The Guilty by Gabriel Boutros
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Review: THE GUILTY by Gabriel Boutros
In an ironic example of life imitating art, the day prior to reading THE GUILTY, I pondered the description of "The Devil's Defender," the autobiography of John Henry Browne, the defense attorney who represented Ted Bundy and many others accused of heinous crimes. As I considered the ramifications of defending such individuals, I read THE GUILTY, in which a Montreal defense attorney finds himself pondering similarly. A man who self-admittedly cared nothing about witnesses (they're the prosecution's lookout) and lived only for triumph, yet eventually he enters into circumstances which impel him to reconsider his profession and his [lack of] principles.
Robert Bratt is not a character for whom I could develop any empathy. An arrogant egotist, he defended accused to acquittal, freeing some to reoffend. Of course, for Bratt, those clients (white-collar crime as well as rape and murder) paid him well "to do what he loved to do," which I guess made his clients only well-paying tools.
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