The Guilty

The Guilty

Book - 2015
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When his father is charged with murder and refuses to do anything to prove his innocence, Will Robie returns as an outsider to his hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi--where is he is met with distrust--to conduct his own investigation.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455586424
1455586420
Characteristics: 420 pages ; 24 cm

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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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nitetraino
Jan 23, 2016

Long while dealing with tough subjects. The ending defies believability.

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