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The Guilty by [Boutros, Gabriel]
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Editorial Reviews


"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."  
"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,
"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"
"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."

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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  • File Size: 1298 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By D. Roberts on 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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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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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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A perfect balance of description and events made this very easy to read - and hard to put down.

Generally, I don't like lawyers, though I do like the occasional legal thriller. I reached 16% on my Kindle when I decided that I hoped something horrible happened to Bratt, because I felt he was an incredibly conceited individual. I thought Nancy was far too nice to him at the time and I felt he thoroughly deserved his internal turmoil. Of course, then I read on in the hope that something horrible would happen. No, I don't do spoilers, so you'll have to read the book yourself if you wish to know if it did.

Every character is carefully constructed so they seem absolutely real. Perhaps that's why I felt a real urge to deflate Bratt when he seemed a little too full of himself.

The murder trial was the highlight of the book for me - reminding me why I read legal thrillers, for this one definitely delivered.

As in any good thriller, the end came as an unexpected surprise. For anyone who's fond of a legal thriller, I highly recommend it.

I would happily buy another book by this author - though I'd prefer it if the main character isn't Bratt.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
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