One Good Deed by David Baldacci

One Good Deed

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...

Details One Good Deed

TitleOne Good Deed
Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews One Good Deed

  • Paromjit
    David Baldacci ventures into historical crime fiction with style with his new protagonist, Aloysius Archer, set in 1949 in the drought stricken small Southern Poca City. It begins with Archer being released on parole from Carderock prison for a crime he didn't commit and arriving in Poca with a distinct giveaway prison shuffle. He is armed with a list of things he must not do, such as don't go to bars, drink alcohol, associate with loose women, a...
  • Phrynne
    In One Good Deed Baldacci takes us back to 1949 and the town of Poca City, USA. Historical mystery no less! Is this a new direction for this author? And is this going to be a new series? I hope so because the main character, Aloysius Archer, is excellent and definitely worth following up. As the book commences he has just left prison having served a few years for a crime he did not commit. He is young, smart and good looking and probably a bit to...
  • Matt
    In his latest standalone thriller, David Baldacci captivates readers while taking them on a voyage back in time. It’s 1949 and the War is over, as is the short time Aloysius Archer has spent in prison. Heading west, Archer settles in Poca City to serve out his parole. Seeking employment, Archer is approached by Hank Pittleman to help him retrieve a debt. Archer seems happy to help, as long as his parole officer considers this above board. Howev...
  • Gary
    I really enjoyed this stand alone by author David Baldacci an d it made me realise I really must read more of his work soon. Nicely written and the 640 pages flew by as I enjoyed the twists and turns in this entertaining read. Great characters, especially the lead one Aloysius Archer who I would love to read in other books if the author decided.It's 1949 and war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on...
  • Louise Wilson
    Aloysius Archer has been released from prison, for a crime he did not commit, and sent out of the of the way to a southern town to await his parole. He's only been there for twenty four hours and he's already been in lots of trouble. He had been instructed to meet his parole officer, Ernestine Crabtree, but he gets caught up in a feud between two local businessmen when he had went into the local bar. Hank Pittleman had paid him to collect a debt ...
  • Monnie
    Any time a book by one of my all-time favorite authors is released, it goes on my must-read list. And when it brings the promise of a new character, well, I immediately move it to the top; after all, it could be the start of something good.Honestly, I don't know if the intent here is to launch a series featuring World War II veteran and newly released prison inmate Aloysius Archer; I do know that if it is, count me in. Set in 1949, it's certainly...
  • Richard
    7.5/10This was an enjoyable historical crime thriller from an author who is a massive name but one I've only delved into once previously. I wasn't sure what to expect but he pulled it off well with enough going on to keep me interested and enough world building to make me feel like I was back in the post-war 40's. The main character Archer is a decent protagonist, he's likeable but with enough flaws to make him interesting. Perhaps a little too m...
  • Deb Jones
    This standalone that introduces the character, Aloysius Archer, feels like it may well be the beginning of a series -- something that would please this reader to no end!Set in post-WWII America, Archer is sent by the Department of Prisons to a town in the middle of nowhere to serve his three years of parole. He has a few dollars in his pocket and the suit of clothes he wore to prison and that's about it except for his worn hat, something which he...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for an advance copy of One Good Deed, a stand alone thriller set in Poca City, an unidentified Southern town in 1949.On release after a spell in prison for a crime he didn’t commit Aloysius Archer is given a one way ticket to Poca City, a town he doesn’t know but is prepared to get to know while serving his parole. On his first night businessman Hank Pettleman offers him a job as a debt collec...
  • Liz Barnsley
    A bit of a departure here and a very good one- the authors trademark fine writing and involved plotting with an edge of noir and a set of engaging characters.The southern 40’s setting is descriptively immersive, into this comes main protagonist Aloysius Archer, recently released prisoner, with a wavering set of moral judgments, about to get caught up in feuds, murder and mystery.For me this was a very good read indeed, a classic character study...
  • Darcy
    I feel like I should have liked this one more. I really like this author, initially I liked the noir feel of things, but as things went on Archer came off as a chump. It seemed like everyone was playing him. It wasn't til the end that Archer started to smarten up and then was able to play a few others. By the time the end came I was glad to be done with the book and didn't really care where that last trip took Archer and wasn't surprised at all.
  • Lynn Horton
    This is my least-favorite Baldacci to date. I’m not a fan of the era of this story, nor do I particularly like crime fiction, even though I read it on occasion. But I do like Baldacci and believe that he’s a very fine author. I’ve read everything he’s written except the Atlee Pine novel (because I’m committed to not reading a thriller with a heroine unless it’s written by a woman).In terms of negatives, for me this book is slow, and t...
  • Deb
    This was a mediocre story for me. It was certainly out of the norm for a Baldacci book. The writing seemed stilted, especially during the conversations between characters. Way over descriptive when it came to the character's clothing. Who cares?! If his name was not on the cover I would have never guessed that he wrote this.There were hints of this being the beginning of a new series. Not sure I will be reading any others if this is the case.
  • Mrs
    Set in post war America in 1949, One Good Deed is a page turning mystery thriller.Our hero is Aloysius Archer, just released from prison for a crime he did not commit, a war hero serving his time in Europe during WW2. He is sent to Poca a town in a southern state to serve out his probation time, and so his adventure begins. Archer is a wonderful character, and as the book progresses you like him more and more, his humour and honesty shine through...
