King of crime | Culture | Times Crest
Popular on Times Crest
  • In This Section
  • Entire Website
  • Specialise to succeed
    June 29, 2013
    Despite its sudden closure in 2006, Lotus Books lives on in dog-eared snippets of memory among a certain section of Mumbai readers.
  • Copy left and right?
    June 29, 2013
    Can the culture of copyright also be creatively crippling?
  • The great Khan of books
    June 29, 2013
    Founded by Balraj Bahri Malhotra in 1953, Bahrisons is a proud sentinel at the gateway of Delhi's Khan Market
More in this Section
Leaving tiger watching to raise rice Ecologist Debal Deb, who did his post-doctoral research from IISc in…
The crorepati writer He's the man who gives Big B his lines. RD Tailang, the writer of KBC.
Chennai-Toronto express Review Raja is a Canadian enthusiast whose quirky video reviews of Tamil…
Don't parrot, perform Maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta will hold a masterclass on ragas.
A man's man Shivananda Khan spent his life speaking up for men who have sex with men.
Bhowmick and the first family of Indian football At first glance, it would be the craziest set-up in professional football.
From Times Blogs
The end of Detroit
Jobs in Detroit's car factories are moving to India.
Chidanand Rajghatta
How I love the word ‘dobaara’...
Can ‘bindaas’ or ‘jhakaas’ survive transliteration?
Shobhaa De
Anand marte nahin...
India's first superstar died almost a lonely life.
Robin Roy
Baldacci's at his fast paced self

King of crime


The Innocent By David Baldacci Pan Macmillan, 420 pages Best Price: Rs 228 (35% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com

If David Baldacci changes his keyboard once a month, it shouldn't surprise anybody. The author, who has produced 15 number one bestsellers already, writes with such speed that his fans expect his next by the time they finish his latest novel. Why does Baldacci show no sign of slowing down ever? Firstly, and this bit is undeniable, he has lots of plots inside his head, each as gripping as the other. Secondly, his style of storytelling with its matter-of-factness - quite evidently doesn't require the sort of time patient crafting of prose does. What is undeniable, however, is that the author has millions of fans worldwide. That is the only relevant statistic for a bestselling writer that Baldacci is.
The Innocent is a fastpaced thriller. Will Robie, a professional assassin, does the dirty job of killing whenever an US agency asks him to. He asks no questions, expects no answers. Baldacci gets it right when he makes Robie perform two acts of ruthless killing in the beginning. One in Edinburgh where he knocks off a man in the human and drug trafficking business;another in Tangier where a Saudi prince who detests America is eliminated from the face of the earth.
The two episodes define Robie's nature of work. The pace is set without the consumption of too many pages. Robie's real problem begins when the prospect of completing his next assignment makes him uneasy. He falters at the crucial moment, unacceptable as it might be. As the plot proceeds with the sort of energy a thriller ought to, Robie bumps into a girl whose parents have been murdered. Once he decides to become the girl's protector, the larger story unfolds. The reality being far more complex and lethal than one is likely to imagine, getting to the heart of it is far from easy.
The Innocent's biggest triumph is that the reader ends up liking Robie who is, as Baldacci portrays him, an assassin with a conscience. The author manages to heighten the suspense as the narrative progresses, keeping the reader engrossed all through. Baldacci had set out to write a complete entertainer, and he succeeds. Now that he has one more bestseller in his kitty, he should be through with a new novel pretty soon.

Other Times Group news sites
The Times of India | The Economic Times
इकनॉमिक टाइम्स | ઈકોનોમિક ટાઈમ્સ
Mumbai Mirror | Times Now
Indiatimes | नवभारत टाइम्स
महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स
Living and entertainment
Timescity | iDiva | Bollywood | Zoom
| Technoholik |


itimes | Dating & Chat | Email
Hot on the Web
Book print ads | Online shopping | Business solutions | Book domains | Web hosting
Business email | Free SMS | Free email | Website design | CRM | Tenders | Remit
Cheap air tickets | Matrimonial | Ringtones | Astrology | Jobs | Property | Buy car
Online Deals
About us | Advertise with us | Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy | Privacy policy | Feedback
Copyright© 2010 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service