can do.
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  • Tonstant Weader
    January 1, 1970
    T. S. Nichols’ The Memory Detective takes place in a near future or alternate world where life and technology are pretty much the same with one difference–the memories of people who have died can be transferred in a medical procedure to family, loved ones, or if they have been murdered and the family agrees, to homicide detectives who can use those memories to solve their murder. Cole, the Memory Detective, is unique, though, in being able to absorb the memories of multiple victims. Not only do T. S. Nichols’ The Memory Detective takes place in a near future or alternate world where life and technology are pretty much the same with one difference–the memories of people who have died can be transferred in a medical procedure to family, loved ones, or if they have been murdered and the family agrees, to homicide detectives who can use those memories to solve their murder. Cole, the Memory Detective, is unique, though, in being able to absorb the memories of multiple victims. Not only do they not drive him insane, he has become addicted to memories.Meanwhile, there is Fergus, a Mephistopheles traveling the world making and fulfilling Faustian bargains. Imagine him coming to you in your twenties and offering endless wealth and freedom for ten years to live the richest, most glorious life you can. After ten years, you will die and your memories will be sold to wealthy people to enrich their lives. Would you take that deal?The story begins with Cole getting the memories of a Jane Doe. In investigating her murder, he gathers some incidental information that becomes useful when he begins investigating another mysterious death, one that links to mysterious unidentified bodies around the world.The Memory Detective is an inventive and clever idea and the problems and possibilities of such a technology are ably explored. The Faustian contracts are within the realm of possibility. I can imagine people making that deal when they are young and feel immortal. Wealth and opportunity can be tempting to a few people, though I think most folks would choose a less-privileged and longer life because they want love, friends, and family more than wealth and privilege. Of course, we don’t see many people choosing love in this book, even Cole, the detective, cannot imagine choosing love over his work.I think this was an imaginative story, but it was marred by making the villains such omnipotent super-villains. There is a comic-book quality to the villains that undercuts the credibility of the overall story. Cole is interesting, the dilemma of losing oneself in others’ memories is compelling. It is also fascinating how memories are used to solve murders. Contrary to what one might expect, they are not instant solutions. They must be analyzed for clues and used to see real, physical evidence that can be used in court. They are incomplete and sometimes frustratingly incomplete.In the end, I think the idea that animates The Memory Detective is effective, intriguing, and a great conceit, but its execution is marred by a comic-book villain.I received an e-galley of The Memory Detective from the publisher through NetGalley.The Memory Detective at Penguin Random House | AlibiT. S. Nichols on GoodReadshttps://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpre...
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  • Lou Jacobs
    January 1, 1970
    Fast-paced riveting thriller! Fun read!..... main protagonist is Cole a homicide detective whose life is immeasurably altered when he starts receiving "memory transfers" from murder victims. Apparently science/ medicine have discovered the presence of neuroproteins in the frontal lobes that house our memories .... and have developed an operative technique allowing for their successful extraction shortly after death. Thus Cole is able to utilize the victims memories to help solve the homicide .. Fast-paced riveting thriller! Fun read!..... main protagonist is Cole a homicide detective whose life is immeasurably altered when he starts receiving "memory transfers" from murder victims. Apparently science/ medicine have discovered the presence of neuroproteins in the frontal lobes that house our memories .... and have developed an operative technique allowing for their successful extraction shortly after death. Thus Cole is able to utilize the victims memories to help solve the homicide ... however, the presence and mixture of all these memories are not without consequence.Cole becomes addicted to acquiring more memories ... thus leading to unfortuitous changes to his personality and personal relationships. In his quest to solve the crimes, he stumbles across the existence of a company utilizing these memory transfers for nefarious and very profitable purposes. As a neurosurgeon I couldn't help but notice the inaccuracy of the author's harvesting technique.Such a procedure , as outlined in the book , would lead to the cerebellum ... and not the frontal lobes. Regardless, I still immensely enjoyed this book . I appreciated his adept plotting and prose which swept me away to devour this morsel in two seatings. Thanks to Netgalley & Penguin/ Random House for providing an Uncorrected Proof in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Becky Baldridge
    January 1, 1970
    Admittedly, this isn't the type of thriller that I would normally pick up, and I was a little worried about the medical side of this tale getting too technical and bogged down in the details. Thankfully, that wasn't the case at all. The author gives just enough of the medical side for the reader to get what's going on and follow the story. The idea of going in for a procedure that gives you a dead person's memories was thoroughly chilling to this reader, especially when The Company's purpose is Admittedly, this isn't the type of thriller that I would normally pick up, and I was a little worried about the medical side of this tale getting too technical and bogged down in the details. Thankfully, that wasn't the case at all. The author gives just enough of the medical side for the reader to get what's going on and follow the story. The idea of going in for a procedure that gives you a dead person's memories was thoroughly chilling to this reader, especially when The Company's purpose is revealed. The story does drag at times, particularly when memories are being "remembered." While the way remembering worked for the recipient is an important part of the story, I felt that a complete play by play of every memory was a bit much. That aside, the story did keep me turning pages to see what would happen next, right up to the jaw-dropping conclusion. About 95% of the way through, I completely expected a cliffy - either that or the ending would have to be a rush job - but that didn't make it any less shocking when I got there. On the whole, this is a solid debut novel for Nichols and I'll be anxious to see what's next for the Memory Detective.
