A Gambling Man

A Gambling Man

eBook - 2021
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Aloysius Archer, the straight-talking World War II veteran fresh out of prison, returns in this riveting new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author 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.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing


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Jun 12, 2021

This is the second book featuring Aloysius Archer. I was not that impressed by the first one, "A good Deed," but this one was better. I'm not sure I liked all the violence but the repartee and one-liners were good. There is an interesting plot. Archer leaves Poca City and heads out West to California. He stops en-route at Reno and has some luck at the tables. This helps him find not only a travel companion - a good-looking, smart, talented woman but also a nifty car. When they reach Bay Town California Archer and Callahan find jobs but Archer's first case leads to murders and violence. The ending is surprising and well worth a read.

Jun 12, 2021

A GAMBLING MAN is set in the late 1940s and reintroduces Archer (from ONE GOOD DEED) in a new adventure for the WW II veteran and ex-con. I love the time setting and his desire to do the right thing and make a career of becoming a private investigator. It was a different era, but I liked the story a lot. It is different from his novels set in modern times. No spoilers from me. Great read. Enjoy!

Jun 07, 2021

This was only an Ok book. Definitely not as good as his past novels. Not very exciting and the book seemed to just drag on. Not smart or entertaining dialogue. I struggled to get to the end.

May 14, 2021

I loved One Good Deed and this book continues Archers story. This is a film noir in book form. The 1950's are fun to remember seeing Reno and California in the beginning of their boom. The female characters are particularly fascinating and Liberty won my heart. An all-around good read.

May 09, 2021

Really liked this book. Took you back to the days of the old fashioned PI - rooms with smoke and lots of booze. Reminder of the 50's movies filled with femme fatales, snazzy cars and the tough guys. Could see Robert Mitchum and Clark Gable sitting at the bars with Lauren Bacall smoking at their sides.

OMG.....soooooo boorrring. Somebody shoot me!

Apr 08, 2021

The ability to place a hold on ordered books is excellent. The extensive (more) explanation of the book should help some folks grasp better whether this book is for them, thus freeing up some books from getting tied up by "look-seers". Just a thought.

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