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The Guilty

(Will Robie #4)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  34,920 ratings  ·  2,376 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
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Paperback, 593 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Pan Books (first published November 17th 2015)
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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…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)
Jacob W Perhaps there's an inciting incident that pulls him back in to his past job, it will be i teresting to find out!
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Bibi
Sep 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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’
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Wendy
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.
Rob1109
Nov 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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?

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
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Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Skip
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
Suzanne
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Monnie
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marla
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
Jean
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Mike French
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another 5 star novel in the Will Robbie series. Best to start at #1 if you have read any yet!
Chrissy
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
Katie
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
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Mackenzie
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matt
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandra
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.

❆ 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.
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
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.
Mahoghani 23
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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Donna
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This author is in my top 5 of favorite authors in this genre. I have enjoyed most of his books, especially this series. I love Will Robie and Jessica Reel. They are personable good guys which I'm a total sucker for.

I liked the humor in this one. It had me laughing out loud, which is frowned upon when I'm at work, but I couldn't help it. I also liked the dialogue in this one. The author does that well, as well as so many other things, like a great plot. This had some great twists. I thought I ha
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Una Tiers
The ease of the dialogue was enticing until I noticed all the characters spoke in the same fashion, with exception of the stereotypes. Many of the conversations are without plot or character meaning. Trying to twist and turn the plot, the author made the last quarter hard to read.
Hapzydeco
Starts off well; ends on a low note. Too many abusive subplots. Look forward to the return of the real Will Robie.
Linda Tucker
Jan 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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......
Craig Ferris
Jan 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rizwan
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a great murder mystery
সিআইএ-অযাসাসিন উইল রোবি জানে না সে কযানটরেল, মিসিসিপিতে আসলে কী করছে । ওর বাবা খুনের দায়ে গরেফতার হয়েছেন । তবে যে অতীতের সাথে গত ২২ বছর রোবির কোন যোগাযোগ ছিল না, তাতে তার তেমন কিছু যায়ও আসে না । কিনতু সরবশেষ মিশনে সে ভুল করে এক শিশুকে হতযা করে ফেলেছে, আর তারপর থেকেই তার ভেতরকার যাবতীয় অমীমাংসিত দবিধাদবনদবগুলো থেকে সে মুকত হতে পারছে না । তাই না চাইতেও সে নিজেকে আবিষকার করে তার ভুলে যাওয়া অতীতের মানসপট থেকে উঠে আসা গরামের বাড়িতে, ভয়ানক জটিল ও কুটিল এক জোড়া খুনের রহসযের জালে জড়িয়ে যেতে, যেখানের পরি ...more
kartik narayanan
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better and better. 'The Guilty' takes both the plot as well as Will Robie into uncharted territory. The pacing is excellent, the atmosphere great and as always every character is memorable. The ending was predictable though but that does not take away anything from the overall experience though. The closest parallel I can find for this book is True Detective season 1. Yup, you heard that right.

Great book and I had a blast reading it.

If you liked this review, you ca
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Tim
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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