The Innocent by David Baldacci

The Innocent by David Baldacci Book Summary


America's best hitman was hired to kill--but when a D.C. government operation goes horribly wrong, he must rescue a teenage runaway and investigate her parents' murders in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller.

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 pull the trigger. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and is on the run.

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.

The Innocent Book Details

Book Name The Innocent
Genre Mysteries & Thrillers
Author David Baldacci
Published 17 April 2012, Tuesday
Price $9.99
E-Book Size 2.25 MB

The Innocent by David Baldacci Book Reviews

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Couldn’t stop reading. This book is masterfully written. The plot becomes a bit obvious concerning who the main other killer is but forgivable for how the story is told. Action fans may have a problem with how godly the main character’s skills are but it is evened out by other goings on. The obviousness of the story and the character development is only reason why hold back the fifth star. That being said, this is one of the better action novels I’ve read in a very long time.


The innocent. Excellent!!

Lauri from Cleveland

Good read. First by this author. Will read more. Liked the character "Will Robbie" and look forward to read his next one...


Captures your attention!. This page turner is so fluid, it's impossible to put down! Read this, and you will already be looking for Baldacci's next book!


The Innocent. This book had me captivated for a while. Then the plot got improbable, the characters got inconsistent and I only finished reading because I was hoping the author would redeem himself. Didn’t happen.


More Twist and Turns!. True to his writing, another “can’t put it down” book! I had stopped reading a few years back and seriously wanted to bring that back into my life. This guy was in my top 5 favs for intriguing excitement! It was no mistake, I’m back! Can’t wait to read the next one in this series. And I love that he does such a great job of building the character to such a level, you feel like you know him personally!


Such a great plot. Many twists and turns without being confusing. Everything ties together and I couldn’t put the book down. I had to lay out of work to finish it.

El Vato.

The Innocent. Much too predictable and the writing had a cadence like a Dragnet episode. Because I like Baldacci I read on, expecting the book to get better but it never did.


Kept me engrossed the whole time. I loved this book and could not put it down. The twists and turns in the storyline are great. Loved the characters. Will Robie is a decent guy and I really felt bad for the way he has chosen to live his life on one side but on the other he makes a difference every day he shows up for work. Love Julie’s character and her spunk reminds me of a friend of mine (also named Julie) and even super agent Vance. Yes, there are some things unlikely in the book but for me the pieces fit together and worked. I was completely engrossed in the book and that ultimately that’s what makes me give a book 5 stars.


The innocent keeps your attention. Twists and turns that you won't figure out until it is revealed.


Always has action. I'm very picky about the books I choose to read and this book made my top list. With an Assassin and the story taking place in a big city is just flawless. I am looking forward to reading more of the authors books.

Tim Williford

Very entertaining!. After reading The Last Mile, I searched for another book by David for me he is definitely 2 for 2!


Floyd4622. Amazing read! There were a couple of times I had to stop reading for a while. It was just so intense with the details of torture of Mercy I had to take a break. The other was pitting the sisters against each other. I have read nearly all The author’s books. A great talent for building his characters.

Teacher Jean

The Innocent. Believable characters and events...twists and turns that kept me guessing ! Very good contrast between the 3 female leads; and, I’m ready for more Robie!


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The Innocent. Best Baldacci novel yet!


Just awesome! Tender, loving, intriguing, confusing. Perfect!. Just awesome! Tender, loving, intriguing, confusing. Perfect for an awesome thriller!


Exceptional. Riveting and captivating. Could not wait to pick it up again (even after I just put it down).


Another book by a man who thinks women are used to further the storyline of men. I get tired of the whole pointless love interest that does nothing to further the plot and has a sex scene/romance in it for no reason. This book has quite a few main characters who are underdeveloped and poorly written. I enjoyed the plot for the first half of the book, but lost interest by the end.


Super Reading. GREAT read. Ending was exciting to the end. Thanks David.


