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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2019
July 23
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
416
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grand Central Publishing
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
2.9
MB

Customer Reviews

kendallb12 ,

Great read!

Riveting storyline and likable characters make this a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing. Really enjoyed the author’s ability to capture the spirit of the post-WWII American south.

bxj3 ,

There Great book! This is an unusual entry for this author.

There is no Atlee Pine in this book. I enjoyed seeing Archer “become” someone so unexpected. I like being fooled to the very end of a book. This book is so much more than the ordinary “I just have to figure it out before” novel. Highly recommended!

Ponce 5 ,

Excellent story.

I was expecting detective Shaw to show up in court when Mr. Archer was defending himself. Otherwise I learned a great deal about the criminal justice system.

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