A Gambling Man - David Baldacci

A Gambling Man Summary

Written By David Baldacci

Readers Score: 4.5/5
Rated by 1,794 Readers

A Gambling Man Book Summary


Aloysius Archer, the straight-talking World War II veteran fresh out of prison, returns in this riveting #1 New York Times bestselling thriller from David Baldacci.

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 if you’re hard-working, lucky, 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.

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A Gambling Man is a Mysteries & Thrillers book, written By David Baldacci. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 1,794 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • Very sub par for Baldacci

    By RCW9999
    I’ve read most of Mr. Baldacci’s books, but recently it seems like he is just mailing it in. I didn’t even finish half of the book. Finished the first 200 pages and nothing really happened. Pages and pages go by and there is no action, no dialogue, just very poor attempts at descriptive writing. Not sure I’ll pick up any of his books anytime soon.
  • Not his best work and I have read them all

    By Propertylover
    Not his best. Predictable dialogue will make you roll your eyes sometimes. But I got through it so that’s a positive
  • Baldacci at his best

    By Kidney disease
    Recreation of the ‘40’s detective novels. Great story. Great characters. Dashiell Hammett would be proud!


  • Baldacci at his best

    By Kidney disease
    Recreation of the ‘40’s detective novels. Great story. Great characters. Dashiell Hammett would be proud!
  • Good Book

    By Lmichie
    Good book. A little slow to start but heats up really nice. Enjoyed it..
  • Great book.

    By Carol Pruchnic
    It was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed it.
  • Good read

    By wtdoc
    Good read. Lots of twists and turns. Enjoyed this one as much as the reset of Baldacci’s books
  • Pretty good

    By Greywolf8577
    Kinda slow in spots and some unnecessary activity but a good story. I like the character
  • I’ve read a lot of DB’s books

    By SullyBung
    This one is bad. Total and complete waste of time and money.
  • Post World War II California.

    By ChipSanders
    I really had to concentrate yeah order to keep up with all of the characters. Great book add the storyline.
  • Steak and I e Cream

    By Todgsmith
    Archer, Dash, and Liberty~compelling, engaging and people you want to hang with!
  • Gambling Man

    By Hider Bear
    Great read, looking forward to the next case.