‘The Guilty’ is the 4th book in the Will Robie series by David Baldacci about a CIA black ops assassin.
Robie has succeeded in his latest mission, but in addition to killing his target, he has also killed a child. Now Robie is unable to attain the calmness and focus that he requires to carry out his missions.
At the same time, Robie has just found out that his father has been arrested and charged with murder. Will Robie left home at the age of 18 and hasn’t spoken with his father in more than 20 years.
Robie realises that he must go back and address his past in order to move forward.
Dan Robie has remarried – to a woman around Will’s age and they have a young son. But that is not the only change in the small Mississippi town of Cantrell. Dan doesn’t want to see Will and doesn’t want Will’s help in proving his innocence. But Will persists.
As Will starts to investigate, there are more deaths and some people seem intent on making Will Robie one of the deaths. Finding himself in an impossible situation he is relieved when his long term colleague and friend Jessica Reel saves him. Working together, they make a few wrong turns but eventually put together the pieces of the puzzle to find the murderer and prove Dan Robie’s innocence.
Finally Dan and Will are able to confront their past together.
I really enjoyed the character of Will Robie even though I have a problem with the whole idea of what he does for a living. Behind the killing machine he has a great heart for the people who need him.
Some of the other characters in this novel were also pretty good. I particularly liked little Billy and hope to see more of him in the future.
It is difficult to guess what else Baldacci will come up with to keep Will Robie interesting, but I look forward to finding out. Next in series is ‘End Game‘.
Book Published 2015