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One Good Deed (An Archer Novel) (original 2019; edition 2020)

by David Baldacci (Author)

Series: Aloysius Archer (1)

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In this fast-paced historical thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci introduces Archer, a WWII veteran forced to investigate a small-town murder -- or risk returning to prison. It's 1949. When war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on parole with a short list of do's and a much longer list of don'ts: do report regularly to his parole officer, don't go to bars, certainly don't drink alcohol, do get a job--and don't ever associate with loose women. The small town quickly proves more complicated and dangerous than Archer's years serving in the war or his time in jail. Within a single night, his search for gainful employment--and a stiff drink--leads him to a local bar, where he is hired for what seems like a simple job: to collect a debt owed to a powerful local businessman, Hank Pittleman. Soon Archer discovers that recovering the debt won't be so easy. The indebted man has a furious grudge against Hank and refuses to pay; Hank's clever mistress has her own designs on Archer; and both Hank and Archer's stern parole officer, Miss Crabtree, are keeping a sharp eye on him. When a murder takes place right under Archer's nose, police suspicions rise against the ex-convict, and Archer realizes that the crime could send him right back to prison . . . if he doesn't use every skill in his arsenal to track down the real killer.… (more)
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Title:One Good Deed (An Archer Novel)
Authors:David Baldacci (Author)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2020), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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This was ok, I would not consider this indicative of Mr. Baldacci's other works. ( )
  pzhorton4 | Nov 29, 2021 |
This is the first book in the Archer story, an honest man who happens to be fresh out of prison. He arrives in Poca City and needs a job. Archer is hired by Hank Pittleman to collect the collateral used for an unpaid loan from Lucas Tuttle. When Lucas counters with an offer of his own, Archer is faced with a dilemma. Becoming involved with Lucas’s daughter complicates masters. When people start being murdered, Lucas fears he will be a suspect. He joins forces with Detective Shaw to solve the murder.
The novel has a satisfying conclusion with some good twists.
This will be a fun series to follow. ( )
  rmarcin | Oct 21, 2021 |
Always enjoy a Baldacci book. ( )
  FDKreader | Jul 12, 2021 |
Set in a small town in the South in 1949, Aloysius Archer is paroled from a state prison, where he was remanded after a raw deal and serving in the infantry in WWII. Poca City is a town in the rise, and despite rules prohibiting his presence in a bar, he meets the major domo there, with a pretty girl on his arm. The major domo takes a liking to Archer, who is a straightforward guy, hiring him to collect a debt from his rival, a prominent farmer, who is the estranged father of the pretty girl. When the major domo is murdered, Archer is suspected although he manages to convince the state detective of his innocence. The plot thickens as others die or are almost killed, and Archer finds himself, his parole officer and the pretty girl in the middle of everything. Archer is an endearing character, and does a remarkable job defending himself at his own trial. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
At first I was happy to see Baldacci basing a new character thread set in times just after WWII. But as the opening was slowly revealed I was less than impressed. The setting was set basically by the price of food/lodging, wages as well as constant referral to Lucky Strike cigarettes and cost of clothing. Thank goodness Baldacci did not refer to the brand's slogan "Get Lucky".

The good guys from the bad guys were whittled down through death and that was what moved the plot essentially.

I was hoping for more from this novel. I like historical fiction in general but while this could be branded historical it lacks the the feeling that this novel is set 70 years ago, for me anyway.

I doubt I will follow this series. ( )
  Lynxear | Feb 21, 2021 |
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In this fast-paced historical thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci introduces Archer, a WWII veteran forced to investigate a small-town murder -- or risk returning to prison. It's 1949. When war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on parole with a short list of do's and a much longer list of don'ts: do report regularly to his parole officer, don't go to bars, certainly don't drink alcohol, do get a job--and don't ever associate with loose women. The small town quickly proves more complicated and dangerous than Archer's years serving in the war or his time in jail. Within a single night, his search for gainful employment--and a stiff drink--leads him to a local bar, where he is hired for what seems like a simple job: to collect a debt owed to a powerful local businessman, Hank Pittleman. Soon Archer discovers that recovering the debt won't be so easy. The indebted man has a furious grudge against Hank and refuses to pay; Hank's clever mistress has her own designs on Archer; and both Hank and Archer's stern parole officer, Miss Crabtree, are keeping a sharp eye on him. When a murder takes place right under Archer's nose, police suspicions rise against the ex-convict, and Archer realizes that the crime could send him right back to prison . . . if he doesn't use every skill in his arsenal to track down the real killer.

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