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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.
422 pages, Hardcover
First published April 17, 2012
Will Robie works for a secret clandestine US agency and is one of their top operatives. His life revolves around his job and missions and is portrayed as the perfect operative…..
His employer decided who among the living and breathing would qualify as a target. And then they turned to men like Robie to end the living and breathing part. It made the world better, was the justification.
The plot reminded me a bit of the movie, Leon: The Professional, where Jean Reno, a hit man, saves and helps his next door neighbor, a young girl, Natalie Portman, after she witnesses her parent’s murder and how she makes him a more humane person.
“Any spies work there? Doubtful. While lucrative, corn subsidies don't really get bad guys all that excited.”A great introduction to a new series and a strong, intriguing and likeable hero.
“He has twenty-nine friends, which isn't a lot, but I don't know how long he's been on Facebook either. And he's a really old guy.” “he's only fifty,” Vance pointed out. Julie shrugged. “Like I said, he's a really old guy.”
“You had to take life as it came. It gave no quarter, spared no feelings. Limited no pain. Put no ceiling on happiness.”