Freelance hitman, Will Robie, has a mission which takes him first to Edinburgh and then to Tangier. His task is to eliminate suspected enemies of the US government. But back in DC, when government employee and mother of two, Denise Tamaron, is detailed as his next target, Robie fails to pull the trigger. She’s an unlikely victim, and why does she pose a threat to national security?
Having failed in his mission, Robie needs to leave the scene fast. But it seems that he is not the only one who is on the run and in danger. On his escape from the city, he saves a young teenage girl from an unknown killer. She’s too scared to reveal her true identity and why, if indeed she knows, there are those who want her dead.
The police investigating the deaths start to take an interest in Robie. And he’s particularly attracting the attention of a tenacious female investigator who believes the two cases may be connected. Robie finds himself a fugitive in a dangerous position. Does he need to change sides to save lives – including his own?
“[A] spectacular entry into the hardcore action-adventure world…a tour de force of storytelling power and grace. Baldacci at his best, which is as good as it gets.” Providence Sunday Journal
“This is another great novel by a brilliant writer. Baldacci catches you from the very first page and grabs your attention until the last word. Read it.” Lincoln Journal Star (NE)
“Another action tale of espionage and betrayal from a master storyteller. Baldacci brings his unusual, distinctive skill in character development to portray people who seem very real, with a degree of unpredictability that advances this very clever plot.” The Free-Lance Star
“This book is a definite one-day, ‘edge-of-your-chair’ read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldaccis since Absolute Power, this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled.” Suspense Magazine
“Baldacci…crafts government-inspired thrillers like nobody else.” Inside Jersey
“The Innocent is Baldacci at his absolute best…Baldacci provides the reader a non-stop pulse pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat into the wee hours of the morning…Five Stars.” Examiner.com
“David Baldacci is still at the top of his game…He is a meticulous writer who blasts his plot into a million pieces yet is able to pull it back together before the final page is turned. [He] continutes to impress.” The Huffington Post
“The spine-chilling action begins on the first page and doesn’t let up until the last…The Innocent is not just a scary read; this is heart-stopping stuff!” BookReporter.com
“The reader wants for nothing: there are car chases and shootouts, snipers and moles, safe houses and digestible bio-transmitters…The tale starts at a blistering rate and accelerates through 100 short action-packed chapters…this is Baldacci back at his best.” The Times (London)