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Gabriel Boutros

Gabriel Boutros November 29, 2013
Gabriel Boutros

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Pen Name
Gabriel Boutros
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I'm married with two children. I practiced criminal law in Montreal for 24 years, and have been an avid reader all my life. Every so often I have given free rein to my creative muse by writing short stories, some of them good, some not so good. After many attempts, and more misses than hits, I've finally completed my first novel, "The Guilty," which, I'm proud to say, has received very positive reviews, both on GoodReads as well as
During the nearly quarter century that I was a defense attorney I saw many honest, ethical lawyers who worked hard to guarantee that anyone accused of a crime got a fair trial. These were honorable men and women who took their obligation to defend their clients to the best of their abilities very seriously. But, occasionally, I would meet a lawyer who would gladly cross the ethical line, as long as he, and his client, came out winners. And, sometimes, in the heat of battle, and under the pressures that a major trial can create, even some honest lawyers have made decisions that they later came to regret. In writing "The Guilty" I pictured the main character, Robert Bratt, a top-notch criminal lawyer, as someone who is essentially a good person, but whose need to win has led him to forget his inherent honesty, and driven him to do things that he wished he hadn't. This story is about how, after twenty years of doing whatever was needed in the defense of the most hardened criminals, he begins having conflicting feelings about himself and his profession, at the same time he is hired to defend a young gang member accused of a double-murder.
The book is loosely based on a multiple-murder that occurred in Montreal in the 1990s, and the story takes the reader into the inner workings of a murder trial to reveal what one lawyer must do when he has to defend "The Guilty."


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