The Innocent

The Innocent

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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America's best hitman was hired to kill--but when a D.C. government operation goes horribly wrong, he must rescue a teenage runaway and investigate her parents' murders in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller.

It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable. He refuses to pull the trigger. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and is on the run.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a fourteen-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway--her parents were murdered, and her own life is in danger. Against all of his professional habits, Robie rescues her and finds he can't walk away. He needs to help her. Even worse, the more Robie learns about the girl, the more he's convinced she is at the center of a vast cover-up, one that may explain her parents' deaths and stretch to unimaginable levels of power.

Now, Robie may have to step out of the shadows in order to save this girl's life...and perhaps his own.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780446572996
Branch Call Number: BALDA
Characteristics: 422 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jan 25, 2018

Had to give this less than 4 stars as a good effort petered out with a number of loose ends not being tied off. May try Baldacci again but this wasn't stellar.

Jan 02, 2018

Will Robie does it for a living. For the US Government, and its allies on occasion. He does it well. He has never had a screw-up until assigned the assassination of a woman who works for the American government. What really makes him balk are her two young children included in the hit. Is there a sinister plot back there somewhere? He becomes the next target and, in his effort to escape, he encounters Julie, a strong-willed and very intelligent 14 year-old, who is fleeing a similar nightmare. Two more interesting women, Annie Lambert and FBI Agent Nicole Vance, figure prominently in this thriller. A few too many unnecessary twists for it to be 5 stars but it's a page turner. Baldacci writes with an urgent style that readers soon pick up on.

Jun 05, 2016

I enjoyed this book and will be reading the other three books in this series. I hope they are as good.

Apr 02, 2016

We are supposed to meet Will Robe for the first time in this book but it's my fourth book, having read the later ones first. I'd have to say that like a good bottle of wine, Robie improves with age; or maybe I've just read one too many of his books in too short a time. Be that as it may, I felt that BAldacci belabored the point and it was a relief when the book was over. Julie was the only refreshing character in the book. Good book to read on a rainy day when there's nothing better to do.

Jan 29, 2015

This book was great!

Sep 02, 2014

Thriller about a hit man who knows something about his mission does not seem right and refuses to do the killings and a sniper does the job for him. During this process he meets up with a teenage girl who has had her parents killed and may be involved with all the reasons they want to be killed by other assassins from his past.. An FBI agent gets them the protection they need and wind up being infiltrated themselves. I think divulging of the truth and little hints of the reasons for the killings and identity of the killer took too long; it was a bit tedious. The ending was implausible with characters in impossible situations. So -so

Oct 17, 2013

With a name like Robie, the main character, a trained assassin, seems more likable. I enjoyed this thriller, my first Baldacci book, and hope to read other novels by him. He writes simplistically which could be a turn off. The story development and characters reminded me of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels.

Jun 05, 2013

It was good, Went on a bit long, but a quick read once you got started.

Apr 24, 2013

Very intense and fun. Highly recommend for a popcorn read! Loved every second and the ending was mind blowing

Apr 14, 2013

Slow going until the third chapter then it was fast-paced and suspenseful. The plot became implausable by the end - but it was nevertheless an enjoyable read.

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Apr 24, 2013

Coarse Language: Strong language throughout. However, it is not as bad as most adult books out there.

Apr 24, 2013

Other: You will read this book way past bedtime

Apr 24, 2013

Violence: Really violent. People get shot in the head. Brains go everywhere and some people are brutally stabbed to death.

Apr 24, 2013

Sexual Content: A minor sex scene. Not graphic at all. Nothing described

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May 06, 2015

MeganRossiter thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 20

Apr 24, 2013

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Jun 26, 2012

blizzard thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 18 and 21


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