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An Innocent Client: Joe Dillard, Book 1 | [Scott Pratt]

An Innocent Client: Joe Dillard, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. 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.

©2012 Scott Pratt (P)2013 Scott Pratt

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-24-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Very Cool. Just GreatLegal Thriller."

    Looking for the kind of legal thriller that Scott Turow used to write? Here's a guy NOT PREACHING his ideological message. Here's a nifty noir voice. I just listened to Dashiell Hammett's Maltese Falcon where the hard-boiled detective got invented. Scott Pratt's in that league. Like Hammett he's writing straight entertainment while playing the various techniques of fiction like a jazz pianist pulls in the riffs and chords you expect from hands that can find the dark a well as light keys.

    Tim Campbell's created this ensemble cast with same sort of note-perfect sense as Pratt. Did I like it? I just downloads the next Joe Dillard book. Wadda-you think?

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn angola, NY, United States 06-27-14
    Carolyn angola, NY, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A must (read)listen"

    couldn't turn off my I pod . I really enjoyed every aspect of this book . fast paced, great performance and it was not dull and predictable. I want more Pratt and Campbell

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty New Jersey 05-08-14
    Rusty New Jersey 05-08-14

    Good Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Whine, whine, whine"

    This book is pretty well written; however "Joe" was just too whiney for me to enjoy the story. Joe is a successful defense attorney who is tired of defending scumbags. Who put a gun to his head and forced him to practice that type of law? Does he volunteer at a legal clinic or quit to work for a charitable organization? No, he whines about wanting one innocent client while earning enough money to do whatever he likes. He has strained relationships with his mother & sister, but never made an effort to resolve his childhood issues and rebuild the family bonds. I like flawed characters but not those who wallow in self pity.

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    Wendy 06-11-15
    Wendy 06-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It was okay."

    There wasn't enough court room drama for me and the narrator was very unemotional. I've read/listened to better legal thrillers.

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    Wendy 05-12-15
    Wendy 05-12-15
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    "Spoiled by a Poor Narrator"

    This book might have been okay but I found it painful to listen to. The narrator's voice rose and fell in a repetitive up and down tone and rhythm regardless of the meaning. I picked it up a few times but never got further than two hours in. I have listened to hundreds of books on Audible and rarely have this reaction.

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    Dog Lady 05-11-15
    Dog Lady 05-11-15
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    "Excellent!"

    A very entertaining book with a very nice ending. I will be reading more of the Joe Dillard series. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys courtroom drama and/or mysteries.

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    "Good read - first time reading this author"

    Definitely a good first impression. Will likely try another in the series. Narrator is pretty good too.

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    The story was informative, interesting and very intriguing. The narrator was one of the best I've heard. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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    Debra WEST SALEM, WI, United States 01-09-15
    Debra WEST SALEM, WI, United States 01-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "An enjoyable whodunit"

    This was a quick read with enjoyable characters. The outcome wasn't what I expected but had a nice twist. I enjoyed the narrator and would recommend this book for a weekend read.

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    Red 67 08-11-13
    Red 67 08-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    Would you try another book from Scott Pratt and/or Tim Campbell?

    No


    Has An Innocent Client turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I would have found this a much more enjoyable book if it were not for the pervasive anti-Christian sentiment.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful

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