A Gambling Man - David Baldacci

A Gambling Man

By David Baldacci

  • Release Date: 2021-04-20
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,786 Ratings)

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Baldacci at his best

    5
    By Kidney disease
    Recreation of the ‘40’s detective novels. Great story. Great characters. Dashiell Hammett would be proud!
  • Good Book

    5
    By Lmichie
    Good book. A little slow to start but heats up really nice. Enjoyed it..
  • Great book.

    5
    By Carol Pruchnic
    It was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed it.
  • Good read

    5
    By wtdoc
    Good read. Lots of twists and turns. Enjoyed this one as much as the reset of Baldacci’s books
  • Pretty good

    4
    By Greywolf8577
    Kinda slow in spots and some unnecessary activity but a good story. I like the character
  • I’ve read a lot of DB’s books

    1
    By SullyBung
    This one is bad. Total and complete waste of time and money.
  • Post World War II California.

    4
    By ChipSanders
    I really had to concentrate yeah order to keep up with all of the characters. Great book add the storyline.
  • Steak and I e Cream

    5
    By Todgsmith
    Archer, Dash, and Liberty~compelling, engaging and people you want to hang with!
  • Gambling Man

    5
    By Hider Bear
    Great read, looking forward to the next case.
  • A REAL PAGE-TURNER

    5
    By Hamilton Barry
    “A Gambling Man” is a roller-coaster of a ride! Many twists and turns, with suspenseful intrigue. Baldacci planted ample doses of humor in Archer’s dialogue to enhance the reader’s enjoyment. This book deserves more than five stars!

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