Judge Alexander Betts has carried the burden of guilt most of his life. Now a bench trial before him forces him to finally deal with the reasons behind it. In southern Georgia in the 1960s, Alexander knew something about the murder his best friend’s brother was accused of, but he kept silent. Now, faced with an anonymous threatening letter, and a case with similar circumstantial evidence, he wants to set things right. Will he finally find the courage he lacked at sixteen?
Publication date: 20 October 2023.
Carter Taylor Seaton immerses the reader in history – not just the facts, not just the dates, but the humanity. You will live and breathe these characters. You will rage and rejoice with them, and remember this novel for a long, long time.
– S.G. Redling, author of Flowertown
The author has earned the rights of giftedness in the portrayal of this moving story that creates a deeply emotional visualization of the awful truths and scars of racism on the lives of innocent people.
Guilt is exquisitely written with extraordinary detail, not allowing the reader to escape the real torment and persistence of racial agony. This book is highly recommended!
– Maurice R. Cooley, Marshall University Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Vice President and Dean, Intercultural and Student Affairs, retired
Carter Seaton’s latest book is a propulsive story that doubles as a murder mystery and a savvy examination of race and class. Seaton entrances readers with strong characters, impeccable prose, and brisk pacing. She is a consummate storyteller.
– Eliot Parker, author of A Final Call