Unrealistic. Love his books, but really a 14 year old..


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Grandma Merc

The innocents. One of the best I've read for awhile!


Slow start, great book.... Even though I felt like it started slow, it easily captivated enough to keep me reading through those nine chapters. I was happy to see they tied in more later in the book. I think he's my new favorite author, so the slow start obviously wast too bad! Going to buy the next book today!


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Superb. The characters were as complex as the storyline. Yet "Innocent" was an easy read. I was hooked from page one. I didn't think I would like a character more than Oliver Stone, but Baldacci has outdone himself. I actually just reread this novel in preparation for "the Hit." I almost never read a book more than once. "Outstanding and thought provoking"


Fast paced. Great story from many angles. Lots of twists and turns. Not predictable. Overall, a really enthralling read.


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"The Innocent". This is one of the best books I have ever read! I Love Will Robie!!! I will be reading more of this series!

Dan Vermilion

Please read it. One of the fastest moving, great story books I have ever read. I wanted it to end so I could understand all the plot twists but I didn't want it to end because it was so interesting. This is a really great book.


Innocent. Good read, enjoyed


Thrilling!. What an unbelievable read! Every chapter is truly captivating. This is a must read for thrill seekers!


Absolute Page Turner. I couldn’t put the book down. I was turned on to this series by reading the last book first, End Game. It really doesn’t matter which book you read first, as they do tie into one another, they all have different stories. I’ve read 3 out of the series in 13 days and do not plan to stop until I’ve read them all. David’s books are so thrilling that you cannot put them down.


The innocent. Type of book you just can't put down. You bond with the characters and put yourself right there with them. Can't wait for Will Robbie's next adventure.


Wow. Great read!! Just found this author. Fraid its gonna cost me. A bunch. This reader is not sorry one bit!! Keep em comin sir!

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The innocent. Great story line , writing style, and creative implementation of a combination of fact and fiction. I don't want to put your books down when I read them. Thanks for providing such intrigue and entertainment in such an easily accessible manner. Sandy


Simply great. I loved it! David is one of my all time favs. Good work on this one


The Innocent. What a page turner! Could not put this book down. Just picked up the second book in the series and can't wait to be submerged in Will Robie's world once again.


Good book. Baldacci does it again. Great book

Dixie Ricks

Great great. This was a fast paced book, really enjoyed the storyline.


Non-Stop. This is the best action, suspense, mystery type book I've read in I don't know when. I'm not well-educated on the ins and outs of being a government hit man, governments or government agencies, but it was all very believable to me. Also, it has so many layers and twists. Some authors would have made the story much simpler. When I began to think the plot was winding down, a whole new piece would enter. Can't wait to find out what happens to Robie next.


I’m sad.. I miss David Baldacci. Like Robert Ludlum, someone has clearly bought the Baldacci name.


Boo - only a great beginning. The rest of the book was an embarrassment. The storyline was stupid. A great assassin outsmarted by a 14 year old girl (over-and-over). Come on!


Good read. Enjoyed reading it


Worth a read.... Second or third Baldacci book I've read, first in this series...I'm a big Connelly/Silva fan, so I love this genre...overall, a worthwhile read, kept my interest and a good buildup to what was a fairly predictable end...the one thing that really bothered me was, without spoiling anything, I am not sure what 14 year olds Baldacci has spent time with, but as a middle school teacher, I can promise you that no 14 year old speaks in the dialogue this one did, even the smartest, most precocious ones! Other than that mild annoyance, I would recommend it, and I'm starting the second one in the series soon.


Fantastic!. Loved this book! Excellent story line that just gets better chapter by chapter with a great ending!


The Innocent. Grabbed me from chapter one and took me late into the night and one though the next day until I finished it. I just had to know what was going to happen next. The author has continued to write in a captivating style; one that keeps me wanting more. I have read many of his books and will continue to do so.


