One Good Deed - David Baldacci

One Good Deed

By David Baldacci

  • Release Date: 2019-07-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 3,473 Ratings


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.


  • Derivative but enjoyable

    By sjsbfgf
    I enjoyed the pacing and suspense of this book and the effective evocation of the post-war 40’s. But as one who has enjoyed many of David Baldacci’s books over the years I find myself asking why he need to copy Lee Child’s. One knight errant Army get with no middle name who gate off a bus and into trouble is sufficient.
  • One Good Deed

    By sammbay
    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!

    By kendallb12
    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.

    By bxj3
    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.

    By Ponce 5
    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 Deed

    By Artymusician
    Outstanding book I enjoyed reading so much! I love Archer and his awesome story!
  • One Good Deed

    By DaveRamseyGirl
    Great characters & a mystery with lots of twists.
  • Wow1

    By Drive-good
    Another great book. Hard to put down. Loved how the characters were intertwined , making a truly mysterious murder mystery.
  • Best in a long time!

    By frenchy0674
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book! I couldn’t put it down . . completely unexpected! A must read!!
  • Good Read

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