Patricia A V.
David Baldacci is such a skilled writer of mystery/thriller fiction that I cannot resist when he releases a new book. I feel like I just have to read it right away. Having said that, I was reluctant to dive into his latest novel because it was set in a post World War 2 time frame which isn’t a favorite of mine. My preferences are more toward his contemporary series books. When I began listening to this book, I felt a little annoyed by the stilted dialogue which is very hard to get comfortable with - at first. After getting the main character, Archer, settled in his hotel room and moving into his “new life,” I began to get a feel for who Archer is and how he works his way into his surroundings. He seems to be able to fit in without much trouble wherever he goes. Finding a job that sounded a little dodgy on his first night in town more or less set the stage for all of the events that took place to shape the story. I had a sense of unease for Archer from the time he met and agreed to do a job for Mr. Piddleman right up to the climax of the book. It was clear from the beginning that Archer had an eye for women and the women appreciated what they saw in him. He behaved like a gentleman while expressing to the reader/listener how Archer felt about the women he encountered. The language was very mild in spite of the rather violent nature of some of the crimes that occurred and the fact that there were numerous rough characters in the story. The conversations and general style of writing felt a little stiff but conveyed the sense of the times of the story. By the end of the book, I felt pretty engaged in the story and didn’t mind that the story was set in the post war era. I liked the characters and found myself wondering how they made out after they parted company and the story was over. I found that I had enjoyed the book very much and I wonder if David Baldacci will write another episode in Archer’s life.