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The Innocent. This book was absolutely amazing. The beginning was very slow and the tension slowly started to build up. I will definitely get the next book in the Will Robie series. I highly recommend this book for everyone.


The Innocent. Awesome read, very suspenseful. Kept your attention throughout. It was very pleasureable not to have to read cuss words in every paragraph, really appreciate that.

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The innocent. I was very disappointed with this book. I found it quite boring. I have read a lot of books by this author but this one just didn't do it for me....


Outstanding Read. Congrats to one of my favorite authors. I can't imagine how any one can continually come up with such addictive reading on the same general theme, that of the world of law. Thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. Bravo Mr. Grisham, now take some time off, I need to get some sleep!


It was great!. It was a great read!


The Innocent. Excellent read. Could not put it down. Every chapter ended with anticipation for the next one.


Fabulous read. I could not put the book down.. Great book. The ending was a bit too fast but a well written book. It kept your attention from the first paragraph in Chapter 1.


The Innocent. Baldacci does it again……couldn't put the book down!!!


Disappointing. Long winded story that is very predictable and boring. Strike out on this one for baldacci.


The BEST!. I couldn’t put this one down. Great read!


Disappointed. Very disappointing. Boring and predicable story. Very long and drawn out.

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Great Book. I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were interesting and the story line moved along well. I hope Mr. Baldacci writes more books with character and even tries to develope the Julie character into her own series of books.


The Innocent. Convoluted, awkward, forced plot and shallow character development. Coincidences and improbabilities torque the narrative, which is not the best course for an action novel. If I wanted that, I'd read science fiction. By far not the author's best work.


Great book. Loved this book, very fun read. Not greatest ever but kept me engaged


Incredible book. I have heard of Baldacci but hadn't read any of his books. With a week-long holiday looming, I decided to get The Innocent and see if I liked it. It was fantastic. One of the few real "can't-put-it-down" type of books where you are drawn in from the very first page and stay hooked until the very last page. And talk about taking a totally unexpected turn at the end! Great book, great characters and a super fun read.


Fantastic read. Hard to put down. Haven't read a book this good since a very long time.


The Innocent. This book was awesome!!! David Baldacchi is an incredible spy thriller writer.. The best I have ever read.. Lots of research done and not a lot of fill in with over-descriptions, like so many other writers....You can't put it down!!!


Great Characters and plot twists!. Great Characters and plot twists! First book I've read from this author and I loved it. Could not put it down. Looking to reading more of his work.


The Innocent. This book was a great suspenseful ride from beginning to end. What was truly satisfying about the book was that the author gave closure to all events and especially all the characters by the end of the book. Well done!


Loved it. So happy to have a new exciting character like Will Robie. Looking forward to the next one due out 4/23!


The Innocent. Though all Baldacci's books are compelling, this one reaches another level. One of the best books I've read in a long, long time.


Great read!. Loved this book!


The Innocent. Started a little slow..... but Baldacci delivers again, with a plot that builds to an exciting climax.


Invigorating. Fantastic read from beginning to end. I couldn't put the book down! This is the formula for a true government thriller.


Don't get it.... Amazed at all the positive reviews....very predictable and unsatisfying read....just NOT an exciting story....


Great book!. I could not put this book down. The characters and the story as a whole are amazing. Looking forward to possibly encountering Will Robie again.


WOW!!" A Superb story!!! David Baldacci is definitely #1!. I couldn't put this story down, (but ALL David's book are this way) it grabbed you from the get-go and kept you on the edge of your chair all the way through to the end. I especially love the fact that David Baldacci can write a fabulous captivating story and not use vulgar language!! I appreciate that and I always recommend HIS books to co-workers, friends and family without apologizing or warning about rated R for Vulgarity. I hope there will be more of "Will Robie & Nicole Vance-FBI.


