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One Good Deed

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Edoardo Ballerini

11 Hours 42 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

July 2019

Audio Book Summary

In this fast-paced historical thriller, the #1 New York Times bestselling author introduces Archer, a WWII veteran forced to investigate a small-town murder -- or risk returning to prison.
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.

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  • Max H.

    Excellent, outstanding and awesome. Outstanding and a great narrator

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  • Marc G.

    If you can get past the cheesy Film Noire dialogue, the characters and story are good. I do look forward to more “Archer” ... note to author if you are going to write stories from this period read Elmore Leonard, his style fits well for the genre and could help hone the dialogue. -MG

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  • Anonymous

    Narrator was excellent!

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  • Robert L.

    It's a real "page turner" for the ears. Bob L.

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  • Patricia V.

    Loved the trip back to the late 40s This reads like an old Bogart movie , I could picture Bogart as Archer and Bacall as Jackie I hope this character comes back in another book. I think I’d enjoy reading about Archer’ s travels

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  • 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.

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  • John E.

    I read a lot of Baldacci and I loved this one. I look forward to more Archer. (Archer is the main character.) The book is done in the style of "noire" detective stories from the 40's. It was fun and the narrator was perfect for it. If you are tired of the usual Baldacci narrators, this is a refreshing change.

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  • Shirley W.

    The narrator's voice got on my nerves -- he spoke way too fast.

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  • David A.

    Just finished this tedious book. The format used by the author of clothing descriptions, conversations amongst the characters and plodding plot line were brutal and painful. This book was a struggle to complete because of these things and only because I had paid for this book did I struggle through is. I hope the author on future books will move away from this format and improve. Very disappointing

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