Dream Town

Hachette Audio. (Archer, Bk. 3). Apr. 2022. 11 hrs. ISBN 9781549160615. $27.98. THRILLER
It’s New Year’s Eve, 1952. Private Detective Aloysius Archer and his friend and budding actress Liberty Callahan are attending a Hollywood party where she can see and be seen. They are greeted by Liberty’s friend Ellie Lamb. When Lamb learns Archer is a P.I., she immediately hires him to find out who is trying to kill her. The very next day Lamb goes missing and a dead man is found in her home. As Archer investigates, he uncovers problems much bigger than the missing Lamb: smuggling, heroin, human trafficking, and the Chinese mafia are only a few of the obstacles Archer must overcome, while narrowly escaping death several times. His relentless investigation brings down the house of cards and sets him on a new footing as a private investigator. Baldacci delights with accurate descriptive details about the politics, social mores, and technology of the 1950s. Audie-winner Edoardo Ballerini and Earphones Award–winner Brittany Pressley expertly offer a wide variety of voices that animate the large cast of male and female characters/suspects.
VERDICT Readers of period crime stories and Baldacci fans will enjoy this third installment in the “Archer” series.
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