A Gambling Man - David Baldacci

A Gambling Man

By David Baldacci

  • Release Date: 2021-04-20
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 2,614 Ratings


Aloysius Archer, the straight-talking World War II veteran fresh out of prison, returns in this riveting #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from David Baldacci.

The 1950s are on the horizon, and Archer is in dire need of a fresh start after a nearly fatal detour in Poca City. So Archer hops on a bus and begins the long journey out west to California, where rumor has it there is money to be made if you’re hard-working, lucky, criminal—or all three.
Along the way, Archer stops in Reno, where a stroke of fortune delivers him a wad of cash and an eye-popping blood-red 1939 Delahaye convertible—plus a companion for the final leg of the journey, an aspiring actress named Liberty Callahan who is planning to try her luck in Hollywood. But when the two arrive in Bay Town, California, Archer quickly discovers that the hordes of people who flocked there seeking fame and fortune landed in a false paradise that instead caters to their worst addictions and fears.
Archer’s first stop is a P.I. office where he is hoping to apprentice with a legendary private eye and former FBI agent named Willie Dash. He lands the job, and immediately finds himself in the thick of a potential scandal: a blackmail case involving a wealthy well-connected politician running for mayor that soon spins into something even more sinister. As bodies begin falling, Archer and Dash must infiltrate the world of brothels, gambling dens, drug operations, and long-hidden secrets, descending into the rotten bones of a corrupt town that is selling itself as the promised land—but might actually be the road to perdition, and Archer’s final resting place.


  • Great read

    By kmeyer430
    Enjoyed every chapter!
  • Great Read

    By WayOverTheHill
    Brings back memories of the 40’s and 50’s detective novels. Maybe you have to be of an age to truly appreciate it. Archer is a cross between face smasher and female magnet Mike Hammer by Mickey Spillane and a collection of more cerebral characters of the time. Can’t wait for the next one.
  • Riveting

    By JloopJ
    Fast paced, thoroughly entertaining and riveting.
  • Another great read

    By kaaldy
    The master story teller does it yet again. Thanks for the great read
  • Blah

    By JeffKBS
    I really wanted to like it but I feel like Baldacci has fallen off. Enjoyed the characters but the story became trite, campy, and a bit implausible. Glad to be finished.
  • Not his best work and I have read them all

    By Propertylover
    Not his best. Predictable dialogue will make you roll your eyes sometimes. But I got through it so that’s a positive
  • Baldacci at his best

    By Kidney disease
    Recreation of the ‘40’s detective novels. Great story. Great characters. Dashiell Hammett would be proud!
  • Good Book

    By Lmichie
    Good book. A little slow to start but heats up really nice. Enjoyed it..
  • Great book.

    By Carol Pruchnic
    It was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed it.
  • Good read

    By wtdoc
    Good read. Lots of twists and turns. Enjoyed this one as much as the reset of Baldacci’s books