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A Gambling Man (An Archer Novel) de David…

A Gambling Man (An Archer Novel) (original: 2021; edição: 2021)

de David Baldacci (Autor)

Séries: Aloysius Archer (2)

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Título:A Gambling Man (An Archer Novel)
Autores:David Baldacci (Autor)
Informação:Grand Central Publishing (2021), 448 pages
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A Gambling Man de David Baldacci (2021)


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Aloysius Archer has left Poca City, and is moving west to become a P.I. On the way there, in Reno, he has some luck playing roulette, and in saving the life of an old man, picks up a companion (Liberty Callahan) and a 1939 Delahaye (see https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://car-revs-daily.com/wp-content/upload... 1939&ved=2ahUKEwiYx4icotzwAhVtn-AKHV-yDQoQMygGegUIARDOAQ.) After some trouble, they arrive in Bay Town, California, where Archer convinces Willie Dash to hire and train him while Liberty is able to secure a job singing at a burlesque club, when her predecessor ends up dead. Dash and Archer are hired by a mayoral candidate, with whom the dead singer was supposedly having an affair. Sadly, the plot was not very interesting, with family grudges and sleazy politicians. I also think that Baldacci is not as good a period writer as others, such as the great Walter Moseley. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Title: A Gambling Man (Aloysius Archer #2)
Author: David Baldacci
Pages: 448
Year: 2021
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Aloysius Archer is a WWII vet who has served time in prison and now seeks to make an honest living as a private eye. The novel is set in the 1950s era and as I read, I could picture the scenes as if they were playing on an old black and white TV. The main character goes by the name Archer, and he is smarter than he lets on, having no problem stepping into someone else’s mess if he can give them a hand.
Archer travels to California with the hopes of learning how to be a private eye under the tutelage of one named Willie Dash. However, before he gets there, Archer becomes entangled with a man who needs to sell a very rare vehicle to cover a debt. With his new ride and a woman he just met by his side, off they go in search of fulfilling their dreams. Readers first meet Archer in One Good Deed, which is a riveting suspense-filled tale, though one doesn’t have to read it to understand the nuances of A Gambling Man.
Archer is a stand-up man, who enjoys his Lucky Strike cigarettes and carries a flask in his coat pocket at all times. The moment Archer meets Willie Dash until the last page of the book, there is never a dull moment. What is really appealing about the story is it doesn’t have new-fangled gadgets to help him solve crimes. Archer has to trust his instincts and go where the cluses lead him. Even when Archer is questioning people, his thoughts aren’t always revealed which makes it more intriguing to see where Archer goes and who he is going to see.
The one major difference I noticed between the first book and this one is the focus here being more on who done it and less on Archer’s extra circular movements. Liberty Callahan brings a flair to Archer’s life and a unique perspective to his new career as a “gumshoe.” I hope the author plans on giving us more action and adventure with Archer; he’s a favorite to me and I like the era Archer is placed in too!
I have been anticipating this book for a while and spent the weekend enjoying every word! Each of David Baldacci’s books are filled with mystery, romance, thrills and spills! If you haven’t’ read any of his books, pick one up and be prepared to be entertained for hours!
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. ( )
  lamb521 | Jun 2, 2021 |
Archer is taking the next step in his life. By chance he starts off in Reno and leaves with a woman named Liberty and an exotic French car. The body count is high and grows by the page. A catalog full of interesting characters in a coastal California city called Bay Town. The setting is late forties or early fifties evoking post was America. Enough in the way of misdirection and surprised to keep things interesting.
And of course it begs a sequel. ( )
  waldhaus1 | May 30, 2021 |
Another great David Baldacci book. This one set in the 1950's. Archer, needing a fresh start after the war and a brief stint in prison, heads out West. On his way, he detours in Reno, which leads him on a slightly different path to Bay Town, his destination. Now rather than arriving alone, he is accompanied by Liberty Callahan, a talented, aspiring actress, down on her luck. Once in Bay Town, Archer meets Willie Dash with the hopes of becoming a private investigator, and is immediately thrown into a case. All hands are on deck, and even Liberty is a valuable asset solving this crime.
Fast paced and good. ( )
  cjyap1 | May 18, 2021 |
I normally enjoy books by David Baldacci but this one...nope. Five (5) chapters in and nothing had happened. I didn't even care about the characters. (I did not read book 1 in the series--and now I don't plan to. Perhaps I would have cared more about Archer if I'd met him in the first book of the series--but to my mind, a reader should be able to pick up any book in the series.)

If I'd read the book without knowing the author, I wouldn't have picked Baldacci. ( )
  JenniferRobb | May 14, 2021 |
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