The Guilty

David Baldacci ( began writing  stories as a child, when his mother gave him a notebook in which to record them.  He wrote for more than two decades, penning short stories and later screenplays  without much success. While practicing law, he turned to novel writing, taking  three years to write Absolute  Power. Published in 1996, it was an international bestseller. To date,  Baldacci has published over 30 works for adults and younger  readers. The Guilty is his latest thriller, and the fourth book in the Will Robie series.

The summary is as follows. Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not until the unimaginable occurs. His father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder.
Father and son haven’t spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left. In that time, Dan Robie – a local attorney and pillar of the community – has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against him. His guilt is assumed. To make matters worse, Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself. When Robie tries to help, his father responds only with anger and defiance. Could Dan really be guilty?

With the formidable Jessica Reel at his side, Robie ignores his father’s wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, an outsider, a man who has forsaken his past and his family. His attempts to save his father are met with distrust, skepticism…and violence.  Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father’s case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son. And this time there may be no escape for either of them.

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368 pages in Macmillan

First published 2015

ISBN  978-1447277552


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