One Good Deed

One Good Deed

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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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781538750568
1538750562
Characteristics: 422 pages ;,24 cm.

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harrybosch
Sep 08, 2019

In this very good read, Baldacci introduces a new character in Archer, whom we have likely not heard the last of. This was an interesting book, given that it was time set in the late 40's not long after WW2. The characters , dress, and cars were of that great time period, when the world was full of hope for a new peaceful world. a world where PC had not yet reared its ugly head, and there was none of it to contend with in this different story of a fresh new character in Archer.
There are touches of Jack Reacher in him, and the way he lives, and I'm sure we will meet him again.
I loved the descriptions of the cars of that time , classics like Cadillacs, Hudsons, Nash and Studebakers.
A very enjoyable story to be sure, but just a little too long drawn out towards the ending.

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writermala
Aug 21, 2019

I'm used to reading present day books by David Baldacci. This book set in 1949 was different and it took a little 'getting used to.' Aloysius Archer is released from prison - after a sentence he shouldn't have been serving. He is sent to the small town of Poca City on parole. The sleepy little city has a lot going on in it and Archer is right in the middle of things. When a murder takes place he could well be accused of it so he sets out to solve the case. The action picks up with more deaths/murders and I kept reading hoping for a happy ending. It's worth reading but not as exciting as say the Amos Decker books.

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peter_leitch
Aug 18, 2019

It reads like a Jack Reacher story.

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mjk236sb
Aug 07, 2019

Loved this book and the new character Archer. Felt like I was on the set of a movie set in the late 40's or early 1950's starring Humphrey Bogart or Robert Mitchum. The rhythm of the conversations was so reminiscent of this time. You could almost smell the cigarette smoke that permeated the scenes. Was truly interesting to hear the cost of items and how they compare of those now days. Archer is a character that you want to meet again and see where his next adventure will lead him. Baldacci is still one of my favorite story teller - he is consistent in his quality of plots and characters. He just never disappoints!!!!!

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jabbey81hotmailcom
Aug 05, 2019

David Baldacci scores again with a page turner that was hard to put down. A new character, Archer, veteran, and ex con is caught up in the tangle of just trying to earn a living, which quickly turns into a tale of family relationships, murder and and mystery.

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PJD
Aug 05, 2019

It seemed kind of long but worth the read.

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cnsreader
Aug 03, 2019

This was alittle different from other Baldacci stories I have read and it took me awhile to get into the rhythm of the book. Eventually I did and enjoyed this one! Great characters, a different time(omg, the way women were perceived and treated back then), and murder which has been the same no matter the time period! Ended up enjoying this one.

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tina43
Aug 01, 2019

I loved this book. The time frame of post WWII in the U.S. Was so entertaining to me as a child who grew up in the late 40's and Early 50's. The hero of this story is completely likeable but also tough after surviving the war. This was the freshest Baldacci I have read in a few years. Don't miss it.

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InsJavert
Jul 25, 2019

It has been a long while since I just sat down and practically read a book from cover to cover in a matter of a couple of days. The writing from the first page engages and tantalizes you so that it is hard to stop. You are drawn to the next chapter, and the next and the next.

The characters are well developed, the story is well told, and the plot, delightfully mysterious, with a taste of gum shoe, a dash of intrigue, whipped together with some fast paced action, especially at the end where it is almost at a whirlwind. Bake it just write and you have yourself a Phillip Marlow type novel with all the twists and turns you can deal with.

I have been doing some very heavy duty reading as of late with is slow and contemplative. This was a wonderful and very fun departure from that and I am every so thankful that I latched onto this book. It was just was the doctor ordered and I enjoyed every page of it. Just a hell of lot of fun.

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Dalan123
Jul 25, 2019

I agree. Please buy the eBook ASAP. I used to like holding a physical book to read, however since I discovered my Kindle, that is the only way to read now. Think of saving a tree.

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