By David Baldacci
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publish Date: April 17, 2012
Personal Rating: 5 stars
This book was provided free of charge by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
Summary from Marketing Copy:
America has enemies--ruthless people that the police, the FBI, even the military can't stop. That's when the U.S. government calls on Will Robie, a stone cold hitman who never questions orders and always nails his target.
But Will Robie may have just made the first--and last--mistake of his career . . .
Will Robie be able to handle three women in his life?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read several of Baldacci's books before, but it has been a long time. I forget how thrilling and satisfying they can be. If you like thrill, relationships, romance, and non-stop action this book is for you.
Will Robie kills for a living. He normally works alone, but finds himself in a situation that he is not able to be alone or risk someone innocent losing their life. He becomes a juggler at this point and hopes he is doing it right.
Julie Getty is the first “woman” in his life. She is 14 and full of life. She's pretty smart for her age, not only school wise but street wise. She surprises Robie time and time again.
Agent Vance is the older woman in his life who is in the same career field and respects what he is doing. They work side by side, but develop a close relationship.
Annie Lambert is the sexy, seductress, neighbor. He finds himself caught up with her and wonders if it is okay.
I loved the characters. Will Robie was portrayed as a tough, but sensitive at the right times male. He was smart and knew how to read what was going on. While it was difficult, he did allow the woman to work with and help him in the investigation.
Julie Getty is a tough little cookie. What she went through and what she finds out in the end is amazing. She is portrayed as a very smart girl (intelligent), but she was also caring and forgiving.
Agent Vance was your typical female cop, but didn’t over do the toughness to prove who she was. Baldacci was able to describe her a competent, but not overcompensating. She did learn to let her guard down a little.
Don’t expect just thriller, suspense, and toughness in this book. Baldacci does add some humor along the way.
Here’s one quote from the book when Robie is talking about the Department of Agriculture:
“Any spies work there? Doubtful. While lucrative, corn subsidies don't really get bad guys all that excited.” Baldacci, David. The Innocent (Kindle Location 2545). Netgalley copy.
Here’s another quote when Julie helps with the investigation because of her knowledge of social media:
“He has twenty-nine friends, which isn't a lot, but I don't know how long he's been on Facebook either. And he's a really old guy.” “he's only fifty,” vance pointed out. Julie shrugged. “Like I said, he's a really old guy.” Baldacci, David. The Innocent (Kindle Location 3771-73). Netgalley copy.
Recommendation: For mystery, suspense, and thriller lovers or anyone who thinks they want to try out this genre.