The Guilty One
Lisa Ballantyne, MA Hon 1995
Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an eleven-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy.
As he plunges into the muddy depths of Sebastian's troubled home life, Daniel thinks back to his own childhood in foster care - and to Minnie, the woman whose love saved him, until she, too, betrayed him so badly that he cut her out of his life.
Deeply psychological and suspenseful, THE GUILTY ONE was translated into nearly 30 languages.
Joyce Carol Oates described it as "moving and suspenseful, richly detailed, yet with the eerie simplicity of a parable."