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One Good Deed av David Baldacci
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One Good Deed (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av David Baldacci (Författare)

Serier: Aloysius Archer (1)

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In this fast-paced historical thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci 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.… (mer)
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Titel:One Good Deed
Författare:David Baldacci (Författare)
Info:Hachette Audio (2019)
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One Good Deed av David Baldacci (2019)

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Always enjoy a Baldacci book. ( )
  FDKreader | Jul 12, 2021 |
Set in a small town in the South in 1949, Aloysius Archer is paroled from a state prison, where he was remanded after a raw deal and serving in the infantry in WWII. Poca City is a town in the rise, and despite rules prohibiting his presence in a bar, he meets the major domo there, with a pretty girl on his arm. The major domo takes a liking to Archer, who is a straightforward guy, hiring him to collect a debt from his rival, a prominent farmer, who is the estranged father of the pretty girl. When the major domo is murdered, Archer is suspected although he manages to convince the state detective of his innocence. The plot thickens as others die or are almost killed, and Archer finds himself, his parole officer and the pretty girl in the middle of everything. Archer is an endearing character, and does a remarkable job defending himself at his own trial. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
At first I was happy to see Baldacci basing a new character thread set in times just after WWII. But as the opening was slowly revealed I was less than impressed. The setting was set basically by the price of food/lodging, wages as well as constant referral to Lucky Strike cigarettes and cost of clothing. Thank goodness Baldacci did not refer to the brand's slogan "Get Lucky".

The good guys from the bad guys were whittled down through death and that was what moved the plot essentially.

I was hoping for more from this novel. I like historical fiction in general but while this could be branded historical it lacks the the feeling that this novel is set 70 years ago, for me anyway.

I doubt I will follow this series. ( )
  Lynxear | Feb 21, 2021 |
Archer has fought in WWII and returned with his honor, honesty, and smarts. The novel begins with him being released from prison and being placed on parole in a town a seven hour bus ride from the prison. Despite being innocent, Archer doesn't harbor anger or violence toward others--he had enough of that in the war. He hesitates to trust anyone after being wrong accused.

Arriving in Poca City, he meets his very attractive and capable parole officer Ernestine Crabree. The parole rules stifle the parolees fun: no drinking or carousing and get a job. Archer certainly doesn't mind working, but it seems the main job involves killing hogs at the meat plant: dirty, gross, smelly, and mediocre pay. He's rents a hotel room at the Derby Hotel. Needing a quick celebration, he heads to the local bar where he meets the richest man in town, Hank. Hank and his mistress, Jackie, often come to the bar. Hank likes Archer's quick intelligence and offers him a job no one else has been able to accomplish: get the collateral on a loan that was never paid back. You see Mr. Lucas Tuttle happens to be Jackie's father. He doesn't like his daughter degrading herself with Hank. Tuttle meets all collectors at the door with a shotgun. Hank offers Archer money up front and more when the Cadillac (collateral) is delivered.

Archer prefers to learn on his own instead of take people completely at their word. He knocks on Mr. Tuttle's door instead of trying to sneak the Cadillac off the property. He makes a deal with Tuttle--if his daughter returns, he will pay the loan off via the Cadillac with Hank. Jackie absolutely refuses. She has nothing positive to say about her father and refers to herself as chattel with Hank. She has a car, a place to stay, and money. Hank has a wife and his own house. Jackie feels everything is fine. The problems arise when Hank is murdered. The novel becomes a murder mystery. Archer, of course, becomes the prime suspect. The detective, however, believes Archer probably didn't commit the crime and enlists his help in working the crime, teaching him how to investigate.

An enjoyable novel, I found myself surprised how much I enjoyed such a different novel from Baldacci's usual political thriller. The tone and vibe were different. By the end, you learn all the back stories and won't be too surprised by the murderer although I did fall for the bait and guess incorrectly. ( )
  acargile | Feb 6, 2021 |
I’ve read several Baldacci books and just picked this one up while waiting for Daylight (Atlee Pine #3) to become available from my local library. This one has a new character, Archer, who I think will make an appearance in other books. He is recently released from prison and in order to earn some money, agrees to repossess an automobile from a man who owes 5000 dollars to Hank P. That’s the beginning of the book and things get progressively more complicated from there. Soon people are murdered, Archer is accused of murder and other people are missing. Definitely enjoyed it. ( )
  JRlibrary | Jan 23, 2021 |
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In this fast-paced historical thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci 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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