David Baldacci is a skilled writer with lots of titles. This novel, while a departure from his usual work, is still a worthy read. The author sees to be expanding his writing style and it is not without some hiccups. It is period novel, set in 1949, so the author places lots of tidbits to give us verisimilitude to set the stage. Some of it is annoying, like a detailed description of every female characters wardrobe. Why would a protagonist, who has spent the last several years in the Army or prisons, care or know about female fashion? Archer is set as the prototypical Reacher, and if the story continues, you can expect him to show up in another city, stay awhile, and move on. It's a good read with a promising future.