One Good Deed - David Baldacci

One Good Deed

By David Baldacci

  • Release Date: 2019-07-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,289 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.


  • Great book!

    By GaryDiz
    Loved it !
  • Loved the book

    By Dan Vermilion
    Baldacci is a great writer. His books have never failed me. My only complaint is that they end. One Good Deed isn’t another great one.
  • One Good Deed needs help

    By Mg1167
    I have read all his books and like Grisham he is getting very boring. Not very good. Very slow read and the character is very boring. Need to back to the Camel Club or King and Maxwell. John Puller is good too but similar to Jack Reacher.
  • One Good Deed

    By Oly56
    Very good story. Thank you very much.
  • One Good Deed

    By Plano skywatcher
    OK, but not up to what I expect from him. New Hero, but a little too far from reality.
  • One Good Deed

    By Coolguy02
    Good read and well thought out ending that was not rushed. Baldacci never fails. I hope he makes a series out of this new character Archer.
  • Persistent Pays Off

    By Lakewaco
    Great story. Great new character. Many twists that made it really interesting reading.
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  • Terrific New Character

    By BarbaraGenie
    I sure hope we get to go on a few more adventures with Aloysius Archer. He possesses a sort of naïve, charming intelligence coupled with a strong sense of curiosity and a good soul. All of the charm and dark side of post-war, rural America is in this story. I was left with a feeling of hopefulness. Loved it.