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The Innocent (Will Robie Book 1) by David Baldacci

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Will Robie is back and though a lot of us have a hard time believing that our government would hire hit men to take out those opposed to our ideas, here is the guy who does just that. For some time and several Baldacci books Will Robie has been the hit man for the United States who travels all over the world. He works for the U.S. government incognito and takes out the top men in the various groups who oppose the U.S. way of thinking and doing business.

He basically reports to one man who gives him his assignments and these assignments can be anywhere in the world. And as is almost always the case he somehow gets involved personally with individuals along the way. Usually these individuals are women that he meets and falls for. Some of them are good and some are not so his live becomes even more involved than just killing bad guys.

In this story Robie begins having to kill a Russian and a Palestinian who are planning on killing someone high in the U.S. Government. Robie does his job and makes his way back home. Little does he realize that the Palestinian whom he had killed has a relative who will hunt Robie down and eventually find him.

However in the meantime Robie begins working on other cases which not only involve his department of the federal government but also sometimes local or state police because of his jobs. In this case he has to kill a young mother. Which he does while she is holding a small infant and has another in a stroller. Both the mother and one infant are killed by the shot Robie fired. That shooting brings him up close with a state police officer and they later work together. (She doesn’t know what Robie had done).

Also as he is getting away he has to take a bus but there are some who are chasing him for other reasons. These folks take out the bus as Robie and a young girl are exiting it. It turns out that she ends up in his care because her parents have been killed and she has nowhere to go nor no one to turn to.

The entire book follows Robie and his travels working as an assassin for the U.S. government while all the time he is being pursued (quietly and undercover) by an old enemy. He does have help from the state cop but he is also saddled with keeping the young girl safe while he tracks down her parents’ killers and finds out why.

The ending turns out to be very well written. Robie not only meets up with a young lady that he has been admiring but he also saves the life of the president of the United States. Quite an involved book but pretty much typical of Baldacci, especially when he writes about Will Robie. And you can rest assured there will be more to come in the future as they make a formidable duo!

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