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Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. His father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder.
Father and son haven't spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town. In that time, Dan Robie - a local attorney and pillar of the community - has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against Dan. His guilt is assumed.
To make matters worse, Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself. When Robie tries to help, his father responds only with anger and defiance. Could Dan really be guilty?
With the equally formidable Jessica Reel at his side, Robie ignores his father's wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, an outsider, a man who has forsaken his past and his family. His attempts to save his father are met with distrust and skepticism...and violence.
Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father's case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son. And this time there may be no escape for either of them.
©2015 David Baldacci (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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By GH on 11-18-15

A fabulous next installment, Robbie &Reel are back

It's been a while since the last installment in one of my favorite series. In this novel, Robbie has performed a hit that has unintended consequences which setup his ability to execute on the story-line of interest. A storyline that includes his father. I really like the that we are getting more information and background on Robbie and Jessica in this book. Baldacci continues to deepen our understanding of the characters. In the last novel,circumstance was a touch contrived, not in this novel. The fiction was very believable.

Kyf Brewer is a new reader, a departure from the last four novels. I am alright with the performance. Perhaps I gave it one star lower because I object to this change. The judicious use of music to heighten the moment I find interesting and I appreciate.

This novel is less about the CIA than about Robbie and his background. Anyone enjoying thrillers will find this book interested. Will Robbie get his ju-ju back? What will Reel and he do? I give this a big thumbs up, it is worth the twelve hours of listening.

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By sundog09 on 01-20-16

Another Outstanding Job by David!

I should first say that I am an unabashed fan of David Baldacci's writings. The stories and characters must fit my way of seeing life, however bizarre the tales may get. David's stories and The Guilty in particular, provide me with a complete diversion from my daily routine. I am swiftly captivated by the stories and I identify with the values of the protagonists. In The Guilty, for example, Will Robie and Jessica Reel, the novel's main characters, are smart, brave, daring, caring, loving, deductive and resourceful. These are all traits that I admire. The story was well crafted and Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy read it well with just the right inflections.

I have read some of the other reviews of this and other books by Mr. Baldacci and I appreciate other points of view. For some reason Baldacci doesn't do it for them. I get it. But for me, David Baldacci is the best story teller of his time. So count me in his corner. When I need to be lifted from my daily existence Baldacci always delivers...and The Guilty is well worth the time.

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