Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Innocent by David Baldacci

The Innocent by David Baldacci
#1 in the Will Robie series
448 pages / 12 hours, 14 minutes

"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....
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 kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.
Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-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."  --from the publisher

Baldacci is one of my favorite authors (and I'm still kicking myself that I missed him when he recently came to a library near here).  That said, this book is just average in my opinion.  I think he waited too long to start revealing pieces of the mystery, and there were a few holes in the action that I just couldn't get past.  For example, the assassin knows there is no escape after the mission is accomplished, so why wait until the hero is in the room before shooting the targets?  (sigh)

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