Dream Town (An Archer Novel)
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“Baldacci paints a vivid picture of the not-so-distant era . . . 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.”―Kirkus, Starred Review
“[A] welcome third outing for PI Aloysius Archer . . . Solid prose nicely evokes the traditional hard-boiled whodunit.”―Publishers Weekly
“One of [Baldacci’s] finest books. Great character, great story, great portrait of an era.”―Bill Clinton (praise for One Good Deed)
“David Baldacci is one of the all-time best thriller authors.”―Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A master storyteller.”―People
“Baldacci delivers, every time!”―Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author
“David Baldacci is a master storyteller.”―Associated Press –This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
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. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.
From the Publisher
Grand Central Publishing April 19 2022
April 19 2022
UnderwhelmingJust could not get into it, and I read a lot of noir and like Baldacci.
Dream Town by David BaldacciAs with all of David’s books this is an enthralling story. You have excitement, intrigue and a labyrinth of clues and hints trying to connect the dots. Things are not always what they seem and you are kept guessing right up till the end. It is an excellent read that you will not want to put down until you have all the answers. Everyone enjoy a great ride.
RARowland, Cincinnati reviewer
Just not my cup of teaI like Baldacci. I really do. But I did not care for this book. Too many characters in it for me. I like one protagonist and then one or two antagonists in a read. Aloysius Archer is the protagonist private eye, hired to solve a case. But there are a myriad other characters as antagonists such that I did not recall each ones part in the narrative.It seemed to me that the story line was more a picture puzzle that needed to be constructed in order for the plot to make sense. Each antagonist was a piece of the puzzle, i.e., information for Archer to add together to solve a murder and locate a missing person. But along the way, I lost which character’s piece of information added to the “puzzle” story line as a whole. The book was a period piece about the movie business, and the celebrities working in that business in Hollywood California circa 1953. That, of itself, made the read somewhat interesting in that I used to live in LA, albeit not in that era. But saying that, I did not get much else out of the read. I do not retell story lines in my reviews.Although I have read other of Baldacci’s books about this character, in summary, I find I am not much of a fan of the “Archer” character, or the story lines of the books he is in.
Alice M. Deckman
Lots of detailsI don’t remember banks having drive thrus back in those days. I doubt those would admit and tell in details their involvement as they did at the lake
Shades of Dashiell Hammett!This book takes me back to the old black & white gumshoe movies of the 40s. Lotsa smoking, drinking and shady ladies. It is written in that gritty detail (oh, lotsa detail) that the narrator in these movies used to describe. Maltese Falcon and the Big Sleep come to mind. I really liked the first two Archer books in this series, but this one was somewhat of a let down. But it looks like there are more coming along from Baldacci. He didn’t close the door on this PI. Too bad.
a real charmer, an atmospheric “gumshoe” tale.In this third addition to the Archer series, Archer continues to find work in LA while dating a minor actress named Liberty, with whom he is obviously in love. It is set in post-WWII Hollywood, and often his attitude and descriptions are poetic enough remind one of a Bogart movie. Indeed, it is amusingly self-referential when the actress friend advises him to try out for acting parts as a detective! A hilarious, if understated, scene. He becomes mired in a complicated case, where numerous major characters have unseen ties. A fun unraveling of a knotted-up, complex tale. I definitely recommend it.
Reads like a TCM movie.If you like old 40’s movies, this is the book for you. Tons of characters. Lots of descriptive material. Dialogue short and choppy like a Cagney film. Not Baldacci’s usual, and I have anxiously read them all. Got through half of this one and quit. Don’t know if Archer (main character) ever found who he was looking for in the story, but I sure got tired of the hunt.
No author holds my attention like David BaldacciI absolutely loved this book! Nobody compares with David Baldacci. His writing style wraps around me like a long lost friend and holds my attention as the story unfolds! I have to force myself to stop reading in order to make the experience last! I really miss his writing as I wait for his next book. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending with his girlfriend Liberty Callahan. I hope in the next episode that she realizes how much she loves him and the excitement he brings to her life! Archer needs some love and tenderness so he can endure the danger and harshness of a PIs lifestyle!
Another page turner.This is another of David Baldacci’s “must just read another chapter” books and before you know it you have finished another book. You think you know what the ending will be but there is always a surprise!!
Total page turnerDavid Baldacci never lets me down but does cause me to have a lot of very few hours sleep, his twists and turns in his style of writing is second to none can’t wait to November for his next chapter of the Memory man