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One Good Deed Mass Market Paperback – 1 January 1900
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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.
"This is a world that twists with murder and vengeance . . . Will keep you engrossed until the last page."--She Reads
Baldacci has crafted an ingenious and addicting read in which each paragraph provides a new revelation. The time period and writing style immediately called to mind the works of the immortal James M. Cain . . . [a] terrific slice of crime noir.--Bookreporter.com
Baldacci is a master of pace and plotting, and One Good Deed doesn't let up on the throttle. A good ´40s noir.--Historical Novel Society
Baldacci nails the setting -- capturing everything from the way things looked back in 1949 to how people spoke, adding realism and authenticity to the story. The characters are developed nicely, especially Archer, who flashes real star power throughout . . . Fast-paced and packed with plenty of suspense.--The Real Book Spy
David Baldacci is a master storyteller, and he invokes the classic feel of the post-war 1940s evident in the timeless literature and film of that time. A sympathetic hero and a cast of mysterious citizens in a small town summon familiar themes one expects in a Baldacci novel, and he once again doesn't disappoint.--Associated Press
David Baldacci switches gears with magnificent results . . . simmering suspense and splendid prose . . . Terrific-reading entertainment.--Providence Journal
Insightful and entertaining, Baldacci has captured the time and events perfectly with authenticity, beauty and flawless prose . . . Archer is a terrific anti-hero with plenty of longevity and originality [and] the supporting cast is just as memorable. Gripping from beginning to end.--New York Journal of Books
Mega-selling mystery writer David Baldacci's latest takes us back in time and introduces a new series protagonist that may become one of his most popular . . . a captivating page-turner.--The Florida Times-Union
One of [Baldacci's] finest books. Great character, great story, great portrait of an era.--Bill Clinton
About the Author
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (1 January 1900)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538750546
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538750544
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 2.86 x 19.37 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 354,569 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.