The Hit, David Baldacci’s latest thriller in his Will Robie spy series, is full of suspense and surprises right from the end of Chapter 1 through to the story’s conclusion. The CIA’s 2 top shooters are the main characters: Jessica Reel and Will Robie; the first, apparently a rogue agent gunning down high level CIA personnel, the latter, sent to bring her in or, preferably, kill her. Will’s handler is only known as the Blue Man. Is he a friend or one of the high-level conspirators engaged in an attempt to eliminate Arab leaders and cause global confusion? He certainly is in a position to be a suspect. Jessica’s handler is the first to go. Next is the Agency’s number 2 man. A highly placed judge is her next attempt but he’s ready for it and Robie can’t figure out the connection because he’s not being given all the available information from his own agency. Who can he trust?
Trying to learn more about Reel, Robie finds her hideaway cottage on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and almost incinerates since she has anticipated his move. The next time an attempt is made on his life, it’s made by so-called friends and Reel steps in to save him along with the replacement #2 who is putting together information about missing personnel, missing equipment, missing money, and missions that should never have happened. Is Reel rogue or on a personal mission which actually serves her country? Lots of red herrings and blind alleys in this story, a G8 conference in Ireland, an Arab leadership conference in Montreal, Canada, and even a shootout with freedom fighters in Arkansas. A fast, compelling read. One of Baldacci’s best.