One Good Deed
ISBN: 1538750546
EAN13: 9781538750544
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 25, 2020
Pages: 496
Dimensions: 1.181102" H x 7.401575" L x 4.015748" W
Weight: 0.5732019 lbs.
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In this fast-paced historical thriller, the #1 New York Times bestselling author introduces Archer, a WI 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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   Intriguing Premise
I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book upon reading the reviews and promotions. Flashbacks to the post-war era brought back memories and was a refreshing change. The lead character, Archer, is an interesting study of a society in which money was king, and Baldacci has me hooked to try the second book, Gambling Man. I recommend this book for its twists and turns and the great way that the author "keeps it real" as his characters come to life as examples capturing many facets of the human condition in all of its "glory". Quattrone, 47, said: "I think we're going to have to get used to it.
 
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   Started slow but couldn't put it down near the end. Anachronistic language.
I can't agree with the reviewers on both ends of the spectrum. There are some things about Archer that are difficult to understand and are never explained, particularly his snap decisions to do this or that. The story has more twists in it than I might have expected, but I knew that Archer would prevail because #2 in the series will be coming out soon. As a linguist, I found some of the language odd because Baldacci used expressions that were not in common use, and perhaps didn't exist at that point of time. One new one for me that perhaps comes from the post-war period, is that we've got a long row to hoe. And surprisingly, no one was described as keeping their thoughts close to the vest, even though many of the characters did indeed do so!
 
5
   Vividly illustrates life post-incarceration in a cleverly written detective mystery
Even if you think Baldacci's story is great, you will not guess the ending of the book. The book is a memoir of sorts, told by a young man who has been released from prison after serving time for armed robbery. His show is a very human and likable guy, Baldacci said.
 
3
   Bit your typical Baldacci novel.
Not your typical Baldacci novel, the main character Archer is interesting, but the pace is slow and the book is bogged down by half way through. About 80 percent of the book became apparent by the time the third person read it. The end was surprising and Archer himself surprised me with his courtroom expertise, although he took some liberties with procedural matters, he said. The book is a worthwhile read, I give it 3 and 12 stars, but I prefer Baldacci's regular style of writing.
 
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   Not worth the money or time to read
This novel does not do justice to the period it was written. My father was an infantryman in World War I and I served as a Marine in Vietnam. Through my Father I was introduced to both ground pounders and flyboys who were in WWII serving in Europe and the Far East. Although some of the references to the combat portion of the book are accurate, the fast is not. It's a cut and paste, book. It's a shame, Mr. Rule told the judge. Most of Baldacci's books are very good, too. I'm the ones he's written about in the past few years that have been mediocre at best.
 
4
   Interesting Chacter in the Post War Period
I really enjoyed the second half of the book, Morgenthau said. The second half was slow, too. The time of the incident is late 40s or early 50s. After serving nine years in prison, a Korean War hero was released by a judge and sent to a small town to get a job while serving probation. He keeps getting himself in trouble by doing stupid things, Sosa said. In "The Fall," he seems to be quite intelligent and helps solve violent acts. He has a wealth of experience in murder and deep mysteries from the past.
 
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   One Good Deed is One Great Story!
I'm delighted with the results, Archer said. I enjoyed the period and the author's ability to make him believable, Morgenthau said. He is probably very good looking, and is lucky that his luck doesn't win through until the end when he uses every survival strategy he knows to save himself.
 
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   A Masterful Tale from a Master Storyteller
His is the best story teller of Ameeican fiction. He certainly lives up to that standard. One Good Deed creates a fully realized main character and brilliantly evokes the period's atmosphere. Both are part of a gripping plot that keeps the reader guessing until the last loose end is tied off.
 
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   Mind numbing
It's the most boring meandering crapfest I've read in forever. He was chased by police, who ran away, he said. This is mind sucking to the point you forget why you started reading this terrible, terrible, and even comical mess in the first place.
 
1
   Boring story, convoluted plot, childish writing.
Normally I'm a huge fan of Baldacci, but this book was obviously intended to be a quick money-maker. The plot is extremely convoluted, not very interesting and very simply written, Raymond said. Shame on you, David.
 
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