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  • Agnes Muscoreil
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for the copy of this book! I was fascinated by the topic, and actually could visualize it happening, which is pretty scary. You can sell your life memories for a 10-year chance to do whatever, whenever, wherever you want, all expenses paid. I'm not sure if it was clear to the buyers what would happen at the end of the ten-years! The memories you saved up over your odyssey would be sold to the highest bidder, and your life would end. The original idea of harvesting memories Thank you to NetGalley for the copy of this book! I was fascinated by the topic, and actually could visualize it happening, which is pretty scary. You can sell your life memories for a 10-year chance to do whatever, whenever, wherever you want, all expenses paid. I'm not sure if it was clear to the buyers what would happen at the end of the ten-years! The memories you saved up over your odyssey would be sold to the highest bidder, and your life would end. The original idea of harvesting memories came about to help solve crimes, thus the Memory Detective, who takes the memories of a crime victim (who is deceased of course) into his own head and then is able to see the crime as it happens, and solve it. Great idea, very successful! Unfortunately, the bad guys saw a way to use this to make money, selling off these amazing memories to the rich who never experienced anything like it! It was a fun, scary read, and I see sequel possibilities!
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    I was very intrigued by the concept of this book. A detective who relies on memories to solve crimes - how would that play out? How would it feel to have someone else's memories? What are the consequences and rewards for Cole?All of these questions are thankfully answered, but disappointingly vague and distanced-feeling. I never forgot I was reading a book due to all the telling of Cole's feelings without the desired emotional punch for the reader. The science behind the memory transfers was giv I was very intrigued by the concept of this book. A detective who relies on memories to solve crimes - how would that play out? How would it feel to have someone else's memories? What are the consequences and rewards for Cole?All of these questions are thankfully answered, but disappointingly vague and distanced-feeling. I never forgot I was reading a book due to all the telling of Cole's feelings without the desired emotional punch for the reader. The science behind the memory transfers was given in such watered down terms that I felt like it went beyond being talked about in layman's terms and instead lacked any sort of depth of thought to how the process would work in the real world.That being said, there are ups and downs in Cole's journey that kept me interested. The book was left open on a cliffhanger so I'm sure there will be a second book, even though I haven't seen mention of this being part of a series.I received a review copy.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Immersive is the key word for this book: Cole, our protagonist, is addicted to the literal memories of crime victims as he seeks to solve their murders; and readers of THE MEMORY DETECTIVE will find this is one book that is impossible to pull away from once begun. The world it creates is so compelling and dynamic that reality easily fades away. The book posits a near future where memories can be removed with quick brain surgery and inserted into someone else. With some modest sensory prompting, Immersive is the key word for this book: Cole, our protagonist, is addicted to the literal memories of crime victims as he seeks to solve their murders; and readers of THE MEMORY DETECTIVE will find this is one book that is impossible to pull away from once begun. The world it creates is so compelling and dynamic that reality easily fades away. The book posits a near future where memories can be removed with quick brain surgery and inserted into someone else. With some modest sensory prompting, the memories come alive in the new host and are experienced as real. As might be expected, someone has figured out a way to financially exploit this experience and the detective wouldn’t be the only one with an addiction to new memories. This tale is fantastic with a hint of a sequel at the end. Sounds like a great idea. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Amy Gennaro
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an advance copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for my candid review.WOW! What a unique concept for a book! I always know that a book is really good when I read it during the day and at lunch at work.This is a futuristic story about a world in which memories can be transferred to other people. Of course, this is done after someone is dead. Typically a relative will be given the first opportunity to get the memories, but the police have started depositing memories from murder vi I was given an advance copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for my candid review.WOW! What a unique concept for a book! I always know that a book is really good when I read it during the day and at lunch at work.This is a futuristic story about a world in which memories can be transferred to other people. Of course, this is done after someone is dead. Typically a relative will be given the first opportunity to get the memories, but the police have started depositing memories from murder victims into the mind of a detective, nicknamed the Memory Detective. Of course there are side effects, and he is the guinea pig for multiple memory deposits.As any other new technology brings illegal uses, so does this one. A really scary one. But, you will have to read in order to find out.I loved this book and you will too. I can't wait for a follow up book!
