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The Guilty

(Will Robie #4)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  45,081 ratings  ·  2,852 reviews
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 tale
Hardcover, Large Print, 672 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing
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Anne This book is so different than the first three, that you will be able to read it without reading the first three. I have become used to reading any au…moreThis book is so different than the first three, that you will be able to read it without reading the first three. I have become used to reading any author's books in order, but this one is completely different than the usual Will Robie novel. It will give you some insight that you would not have if you had read the first three as Will Robie's personal family life was never revealed before.(less)
Arnold Kanarek Robie shows up in the last Decker book, and in an interview, the author said that Robie will meet Alpine.

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Sep 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Had I not read this book, I would never have believed Baldacci capable of supplanting Wish You Well as the most uninteresting-not to mention trite and arduous-book of his career. This was painful. Pace yourself by taking multiple breaks.
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
David Baldacci's "The Guilty" is the fourth in the exciting Will Robie series and even though I've read and loved the second and third, this is by far my favourite to date!
This story is unlike any other in the series due to the fact there is no government mission for Will and Jessica to undertake and no international conspiracy at work. Will learns that his estranged father has been arrested and charged with the murder of a man back in his home state of Mississippi. Knowing that Will needs to pu
Alex is The Romance Fox
The Guilty, 4th book in David Baldacci’s Will Robie Series, continues with the life of a government assassin that finds himself at a crossroad in his life. Will Robie’s past is having an emotional effect on his job and he will have to face it head-on before he can move forward with his life.

His last assignment, where he killed an innocent bystander has resulted in him questioning his capabilities and adding to his problems is that he’s been informed that his father, a former marine, who he hasn’
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Guilty

I love all of David Baldacci's series but this one is by far my favorite. The stories are always fast paced and enjoyable. I'm always waiting for the next book to be published.
Nov 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is a review I never imagine posting. It actually pains me to write this about someone who had once been one of my favorite authors.

There was a time when David Baldacci was my second favorite author. He slowly dropped from #2 but remained in my top 5. Then he dropped somewhere between 6 and 10.


Now I sadly can state I’m close to giving up on him completely. His novels have become formulaic. Characters interchangeable. It almost feels like he uses the same template—and then just inserts
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, thriller
You know I recently finished 2 "thrillers" that I rated fairly low mainly because they devolved from their "thriller roots" into stories about the personal lives of the protagonists.

Here Mr. Baldacci did the same thing...and drew me in so thoroughly that it kept me awake nights following the book and not wanting to put it down.

We've gotten to know Robie (along with his co-protagonist Jessica) by now and I guess that may make the difference. I mean if a TV series starts out and establishes itself
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 really. Another wonderful book from the Will Robie and Jessica Reel series. This time the setting is in small town USA. Being Robie's first home town visit in 22 years.
The book centre's on his going home because his boss advised him that his father (the local judge) was in jail. On a possible murder charge
Excellent main plot and sub plots.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The newest Will Robie novel was a little disappointing, at least for me. In killing a target, the bullet accidentally kills the target's daughter that was not supposed to be there, and he loses his edge. While home on rest leave, the Blue Man tells Will that his estranged father has been arrested for murder. Will returns to his Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi where he is mostly unwelcome despite his leading his high school football team to a state championship. He then works to solv ...more
As I first started reading the third book in the Will Robie series I was thinking 3 stars. I was enjoying it for the most part but it wasn't great. No wow moments. Basically this is the story of the past and present catching up. You can run away but you can never really escape.

Readers of other books in the series know that Robie is a government assassin. It should be mentioned at this point that another government assassin is Jessica Reel and that Robie and Reel often work together. They make a
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was by far my favorite Will Robie book in the series! I absolutely loved reading about Will’s family, hometown, and past. And the last few chapters were ridiculously crazy! It is great seeing how deep Jessica and his partnership gets from book to book. I actually really find them entertaining together and I’m glad it is continuing in the series. With Blue Man showing up at the end, it really just brings the whole working dynamic they all have together. I am thoroughly looking forward to rea ...more
Sean Peters
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Guilty is another tremendous entry in the best-selling thrillermaster’s increasingly impressive resume and the fourth instalment in the David Baldacci's Will Robie and with the added great character Reel.

Robie, a black ops CIA sniper, accidentally shoots a child while assassinating a corrupt foreign leader overseas. When he freezes on his next op, unable to pull the trigger, Robie’s handler pulls him out of the field and gives him an opportunity to get his head right. Meanwhile, Robie’s fath
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty awful as it turns out. The story kept me going even while being all over the place so it gets 1 added star for that. Strings of stories that made no sense that he pulls together at the very end into a simply horrific overdone ending. To make a thriller you have to highlight some of the world's proclivities but he felt compelled to use multiple awful things and I think it was unnecessary (such as the serial killer angle--this served NO purpose whatsoever). And he doesn't introduce them for ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Will Robie is a paid assassin, working for the U.S. government in extreme secrecy throughout the darkest and most dangerous places in the world. He is highly successful, disciplined and never misses his target. That is, until one fateful day when he chokes.

