Guilty

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One cold November night when Kat Kominski was fifteen years old, she and some friends held up a convenience store. In the heat of the moment, one of the others shot and killed an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard. Kat and her pals fled the scene in a panic, and no one was caught.

Thirteen years later, Kat - now Kate White - has built a new life for herself. Now a single mom with a nine-year-old son, she works as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia DA’s office. But her ...

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Overview

One cold November night when Kat Kominski was fifteen years old, she and some friends held up a convenience store. In the heat of the moment, one of the others shot and killed an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard. Kat and her pals fled the scene in a panic, and no one was caught.

Thirteen years later, Kat - now Kate White - has built a new life for herself. Now a single mom with a nine-year-old son, she works as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia DA’s office. But her dark past returns to haunt her when she walks into court one day and has a devastating encounter with a prisoner, Mario Castellanos, one of her companions from that terrible night.

Hardcore criminal Mario is facing a possible sentence of twenty years. He lets Kate know that he is counting on her, his old friend turned prosecutor, to make sure he goes free instead. If Kate doesn’t do what he wants, he’ll claim she was the one who killed the off-duty cop.

Kate is in a bind: If the truth about her past gets out, she stands to lose everything, including her son. But she can’t do what Mario wants, either. As Mario ups his demands, blackmailing and terrorizing her, she is forced to turn for protection to a sexy homicide detective, Tom Braga, who suspects her of…something. The two clash repeatedly as Tom keeps digging into her past, trying to learn the truth.

Then another, far more menacing, threat rears its head, and Kate realizes that her life - and her son’s - are in terrible danger. Frantic, she sees that she has nowhere to turn. Except, maybe, to Tom….

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In this scintillating romantic thriller from bestseller Robards (Obsession), Kate White, a single mother and Philadelphia ADA, is embarrassed in court when her cellphone goes off during a trial. Just then the defendantA pulls out a pistol and starts shooting, killing the judge. The terror-stricken Kate fears for her life and the future of her young son, Ben, should she die in the melee. After being taken hostage, Kate escapes, supposedly by killing her captor. Kate soon discovers that her past as a troubled foster child has caught up to her. Someone tries to break into her home, while someone else follows her, threatening her and Ben. Det. Tom Braga, who investigates the courtroom shooting, is firmly convinced that Kate didn't kill her captor. Kate's vulnerability appeals to Tom's protective nature, drawing the pair together in a heated affair. Robards once again shows her flair for coupling first-rate suspense with multidimensional characters. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594133442
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/20/2009
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 590
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Robards is the author of more than thirty novels, most recently the New York Times bestseller Pursuit. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    Riveting nonstop suspense

    In Karen Robard's latest Guilty, you meet up and coming ADA Kate White and super cop homicide detective Tom Braga. Kate has lots of secrets and Tom wants to uncover them all because some of them may kill her. This book is nonstop, action, seduction,suspense just name your favorite verb. It's keep you on the edge of your seat spine tingling reading. This is definitely a must read for all you lovers of great romantic suspense.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Riveting

    Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Kate White prosecutes her first case in court when embarrassingly her cellphone chimes. Judge Michael Moran ¿the moron¿ tells her to shut it now Kate worries her young son Ben needs her when the shots are fired by the defendant ¿Little¿ Julie Soto. Moran is dead with his head blown off and two other prisoners join in the melee. Soto abducts Kate to allegedly use as a hostage while escaping.-------------- Kate manages to escape while believing she killed Soto in doing so. However, she is not free as someone stalks her and Ben even breaking into their home. Philadelphia Police Detective Tom Braga leads the official investigation into the courtroom murder and its aftermath. He thinks Kate¿s escape was planned by her captors and that Soto lives. As he tries to keep the single mom and her son safe, Tom begins to connect the dots leading back to when 1994 Baltimore when fifteen years old Katrina Kominski was part of the foster care system.----------- This exciting urban thriller works because the audience believes that fully developed Kate and Ben are in deep trouble, and that Tom feels a deep need to protect them from Soto and who knows who else. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Kate¿s cellphone rings a Pussycat Dolls tune and never slows down until the final biting confrontation. Karen Robards provides a strong entertaining romantic suspense.----------- Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

    Great

    I have read all of Karen Robards books. I found this one extremely good. I like the suspense build up to the end. Try Karen Robards and I don't think you will be disapointed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

    GUILTY BY KAREN ROBARDS

    This book had a lot of twists and turns which made it very interesting. The plot was very believable. I would definitely buy more books by Karen Robards.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Intense

    This book starts off with a bang and never lets up. The plot is very interesting and it keeps you hooked.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

    Boring!

