• The Guilty

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-17-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Will Robie is the government's most professional, disciplined, and lethal assassin. He infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world, defeats our enemies' advanced security measures, and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores.
But now his skills have left him. Sent overseas on a critical assignment, he fails, unable to pull the trigger. Absent his talents, Robie is a man without a mission and without a purpose.
To recover what he has lost, Robie must confront what he has tried to forget for over 20 years: his own past.
The Guilty
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.
©2015 David Baldacci (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Rusty on 11-20-15

Love Robie & Reel but Not the Plot

Book 4 started with an interesting twist, but I thought it went off the rails when Will Robie went back to his hometown in Mississippi to find out why his father was jailed for murder.

First I didn't understand why Will would have the burning desire to see his abusive father Dan after 20+ years with no contact. Although Will was surprised to discover he has a young step-mother and a 3 year old half-brother Ty (mistakenly referred to as a step brother), he was determined to help.

Will jumped into investigating the murder, which he did better than the police. The best scene of the book occurred when Reel dropped in to help Will - just love Jessica & her dry wit. The "murder mystery" was dark & dreary and the identity of the villains seemed contrived. Hard to believe that many violent sociopaths could grow up in 1 small town.

I disliked when Dan, a Vietnam vet, tried to explain why he routinely beat Will until he left home at 18. Excuse # 1 was that Dan's father was even more brutal and Excuse # 2 was his combat trauma, which didn't explain why Dan didn't abuse Ty. Dan claimed to care about Will, while never making an effort to find him and make amends.

I enjoyed the easy partnership between Will & Jessica and the fast moving action but thought the book needed more lighter moments.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Bonnie on 05-14-17

Way under par quality. Total disappointment.

The Guilty starts off with Will Robie returning to his childhood home in small town Mississippi because his father, with whom he has been estranged for years, is in jail for murder. He finds that he now has a step-mother and half-brother. There are interesting local characters and the plot is okay for the first half of the book. From there it goes down-hill. People start dying at a rapid rate, the plot takes impossible turns, and I began to wonder if it was written by Baldacci or a ghost writer.

The ending was far-fetched and ALL in the last chapter where the villain is revealed and the pieces are tied in a bow that is not so neat and totally unbelievable. I don't mind a surprise ending if you can look back and see how the threads came together but this is not the case.

The book was a total disappointment.

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