One Good Deed
By David Baldacci
The #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci introduces an unforgettable new character: Archer, a straight-talking former World War II soldier fresh out of prison for a crime he didn't commit.
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.
Wow15By Drive-goodAnother great book. Hard to put down. Loved how the characters were intertwined , making a truly mysterious murder mystery.
Best in a long time!5By frenchy0674Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down . . completely unexpected! A must read!!
Good Read5By Frank PérezI love it, couldn’t stop reading it. I hope we get to see Archer in other novels.
Absolutely wonderful!3By scrabble tile tooMr. Baldacci introduces an interesting new protagonist in this wonderful book. It is beautifully written, set in an earlier era of America’s history, but in a way that has much resonance for where the country is at this time. Baldacci always populates his novels with fascinating and well rounded supporting characters, which I thoroughly enjoy, and going along with Archer on this journey was a wonderful adventure. Lots of fun and highly recommended!
Twists and Turns5By AndDownStarts out slow like a locomotive starting on a journey, but once it gets up to speed, watch out, it keeps barreling on; nicely done Mr Baldacci !
I loved it!!5By Craig123456Great story, very well written as usual, fun to read.
Beyond disappointing1By RogerMcQAlways look forward to a new Baldacci novel. I can only assume Archer is a new series of books but he shouldn’t bother. Writing and crispness of plot not what we’ve become accustomed to. 1950’s setting and read like a really bad 50’s movie.
Terrible1By CJoy60Could not even get half way thru, disappointing for Baldacci. Boo hiss
One Good Deed2By hbnutrPretty boring. Baldacci May have intended to copy Jack Reacher but failed miserably.
Great book5By Catb1967Absolutely loved it