A Gambling Man - David Baldacci

A Gambling Man

By David Baldacci

  • Release Date: 2021-04-20
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 3,397 Ratings


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.


  • Great Book

    By Keith Sk.
    Great characters and a fast moving plot. Buy it and read it!
  • Too many murders

    By Lyndylee
    Was interesting and kept me reading but way too many murders for the book to be plausible. Story and plot did not need to have half the characters killed off and the other half free. Disappointed overall.
  • Balducci … excellent

    By Bob852201
    Archer’s character is brought to life by a gifted storyteller. You will not be disappointed!
  • Old time style

    By Dan Daily
    Fun fun read! I was born in 1946 and remember my parents talking about the film stars of those years and no TV etc. Baldacci must have had a lot of fun getting all the period stuff correct so I could really put myself into that time zone as a reader. Love the characters as well. Gosh, a character who seemingly can’t be corrupted, how refreshing.
  • Gambling Man

    By Halfmoments
    Another interesting and top notch character to follow and enjoy. The only drawback is waiting for David to deliver the next installment in the series.
  • Great story from beginning to end.

    By Baldacci Fan for Life
    Another Baldacci read that was fantastic. I can’t wait for the next Archer book.
  • Loved it!

    By Powersk13
    I wanted to go back in time.
  • Great Read

    By Fergie's Pal
    With enough twists and turns to confuse the most serious reader, A Gambling Man was a great read. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a great “who dunnit.”
  • A Gambling Man

    By olddue1
    It is a great trip down memory lane and a page turner. The characters were vivid, mostly and relatable. The plot is rather contrived . It was really enjoyable .
  • Balduci

    By mr242325
    Great book