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  • Alma Pilz
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you #NetGalley for an advanced copy of #TheMemoryDetective. I really wanted to like the book. The first chapter really gripped me with its suspenseful feeling. However, the rest of the book failed to keep ,e interested. Cole, aka the Memory Detective, takes the memories of murder victims in hopes of solving the case. It is a fairly new procedure and he comes upon someone who is doing the same type of procedure illegally. The development of Cole's character was lacking and therefore hard fo Thank you #NetGalley for an advanced copy of #TheMemoryDetective. I really wanted to like the book. The first chapter really gripped me with its suspenseful feeling. However, the rest of the book failed to keep ,e interested. Cole, aka the Memory Detective, takes the memories of murder victims in hopes of solving the case. It is a fairly new procedure and he comes upon someone who is doing the same type of procedure illegally. The development of Cole's character was lacking and therefore hard for me to have any emotions towards him. Supporting characters, Allie and Ed were also lacking and their reactions to Cole at times were confusing. The climatic ending with a slight twist is the reason I am giving this book 3 stars instead of 2.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. In the last couple years I feel like I've read a lot of near-future noir-ish detective stories, and I was hoping this one would hold up with the best of them. The premise has the same feel as Thomas Sweterlich's Tomorrow and Tomorrow, or Brandon Sanderson's Snapshot. Unfortunately I don't think The Memory Detective ever evoked the same moody, dream-like atmosphere that it was going for (or maybe it was just me that wanted it!) The main character was difficult to care about, and the en 3.5 stars. In the last couple years I feel like I've read a lot of near-future noir-ish detective stories, and I was hoping this one would hold up with the best of them. The premise has the same feel as Thomas Sweterlich's Tomorrow and Tomorrow, or Brandon Sanderson's Snapshot. Unfortunately I don't think The Memory Detective ever evoked the same moody, dream-like atmosphere that it was going for (or maybe it was just me that wanted it!) The main character was difficult to care about, and the ending was a little anticlimactic.Despite these things, I did find it a fairly entertaining read and an overall satisfying story. Thank you to the publisher, who provided the advance copy via Net Galley.
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  • Debbie Oxier
    January 1, 1970
    I just couldn't get into this one no matter how hard I tried. Cole was obsessed with his job above all else and I have to admit I struggled with the concept of taking someone else's memories. Really? Why would you even want to? A total stranger, someone you hadn't a clue about, is suddenly embedded in your brain? This was just a little too much to wrap my head around.
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  • Jill Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    ----------Everybody feels fear a little bit differently. Everyone feels love, joy, and sadness differently too, but it's not quite like fear. Fear is primal. It's like a fingerprint.----------This was an EXCELLENT read. I am captivated by memory and am a long-time fan of sci-fi and thriller/crime/detective stories, and this brought all of those together in a fascinating and unique way that had me on the edge of my seat from the first pages. Cole is a great protagonist. He's more than a little bi ----------Everybody feels fear a little bit differently. Everyone feels love, joy, and sadness differently too, but it's not quite like fear. Fear is primal. It's like a fingerprint.----------This was an EXCELLENT read. I am captivated by memory and am a long-time fan of sci-fi and thriller/crime/detective stories, and this brought all of those together in a fascinating and unique way that had me on the edge of my seat from the first pages. Cole is a great protagonist. He's more than a little bit broken - like all good protags are/should be to allow for great story development - and the blend of personalities, memories, and stories that he reveals throughout the course of the book are reflective of that. Yet somehow, he remains just hopeful enough to keep doing what he does - namely, take on the memories of the disenfranchised murder victims who have no other hope of seeing the mystery of their deaths solved. It's hard to imagine someone - even a dedicated detective with issues of his own - willfully taking on not only the most painful memories of these people's lives, but also the myriad avalanche of horribles that typically led up to that ultimate moment. Cole's psyche is fascinating, and so is the method by which the exceptionally talented T.S. Nichols reveals it in fits and starts...This is a thriller par excellence. The pacing is spot-on; the blend of memories, backstories, and contemporary timeline is managed perfectly. The supporting cast is just colorful enough to provide urban camouflage for Cole's own overwhelming portion of this tale. This is definitely an author on my radar now...My review copy was provided by NetGalley. The book releases in the U.S. on January 23, 2018.
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  • paul natale
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. What a great read. Characters were well flushed out. Story line was exceptional. I found myself not wanting to put the story down until I was finished. This is an author I will be following from now on
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