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The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

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The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

An eight-year old boy is found dead; a victim of a brutal murder on a local playground.  An eleven-year old boy, Sebastian, a neighbor, is accused of the crime.  Daniel Hunter, a man with a difficult childhood, is the solicitor for Sebastian.  Daniel’s past, and how he identifies with the situations his young clients find themselves in, weaves a thread throughout the arrest and trial of Sebastian.

There are two separate, yet related, storylines here.  First is the straightforward trial of Sebastian for the murder of his neighbor.  Second, is the story of Daniel’s childhood with Minnie, a foster parent who legally adopts him as a teenager.  The estrangement between Daniel and Minnie, wanting to know what went wrong in a relationship that saved Daniel from being one of the troubled kids he defends, is the real mystery at the center of this novel.

If you enjoyed Defending Jacobyou will find this a gripping read.  The courtroom drama is well written and the backstories really come to life.
By | 2017-05-08T19:47:51+00:00 May 8th, 2013|SCLSNJ Recommended Reads|
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