Dream Town
by Baldacci, David






"Private Investigator and ex-World War II veteran Aloysius Archer heads to Los Angeles, the city where dreams are made and shattered, and is ensnared in a lethal case"-





DAVID BALDACCI is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.





In the third Aloysius Archer mystery (after A Gambling Man, 2021), it's the early 1950s. A movie writer thinks someone is planning to kill her, and she wants to hire Archer, a private eye, to protect her. But before Archer can even come up with a game plan, his prospective client vanishes. Has she been murdered? Someone close to the missing woman hires Aloysius to find out. But what seems like a relatively straightforward missing-person case soon gets considerably more complicated, not to mention deadly. Baldacci's bibliography is sort of a mixed bag, with some really good books and some that read like imitations of other people's hits. With the Aloysius Archer books, though, he's found himself a winning series. Archer is a WWII veteran who spent time behind bars for a crime he didn't commit; he's a guy trying to get by in a hard world. The author mostly writes stories set in the present day, but in the Archer series, he proves a natural at handling the postwar setting. Baldacci's fans should be lining up for this one. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.





An old-fashioned gumshoe yarn about Hollywood dreams and dead bodies. Private investigator Aloysius Archer celebrates New Year's Eve 1952 in LA with his gorgeous lady friend and aspiring actress Liberty Callahan. Screenwriter Eleanor Lamb shows up and offers to hire him because "someone might be trying to kill me." "I'm fifty a day plus expenses," he replies, but money's no obstacle. Later, he sneaks into Lamb's house and stumbles upon a body, then gets knocked out by an unseen assailant. Archer takes plenty of physical abuse in the story, but at least he doesn't get a bullet between the eyes like the guy he trips over. A 30-year-old World War II combat veteran, Archer is a righteous and brave hero. Luck and grit keep him alive in both Vegas and the City of Angels, which is rife with gangsters and crooked cops. Not rich at all, his one luxury is the blood-red 1939 Delahaye he likes to drive with the top down. He'd bought it with his gambling winnings in Reno, and only a bullet hole in the windscreen post mars its perfection. Liberty loves Archer, but will she put up with the daily danger of losing him? Why doesn't he get a safe job, maybe playing one of LA's finest on the hit TV show Dragnet? Instead, he's a tough and principled idealist who wants to make the world a better place. Either that or he's simply a "pavement-pounding PI on a slow dance to maybe nowhere." And if some goon doesn't do him in sooner, his Lucky Strikes will probably do him in later. Baldacci paints a vivid picture of the not-so-distant era when everybody smoked, Joe McCarthy hunted commies, and Marilyn Monroe stirred men's loins. The 1950s weren't the fabled good old days, but they're fodder for gritty crime stories of high ideals and lowlifes, of longing and disappointment, and all the trouble a PI can handle. Well-done crime fiction. Baldacci nails the noir. Copyright Kirkus 2022 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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