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One Good Deed

Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Series: An Archer Novel, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
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Murder and family secrets, a touch of romance and deeply felt revenge - with the twist of all twists - make up the ingredients of One Good Deed. A gripping audiobook for all those who love mystery, crime, Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie from one of the world's favourite thriller writers, David Baldacci.

In 1949, Aloysius Archer arrives in the dusty Southern town of Poca City. He has nothing but a handful of dollars, the clothes he’s wearing and an appointment with his new parole officer. After his wartime experiences in Italy and a prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, Archer is looking for a fresh start and a peaceful life.

On his first night of freedom, Archer meets local business tycoon Hank Pittleman, who promises Archer handsome compensation to work as his debt collector. Yet Archer takes on more than he bargains for, as he becomes embroiled in a long-running feud between the drought-struck town’s most dangerous residents. When one of them dies, the authorities label Archer as their number one suspect.

A bloody game is being played above and below the law. Everybody playing has a deeply buried secret, and Archer must uncover them all - if he’s to avoid going back behind bars.

©2019 David Baldacci (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Great story.

Thoroughly enjoyed this period piece set after World War II. David Baldacci's portrayal of the times was spot on and very interesting. I would love to see Archer in another novel set in the same time!! HIghly recommended!!

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Twisty trip set in post war America

The women were real women, the men, real men, and Baldacci's plot genius reigns supreme.

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excellent

loved this book. kept you guessing to the end with many twist & turns & the narration was superb. Will listen to more of his books

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recommended read

loved it and I do all David's book. totally recommend it to all David Baldacci fans

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Good

A good yarn. Clever build up to a surprising climax. Thoroughly enjoyable. And well narrated.

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  • 02-05-2020

Baldacci is always worth a read

Small town sheriff syndrome, investigative drifter, damsel in distress and organized bad guys. But it's not Reacher.

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great read.

Plot simple and good reflection of period attitudes and actions. looking forward to next

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Archer

Best Baldacci yet!
Didn’t pick the twist in the plot
He needs write more Archer stories!!!

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Loved it

Really enjoyed it, great read. Appreciated how the narrator's voice & tone suited the 1949 setting.

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great read

great read. was not sure i would like as it was set back in the 1940's. but really good

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  • Mark
  • 31-05-2020

A good book with good narration

I'm a big fan of David Baldacci, already owning a lot of his books and this one did not disappoint. It is set in 1949 America and features a returned serviceman, Aloysius Archer, who has just been released from prison after serving a sentence for a crime he did not commit. Incorporating period language and terminology with solid character development, this book tells the story of his encounters with powerful men and beautiful women in a small town where no-one is really who they seem. Framed for murder, Archer must expose the hidden secrets of the rich and powerful to save himself. This book was well narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and occupies a place in the top tier of my library. Perhaps this is the start of a new series from David Baldacci?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-2019

Not the best Baldacci, but a good crime story

I have read every single Baldacci, but struggled with the story and era of this book. In the end it wasn't too bad, but not his best work.

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  • Alessandro
  • 03-09-2019

L oved it.

Great story set so well in the post war time. Edoardo's performance magic as always.

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  • kris
  • 17-08-2019

NOT what I expect from Baldacci

If you like soap operas this book will satisfy. So BORING could not get into the tale. Predictable and very ho hum.

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  • Simon
  • 30-07-2019

Baldacci Hits the Top Forties!

Quite a departure this for Davie Baldacci, normally a very contemporary thriller writer, this one takes us back to the 1940s. Aloysius Archer has fallen on hard times after serving in the war and is released on parole with just a few dollars in his pocket and a strict set of rules he must stay on the right side of if he is to avoid a return to prison. Immediately this presents challenges, Archer is no slouch and quickly finds gainful employment but it sets him on the road to potential ruin.

From the start I think this is some of Baldacci's best ever writing. Archer is immediately engaging as a character and the sense of place imbued into Poca City has real depth. The mystery is clever and compelling even if the story does rely just a little on Archer being trusted extremely readily by the lead detective.

Archer himself comes across very well, he's no fool but neither is he granted any great super powers, he comes across as a genuinely decent man who is maybe a bit rough around some of his moral edges. The supporting cast of characters is mostly very strong and Edoardo Ballerini does a very fine job of giving them all a voice.

So, quite a departure for Baldacci but a very worthwhile one and I wouldn't be too disappointed if he revisited some of this at some point.

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  • Andrew Stonehouse
  • 11-08-2019

Hardboiled.

It's not the most original story. But it's a great example of the hardboiled detective story, written well appropriate twists and turns a protagonist you can root for, femme fatales that aren't just token women. If you're a fan of the genre it's 100% worth a listen.

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  • Iolanthe
  • 14-08-2019

Couldn't wait to listen!

I rushed through listening to this because of the intriguing story and very likeable and relatable characters. The reader is first class and does a variety of voices excellently. Sad I've finished it.

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  • Janette O'Hanlon
  • 13-08-2019

one good deed

not my usual genre but very surprised how much i enjoyed. felt i was right there with Archer the whole time. just as you think book coming to an end it opens up again. great twists.
thank you

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  • Mr Bill Dunn
  • 09-08-2019

Slow burner

I enjoy Mr Baldacci’s style of story telling, especially the Amos Decker books, not sure this character really cuts it, but stuck with the story, very well tied off, just could have been a bit more pacey

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  • Phillip
  • 09-08-2019

Brilliant from start to the end !!!!

I loved this book #davidbaldacci you are amazing, narrated by #edoardoballerini who did outstanding job :)

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  • liverpool
  • 08-08-2019

Different from all his other books

Brilliant, more please David Baldacci. Narrator excellent. Loved the main character, real fifties noir.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-07-2019

Good read, very different David Baldicci

I enjoyed this book once I got over the fact it was not your typical David Baldicci I'd say more Raymond Chandler. The main character repeatedly made rookie mistakes and I found myself getting annoyed, I like he's flawed but not too sure if I'd be in a rush to read another book of him - Shaw was great character although too quick to like Archer considering all the stacked up evidence up agaunat him. Worth the read.

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  • B. C. Furzer
  • 06-08-2019

Terrific from beginning to end.

Slightly different Baldacci but superb all through. I could not guess any part of it. Thoroughly top class writing's and performance.

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  • PJ van Zetten
  • 14-07-2020

Unique

Very good late 1940s feel & pace. Quite a departure from Mr Baldacci’s other books. His hero was almost an anti hero but still likeable and quite believable. A fair few twists and turns, some I could deduce; others were surprising. I was so entertained I did not want the book to end.