One Good Deed

One Good Deed by David Baldacci Book Summary

The #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci introduces an unforgettable new character: Archer, a straight-talking former World War II soldier fresh out of prison for a crime he didn't commit.

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.

One Good Deed by David Baldacci Book Reviews

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- One Good Deed4 star

I really, really enjoyed this book. A. Archer is a great character, flaws and all. Plot had me guessing right til the end. Just pre-ordered the next book extending Archer’s journey. Can’t wait to read it!

- Great read!5 star

Riveting storyline and likable characters make this a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing. Really enjoyed the author’s ability to capture the spirit of the post-WWII American south.

- There Great book! This is an unusual entry for this author.5 star

There is no Atlee Pine in this book. I enjoyed seeing Archer “become” someone so unexpected. I like being fooled to the very end of a book. This book is so much more than the ordinary “I just have to figure it out before” novel. Highly recommended!

- Excellent story.5 star

I was expecting detective Shaw to show up in court when Mr. Archer was defending himself. Otherwise I learned a great deal about the criminal justice system.

- No Good Deed5 star

Outstanding book I enjoyed reading so much! I love Archer and his awesome story!

- One Good Deed5 star

Great characters & a mystery with lots of twists.

- Wow15 star

Another great book. Hard to put down. Loved how the characters were intertwined , making a truly mysterious murder mystery.

- Best in a long time!5 star

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down . . completely unexpected! A must read!!

- Good Read5 star

I love it, couldn’t stop reading it. I hope we get to see Archer in other novels.

- Absolutely wonderful!5 star

Mr. Baldacci introduces an interesting new protagonist in this wonderful book. It is beautifully written, set in an earlier era of America’s history, but in a way that has much resonance for where the country is at this time. Baldacci always populates his novels with fascinating and well rounded supporting characters, which I thoroughly enjoy, and going along with Archer on this journey was a wonderful adventure. Lots of fun and highly recommended!

- Twists and Turns5 star

Starts out slow like a locomotive starting on a journey, but once it gets up to speed, watch out, it keeps barreling on; nicely done Mr Baldacci !

- I loved it!!5 star

Great story, very well written as usual, fun to read.

- Beyond disappointing1 star

Always look forward to a new Baldacci novel. I can only assume Archer is a new series of books but he shouldn’t bother. Writing and crispness of plot not what we’ve become accustomed to. 1950’s setting and read like a really bad 50’s movie.

- Terrible1 star

Could not even get half way thru, disappointing for Baldacci. Boo hiss

- One Good Deed2 star

Pretty boring. Baldacci May have intended to copy Jack Reacher but failed miserably.

- Great book5 star

Absolutely loved it

- Great book!5 star

Loved it !

- Loved the book5 star

Baldacci is a great writer. His books have never failed me. My only complaint is that they end. One Good Deed isn’t another great one.

- One Good Deed needs help1 star

I have read all his books and like Grisham he is getting very boring. Not very good. Very slow read and the character is very boring. Need to back to the Camel Club or King and Maxwell. John Puller is good too but similar to Jack Reacher.

- One Good Deed5 star

Very good story. Thank you very much.

- One Good Deed3 star

OK, but not up to what I expect from him. New Hero, but a little too far from reality.

- One Good Deed5 star

Good read and well thought out ending that was not rushed. Baldacci never fails. I hope he makes a series out of this new character Archer.

- Persistent Pays Off5 star

Great story. Great new character. Many twists that made it really interesting reading.

- Terrific New Character5 star

I sure hope we get to go on a few more adventures with Aloysius Archer. He possesses a sort of naïve, charming intelligence coupled with a strong sense of curiosity and a good soul. All of the charm and dark side of post-war, rural America is in this story. I was left with a feeling of hopefulness. Loved it.

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JPF_H - Pass1 star

Well below Baldacci’s normal standards. Simplistic , stilted boring.

FernyD - Cost is too high4 star

I love David Baldacci and all his books. But I refuse to pay $19 for a digital copy for any author's books. One offshoot of this is that I am finding other authors I enjoy, as I look for a better priced solution for my reading enjoyment.

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David Baldacci (born August 5, 1960) is a bestselling American novelist. An attorney by education, Baldacci writes mainly suspense novels and legal thrillers. Biography Early life and education David Baldacci was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Henrico High School and earned a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C. He is of Italian descent from Barga, in Tuscany. Career Baldacci began writing stories as a child, when his mother gave him a notebook in which to record them. He wrote for more than two decades, ...

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