The Innocent (Will Robie Series #1)

The Innocent (Will Robie Series #1)


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The Innocent (Will Robie Series #1) by David Baldacci, Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy

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 . . .
THE INNOCENT 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607885719
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Series: Will Robie Series , #1
Pages: 10
Sales rank: 251,042
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 5.66(h) x 1.49(d)

About the Author

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at and his foundation at, and to look into its program to spread books across America at


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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charlottesweb93 More than 1 year ago
David Baldacci still has got "it" when it comes to keeping the attention of his readers. His characters are complex, yet entirely likable. Even if they are cold blooded killers. There are some tender moments between Robie and Julie, but in general it is not a "warm fuzzy" kind of book. It is a heart pounding page turner and it is perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr Baldacci just gets better and better! I loved all the twists and turns. Don't miss this reading this one.
Sumrsafire More than 1 year ago
One of his best in a long time! Great characters, suspense and surprise twists. Highly recommend!
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
Will Robie be able to handle three women in his life? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read several of Baldacci's books before, but it has been a long time. I forget how thrilling and satisfying they can be. If you like thrill, relationships, romance, and non-stop action this book is for you. Will Robie kills for a living. He normally works alone, but finds himself in a situation that he is not able to be alone or risk someone innocent losing their life. He becomes a juggler at this point and hopes he is doing it right. Julie Getty is the first “woman” in his life. She is 14 and full of life. She's pretty smart for her age, not only school wise but street wise. She surprises Robie time and time again. Agent Vance is the older woman in his life who is in the same career field and respects what he is doing. They work side by side, but develop a close relationship. Annie Lambert is the sexy, seductress, neighbor. He finds himself caught up with her and wonders if it is okay. I loved the characters. Will Robie was portrayed as a tough, but sensitive at the right times male. He was smart and knew how to read what was going on. While it was difficult, he did allow the woman to work with and help him in the investigation. Julie Getty is a tough little cookie. What she went through and what she finds out in the end is amazing. She is portrayed as a very smart girl (intelligent), but she was also caring and forgiving. Agent Vance was your typical female cop, but didn’t over do the toughness to prove who she was. Baldacci was able to describe her a competent, but not overcompensating. She did learn to let her guard down a little. Don’t expect just thriller, suspense, and toughness in this book. Baldacci does add some humor along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Did not want to put it down, stayed up til 2AM to finish it. I know it is fiction but it certainly makes you wonder just how much is true! Of course my all time favorite of David Baldacci is Absolute Power!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ABSOLUTELY amazing. Was caught from the start. Mitch Rapp move over. Will Robie has arrived. Incredibly complicated maze. I felt Annie would be involved somehow but not quite in that way. Julies character was also a nice diversionary tactic. Read this. You wont be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of David Baldacci's books and I must say that this is his best to date. Great charecters - intricate plot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short sentences. Staccato writing. Like a machine gun. Eight words at a time. Never more. The entire book. It gets to be. Too much. Didn't make it. Past one hundred. Pages. And the story is not believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can picture this story as a blockbuster. This is one of the best Baldacci story I have read for a while. He showed his mastery again in scene-setting and did a great job with visual imagination. The role of Robie in all his interactions and the other characters in the novel show characterization came out well.The character of Robie reminds me of Gavin in the thriller Triple Agent Double Cross, who like Robie is in great shape but equally rugged and soft inside. Complicated though Robie is, his purpose is good. And since he is someone crosses the paths of evil people, the circumstances he finds himself in make him the hero he can not shy away from becoming in order to survive and stop the bad guys. In short, The Innocent is a story to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Baldacci book that I have read. Previously, I have read all of Vince Flynn's books and my wife suggested that I read The Innocent saying that I would like it based on my love of Flynn's books. Boy, was she right! I could easily see where Will Robie could challenge Mitch Rapp as a great assassin for the CIA. If you love intrigue, surprise turn's, and an ending that I would never have suspected, then this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfecto book. Gettin ready to read all of david baldaccis books. Love his corrupt government theme
