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The Guilty by David Baldacci

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Quite a beginning to this one as Will Robie, a professional top-grade sniper for the CIA, is waiting to get off his shot at an intended target. Although he has been doing this for some time he never actually knows who the target is or why that person is the target. He only knows what his orders are and he has always obeyed and then fulfilled his orders.

This one turns out differently and changes Robie’s life drastically. Yes, his shot is perfect and he hits and kills his target. However as he looks on from his perch he notices that behind his target was a young girl who was completely covered by the target until the bullet went through the target and right into the little girl’s head killing her also!

Robie does get away from the shooting area but he can’t get over the feeling of what he has done. His supervisor understands and tries to help out by not only helping to console him but also by granting some time off so he can get hopefully back together and return to his position.

But as it turns out on his next assignment Robie doesn’t take the shot because he believes he sees a small boy on the scene. Turns out there was no boy and Robie’s supervisor definitely decides it is time to give him a break.

His supervisor also tells him that they have gotten word that Robie’s dad, Dan Robie, has been charged with murder down in Mississippi. At first Robie doesn’t seem to care as he and his dad have not spoken since Robie left Mississippi some years ago and they were never overly friendly or close. But Baldacci uses the murder, etc. to move the story not only to Mississippi but also to move the story into a truly great read.

The Guilty (Will Robie series) by David Baldacci

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The GuiltyThis one has Will Robie, an ongoing government assassin in several of Baldacci’s books. And like the other Robie adventures this one is a really good adventure.

Starting out Robie, on another assignment, does his job and kills the target with one shot. However that shot goes through the target and kills the young daughter of the target also.

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This turn of events puts a real hiccup in Robie’s life. Because on his next assignment he cannot pull the trigger because he sees a small boy suddenly appear in front of his target. When he blinks the boy is gone as is the target because a standby had taken the shot. Robie knows and his supervisor also knows that he needs a break.