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One Good Deed

Written by: David Baldacci
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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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Exciting book

The book grows slowly on you and then it becomes impossible to switch the audio off

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-19

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
  • 03-09-19

L oved it.

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

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  • kris
  • 17-08-19

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
  • 30-07-19

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
  • 11-08-19

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
  • 14-08-19

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
  • 13-08-19

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
  • 09-08-19

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
  • 09-08-19

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
  • 08-08-19

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
  • 28-07-19

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
  • 06-08-19

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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  • Stuart
  • 12-12-19

Great book with fine narration

The story captures the style of the time really well. Suspense, drama, intrigue and really strong lead characters. The style is redolent of crime novels of the time and this contributes. The narration is first rate and adds depth to the story. Throughly recommended

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  • Glenda Crew
  • 29-07-19

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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  • Shalleycat
  • 20-07-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-19

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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  • Jeff
  • 05-08-19

recommended read

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

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  • Robert Humphreys
  • 27-07-19

Good

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

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  • D
  • 02-05-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-20

great read.

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

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  • Geoffrey Miller
  • 11-01-20

Archer

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

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  • Claudia
  • 01-10-19

Loved it

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-19

great read

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