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A Gambling Man

A Gambling Man

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The 1950s are on the horizon, and Archer is in dire need of a fresh start after a nearly fatal detour in Poca City. So Archer hops on a bus and begins the long journey out west to California, where rumor has it there is money to be made for someone who's hard-working, lucky, a criminal, or all three. Along the way, Archer stops in Reno, where a stroke of fortune delivers him a wad of cash and an eye-popping blood-red 1939 Delahaye convertible, plus a companion for the final leg of the journey, an aspiring actress named Liberty Callahan who is planning to try her luck in Hollywood. But when the two arrive in Bay Town, California, Archer quickly discovers that the hordes of people who flocked there seeking fame and fortune landed in a false paradise that instead caters to their worst addictions and fears. Archer's first stop is a P.I. office where he is hoping to apprentice with a legendary private eye and former FBI agent named Willie Dash. He lands the job, and immediately finds himself in the thick of a potential scandal: a blackmail case involving a wealthy well-connected politician running for mayor that soon spins into something even more sinister. As bodies begin falling, Archer and Dash must infiltrate the world of brothels, gambling dens, drug operations, and long-hidden secrets, descending into the rotten bones of a corrupt town that is selling itself as the promised land-but might actually be the road to perdition, and Archer's final resting place.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2021
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781538719671
1538719673
Branch Call Number: FIC BALDACC 2021
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 24 cm

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tina43
May 14, 2021

I loved One Good Deed and this book continues Archers story. This is a film noir in book form. The 1950's are fun to remember seeing Reno and California in the beginning of their boom. The female characters are particularly fascinating and Liberty won my heart. An all-around good read.
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