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One Good Deed

Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins

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Publisher's Summary

The number one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2019 David Baldacci (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Editorial Review

Narration brings this high-stakes crime novel to life

I took note of One Good Deed because it’s a standalone novel from David Baldacci, it’s set in 1949, and because the protagonist is a veteran *and* an ex-con. The fact that Eduardo Ballerini narrates the story, however, pushed it to the top of my must-listen list. His performance brings out the distinctiveness of each character, and adds depth and nuance, especially to the protagonist—what a great summer listen! —Christina H., Audible Editor

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