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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st Printing edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455521213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455521210
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,375 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The best Baldacci novel in years...What makes THE HIT live up to its title is the payoff at the novel's end. By then, Baldacci has planted an emotional hook that remains long after readers have turned the last page of the book."—Associated Press

"Its pace is relentless, and Baldacci's reworking of his perennial theme - absolute power corrupts absolutely - gives the book a sense of urgency and cultural relevance that many thrillers lack."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Baldacci keeps the tension engrossing read, fast paced and action packed. It's another winner from this master of the thriller genre."—

"With a lightning pace, captivating characters, and astonishing twists throughout, THE HIT is guaranteed to keep your attention from the first page to the last."—The Times-News (NC)

"Page-turning, pulse-racing action, with surprises and thrills galore. Or as a one-word review: Mesmerizing."—Deseret News

"Warning: If you plan to crack this thriller at poolside or on the beach, apply sunscreen before opening. Baldacci's a master at creating tense espionage and confrontations with lots of fire power, and you'll lose yourself in THE HIT."—The Star-Ledger

"The Innocent is Baldacci at his absolute best...Baldacci provides the reader a non-stop pulse pounding ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat into the wee hours of the morning...Five Stars."—

"This book is a definite one-day, 'edge-of-your-chair' read, with an ending that is a complete surprise. One of the best Baldacci's since Absolute Power, this is one that will have all suspense readers enthralled."—Suspense Magazine on The Innocent

"Readers expect excitement and intrigue in David Baldacci's books, and Zero Day is no exception...As Baldacci's new hero narrowly escapes countless close calls, the pairing of the author's imagination and knowledge create a wild ride for the reader. Puller is gutsy, brash and likable. Best of all, he survives to reappear in the next book of this new series."—The Free-Lance Star on Zero Day

"Zero Day is a nifty, paranoid thriller disguised as a murder mystery, and Baldacci advances it at a speedy clip with a nice mix of intrigue, tantalizing clues and the occasional explosion...Baldacci's books are fast-paced battles between good and evil."—Richmond Times Dispatch on Zero Day

"A complex puzzle . . . Baldacci is a master craftsman."—Associated Press on The Sixth Man

About the Author

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at and his foundation at

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David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, ABSOLUTE POWER. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 27 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published four novels for children.

David received his Bachelor's degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family's Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and used books have been collected and distributed via area food banks.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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Interesting plot...well developed story...enjoyed the development of the characters..
Richard Omel
Because I have read all of his books and they are all very action packed and keep you turning the pages until You get to the end.
The background of this story seems so well researched that it reads like a non-fiction with dialogue.
R Wilcox

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182 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"The Hit" is David Baldacci at his brilliant best - a page turning action thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat right through to the very end.

Once again we meet Will Robie (from "The Innocent"), a larger than life cold-blooded professional killer for the US government. Robie is given his hardest and most dangerous assignment yet - to hunt down and eliminate rogue fellow assassin Jessica Reel who has killed her handler and is systematically killing associates. Reel is especially deadly because she is almost Robie's match as a professional killer.

His thoughts on the assignment are simple - "Sending a killer to catch a killer actually made sense. We talk a different language and we see the world through a separate prism that no one else could possibly understand....So Reel dead, or me. It really was that simple. And also that complicated."

As with most of Baldacci's stories, nothing is as it seems and the plot has more exciting twists and turns than a fast paced game of snakes and ladders and nobody can be trusted. Along the way Robie encounters booby traps, firebombs, ambushes and big games of double-cross and conspiracy.

Over the years Baldacci has built an enviable collection of amazing characters and Will Robie is amongst the best, especially because at rare times he does show some signs of humanity and trust in others. Robie painfully reflects on the conflict between being a killer and being a human being. "The only problem is, I can't be both". As you get to know her, Jessica Reel is another complex and compelling character.

This book is David Baldacci at his best with great actions and characters. Highly recommended - it will keep you guessing to the end so sit back and make time to read this book because once you are hooked it will be hard to put down.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By E. Piper on June 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read many of the reviews written about this book and just can't agree with the people who gave it five stars. I love David Baldacci's books and have enjoyed most of them but this one was predictable and just didn't grab me. The opening scene got my attention and led me to believe that it was going to be another Will Robie page turner however, it fell flat after that. I continued to read hoping that it would pick up, which it did, somewhere around the middle of the book. It was, indeed, full of twists and turns but was still predictable with flat characters and boring dialogue. Will I buy the next Baldacci book? Yes, because this author is capable of writing wonderful novels - just look at the Camel Club series and the two previous novels featuring Will Robie.
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139 of 172 people found the following review helpful By RJPP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
THE HIT is the second book in the Will Robie Assassin series after The Innocent and is another well-written, captivating thriller that grabs the reader's attention and won't let go until the very end. Then it becomes a memorable story you won't forget any time soon.

When the U.S. Government needs a black op commissioned to rid the world of undesirables and threats, they call on their number 1 hitman, Will Robie. He is effective, deadly and will leave no trace back to him or his handler, the Government. Enter Jessica Reel, a fellow agent; lethal assassin also, nearly as good as Will, and has just gone rogue. Will's instructions are clear - remove the threat of this rogue agent by any and all means, dead or alive, they want her out of commission, permanently.

But there are two sides to every story. Has Jessica really gone rogue, or has someone high up in Government made it look like she's a threat? Things are not what they appear at first glance.

The author takes the reader on a gripping ride with more twists and turns than a snake on speed. A fast-paced, action thriller that I highly recommend.

Bestselling author,
RJ Parker
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michele E. Davis on July 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
THE HIT is the second book in the Will Robie Assassin series after The Innocent. I could barely get through The Innocent. I saw a David Baldacci book at the airport before I left for London. On the flight I started The Shining Girls, and read all three of Lauren Beukes' books by the time we were flying back to the states. The husband picked up some Baldacci for my Kindle while in London, so on the day flight back, I started THE HIT.

It begins by pedantically explaining how the U.S. Government needs hit men and women for black ops assassinations, which is really just murder for hire. Not a leap, as other books have had the same premise, and we are now living in the post Edward Snowden America. An America where even our library book borrowing history was gathered by GWB's administration, so why would BHO's administration be any better? These assassins, specifically Will Robie and Jessica Reel, supposedly have deep-seeded issues that make them the perfect killing machines to rid America of undesirables and threats in our own, and other countries.

Will Robie is the de facto killing machine, and he is sent after Reel when it is discovered that she killed one of their operatives. Robie blithely follows what "Blue Man" and his other superiors tell him to do, hunting down Reel. But there are two sides to every story. Has Jessica really gone rogue, or has someone high up in Government made it look like she's a threat? Then it starts to become droll. Reel is actually fighting a systemic internal problem that is all about preserving the end of the world as we know it, for the rich. A think-tank employee, and what actually reliable papers come out of a think tank?!, turned middle-of-nowhere conspiracy theorist with a militia, is tracked down by Reel because of a paper he wrote.
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