  • Greville Waterman
    A good standalone thriller from an exceptionally talented and experienced writer who knows his trade and craft.The plot hummed along at breakneck speed and the main character was suitably enigmatic and sympathetic enough to keep me reading.Excellent descriptions of time and place and I enjoyed every aspect of it.Highly recommended.
  • Kay
    I thought this was a really good crime mystery. The setting was after WWII in a small town Paco, Oklahoma where a very likable protagonist Aloysius Archer helped a local detective solve crime. I liked everything from story to character including the audio book performance. I don't understand why the story in the end turned into a legal courtroom drama. There wasn't a lot of it so it seem out of place. The preachy ending didn't help. Why bother dr...
  • Roy
    Something a little different from the author. Southern thriller/crime set in the 40s. More of a historical setting. Still has Baldaccis trademark plotting and dialogue but with a level of description to the time period that he hasnt written before. Not sure if this will be a series or a standalone. Good fun. Definitely recommend this
  • Andrea
    'You might be an ex-con Archer, but you kept your heart, despite a war and then prison. And that's something. As bad as things might get, don't ever sell yourself short on that' _________Mr. D. BaldacciLet me start by saying that I've read several David Baldacci books and loved them all, however this one for me felt different, not least because it was set in the late 1940s. Aloysius Archer has just been released from prison for a crime that he cl...
  • Annette
    David Baldacci usually writes contemporary thrillers but this new book is set in post World War 2 America.As is the case in all his books there is a lead protagonist , a bit of a loner/ outsider, who investigates a mystery, in this case it is ex-con Aloyisius Archer who turns up in Poca City on his release from gaol. He is directed to meet with his parole officer, Ernestine Crabtree, but gets caught up with a feud between two local businessmen wh...
  • Sally Channing
    I got this as an ARC - and boy was I happy - the day before my holiday. What an excellent book, wonderfully written. This is a new character from David Baldacci, I hope he writes more about Archer in the future. Set in 1949 it was a great story of how we used to live and how hard everything was. Some really great female characters and some nasty men. Couldn’t put it down - now the wait for his next book....
  • Mean Drake
    Nice to read a book sent in 1949. No modern forensics, no hackers and no cellphones! The language used is pretty good and subtle humour is there throughout the book. Nice new protagonist Aloysius Archer!
  • Mystery & Thriller
    To call David Baldacci a prolific writer would be a gross understatement. He has published over 40 novels for adults (several of which have been adapted for film and television) and seven for younger readers. All of his characters are complex and richly drawn out, and they make great chess pieces in the literary games in which he places them. Baldacci is one of the finest plotters in the business.ONE GOOD DEED is a stand-alone novel, and Baldacci...
  • Claudette
    So, David Baldacci must have stayed up late one night to watch Humphrey Bogart movies and decided to write a book set in the late 40s. The good part is that Baldacci's books are always character and dialogue driven, and this book did move along. The bad part is Baldacci is really showing his youth here. He is so smitten with his period that all his descriptions are written in awe. Honestly, only a very wealthy woman would have been to afford the ...
  • Gary
    I really enjoyed this stand alone by author David Baldacci an d it made me realise I really must read more of his work soon. Nicely written and the 640 pages flew by as I enjoyed the twists and turns in this entertaining read. Great characters, especially the lead one Aloysius Archer who I would love to read in other books if the author decided.It's 1949 and war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on...
  • Donna
    David Baldacci is one of my most read authors. He writes in a genre that used to be all I read. He does so many things well. Lately however, it seems like his books are a hit or miss. He writes characters that are unique and quirky in their own way. He also can pour creativity into the plot with some satisfying twists. I like all of those things. Overall, I liked this one. He took a stab at writing historical fiction. I appreciated that.....BUT!!...
  • Donna Hines
    Three years behind bars for a crime he claims he never committed.That's the story Archer is sticking with till the very end but there's so much more than meets the eye here in Poca with plenty of characters to fill in and tie up the loose ends.Ernestine is his parole officer and once he's released he winds up meeting Hank and his sidekick Jackie Tuttle.As desperation slowly creeps upon him Archer decides to take up Hank on his offer to collect a ...
  • Kyle
    It has been a long while since I just sat down and practically read a book from cover to cover in a matter of a couple of days. The writing from the first page engages and tantalizes you so that it is hard to stop. You are drawn to the next chapter, and the next and the next.The characters are well developed, the story is well told, and the plot, delightfully mysterious, with a taste of gum shoe, a dash of intrigue, whipped together with some fas...
  • Susan Lindemulder
    Baldacci has created a new character in Aloysius Archer and I like him. The book kept my interest and moved along at a good rate. I did have to suspend a little belief in a court room scene, but the book is set in 1949, so I guess it's plausible. The ending leaves room for "what's next for Archer".
  • Tony Hisgett
    I tried this book because I enjoyed the author’s Amos Decker books. However, although Archer seemed interesting at the start of the book, I really struggled to keep reading. The story was just so slow with conversations that never seemed to get anywhere. Unfortunately after a hundred or so pages, I found I didn’t really care what was going to happen to Archer and decided to cut my losses.
  • Tom Mc Kenna
    4.5 Stars rounded up to 5 Stars.