But Will Robie may have just made the first--and last--mistake of his career . . .
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.
What I liked: When the action starts, it starts with a bang, no pun intended. This story makes you think. I like that when I read a mystery/thriller. Nothing can be taken at face value. I enjoyed Will Robie's character. He has the cool head to think things through but there's a wee heart inside the assassin. The character that really grabbed me was Julie. You can't help but wonder how she's caught up in the whole mess. She also is very smart and street wise who's been forced to grow up too quickly.
I liked the idea that I couldn't figure out all the bad people. When I do, I lose some of my interest in the novel. It's a big puzzle that Robie needs to put together very quickly.
What I didn't like: I always seem to caveat what I didn't like when I come to this portion but here goes. I found the beginning to drag. I stuck with it though. It's another one of those cases where you need the information the author is providing. Again, once you get past that point, the story takes off.
I've not previously read anything by Mr. Baldacci and glad I decided to start here. Now I may go back and read some of his other novels.
The prices are reasonable for a top author whether it be Kindle, hard cover or paperback.