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Dream Town (Private Investigator Archer Book 3)

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I am eager to see where things are headed for him and how Baldacci will continue to shape Archer’s character in the years to come. Archer cleverly works his way through the many layers of this mystery, almost getting killed more than once. Indeed, the novel does double duty as a survival manual, packed full of good advice—for instance, try not to get wounded, for “injury turns you from a giver to a taker.

The case draws Archer deeply into the Hollywood set as he crosses paths with actors, set designers and studio execs. Eleanor is afraid, thinking her life is in danger, hoping that Archer can discover the cause of what’s happening to her. The personality and values that have made Archer such a likable and decent man continue to shine through. In a place where cops and crooks work hand in hand, Archer will cross paths with Hollywood stars, politicians and notorious criminals. Now we’ve reached the 3rd book in the series, Dream Town, and Archer is virtually a solo PI taking on crime in L.If you're into a slower pace crime mystery with an old Hollywood glamour storyline then you'll probably enjoy this novel!

I hope Baldacci will continue this series since I have alway been a fan of the hardboiled and noir detective genres and we need more books set in a time that is not the present. However, back in 2019, Baldacci introduced a new character – World War II veteran Aloysius Archer – in “One Good Deed” and opened readers up to a different historical era, that of post-war, 1949. But personally, I enjoyed the first one in the series more because it was a small-town mystery in the midwest. The novel starts off with a murder, and with seven people trapped on an isolated Greek island lashed by a "wild, unpredictable Greek wind. Talk about six degrees of Baldacci… There was gambling problems, secret marriages, blackmail, mob associations, communist affiliations, drug dealing, and human trafficking to name a few.Later, he sneaks into Lamb’s house and stumbles upon a body, then gets knocked out by an unseen assailant. Archer is not for me and, Heaven forbid, this series continues, I won’t be wasting any more time on it. Archer suspects that Eleanor knows more than she's saying, but before he can officially take on her case, a dead body turns up inside of Eleanor's home . The atmosphere of the plot is very LA noir with lots of smoking, shooting, deception and general misbehaving.

There is so much going on and yet the reader can slide into a level of comfort easily, leaving them ready to learn more with every page turn. They make a plan to meet the next day, but later in the evening Archer decides to check on Lamb's safety and discovers a dead body in her house and Lamb missing.Many authors seem able to perfect a genre and work within it, even if they create a few series to keep readers entertained. I would like to thank both Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. First, there is a fairly large cast of characters in this one, so a mental scorecard is needed to keep track of everyone. Onward to 1952 Hollywood, this third instalment of the Aloysius Archer adventures in Dream Town is by David Baldacci. I wasn't around in 1953 and I am sure there was more smoking and drinking at that time but again to me the stories don't ring very true.

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