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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (Oct. 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455519006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455519002
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] spectacular entry into the hardcore action-adventure world...a tour de force of storytelling power and grace. Baldacci at his best, which is as good as it gets."―Providence Sunday Journal

"This is another great novel by a brilliant writer. Baldacci catches you from the very first page and grabs your attention until the last word. Read it."―Lincoln Journal Star (NE)

"Another action tale of espionage and betrayal from a master storyteller. Baldacci brings his unusual, distinctive skill in character development to portray people who seem very real, with a degree of unpredictability that advances this very clever plot."―The Free-Lance Star

"Forget Fifty Shades of Grey--the page-turner of the season is The Innocent by David Baldacci...The reader wants for nothing: there are car chases and shootouts, snipers and moles, safe houses and digestible bio-transmitters...The tale starts at a blistering rate and accelerates through 100 short action-packed chapters...this is Baldacci back at his best."―The Times (London)

"This book is a definite one-day, 'edge-of-your-chair' read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldacci's since Absolute Power, this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled."―Suspense Magazine

"The Innocent is Baldacci at his absolute best...Baldacci provides the reader a non-stop pulse pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat into the wee hours of the morning...Five Stars."―

"David Baldacci is still at the top of his game...He is a meticulous writer who blasts his plot into a million pieces yet is able to pull it back together before the final page is turned. [He] continutes to impress."―The Huffington Post

"His dialog is succinct, direct, and hard-edged. His sense of place as complete as a tour guide's, the tension is a taut and beautifully maintained as a tightrope walkers, and the narration is top drawer. Baldacci is and continues to be one of the top hitters in the thriller genre working today."―

"Baldacci...crafts government-inspired thrillers like nobody else."―Inside Jersey

"The Innocent is....all-American, all-heart... a maze of bread-crumb clues keeping you riveted to the page as each precious minute ticks toward its deadly ultimatum ....His talent for weaving so many disparate and delicate strands into a perilous web of deception is masterful, resulting in a remarkable, intellectually satiating experience."―Everyday eBook

"The spine-chilling action begins on the first page and doesn't let up until the last...The Innocent is not just a scary read; this is heart-stopping stuff!"―

About the Author

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at and his foundation at

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 1 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous." -- Exodus 23:7 (NKJV)

I enjoyed this thriller by David Baldacci. He manages to add nuances to the usual clichés in the genre to craft a different kind of story where a government assassin finds himself facing ethical and emotional issues that he doesn't expect. While it's hardly a deep-character-development novel, Baldacci succeeds in making his characters interesting and attractive enough to keep you turning the pages.

While all thrillers are a bit near the top, if not over it, I found that this one contained elements that made it seem more realistic at times than most of the genre. That was due to careful plotting that I admired while reading the book . . . and even more after finishing it.

I also liked the way the plot twists were designed to reveal new clues concerning what is really going on.

If you've liked any earlier David Baldacci books, I think you'll like this one.

The book begins by establishing the solitary work of Will Robie in getting rid of the bad guys under difficult circumstances. After you are well into that, he comes to a hit that surprises him . . . and leads to some unexpected events. In the course of those events, he meets a runaway girl who attracts his protective instincts. In a role reversal, he ends up trying to look out for her while taking care of his own precarious business. It makes for some amusing scenes and sequences that humanize the thriller and increase its appeal.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By arkon on July 18 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book by Baldacci is one of the best he's ever written. It grabs you from the first page and continues to the last page. With so many twists and turns, it becomes almost impossibe to stop reading for a minute. Highly recommended and as good, if not better, than The Camel Club.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Innocent is an intense thrill ride from beginning to end. Baldacci introduces us to his newest hero, Will Robbie. This is the the first of a series based on this character. Robbie is a government hit man with a concience. He is betrayed by his handler and so the thrill ride begins.

Baldacci has done a good job of masking the story enough that you don't really know what's going on or who the real bad guys are. With about 100 pages to go I was able to start guessing where things were going. But, like with all action adventure novels it is the unraveling of the plot that makes it interesting and The Innocent unravels at a furious pace.

There is a little character development but this is not a sentimental novel nor are there political or religious undertones. The reader knows just enough about the characters to care about their fate with out getting bogged down in detail.

This was an exciting book with the perfect mix of character development, action and romance.
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This is the first of David Baldacci's books I have read. I like both his writing style and the development of his characters. As I have not yet completed the book, I will reserve judgment on whether the ending meets my expectations, but anticipate it will be as unpredictable as the story itself.
Will Robie may have just made the first — and last — mistake of his career.
It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie refuses to kill his target, and then becomes a target himself. His protection of a teenage girl, who is a run-away from a foster home and whose parents have been murdered are linked to the murder of several people. With the assistance of a DCIS detective, whose life is also at risk through association, they not only try to make some sense of the evidence, but also protect the life of the girl.
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By Te on Feb. 2 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I can picture this story as a blockbuster. The Innocent is one of the best Baldacci story I have read for a while. He showed his mastery again in scene-setting and did a great job with visual imagination. The role of Robie in all his interactions and the other characters in the novel show characterization came out well. The character of Robie reminds me of Gavin in the thriller Triple Agent, Double Cross, who like Robie, is in great shape but equally rugged and soft inside. Complicated though Robie is, his purpose is good. And since he is someone crosses the paths of evil people, the circumstances he finds himself in make him the hero he cannot shy away from becoming in order to survive and stop the bad guys. In short, The Innocent is a story to read.
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By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 17 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Ever since Absolute Power it seems as though Baldacci writes for the big screen. All the way through The Innocent it was if the chapters were scene blocks for a motion picture. By no means am I suggesting that it isn't entertaining as a book because it absolutely is. The plot went deeper than anticipated, the action was more visceral than expected and the characters worthy of connecting with (except some of their interactions were a bit sugary). He is the king of the vanilla-thrilla and I applaud his ascension to that throne, still, I believe he is going shock us all in a future effort where the thrills will be less formulaic and the originality will impress.
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Format: Paperback
A government hitman balks on the job; something just doesn't feel right.
His former handler disappears and the hit was determined a setup. But why?
Fleeing the scene, the hitman is now a target himself. He meets a teenage girl who's also on the run; and he engages the FBI to find the mole who has turned his work upside down.
I don't always like Baldacci's writing style. But I have to say he's a great storyteller, and I really like his development of characters in every book I read.
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