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The Guilty [Kindle Edition]

Gabriel Boutros
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Book Description

Robert Bratt is a lawyer who has always done whatever it took to win his cases. After twenty years of defending the most hardened criminals, many of whom he knew to be guilty, the only thing he can no longer do is look at himself in the mirror.

Loosely based on a multiple-murder that shocked Montreal in the 1990s, this riveting legal thriller pulls the reader into the inner workings of a murder trial, and reveals what one lawyer must do when he has to defend "The Guilty."


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"An absolute winner of a debut mystery novel! ...Author Boutros has a winner here. The novel was a page turner right from the start. With the use of wry humour, (defense lawyer) Robert Bratt's character and dialogue are believable. You sense the turmoil in Robert and want to hate him for what he does, but also feel sorry for his predicament. Boutros' writing style and pace are comparable to some bestselling authors I've read recently. You quickly realize that his personal experience in the Canadian judicial system brings a familiarity to the ins and outs of the courtroom action."  
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"A Brilliant Courtroom Drama...This book represents a brilliant courtroom drama and is brought alive by the creative skill of a formidable new author, and glued by the fact that Gabriel Boutros actually practiced criminal law for twenty-four years...I highly recommend this book as it not only successfully enacts a tense courtroom battle but also brings into play the hidden emotions of the main defence lawyer." Charles Bray, theindietribe.com
"The Guilty is completely captivating... The courtroom cross examinations are brilliant, the psychological insights are deep, the dialogues are sometimes shocking, sometimes sweet, often funny, no word is wasted and in the end all the issues are resolved.  Start this  most excellent book when you have time to read it through as you will not want to put it down" -Bookpleasures.com
"Gabriel Boutros demonstrates a true gift for his craft a a writer, right from the beginning, and manages to draw you into the story with consummate skill." Imagineerebooks.com

From the Author

I practiced criminal law for nearly a quarter of a century in Montreal. During that time I saw many honest, ethical lawyers who worked hard to guarantee that anyone accused of a crime got a fair trial. These were honorable men and women who took their obligation to defend their clients to the best of their abilities very seriously. But, occasionally, I would meet a lawyer who would gladly cross the ethical line, as long as he, and his client, came out winners. And, sometimes, in the heat of battle, and under the pressures that a major trial can create, even usually honest lawyers have made decisions that they later came to regret. In writing this book I pictured the main character, Robert Bratt, as someone who is essentially a good person, but whose need to win has led him to forget his inherent honesty, and driven him to do things that he wished he hadn't. This story is about how he deals with his conflicted feelings about himself, and about his profession, as he defends a young man accused of murder.

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  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This story felt Genuine July 20, 2013
Format:Paperback
The Guilty was my first court room drama. While many of the events take place in the courtroom, I would say that many of us face the same sort of internal conflict that Robert Bratt was dealing with, making this book very human. I enjoyed the personification of the court system and how all the players have to deal with one another.

The problems with performance for Bratt was never in the courtroom it was when he was trying to justify is professional life to the people who matter most. He watched as important relationships crumbled solely because he did his job too well. Being one of the best attorneys and able to walk the fine line of ethics v. law was a balancing act he had been able to manage for a long time. But as life changed so did his ability to walk that line.

The emotional conflict felt so real, the events felt real and the overall story was genuine in how people behave. I was able to appreciate the juxtaposition of his family life and professional life that made him dig really deep within himself to figure out which part of his life was going to win. He recognized that he was unable to continue as he was.

There were some times when the book was a little slow, but waiting for the reveal was worth it. The book was well-written and edited which I always appreciate.

