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.
Boring and cheesy
The innocent was a boring book that spent way too much time having the characters discuss what possibly was going on, only to have a "twist" at the end that the reader saw coming from about three hours in. It ties all the seemingly disjointed information together at the end with a debriefing, one of the easiest cop-outs in a thriller, and ends on the sappiest of notes. It seemed like a bad cop show and a bad spy novel got together and created a mediocre child. Speaking of children, the fact that an expert assassin allowed a 14-year-old girl tag along for most of his investigation into an obviously complex terrorist organization was insulting to my intelligenct. Also, Ron McLarty sounds like the guy who narrates the Boar's Head commercials. The entire time I was waiting for him to sell me a honey-baked ham. Not worth 7.5 hours of your time.