"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." TBR, topbookreviewers.com
"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.