A Gambling Man – David Baldacci | A Book Review

A Gambling Man - David Baldacci

Title: A Gambling Man

Author: David Baldacci

Genre: Thriller

About the book: It’s the second novel in the series that follows Aloysius Archer who works for a private investigator named Willie Dash. A politician running for mayor comes to them with a blackmail case. The story is set in Bay Town, California during the late 1940s.

I received an advanced reader copy from Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I’ve read the first novel, One Good Deed, and many of Baldacci’s works. I don’t really remember what happened previously, but I could follow along just fine. The beginning starts slow as the author builds the setting of the story.

Characters: Aloysius Archer, Willie Dash, and an aspiring actress named Liberty Callahan grew on me. I found it easy enough to keep track who was who. Aloysius and Liberty are strong characters individually, so I was a fan of their relationship.


“The ultimate loyalty is to put the interests of many above your own.”

Writing: The pacing picks up at the middle and end of the novel. I love the short chapters told in third person. There’s more description in the beginning and more dialogue later on.

Final thoughts: The twists and turns throughout the story were executed well. I felt like the ending wasn’t the most unpredictable, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. If you’re looking to pick up a fun historical thriller, I would recommend A Gambling Man.

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