For folks that like legal dramas I recommend this book. I think you will enjoy it. I certainly did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Guilty" is guilty of being a great read. May 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I haven't read a good courtroom drama in many, many years. I'd read Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent back in the early Nineties, and gave up before I made it half-way through his next novel. When John Grisham came along, I made it through three or four of his hollywood-esque legal thrillers, losing interest with each consecutive book. It is not that they were bad. They were exciting books that had little to do with the practice of law. I never really tried another legal thriller until I saw Gabriel Boutros' first novel The Guilty. Its promise of a defense attorney who can't look at himself in the mirror as he struggles to defend the guilty caught my attention. When I saw that Gabriel Boutros had spent twenty-four years as a lawyer in criminal law, I decided I would take a step back into the courtroom and see if it would be worth finding a seat in the juror's box.
Right away, I liked the opening scene. The novel is set in Montreal, Quebec, a city that is constantly dealing with its French/English duality. This added a nice flavor to the novel, though Boutros does a great job of not exploiting it for his plot. Instead, it is a background layer that provides just the right amount of character. We hear characters use French phrases now and then, but that's all. It adds just enough to give the novel a peculiar feel. As does the winter backdrop. Snow covers everything, characters must bundle up to brave the outside temperatures. Add it all together and Boutros has created a cold, slightly alien world. A perfect setting for the law.
As the story unfolded, I was quite pleased to see that the plot was going to stick with the courtroom. Too often a good crime drama ends up with car chases and intricate fist fights.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal and Gripping Debut Novel August 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
This is a debut novel by this Author, and the first courtroom drama that I have read in a very long time after becoming jaded by Baldacci and Grisham who seem to churn out cookie cutter books by the dozen now. However, after reading this, I am sure I've rediscovered my love for this genre and, if this Author keeps up this level of writing, he will be knocking the aforementioned two off their very high pedestal.

Right from the opening of this novel, the main male lead is anything but likeable; think of all those Lawyer jokes you've heard or told, and they all apply to him. He is the one that would give the shark a stomach ache. This `man' is arrogant, has no humanity about him whatsoever, and is not afraid to let anyone within earshot know that it's his way or the highway. He knows he is a clever and skilled Lawyer, and wants everyone to know this, whether they like it or not. As unlikable as he is, the reader is drawn to him to see why he became this way, if he will be redeemable and, if not, to have a ringside view when his demise and total ruin take place. This character does not have any Perry Mason or Ben Matlock qualities about him at all, and that is just fine; this is a gritty and disturbingly honest view of one reprehensible human being. The remaining cast of characters in this novel have just as much time invested in their development; there are those that you will love and those that really renew your faith in the human race; and then there are those like our lead who you would like to see locked away for a very long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh take on courtroom drama! May 10, 2013
By Marcus
Format:Paperback
After reading the author's bio, I've come to realize how the main character is him (in many ways). This gives this novel a personal, realistic feel that kept me turning the pages for days on end. In this day and age, it's rare to find a courtroom drama that offers anything new, but Mr. Boutros was able to give enough detail to be informative but not too much so that you're lost in the descriptions. The pace was strong and I will definitely be reading the next novel that this author releases!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a Great Read
I would probably give this 4.5. It was a very enjoyable book. It is realistic, full or surprises, and it held my attention from beginning to end. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Joann R. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thought-provoking Page-turner
Criminal defense lawyers walk a tightrope between vigorous representation of their clients and engaging in illegal or unethical conduct. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Charles Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, plot, keeps your attention
Great story, kept my attention
Published 1 month ago by Pamela R Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read...
Usually not sympathetic to the struggles of an attorney, even when it hits home, however I could not put this book down. Loved every page and chapter! Recommend!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story with Honest Characters
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My first reaction to main character Robert Bratt was instant dislike. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Purple Violin
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Courtroom Drama
Title: The Guilty
Author: Gabriel Boutros
Genre: Courtroom Drama
Length: 318 pages
Reviewer: Pearson Moore
Rating: 5 stars

Summary... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pearson Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Bristles with authenticity
I love a book which bristles with authenticity. The Guilty by Gabriel Boutros clearly showcases the author's real-life experience and this for me was its most outstanding feature. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marc Secchia
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty
I really liked this book! I love courtroom dramas and this was right up there with some of the best! Good editing is another plus!
Published 4 months ago by C. Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good legal drama
I enjoyed The Guilty. Readers might find the first couple chapters an info dump, with a lot of backstory and a characters in a short space of time, but by chapter 3 Boutros hits... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tony Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Brought to mind Dershowitz's The Advocate's Devil
Excellent issue of the advocate's devil. Dealing with some clients who are not likeable is, indeed, difficult for a lawyer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Johnson
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More About the Author

