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In cold blood

Patrick Michael / 28 December 2012

The billionaire royalty who dreamed of a world without the stars and stripes i enjoying the spectacular view of Tangier from his high perch one minute and, in the next, he is dead.

One shot in the forehead by the agency’s expert marksman is all it takes. Grey matter, blood and bone tissue cover the once beautiful interiors and the world, according to the CIA, is rid of one more man suspected of 
kidnappings, torture, murder and bankrolling terrorist attacks in two countries resulting in the loss of over a hundred 
innocent lives.

             

For Will Robie, the assassin, it is just 
another trip. Just another hit. Just another kill-and-run job, one that he has made 
a career of in his dozen-odd years with the agency he works for. Killing is all he lives for. His employer decides who among the living and the breathing would qualify as a target, and then leaves it to Robie to end the living and breathing part. Only this time, though the planning and execution is perfect right down to the very last detail, it all goes horribly wrong and Robie is now on the run, with few places to run to — and even fewer to hide in.

But it isn’t just Robie who’s running for his life. Teenager Julie Getty, a precocious girl with a Mensa IQ and a razor-sharp mind of her own, is also on the run from the killers who murdered her parents.

Was Robie betrayed by his handler, or had the agency been infiltrated? Who wanted him and Julie dead and why? And is Robie, who’s been suffering pangs of guilt lately and deciding to hang up his rifle, as innocent as he looks? The mystery deepens with every page.

David Baldacci may not be in the genre of Le Carre but he sure knows how to del-iver the goods in fine style, when it comes to plotting page-turners that will have you sitting up and reading till the very last 
victim is in the crosshairs.

With 24 books behind him, every one of them a bestseller, Baldacci can easily give the Ludlums and Grishams of this world 
a run for their money, which is why he ranks high among the world’s best-selling thriller writers.

Like his previous novels, this one too is brilliantly plotted and it’s action from the very first shot. Baldacci knows how to get into the skin of his characters and make them come alive. He did it with Total Control, Absolute Power and Saving Faith, and he’s done it yet again with The Innocent.

The action is non-stop as Prince Talal, the desert fox of Saudi Arabia, plays hide and seek with Robie. Collateral damages be damned! Blue Man, his employer and head of the secret agency, is foxed by the turn of events as he desperately tries to find the mole who has infiltrated the organisation charged with protecting the country from terrorist attacks. Another 9/11 would be 
disastrous for the US and, worse, what if they get to the President?

There are thrills and spills aplenty as dead bodies turn up faster than you can count them. Can Robie, who is probing why the sanctioned hit went wrong, be trusted? And what has Julie got to do with it all and how are the killings of her parents tied in? Special Agent Nicole Vance, who is assigned to investigate the case, is convinced the two cases are connected but proving that is easier said than done and falling in love with Robie makes matters worse.

There are plots and sub-plots, sacrifices and betrayals, greed and power, sex, lies and videotapes that boil and bubble till it all ends with a shattering climax.

If you like thrill-a-minute potboilers, get this one. The characters are to die for.

patrick@khaleejtimes.com

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