The Hit is another spy
story featuring assassin Will Robie. As the story begins,
a man who is working with a sniper in the Middle East sits
at his desk in his Washington office waiting for the target
to get in place. The target is a radical who is trying to
take over the government of an American ally. Jessica Reel
is the shooter. At her handler’s order she goes radio
silent one minute before she takes the shot. When the shot
comes, the radical doesn’t fall, but Jessica’s
Then the number two man at the agency dies, again at the
hands of Jessica Reel. Why is she killing Agency employees?
That’s what Will Robie is supposed to find out, if he
can stay alive long enough. He and Jessica had trained together
and they had worked together on a few missions. Will Robie
is the best in the business, but Jessica is almost as good.
Though Robie is supposed to take her alive, he knows that
death will come to the first one of them to misread the situation.
But he wants to know why she’s turned on her employers
after years of flawless service.
This is David Baldacci at the top of his game. Will Robie
is a terrific assassin. He always gets his target. But, like
all human beings, he makes mistakes. Jessica Reel is just
as human, but, like Robie, her mistakes are few and far in
between. The plot on this story is always twisting and turning,
changing as often as the setting. The reading of Ron McLarty
is superb, his voice changing with each of his male characters.
Orlagh Cassidy has the female parts and her voice changes
to distinguish between each one. She is also superb. Listen
to The Hit and move once again into the shadowy world
of the well-paid government assassin.