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

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 (2019), 433 pages
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Story was slow to start but well worth sticking to. ( )
  BrianJackson | Jul 23, 2022 |
Archer learns the hard way the skills of being a Detective to keep himself from returning to jail. As usual with Baldacci, the story line is great and keeps the reader engaged and wondering where the mystery will end. ( )
  ZachMontana | Jun 26, 2022 |
This book is a real page turner. It was hard to put down. ( )
  henrog | Apr 19, 2022 |
First novel about Archer. Recently released from Prison but innocent. WW2 veteran.Trying to make his way in Poca Flats in about 1949. Very good read. ( )
  pgabj | Feb 8, 2022 |
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To Ben Sevier, for believing
in both me and Aloysius Archer
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IT WAS A GOOD DAY to be free of prison.
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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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