His secretive boss, Blue Man, puts him on leave; and because there's some evidence that his sudden change is rooted to unreserved issues from his childhood, he heads back to his old home in rural Cantrell, Mississippi to confront the people an
Mike French
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 star novel in the Will Robbie series. Best to start at #1 if you have read any yet!
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Will Robie series. This is another great installment to the series. You could probably read it as a stand alone but I think you need to start with book 1. This time Will's Dad is accused of murder and for the first time in 22 years Will is headed home to see if he can find out what is going on. He hasn't talked to his Dad since leaving after graduating from High School. Lots of things go wrong in the small Mississippi town and there is more going on than what you think. Lots of fast a ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
When I got this book, I thought it was a murder mystery novel. When I started reading it I was reading about a CIA sniper. My curiosity kept me reading and it did turn into a murder mystery.

The book is well written. The plot and subplots twisted about. The story is primarily dialogue driven. The characters are interesting and continue to develop during the story. I must say the ending was a complete surprise to me. If you enjoy a good mystery this book is for you.

I read this as a hard-back book.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
David Baldacci has become one of my favorite authors. He grabs me and holds on tight until the book is finished. This was a tough story. I really like his two readers in his books. Become quite attached to them and their most enjoyable voices. We've gotten to know Robie (along with his co-protagonist Jessica) by now and I guess that may make the difference. I mean if a TV series starts out and establishes itself and it's characters (ala N.C.I.S, C.S.I. etc) before we get our first "very special ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
In the latest novel in the Will Robie series, Baldacci takes an interesting approach with the cold-hearted assassin. After a mission goes awry, Robie begins to realise that he may have lost his edge. News that his father has been arrested and is awaiting trial for murder gives Robie the out he needs, sending him back to Cantrell, Mississippi. Robie has been away from his hometown for more than two decades, where some things have changed, but much remains just as stagnant as when he left. When Da ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
David Baldacci has again delivered a great read. I was so fortunate to receive an advance reader's copy through Goodreads giveaway.

I have read and enjoyed the other novels in the Will Robie series but felt this one gave the clearest insight into Robie's character. In many respects, it seems that finding a killer to be an honorable individual you could admire is counter intuitive. But Will Robie is indeed a admirable man.

There is action and twists galore. Baldacci always entertains and his books
❆ Crystal ❆
Wow... this just didn't seem like a David Baldacci novel. Nor did it seem like a Will Robie series. It really just missed the mark. Bummer. I hope he'll write more in the series and back to the magic of Will Robie the expert. ...more
N.N. Light
Another gem by David Baldacci! This one really stuck with me, even after I finished reading. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Song for summary: Dead and Gone by T.I.

This was the fourth instalment in the Will Robie series, and it did not disappoint! The characters were deceptive, lethal, and scarred; while the plot was an action-packed thriller full of corruption, murder, and ghosts from the past. This novel seemed much more emotional than the previous ones, as the story delves into the troubled history of the main character. Highly entertaining and suspenseful, The Guilty takes us on a nostalgic journey as a government
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, psycho
Actually more like a 3.5*, but Baldacci is Baldacci. So rounding up. Cause that man sure can write...

Will Robie goes back to his hometown, confronting his past and his father who has been accused of murder.

It was the twist ending, which I didn't see coming, but sort of had suspicions from the beginning, that made me squirm a little bit. A little bit of stretching my believe that the murderer had gone through so much trouble to make a point.

Oh well, on to the next book in the series.

Craig Ferris
Jan 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
About on par with a Scooby Doo mystery. I figured out the killer by page 50 and am ashamed to admit I finished the book. The plot was beyond ridiculous. The first three in the series were at least fast paced, entertaining reads. This was garbage start to finish.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
This wasn't as good as the first two books in the series, but I think I liked it a bit more than The Target. It was interesting to learn about Will's backstory and what drives him as a person. Will has a terrible event that occurs to him while he's on a job, and it causes some trauma that impacts his ability to do his job. Around the same time, he finds out that his father has been arrested for murder. Will has to go home to see if he can help his father, and so he does. Basically, the book is r ...more
Jeff Dickison
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A much better book than "True Blue", this goes back to Will Robie's roots. His Dad, who he never got along with, has been arrested and Will goes home to help him. There Will runs into many killers he has to dispose of in many different ways, plus he gets to kick a lot of bullies behinds. Pure escapist fare, but well done. As in almost all Baldacci stories there is a twist at the end. Unhappily I saw it coming from almost the beginning of the book. Recommended, especially for Will Robie fans. ...more
Linda Tucker
Jan 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
I can't believe this book was written by David Baldacci. I have long been an admirer of his work and have enjoyed his books. This one was way below his usual level of writing....this one seemed like a book written because he needed quick money. By the time I was halfway through the book, I wanted to kill all the characters myself! Just put them out of their misery...... ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Starts off well; ends on a low note. Too many abusive subplots. Look forward to the return of the real Will Robie.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
A tough story that deals with difficult life subjects. While interesting, I found the brutality and wasted deaths unfulfilling. As for believable, I won't even go there. 5 of 10 stars ...more
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Will Robie has to clear the issues in his head before he can continue his mission for the government. Then Blueman informs him that Will's father has been arrested for murder and Will returns to Cantrell, MS to clear his thoughts and see what's going on with his father and try to rectify his relationship with his dad.

The case against Dan Robie is flimsy but there are extenuating circumstances that places him at the scene of the crime. When Will gets in trouble, his partner, Jessica Reel joins hi
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David Baldacci has been writing since childhood, when his mother gave him a lined notebook in which to write down his stories. (Much later, when David thanked her for being the spark that ignited his writing career, she revealed that she’d given him the notebook to keep him quiet, "because every mom needs a break now and then.”) He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; it was subsequ ...more

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