The primary New York Times greatest-promoting creator David Baldacci introduces an unforgettable new character: Archer, a straight-speaking former World War II soldier recent out of jail for against the law he did not commit.
It’s 1949. When conflict veteran Aloysius Archer is launched from Carderock Prison, he’s despatched to Poca City on parole with a brief listing of do‘s and a for much longer listing of do nots: do report commonly to his parole officer, do not go to bars, actually do not drink alcohol, do get a job – and do not ever affiliate with free girls.
The small city shortly proves extra sophisticated and harmful than Archer’s years serving within the conflict or his time in jail. Within a single evening, his seek for gainful employment – and a stiff drink – leads him to an area bar, the place he’s employed for what looks like a easy job: to gather a debt owed to a strong native businessman, Hank Pittleman.
Soon Archer discovers that recovering the debt will not be really easy. The indebted man has a livid grudge in opposition to Hank and refuses to pay; Hank’s intelligent mistress has her personal designs on Archer; and each Hank and Archer’s stern parole officer, Miss Crabtree, are preserving a pointy eye on him.
When a homicide takes place proper underneath Archer’s nostril, police suspicions rise in opposition to the ex-convict, and Archer realizes that the crime might ship him proper again to jail…if he does not use each talent in his arsenal to trace down the actual killer.