Monday, May 19, 2014

Review of The Innocent

Book #17. The Innocent, by David Baldacci. Unabridged audio.

Will Robie is the American government’s top assassin – they want someone killed, and he does it without question. Until one night they task him with killing a young mother and her child. He refuses, and is immediately on the run. Fleeing his employers, Robie crosses paths with teenage runaway Julie Getty, a fourteen-year-old girl who Robie needs to help.

As he learns about the girl, Robie becomes more and more convinced that she is at the center of a vast cover-up. He ends up working with an FBI agent to solve a string of related murders, and Robie has to determine exactly who he can trust.

There is a lot good about this series: the characters of Robie and Getty were well-drawn and their motivations clear, the plot is reasonable, and the ending is satisfactory. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

This is the first book in a new series from Baldacci, and I like this cast of characters. I see that there is potential for this series to grow into another Camel Club or King & Maxwell. I appreciate that Baldacci seems to be interested in creating new characters and scenarios, as opposed to relying on a single set of characters or a single “world” to write in.

As with all the King & Maxwell audio series, the audio is split between Ron McLarty (all male characters) and Orlagh Cassidy (all female characters). Both actors are able to bring distinct voices to the wide range of characters that each must portray.

source: public library

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