“The Hit” by David Baldacci

4.5-Watertowers(Will Robie meets his match)

The government sometimes assassinates those who the U.S.A. does not want in power.

Jessica Reel is one of the best government assassins.  She is in an unspecified country all set up to kill an undesirable.  Doug Jacobs is her controller.  Thanks to technology, Doug is located several thousand miles away in Washington DC.  Doug is thankful that he can simply pack up and go home after the hit.

As the time ticks down for the hit Doug expects to see video of the assassination.   Three, two, one……boom.

Doug dies from a bullet shot from another building.

Jessica Reel is a suspect, and Will Robie (who is the only person close to Jessica’s skill level) is tasked with finding her.

Several days later, the #2 person at the CIA,  Jim Gelder, was ambushed on a Washington DC street and killed.  Then a Federal judge barely escapes some time later….the hit list is paring down.

Jessica nearly kills Will as well, but, thinks better of that tactic as she decides she might need his help later on.  The two of them play cat and mouse saving each others lives in the process.

Is Jessica trying to stop something bigger than Will and his employer, the Blue Man, realize?   You will have to read “The Hit” to find out.

Eventually, Will and Jessica team up….

“The Hit” is one of Baldacci’s best.  Thrilling and believable.

Here is a cool interview.

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