Gabriel Boutros has lived in Montreal for most of his life, and being a rabid fan of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team, could not imagine living anywhere else. He is married and the father of two boys, and practiced criminal law for 24 years. His legal thriller, "The Guilty," is available on Amazon, and he says:
"During my career as a defense attorney I saw many honest, ethical lawyers who worked hard to guarantee that anyone accused of a crime got a fair trial. These were honorable men and women who took their obligation to defend their clients to the best of their abilities very seriously. But, occasionally, I would meet a lawyer who would gladly cross the ethical line, as long as he, and his client, came out winners. And, sometimes, in the heat of battle, and under the pressures that a major trial can create, even some honest lawyers have made decisions that they later came to regret. In writing "The Guilty" I pictured the main character, Robert Bratt, a top-notch criminal lawyer, as someone who is essentially a good person, but whose need to win has led him to forget his inherent honesty, and driven him to do things that he wished he hadn't. This story is about how, after twenty years of doing whatever was needed in the defense of the most hardened criminals, he begins having conflicted feelings about himself and his profession, at the same time he is hired to defend a young gang member accused of a double-murder."
This book is loosely based on a multiple-murder in Montreal that Gabriel Boutros worked on in the 1990s, and the story takes the reader into the inner workings of a murder trial to reveal what one lawyer must do when he has to defend "The Guilty."

The website topbookreviewers.com has called The Guilty: "An absolute winner of a debut mystery novel."
Here's the review from their website:
"Robert Bratt is in trouble. Not with the law, but with his conscience. Robert is a celebrated Montreal criminal defence lawyer in author Gabriel Boutros's novel The Guilty. Winning is everything to Robert and he could care less if his client is guilty or not. He is a master at manipulating the truth to his advantage and his peers love him, but his daughter loathes him. The Guilty opens with Robert sitting on the sidelines for once, watching the rape trial of a former client. The man who allegedly raped his daughter's best friend Claire. Defending him was conflict of interest. Robert had already successfully acquitted him of rape once before. Robert is torn watching the trial as his protégé, Perron, uses every tactic Robert taught him to whittle down Claire on the witness stand. He is torn since his daughter can sense his enjoyment of the proceedings even though they are tragic. Robert starts down a slippery slope for the first time in his career because his conscience keeps interfering. Trouble compounds Robert's life as a double murder case is thrown into his lap of some young punk who Robert knows is guilty. Also, the homicide detective on the case is openly flirting with him. He starts sliding down the rabbit hole. Can he stop or will he push to win at all cost?

"Author Boutros has a winner here. The novel was a page turner right from the start. With the use of wry humour, Robert's character and dialogue are believable. You sense the turmoil in Robert and want to hate him for what he does, but also feel sorry for his predicament. There are many minor characters in the novel which flowed seamlessly in the story. Boutros writing style and pace are comparable to some bestselling authors I've read recently. You quickly realize that his personal experience in the Canadian judicial system brings a familiarity to the ins and outs of the courtroom action. The Guilty is Boutros's first novel. I can't wait to read his next one."

Also available on Kindle is an early novella from Gabriel Boutros, entitled "If I Should Die Before I Wake." It's the story of a mob accountant who goes on the run after ripping off his boss. The accountant is weak and afraid, like a rabbit being hunted by the mob's hit-man, who closes in on him relentlessly. In his dreams, though, it is the accountant who is the fearless hunter, and the hit-man his prey. As near-certain death approaches, the line between his dreams and reality become blurred. This story combines elements of The Twilight Zone with the best of hard-boiled crime fiction.

He is presently working on his latest novel, With My Last Breath, a dystopian vision of the not so distant future, due out in late 2014. You can read about this novel as well as his other fiction at: http://storiesbygabrielboutros.weebly.com/





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