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The Guilty

Will Robie, Book 4
Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
Series: Will Robie, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9,915 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. His father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder.

Father and son haven't spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town. In that time, Dan Robie - a local attorney and pillar of the community - has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against Dan. His guilt is assumed.

To make matters worse, Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself. When Robie tries to help, his father responds only with anger and defiance. Could Dan really be guilty?

With the equally formidable Jessica Reel at his side, Robie ignores his father's wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, an outsider, a man who has forsaken his past and his family. His attempts to save his father are met with distrust and skepticism...and violence.

Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father's case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son. And this time there may be no escape for either of them.

©2015 David Baldacci (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 11-18-15

A fabulous next installment, Robbie &Reel are back

It's been a while since the last installment in one of my favorite series. In this novel, Robbie has performed a hit that has unintended consequences which setup his ability to execute on the story-line of interest. A storyline that includes his father. I really like the that we are getting more information and background on Robbie and Jessica in this book. Baldacci continues to deepen our understanding of the characters. In the last novel,circumstance was a touch contrived, not in this novel. The fiction was very believable.

Kyf Brewer is a new reader, a departure from the last four novels. I am alright with the performance. Perhaps I gave it one star lower because I object to this change. The judicious use of music to heighten the moment I find interesting and I appreciate.

This novel is less about the CIA than about Robbie and his background. Anyone enjoying thrillers will find this book interested. Will Robbie get his ju-ju back? What will Reel and he do? I give this a big thumbs up, it is worth the twelve hours of listening.

43 of 51 people found this review helpful

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Wanted Baldacci; got a bad Grisham impersonation

I've been a big fan of the Will Robie series, both book & audio, but The Guilty was a disappointment.

Story was less Will Robie, and more of a bad Grisham impersonation (Southern Crime/Legal drama).

Story was extremely predictable.

Audio reading of The Guilty was read by different actors/readers than previous book, The Target. In my opinion, it was not read as well.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Not up to Baldacci's standard

The story was very predictable and the dialog was forced. Performance was excellent given the material they had, but overall it's a generous 3 star title.

It was good to get done background on the characters, but this is not the type of fiction I've come to expect from Mr. Baldacci. I wouldn't say I'll never buy another, however a couple more of this questionable quality and I may reconsider.

Hope things get back on track soon.

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Surreal

I used to be a huge Baldacci fan and I keep hoping he will write stories like the early books but each time I try his latest release I am disappointed. The first 1/3 to 1/2 of this book is pretty good then it starts to get weird and the ending is just plane bizarre. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but really? it is just too weird who the enemy turns out to be. And tying all the ends together feels forced.or contrived. I recommend skipping this book because I think you will be disappointed with the ending, I was.

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Cannot believe I listened to the end.....

Best summary; stupid plot, stupid story, will hesitate to listen to future Roby books.Am still amazed at how ridiculous this book was.

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Who in the hell is rating this book 5 stars?

What did you like best about The Guilty? What did you like least?

Robie and Reel are now completely indistinguishable from King and Maxwell and I don't mean that comment to be flattering.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

Doubtful.

Which character – as performed by Kyf Brewer – was your favorite?

All the stereotypical Mississippians that say things like "yo herah 'cause of yo daddy?"

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

If you think Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a good actor then you will probably think this is a well written story with interesting characters.

Any additional comments?

The first few books in this series were pretty good. This is garbage. Robie has completely lost his edge and I find it absurd that the finest black-ops operators that the CIA employees are running around the deep south barely escaping encounters with everyday citizens. It's a cliche story with cliche characters. I was aggravated and couldn't wait till the book was over.

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Dumb!

The sociopathic twist at the end was ridiculous! Baldacci has and can write better than this.

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Very heavy

Although I liked getting background on Robie's past, it was heavy and depressing to hear.

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So convoluted!

Will Robey returns to Mississippi after a disastrous mission to be with his father, who he hadn't seen in 20 years, when he is arrested for murder. Sounds like a great plot right? And it is - until the story becomes almost laughably convoluted. Worse still is the plot is shockingly apparent. Of course the bodies pile up (not less than 18 by my count). Add incest, the FBI, obvious "family secrets" and, well, you get the idea.
So sad that a novel that starts off so intriguing ends up so bad.

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  • Jeff
  • North Bethesda, MD
  • 01-15-17

Fun diversion from international intrigue

While you do have to suspend some disbelief with this story (I mean honestly, how many bad things can happen to one guy?) this novel was a fun diversion from the globe spanning, government intrigue of the other novels. It is a story that explores the roots of the character and why he is who he is. After Robie took a back seat in the last novel, it was nice to see him coming back to center stage. While the typical Baldacci twist is way easy to see coming in this book, it is still a fun story that had me engaged all the way through. I am looking forward to the next Will Robie adventure again

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