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Judge Alexander Betts has been haunted by guilt most of his life...
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 convicted 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?
“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 Afairs, 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 A Final Call
“I am a judge and I can tell you I that this book is spot on. The story lets us see the situation from several diferent people’s point of view. All of this puts the judge in a very difcult situation. But in the end, the right things happen and you will be satisfed with another wonderful Carter Seaton book.” —Judge Dan O’Hanlon
Carter Taylor Seaton is the author of three novels: Father's Troubles (Mid-Atlantic Highlands Pub, 2022); amo, amas, amat.an unconventional love story (CreateSpace Independent, 2011); and The Other Morgans (Koehler Books, 2020), as well as numerous magazine articles, and several essays and short stories. Her non-fiction works include Hippie Homesteaders (West Virginia University Press, 2014), The Rebel in the Red Jeep (West Virginia University Press, 2017), Me and Mary Ann (2018), and We Were Legends In Our Own Minds (Mountain State Press, Inc., 2020).
She holds a Tamarack Foundation Fellowship Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and the West Virginia Library Association honored her with the 2014 WVLA Literary Merit Award. In 2015, Marshall University's College of Liberal Arts honored her with an Alumni Award of Distinction. In 2016 she received the Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
She graduated from Marshall University in 1982 with a Regent's degree in English and Business, and worked as a marketing professional in West Virginia and Georgia for over thirty years. Now, also a practicing ceramic sculptor, she lives in Huntington, West Virginia with her husband Richard Cobb.