Een goede daad (Aloysius Archer, #1)
Aloysius Archer, een oorlogsveteraan en ex-gevangene, probeert zijn leven na enkele turbulente jaren weer op te pakken. Maar wat begint als een simpel klusje, loopt uit op een moordmysterie…
Wanneer oorlogsveteraan Aloysius Archer in 1949 voorwaardelijk vrijkomt uit de gevangenis, waar hij zat voor een misdaad die hij niet heeft gepleegd, vestigt hij zich in het stadje Po...more
I hope so because the main character, Aloysius Archer, is excellent and definitely worth following up. As the book commences he has just left prison having served a few years for a crime he did not commit. He is young, smart and good looking and probably a bit too nice for his own good. Prison has worn some of t ...more
It's 1949 and war veteran Aloysius Archer is released from Carderock Prison, he is sent to Poca City on parole with a short list of rules to follow to ke ...more
Honestly, I don't know if the intent here is to launch a series featuring World War II veteran and newly released prison inmate Aloysius Archer; I do know that if it is, count me in. Set in 1949, it's certainly different - with words like "gumshoe," "grub" and ...more
This was an enjoyable historical crime thriller from an author who is a massive name but one I've only delved into once previously. I wasn't sure what to expect but he pulled it off well with enough going on to keep me interested and enough world building to make me feel like I was back in the post-war 40's.
The main character Archer is a decent protagonist, he's likeable but with enough flaws to make him interesting. Perhaps a little too much insta-swoon went on around him but it wasn't t ...more
Set in post-WWII America, Archer is sent by the Department of Prisons to a town in the middle of nowhere to serve his three years of parole. He has a few dollars in his pocket and the suit of clothes he wore to prison and that's about it except for his worn hat, something which he thinks every man should wear.
Is Archer ready for ...more
There were hints of this being the beginning of a new series. Not sure I will be reading any others if this is the case.
The southern 40’s setting is descriptively immersive, into this comes main protagonist Aloysius Archer, recently released prisoner, with a wavering set of moral judgments, about to get caught up in feuds, murder and mystery.
For me this was a very good read indeed, a classic character study set within a considered thriller, a page turner wit ...more
On release after a spell in prison for a crime he didn’t commit Aloysius Archer is given a one way ticket to Poca City, a town he doesn’t know but is prepared to get to know while serving his parole. On his first night businessman Hank Pettleman offers him a job as a debt collector on one particular debt. The job turns out to be mo ...more
In terms of negatives, for me this book is slow, and the dialogue doesn’t work. The protagonist is unbelievably naiv ...more
Overall, I liked this one. He took a stab at writing historical fiction. I appreciated that.....BUT!!! Two things. One is the dialogue.....it felt unre ...more
I really liked the idea of this book. Archer was an interesting character, and the 1940s setting was also pretty interesting.
But for the second time in a row now I couldn't shake the feeling that this didn't really feel like a book by one of my all-time-favorite authors. It just fell short of my expectations, and I have to admit I skimmed a few paragraphs here and there, which never happene ...more
I liked everything from story to character including the audio book performance. I don't understand why the story in the end turned into a legal courtroom drama. There wasn't a lot of it so it seem out of place. The preachy ending didn't help. Why bother dropping a few paragraphs about equality? From 4 sta ...more
Our hero is Aloysius Archer, just released from prison for a crime he did not commit, a war hero serving his time in Europe during WW2. He is sent to Poca a town in a southern state to serve out his probation time, and so his adventure begins. Archer is a wonderful character, and as the book progresses you like him more and more, his humour and honesty shine through.
This story is extremely evocative of the post war ...more
The plot hummed along at breakneck speed and the main character was suitably enigmatic and sympathetic enough to keep me reading.
Excellent descriptions of time and place and I enjoyed every aspect of it.
What's worse is that Archer uncovers evidence and clues that tell him what's going on, but we're not privy to the information until it's unveiled in a dramatic fashion.
Writers are supposed to give readers a fair shot at figuring out t ...more
Let me start by saying that I've read several David Baldacci books and loved them all, however this one for me felt different, not least because it was set in the late 1940s. Aloysius Archer has just been released from prison for a crime that he claims he didn't commit. Sent to the small, hot, dus ...more
As is the case in all his books there is a lead protagonist , a bit of a loner/ outsider, who investigates a mystery, in this case it is ex-con Aloyisius Archer who turns up in Poca City on his release from gaol.
He is directed to meet with his parole officer, Ernestine Crabtree, but gets caught up with a feud between two local businessmen when he pops into the local bar and Hank Pittleman p ...more