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge David Baldacci fan since I read The Camel Club. He has consistently entertained me with his tales of Washington intrigue. So when I started reading The Innocent, I went into it with high expectations. You know what? Those expectations were met and exceeded. The Innocent is the first book in Baldacci’s Will Robie series. Robie is a government hitman who is very good at what he does. After he does not fulfill a contract, he has to go on the run, and gets saddled with a street smart teenaged girl after a bus explosion. Robie is then “hired” by a person he calls “The Blue Man” to figure out what was behind the hit he was supposed to fulfill by joining forces with the FBI. Not everything is as it seems, from every angle, and you sit there and wonder how everything will tie together. And then he does!!!!! The end result is a book with more twists, turns and loops to rival the most intense roller coaster ride and one that is more fulfilling than said ride. This is not the kind of book if you have other pressing things to do, because once you start you will not want to stop until you read the final word. 5 Stars out of 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
could not put this book down! Action never stopped
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I've read several David Baldacci's books and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Could not put it down. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I MEAN LOVED IT. I read this book in less than a day. I have sinse bought eight other books by him , and ordered book two of this book. It will be out on April 23rd I think..I love the way he writes, it grabes hold of you and you don't want to put it down. Butyou have to eat, watch kids, go to the bath room even if you don't want to. ( L O L). But I read every day and this was the first book I've read buy him. Clearly I love the way he writes to buy eight books and pre order book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and great storyline
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Should we always follow our beliefs? Will Robie was a sanctioned killer who was the best at what he did and walked away from each assignment with a clear conscious. The unidentified alphabet soup who decides the fate of everyone else pushes him into one situation he refuses to act on and sends him into hiding where fate, coincidence, or bad time connects him with Julie a kid on the run from her own enemy. It takes about 5 minutes to find that the same ghost is chasing them both from different directions with the same objective - to eliminate them. Will has no experience protecting anyone but himself and has no working knowledge of what to do with a kid. When you are getting a crash course in survival, you do or die trying and Julie is going to force him to let her help. She is smart enough to follow directions and eager to get back to a life she can control even knowing what has blown up her past. Julie's parents tried to do their best but in the end left her alone with a man she does not trust as her only ally. With shots fired that don’t hit their target, moles turning up everywhere, and will desperately trying to figure out who is the master manipulator with all the cash behind this game of chess. The one key to stopping the violence is figuring out whom the target really is and if the revenge meter has been set to stun or kill. The pace is fast, the details exacting, and the result of all their work scary. What Will and Julie uncover cannot only change the course of their lives but everyone that walks the planet as well. David Baldacci knows how to take the facts, write them into a work of genius that will keep the reader unable to put the book down. The twists and turns in THE INNOCENT are a masterful manipulation of fiction that comes so close to fact it if frightening.
kate413 More than 1 year ago
Once again Baldacci comes thru. Great story hope to read more of Robie, and as always hated when it was over.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
My opinion of David Baldacci novels varies. I found the Camel Club stories terrible and was glad when they ended. Mr. Baldacci can write, he just doesn't do it as well from book to book. The Innocent started out well-enough, but the introduction of the 14 year old was a big warning sign. A killer and a kid? That is not going to go well. And Baldacci did try to make her precocious enough to keep the irritant level down. But women in this story were hard to figure. Agent Vance got the short end of the stick, in my opinion. It's almost as if she was just there to be used. Any romantic interest that Robie had was for his curious neighbor, a pretty White House worker living in his building and becoming a romantic interest. Surely there is no story there, she's just a character introduced for a little sex appeal. But Baldacci apparently decided he had to up the ante, and big time assassination came into play. I didn't think it was the strong point of the novel, which made the book lose two stars. Well, one half was lost when the 14 year old entered the scene. But, I did read it all with moderate interest, and no one paid me to do so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Baldacci is a great writer and this book does not disappoint! I couldn't put this down! Such an interesting twist in this story to involve a teenager with the main character, who is an assasin. Love this book...could see a series easily with this great character!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent piece of writing! Keeps you captivated from the start! Once you pick it up, you will not put it down. The twists and turns keep you guessing until the end. It's a "must read"! Enjoy the experience!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages?
jesNH More than 1 year ago
David Baldacci does it again in this thriller with hired assasin, Will Robie. This book kept me mesmerized from start to finish with all the twists and turns and surprises. There are so many killings in the beginning that I was worried about anyone who came into contact with Will. The body count rose each time he was around. The author has created a fascinating character in Will Robie. He is a professional assasin who has a heart. He goes out of his way to protect the innocent in Book 1 while working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to solve multiple murders. None of which he is responsible for. A thoroughly enjoyable fast-paced thriller that would make a engrossing movie. I look forward to more books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...did not disappoint. Fast paced with outstanding plot twist