Good read. Loved this book worth the time and effort to read it. Would definitely recommend


The Innocent. Great..MJBB 8/12

Concerned and Affected

Great Read. A great book. A riveting story.


The Innocent. Excellent story! Drew me in early and did not let go.

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The Innocent. Great read, great character in Will Robie. Hope to see more of this character in future books. Worth your time.

Fun gal3

The Innocent. I didn't,t expect this! Thought it would be about Attorneys but it is not. It is a great thriller. Great book!

Gary Hughes

Great Read. I enjoyed this thoroughly!!!


Impossible to put down..... Awesome characters and story lines. Hope Robie is back in his next book.


Garbage. Cheesy fluff.


Warning!. You will not be able to put this book down! Once you start, nothing else will get down. So plan accordingly.


Great Read. Couldn't put it down. What a great read.


The Innocent. Loved this! Never read anything of David Baldacci's before but couldn't put this down. Started out slow for the first 20 minutes and then just kept getting better. Did not want to put the book down, I will be reading more of his books...great read!


The Innocent. Hope the characters continue, really enjoyed.


Great Book. Captivating story and well developed storyline. A real page turner.


Decent. Worth the time and money...


MUST READ. One of the best book ever.


The innocent. Great book. Couldn't put it down.


Great book. One of his best, great twists and turns. Original story idea makes it even better

Dean Woodcock

Great Read. Looking forward to the next one with this new character!

Lauri from Cleveland

Good read. First by this author. Will read more. Liked the character "Will Robbie" and look forward to read his next one...

Dino Brava

Good, not great.. This was my first Baldacci book and I enjoyed it but I never got really excited reading it. Nice pacing and interesting characters yet I never really cared all that much who lived or died......including the main characters. The book must have been pretty good because I just finished it and it is now 1:43 A.M. Ugh! I have to get up at 6:10 A.M. or work. Sweet dreams!


The Innocent. I could not put this book down from the moment I picked it up. The plot is spun so well I never figured it out until the main character actually spelled it out for me. Great book!


Amazed..... At all the positive reviews! When I got to the end, I considered it a waste of my time!


The Innocent. As usual, Beldacci does it again. An excellent book that I wish hadn't ended so fast. Could not put it down and I sincerely hope that Agent Will Robie is a continuing character in many more books. Thanks for a great ride!


Best book ever. This book has action and lots of weapons I know and my teacher said its a great book and for AR (accelerated readers) it's a 4.3 book level with 17.0 points

Kevin Murphy

Fantastic. Awesome read!! You won't be disappointed.

Robie one

Great book. Excellent quick read


Best read in a long time. Been missing the Ludlum of old....Balducci just renewed my enthusiasm !!


Terrible. Below par for this genre


Top 10. I'm an avid Vince Flynn, baldacci, lee child's,reader. This was seriously one of the best I've read. I really hope he stays with Robie character. Truly great.


Awesome Book. This a pure thrill page turner! Bravo!

Pdx reviewer

My favorite Baldacci novel!. Zero Day was kind of tedious and left me wondering if Baldacci was coasting. But wow The Innocent is hot. A fantastic thriller. Could barely put it down. Highly recommended. Hopefully Robie will be back!


Enjoyed it a lot. It was non predictable and had twists and turns and non stop action bravo


Great read. Can't wait for the sequel

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About Author "David Baldacci"

David Baldacci (born August 5, 1960) is an American novelist. An attorney by education, Baldacci writes mainly suspense novels and legal thrillers. Early life and education David Baldacci was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Henrico High School and earned a B.A. in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C. He is of Italian descent. Career Baldacci began writing stories as a child, when his mother gave him a notebook in which to record them. He wrote for more than two decades, penning short stories and later screenplays without much success.While practicing law, he turned to novel writing, taking three years to write Absolute Power. Published in 1996, it was sold internationally. To date, Baldacci has published 46 novels for adults as well as seven novels for younger readers. Personal life and philanthropy Baldacci r....

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