Dream Town (Private Investigator Archer Book 3)
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The investigation takes him from mob-ridden Las Vegas to glamorous Hollywood to the darkest corners of Los Angeles—a city where beautiful faces belong to cutthroat schemers, cops can be more corrupt than criminals . David is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy programs across the United States.
He finds himself going up against a dangerous mobster killer in Chinatown, power wielding movie producers and directors, untrusting and hard-edged county police investigators, and numerous suspects hiding secrets and relationships that hinder Archer from finding a killer and solving his case, as well as its impact on his personal relationship with Liberty.The atmosphere of the novel, set mostly on this wild Greek island, echoes strongly the classical tragedies of Greece. First, there is a fairly large cast of characters in this one, so a mental scorecard is needed to keep track of everyone. I see a number of loose ends left blowing in the wind and can only hope that Baldacci will address them before long, as my curiosity needs some sort of answer. Everyone lies and it is hard to find the truth but Archer is determined to find Lamb and a murderer.
It makes me feel very optimistic about the future of the series, and the fact that we are going to see more of Aloysius Archer. It will be interesting to see where the author takes Archer since this appears to be his new series. The dangers that Archer faces end up testing his relationship and feelings for Liberty, his work is far from well rewarded and his life is at constant risk, yet when he considers the possibility of other better paying opportunities, it is clear that when it comes down to it, a PI is what he wants to be and nothing is going to change his mind. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy.And the plot is a well-paced, twisty whodunit full of red herrings, sleuthing, suspicious personalities, deduction, attraction, coercion, danger, mayhem, mischief, and murder. He describes the setting and history constantly throughout, using interesting anecdotes that strongly sarcastic and satirical. and where the powerful people responsible for his client’s disappearance will kill without a moment’s hesitation if they catch Archer on their trail. He connects his plot, characters, and style together like the lyrics of a good Eagles hit song that you just sing along with and get lost in the music. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide.
I plunged right into Baldacci's PI series featuring Aloysius Archer, WWII vet, set in Hollywood in the 50s. I was fascinated by the 1950s setting and the fantastic detailed descriptions - with all the allure and mystique of that decade. While there is little chance Aloysius will have any crossovers with characters in Baldacci’s other series, I see a lot of great possible interactions as the series progresses. The chapters are short and there is so much action that I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.Depth of each characters is amazing and vocabulary matches the times of the 50’s and interesting period notes of the time. Highly recommended and no real need to read the earlier two books although it is probably more fun if you do. The narration by Edoardo Ballerini (all male voices) and Brittany Pressley (all female voices) was excellent. His language is descriptive, but focused on moving the story forward with mystery driven elements, action sequences, and moments of discovery along the way. It is New Year's Eve 1952 in this riveting historical noir series by David Baldacci featuring PI Aloysius Archer, an ex-WW2 vet working for his experienced Bay Town ex-FBI mentor, Willie Dash, based in Bay Town, responsible for helping him hone his skills in his new profession.
Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, "because every mom needs a break now and then. Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she'd given him the notebook to keep him quiet, "because every mom needs a break now and then. Brooks presents a case for making room for Bigfoot in the world while peppering his narrative with timely social criticism about bad behavior on the human side of the conflict: The explosion of Rainier might have been better forecast had the president not slashed the budget of the U.A true gumshoe story that keeps the reader engaged and provides an entertaining tale of times when detective work was much simpler. His novels have been translated into over 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. However, back in 2019, Baldacci introduced a new character – World War II veteran Aloysius Archer – in “One Good Deed” and opened readers up to a different historical era, that of post-war, 1949. The book shines a light on the darker side of Hollywood and fame during that time period, particularly the studio contracts that used to bind actors to studios and dictate pretty much their whole life, which I've read about in other books and was pretty awful to women.