Gambling Man
by Baldacci, David

Aloysius Archer travels to 1950s California to apprentice with a legendary private eye and former FBI agent but immediately finds himself involved in a scandal in the second novel of the series following One Good Deed. 100,000 first printing.

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 and his foundation at

In One Good Deed (2019), Baldacci introduced readers to WWII veteran Aloysius Archer. An ex-con on parole, Archer was forced to solve a murder in order to clear his own name. Now, with 1950 just around the corner, Archer is in Bay Town, California, working for a famous private eye. Soon he's knee-deep in a conspiracy that involves a local politician. Murder quickly follows. Archer and his employer, former FBI agent Willie Dash, put their lives on the line to expose the corruption that's rotting Bay Town from the inside out. Baldacci, whose novels range from hits (the Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series) to misses (the John Puller series), definitely is onto something with Archer. He's a very interesting guy, in a rough-and-tumble way, and Baldacci renders Archer's postwar world with the kind of vivid detail that catches a reader's eye-a flash of color here, a particularly good description there-just enough to set the scene without getting in the way of the narrative. Familiarity with One Good Deed is not required, but readers new to the series will definitely want to catch up on what they've missed. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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