The Guilty

The Guilty

Paperback - 2016
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Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. 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 town. 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 Dan. 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 equally 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 and 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.
Published: London :, Pan Books,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781509816453
1509816453
Branch Call Number: F BAL
Characteristics: 593 pages ;,18 cm.

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bookpusher
Aug 07, 2018

This is second Robie book, and I've listened to both.....book 3 had an amazing male reader and book 4's reader was not great....I got used to him, but.....anyway, I enjoyed the book, yet I don't believe people change that much in 20 years that you don't recognize them....a little hokey

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cathydutka
Jul 20, 2016

Mr. Baldacci must have been under considerable pressure when it came to wrapping up this book. I am willing to suspend belief to some extent when enjoying fiction but the denouement of this book is beyond outrageous and certainly not worthy of a writer of his stature. Such a disappointment when I had read through the first 74 chapters with anxious anticipation.

agree with Happycanuck below. There could have been some great psychological tension in this novel but the plot was superficial. Nevertheless it is fast paced and there is satisfactory resolution, what one would expect from Baldacci

readerdick May 08, 2016

Disappointing.
After reading several Baldacci books this was unusual. It had an excellent story line and was the type of book that had you so hooked that you didn't want to put it down.
Then, after leading up to the last chapter, with "who don-nit" suspense it came unraveled and could have been written by a high school sophomore. Just a very weak ending.

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happycanuck
May 08, 2016

Well written with a good pace. There were too many scenarios that were so far fetched that they were insulting to the reader's intelligence.

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0007548100dmw
May 05, 2016

Another great Baldacci book.
One of the best novel writers today.

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writermala
Mar 07, 2016

This book started out with a killing. It set the tone for the whole book - violence with a capital V. Yet, one wants Will Robie to kill, to be able to kill. WIll Robie loses his ability and takes an absence from his job to head to Mississippi where his father stands accused of murder. Will has not seen his father in two decades and there are a lot of unresolved issues between the two men including emotional and physical abuse. Will and his partner set about systematically trying to find an alternate suspect. Will they be able to? Will there be a lot of violence? Well, the answers are presented really well and in a fascinating manner in "The Guilty." One of Baldacci's better books.

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Woodley
Mar 06, 2016

Baldacci gets James Patterson-y with this one, and it's a nice surprise. We get to see through Will Robie's eyes as a CIA assassin with guilt and PTSD, and the heartbroken son of a harsh father.

He and Jessica reel get chased by Mississippi backwoods yahoos, pursue a disturbing lead into a Gothic psych hospital, meet Will's little autistic stepbrother, and uncover a truly shocking pedophile ring.

But the last surprise will peel the hair off your head.

At times the book gets a bit TOO melodramatic, but that didn't stop me from staying up an hour past bedtime to finish it.

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Eil_1
Feb 24, 2016

Many good and poor reviews on this book. A challenge for Will and Jessica to determine the actual killer. Although not a nail-biting action thriller, it was an excellent read. Again, Baldacci created a winner. I had it on "hold", but found it in the Fast Lane at Oakville. It's also in the Fast Lane at other branches.

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claireswazey
Feb 14, 2016

Fun read but Baldacci and his editor don't seem to know the difference between stepbrother and half brother. If one's dad remarries and has a son, that child is a half brother. Jeez.

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