    The first part is fantastic but it seems to go on way too long without much happening. I found myself very irritated at the main character.
    I just found it going way too slowly for my taste and not at all typical of Karen Robards' other books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    gripping

    If you like thriller and pageturner, then you don't want to miss this one. It grabs you right from the getgo. Nice weekend or day at the beach book. No way to put this down

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    Excellent read

    A real page turner, it grabbed you in the beginning and didn't let go. What a terrible bind Kate White found herself in when faced with her past. I finished this book in one day, couldn't wait to get to the ending. Intense all the way. A must read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Another great book from Karen Robards!

    I love all of Karen Robards books and this one is another excellent book from her. I could hardly put it down. I consider myself very picky when it comes to reading Romantic Suspense because I've read so many. 'Guilty' is one of the best. It is definitely a keeper and I would recommend it to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Average

    Very formulaic, stereotypical characterization, played plot...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Japc

    I read about 200 books a year. This is by far one of the worst books I have ever read. Silly, unrealistic, with a lead character that is more annoying then interesting. 5 years out of my life that I will never get back!!!!! Can I rate this no stars?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Annoying

    This book simply annoyed me. The main character was supposed to be an intelligent, competent woman who made a life for herself in spite of a terrible childhood. And yet, the author has the "heroine" making one bad decision after another. Worse than that - although the heroine is supposed to be an attorney, a prosecutor - these bad decisions involve aiding and abetting criminals while hiding the truth from law enforcement. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who likes the main characters to be likeable and honest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    I loved it. I loved the characters both the hero and the heroin

    I loved it. I loved the characters both the hero and the heroine. The story was great and was filled with excitement. It was a fast and awesome read. I must read for people that love mystery and romance.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    CD/Unabridged/Romance: This book was so bad. Surprisingly bad

    CD/Unabridged/Romance: This book was so bad. Surprisingly bad. And after everything was said and done, our heroine isn't punished for being complicit in a murder.

    Here are my updates from Goodreads:

    03/13
    10.0% "I'm just about done with the first disc and I am already seeing problems. Our "smart" heroine is in debt for $100K in college loans,only to get a paycheck-to-paycheck job? Really? Were you a C student? For a $100K, you should have gotten into a different branch of law!"
    03/13
    10.0% "Then there was the cliche "talking toddler in the courthouse gallery" during an all day assault trial. Really? Who does that?"
    03/14
    10.0% "On disc 2 and police procedure was thrown out the window. Letting civilians, including paramedics and reporters into a unsecured crime scene? Seriously? And Kate can take her briefcase out of the crime scene? NO! It is evidence at a crime scene now. Kate, as an officer of the court you should damn well know that."
    03/18
    20.0% "Middle of disc #3: So you're telling me you had all that tragic drama you witnessed and you can sit in a car and have a calm heart-to-heart with your 4 grader? Seriously?"
    03/31
    70.0% "Disc 8: Dude uses the "dead baby card" to get the chick in bed...and doesn't use a condom! For someone who doesn't want a commitment and doesn't trust her, he just made a potential 18-year mistake. And another thing, [paraphrasing] "You can tell me what's in your juvenile record or I'll just get a warrant." Dude, get a warrant! She lies like a dog!"
    04/01
    80.0% "Stop listening to her. She is a liar."
    04/02
    80.0% "Disc 10: Rolled my eyes so high, I almost got them stuck. You can't get DNA results in ONE DAY no matter what your pull is. Give me a break."


    Skip it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Alyssa

    Awsome book! Finished it in 2 days! I could not put this book
    down.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Good read!

    Great story line! Lots of excitement!

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Decent book

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    Guilty - Karen Robards

    If you want to a book that captures your interest, this is the book. The characters in this book are really developed. As you read, the author keeps you in suspense and you will be surprised when get to the end. As you turn each page, This book will make you think if secrets is worth keeping if you are being backmailed. I like the way she pulled it altogether at the end. Bottomline, great book. It is a must have if you like a good suspense that keeps you guessing.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    "Guilty" pleasure?

    Fast, enjoyable read. A little exciting, a little romantic, a great beach book. I'd read another of her books in between heavier ones.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Guilty by Karen Robards

    This is the first book of hers that I have read and it was outstanding. It was fast paced, suspensefull and shocking.....I look forward to reading many more of her books.

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