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One Good Deed: Aloysius Archer Book 1 Paperback – 28 April 2020
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Murder and family secrets, a touch of romance and deeply-felt revenge – with the twist of all twists – make up the ingredients of One Good Deed. A gripping page-turner for all those who love mystery, crime, Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie from one of the world's favourite thriller writers, David Baldacci.
In 1949, Aloysius Archer arrives in the dusty Southern town of Poca City. He has nothing but a handful of dollars, the clothes he’s wearing and an appointment with his new parole officer. After his wartime experiences in Italy and a prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, Archer is looking for a fresh start and a peaceful life.
On his first night of freedom, Archer meets local business tycoon Hank Pittleman, who promises Archer handsome compensation to work as his debt collector. Yet Archer takes on more than he bargains for, as he becomes embroiled in a long-running feud between the drought-struck town’s most dangerous residents. When one of them dies, the authorities label Archer as their number one suspect.
A bloody game is being played above and below the law. Everybody playing has a deeply buried secret, and Archer must uncover them all – if he’s to avoid going back behind bars.
One Good Deed represents David Baldacci’s move into historical crime with a new character, ex- jailbird Aloysius Archer . . . Unsurprisingly, the talented Baldacci proves to be as adept in this new venture as he is in his contemporary-set novels ― Financial Times
A fast-paced investigation with dark secrets, unexpected twists, well-drawn characters and an intriguing plot ― Candis Magazine
A mile-a-minute read that proves once again why David Baldacci has readers the world over flocking for more -- Jane Harper, bestselling author of The Dry
Alternately chilling, poignant, and always heart-poundingly suspenseful -- Scott Turow
David Baldacci is one of the all-time best thriller authors -- Lisa Gardner
A multi-layered protagonist; a plot as deep and twisty as the setting -- Kathy Reichs
Mystery and suspense surround a fabulous new character in an enticing, engaging thriller that does not disappoint ― Live and Deadly
A mile-a-minute read that proves once again why David Baldacci has readers the world over flocking for more. -- Jane Harper
Alternately chilling, poignant, and always heart-poundingly suspenseful. -- Scott Turow
A multi-layered protagonist; a plot as deep and twisty as the setting. -- Kathy Reichs
- Publisher : Pan (28 April 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529027500
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529027501
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Dimensions : 13.1 x 4.1 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 20,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ten percent of the novel is taken up by smoking, more time than drinking and sex. There are plenty of anachronisms. I'm pretty sure sure they would not have said " I'm sorry for your loss". Lady love what's that all about. Apart from that it is a good read.
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Yes there are some plot devices which test the limits of credibility, but the story moves along at pace, with good characters and strong writing.
I hope there are more outings for Archer.