In the sixth volume of the bestselling Joe Dillard series, Dillard does something he has never done before - he hires a young associate. Her name is Charleston Story, she is bright and beautiful, and in her very first case, she winds up inheriting an item so valuable that it threatens to destroy her and everything she cares about. As Dillard tries to help and advise his young protege, he finds himself dragged into a web of danger and intrigue, a web so thick that he may never be able to extract himself.
©2013 Scott Pratt (P)2013 Scott Pratt
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This Joe Dillard novel, #6, is a bit darker than the first five, but it is superb. I do not understand why Scott Pratt does not get more attention as a legal thriller author. As always, Tim Campbell does a great job of narration.
Highly recommended, as are all prior books in the series.
Everything was excellent about this audio book. Not great literature, but otherwise great. In fact, the prose fits the characters and place.
Lisa Davidson is a poet, author, and devoted bibliophile (myopic from age four). Listening to audiobooks is pure bliss. Thank you, Audible!
Many mysteries would be great with the original take on buried treasure that sustains this plot. What carries the work into 5-star territory for me is the depth of Pratt's characters and the all-too-realistic devastation of human bonds and human decency in light of the promise of great wealth. In his compassionate yet objective style, Pratt has us "look under the rug" at the corruption greed wreaks at every level: politics, community, friends, family, and the individual soul.
A memorable, well-crafted observation of the uglier passions that also provides some promise of hope, "Blood Money"has it all. From a desperate horse ride in the Tennessee hills where you feel every rock and shift of light, to the essential urge to protect the residual flicker of tenacity in the face of death, this mystery is packed with moving scenes and interactions. Well worth a credit.
All of Joe Dillard keeps me hooked, but Blood Money was fantastic.
While I did not like this best, I am most interested in Caroline right now. She is the Dillard Family backbone, and the progressing Cancer is horrible. Since the announcement of it a couple books ago, I want her to get well.
He gets better and better. I thought he was alright when I heard the first book. I think he is amazing now.
Caroline's ongoing struggle is hard to read, in a good way. She keeps everything so human.
If you "found" or was "given" 50 million dollars and later learned that it's "blood" money, would you keep it? Charlie had that decision to make, but at what cost!?
I enjoyed this story. It's a straight-forward, easy to follow story even though it's packed with moving parts, scenes and interactions. This story shows how human/family connections and bonds can be devastated and ripped apart when a huge sum of money is involved. And, it shows how human decency shines through when pitted up against the promise of wealth beyond most people's wildest dreams. Also, this story has an interesting sub-subplot involving taxidermy....very interesting.
The narrator, Tim Campbell, did a very nice job.
I'm listening to all the Joe Dillard books in order. I continue to enjoy the growth in his character. His relationships with Caroline and other family members make this series very interesting. I'm beginning to feel like they are all friends. Tim Campbell who has narrated all of the Joe Dillard books does a good job.
I love legal thrillers and enjoyed Pratt's first books. His plots have become predictable, first half of this one could have been titled how to write an essay with the title Buried treasure.
It is still a good, clean,average read, rated 3.5
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