The Guilty (Will Robie Series #4)

The Guilty (Will Robie Series #4)

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by David Baldacci

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Will Robie is the government's most professional, disciplined, and lethal assassin. He infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world, defeats our enemies' advanced security measures, and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores.
But now, his skills have left him. Sent overseas on a critical assignment, he fails, unable to pull the trigger.


Will Robie is the government's most professional, disciplined, and lethal assassin. He infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world, defeats our enemies' advanced security measures, and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores.
But now, his skills have left him. Sent overseas on a critical assignment, he fails, unable to pull the trigger. Absent his talents, Robie is a man without a mission, and without a purpose.
To recover what he has lost, Robie must confront what he has tried to forget for over twenty years: his own past.
Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. His father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder.
Father and son haven't spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town. In that time, Dan Robie—a local attorney and pillar of the community—has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against Dan. His guilt is assumed.
To make matters worse, Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself. When Robie tries to help, his father responds only with anger and defiance. Could Dan really be guilty?
With the equally formidable Jessica Reel at his side, Robie ignores his father's wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, an outsider, a man who has forsaken his past and his family. His attempts to save his father are met with distrust and skepticism . . . and violence.
Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father's case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son. And this time, there may be no escape for either of them.

Editorial Reviews

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"Robie and Reel are complex characters, and anything they do is a pleasure to follow...Baldacci knows how to get readers to turn the pages, and he's in top form here."—Associated Press on The Target"

Brilliant use of language...vivid supporting characters and numerous sudden and unexpected plot twists...[Baldacci] doesn't let the action sag at any point...In [Chung-Cha], Mr. Baldacci has created one of his most memorable characters."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on The Target"

Baldacci has been on a hot streak for the past few years, and The Target continues the trend. This isn't a garden-variety thriller or even a garden-variety Baldacci. It's among his most exhilarating books yet."—Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Target"

Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series."—Associated Press on King and Maxwell"

David Baldacci's latest thriller is not only highly relevant, it is also well timed. And the details seem so real that it's hard not to wonder if the author is an insider; the tone is that authentic. An absolute page-turner, King and Maxwell is Baldacci at the pinnacle of his game."—"

Its pace is relentless, and Baldacci's reworking of his perennial theme - absolute power corrupts absolutely - gives the book a sense of urgency and cultural relevance that many thrillers lack."—Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Hit"

The best Baldacci novel in years...What makes The Hit live up to its title is the payoff at the novel's end. By then, Baldacci has planted an emotional hook that remains long after readers have turned the last page of the book."—Associated Press on The Hit"

Another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field."— on The Forgotten"

Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption. The narrative moves slowly, so the reader has a chance to solve the case along with Puller. It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies."—The Washington Post on The Forgotten

Library Journal
Third in the Will Robie series, The Target was a No. 1 New York Times best seller. Now the deadly CIA assassin is back for another round of bullets, though who knows what he will be doing next. With a 600,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
Will Robie Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 26.90(h) x 5.50(d)

Meet the Author

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, and have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at and his foundation at

Brief Biography

Northern Virginia
Date of Birth:
August 5, 1960
Place of Birth:
Richmond, VIrginia
B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986

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The Guilty 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all of the Will Robie books, this had a more personal touch. Awaiting the nrxt in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of David's books, all 30+ and this one held my attention throughout without disappointment. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like how the author balance a strong storyline with human frailties and make the character more believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another satisfying read by Baldacci. Great plot lines, character development and just enough twists to keep the pages turning! Here's hoping the next work sees the revival of the Camel Club!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book but then all of his books are good very readable keeps u going and wanting more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KEPT me reading I would figure out the guilty party, wrong person, until the last chapter.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Fast-paced, good characters, well-plotted. Hard to put down. What a ride! Will get the previous Robie & Reed books ("The Innocent", "The Hit" and "The Target"). Also enjoyed the altogether different "Wish You Well". Talented author. Wow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have liked his other books but not this one. Did not care for the perverted aspects of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Has you guessing ( who done it the entire way) While you may guess "who did it", the motive behind the killings is very interesting and complicated. Recommend this one!
1dachsmom 9 days ago
EXCELLENT READ!!!!! One of my favorite authors. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. Brilliant writing, suspense, twists and turns. Surprising ending to say the least. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! DO NOT MISS THIS ONE.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great characters and storyline.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I've loved all the Will Robie books but this one. The Guilty isn't bad, definitely did not see that ending, but it was slow and some bits just seemed totally irrelevant, but maybe that's just me. The personal nature was an interesting change of pace but never had the same excitement that the other books gave me
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Details of story and background, along with locale made it believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story makes you think about relationships and how they intertwine, thanks
1087786 More than 1 year ago
I don't often write reviews, but this book prompted me. A hugh fan of David Baldacci, and this I must say was one of his best. I enjoy this book immensely. Kept me interested from first to last page. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally hated this book. I loved most of David's books, but this one left me was boring, tedious and totally uninspired in my humble opinion. I actually disliked it so much that I doubt I'll buy another Baldacci book, and I've got ALL of his books to date....sorry to disappoint.
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pdickson More than 1 year ago
All I can say is "Excellant"!!
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goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic story with great characters!! Mr. Baldacchino never lets a reader down; excellence as usual. I highly recommend this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book!!! Baldacci scores again!!! Really holds your interest ... hard to put it down!