Author(s): Scott PrattDownload
A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room. A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused. In this Mystery Readers International finalist for “Best Debut Mystery,” criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he’s tried to balance his career against his conscience. Savvy but cynical, Dillard wants to quit doing criminal defense, but he can’t resist the chance to represent someone who might actually be innocent. His drug-addicted sister has just been released from prison and his mother is succumbing to Alzheimer’s, but Dillard’s commitment to the case never wavers despite the personal troubles and professional demands that threaten to destroy him. “Pratt’s richly developed characters are vivid and believable, especially the strong Southern women who fight their male-dominated culture from behind a facade of vulnerability in this brilliantly executed debut.” — Publisher’s Weekly. “It’s Scott Turow and Grisham… The opening chapter is maybe the most compelling I’ve read in a decade.” – Ken Bruen. Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will leave you shaking your head in wonder, “An Innocent Client” — the first in the acclaimed Joe Dillard series — will also leave you wanting more.
Some Reviews: 2292 in Goodreads.com
This first part of the adventures of Joe Dillard is a good entertainment. It’s well written, rhythmic, relatively believable, the characters are interesting, the main plot is convincing. There is a bit of action, a bit of legal action and courtroom, a bit of family life and personal history.
The story is told from several points of view, but most often from Joe’s. The other points of view did not bother me, which is rare, mainly thanks to the fact that they do not drag on in length and that the author makes us understand the psychology of the characters with great conciseness.
The whole forms a very balanced novel, which always goes to the essentials, easy and pleasant to read, with a rather successful ending.
I will read the following volumes.
books. I can say I don’t really like reading a book this way….but I’m adjusting. So I went looking for books and found this series by Scott Pratt. I really enjoyed reading this book. Just my kind of book. A murder mystery! The book is about Joe Dillard, a defense attorney, who is looking for an innocent client to defend. But he keeps getting guilty people and he wants out of the business.
His new client, Angel, looks and talks like she’s innocent, but is she? That’s what the whole book is about. Trying to get to the bottom of this case and figure out if Angel is really innocent.
I had this book on my “To Read” list for a while and just decided to read it to get it off my list. Boy am I glad I did. This is a page turning legal/crime thriller that gives one a wary glimpse of our criminal justice system. The novel is filled with vivid characters and the author plunges the reader into their world. Though this is a great entertaining read, underneath the surface is the question of what is moral. This is a fun summer read but a fun read with some depth.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only is it a legal thriller where you root for the good guy who doesn’t have very many fans in his town but, you see that the law isn’t always black and white. I couldn’t put this book down and immediately bought the next book in the series. I loved every minute of this book, even the ugly parts.
I liked a lot of things about this novel, though lawyer stories are not my usual choice. The characters were believable, except for the protagonist’s wife, who was too good to be true. Perhaps that’s not fair, but is anyone perfect? There seemed to be an awful lot of beautiful people, some who didn’t need to be, but the main characters were well-developed and it was a good story. I enjoyed reading it and I kept reading it at an even pace. I appreciated the lack of profanity.
When I was done with the book, it occurred to me that one key plot point didn’t make sense. One character, who didn’t need money did something for an incredibly small return. I liked that character a lot though, and I loved the way Scott Pratt painted her colorfully.