DC & David Baldacci: The book after the book signing

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Some of DC’s spectacular architecture. Image courtesy of td2, Morguefile.

What do you do when what you know is all turned around and you have someone younger than you to protect? And what do you do if you also happen to be a professional hit man for the government?

That quandary is what protagonist Will Robie faces in the book I’ve recently finished: The Innocent by David Baldacci. It’s a good thriller and packed with a lot of action to keep it lively. Accused of a mother-and-child murder he refused to commit, Robie is on the run from an enemy that keeps a step ahead of him and also becomes a virtual “dad” to a 14-year-old runaway whose parents were also murdered. I had a feeling I knew who the villain would be (no, I’m not telling) and I was proved right, but that’s the only tiny nitpick I had with the book. If they ever make it into a movie, I see actor Jason Statham playing Robie. It would fit.

I did like David’s use of local scenery, which he regularly does in his books. Like me, he’s in the Washington, DC metro area. And this time, he used my all-time favorite restaurant in DC, The Old Ebbitt Grill, as a setting for a meeting between Robie and another character. (*cheers and does the victory dance*) This historic restaurant near The White House is all dark carved wood, padded seats, oil paintings, antique-looking lighting, a spectacular atrium, and possibly a stray member of Congress (often, you’ll see him or her sitting alone with their entourage). Look for it in Google Images because their website photos just don’t do justice to the restaurant’s interior.

It gave me a funny feeling to read this book, since I’ve actually met this author. Last year, I attended a book signing of his last year when he was promoting this particular book. Now I’ve tweeted some authors from time to time on Twitter, letting them know how much I’ve enjoyed a book of theirs, but it feels different when you have a face-to-face meeting with somebody and read their book later.

During that book signing, David also spoke about a new series that he was developing with Shane Brennan of “NCIS”, but he didn’t give its name. But when “King & Maxwell” came on the air, I thought “Mystery solved!” since the characters’ names sounded familiar. (I’d read First Family, which features the same characters.)

So if you’re into action and mystery, I’d recommend this one as a good read. Enjoy.

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4 responses to “DC & David Baldacci: The book after the book signing

  1. There are three or four King and Maxwell books. I very much like the characters and though they don’t seem to be following the plot of any specific book, they seem to have the characters nicely framed. We enjoy the show and hope it stays on the air. I always thought those two would make a good TV show. I’ve been following Baldacci’s writing since his first book came out and it’s been fun watching him get more sophisticated with each new book. I love the one he wrote about growing up in the Appalachian mountains … It’s the one book into which I felt he really poured his heart. It’s beautiful. I wish I remembered the name, but it’s would be easy enough to find on Amazon or some other bookstore website. Thanks for the review!!

  2. Thank you for the great review. On the Food Channel they featured that D.C. restaurant and it was exactly as you wrote. Seemed to me to be a grand destination restaurant.
    I also like this author but I had difficulty reading the Appalachian setting book at first. I am not a professional in any capacity but that book seemed different than his other books. I did enjoy it.
    Happy end of summer to you.

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