A family of four is slaughtered in rural Tennessee. Two weeks later, a retired high school principal and his wife are brutally slain. Two Satan-worshipping teens stand accused. It's up to prosecutor Joe Dillard to convict them. A former defense attorney who spent way too much time defending people he knew were guilty, Joe is determined to win this case to atone for his past.
But an evil young woman named Natasha is responsible for the slayings and Joe knows it. Natasha is walking around free because the two boys who have been arrested are too terrified to implicate her. Now Joe must risk everything - including his family's safety and his own life - to bring an evil murderer to justice.
©2012 Scott Pratt (P)2013 Scott Pratt
...but the narrator is still pretty bad. Here's a case where the narrator does the book no favors...but he's not bad enough to keep me from the rest of the series.
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.
Apparently Scott Pratt's got some sort or denominational religious angst going on in his head… It apparently developed since his excellent earlier novel, "An Innocent Client" (which should be read first BTW). And here he swirls it around and around in a mishmash of mystical versus spiritual plot whorls.
I don't like it when an author relies upon ghosts, mystics, or satan/gods to solve his/her story difficulties. Pratt does that here. Maybe you'll enjoy it, since he's a good craftsman and Tim Campbell's a fine reader. Don't know whether I'll try the next in this series… I like my legal thrillers to be more "normal" courtroom matches without a gooey side-order of the "para'.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
In good faith is Book 2 of the Joe Dillard series. Joe has given up private practice and is now an assistant district attorney. This novel is about several especially gruesome murders by three devil worshipers the leader of whom is a beautiful young redhead woman. The setting is northeastern Tennessee. A subtext of the story is a serious health issue with Joe's wife Caroline.
I could have selected 5 stars rather than 4; it was a close call.
Every negative stereotype I've ever heard about justice in the south was reinforced in this book: civil servants taking the law into their own hands or looking the other way at illegal activities, sheriffs wielding their own brand of justice and blackmailing and making deals for their own personal benefit, judges ignoring the obvious letter and spirit of the law and using their warped interpretation of it to come up with perverted sentences based on personal inclinations, crime scene evidence being manipulated to favor a false interpretation of events.
There was a fairly interesting story interwoven among the criminal justice debacles, but my goodness, how can one enjoy it in the midst of all the legal shenanigans? Is this the way things are still done down there?
I found myself becoming more incensed along the way. I may be incredibly naive, but I love our American system of jurisprudence, and I like to think that justice does prevail most of the time.
This book reinforces why, even today, I won't drive into the deep South.
As a final note, because of the insufficiency of the narrator, I had quite a difficult time discerning whom was speaking and had to backup and go over many parts of the dialogue.
If you love legal fiction as I do, you will love Joe Dillard. These are well-thought-out books, and I encourage anyone interested in this genre to read the whole series!
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
My first listen to this legal thriller series. It was good enough that I will try Book 2 in the series.
I didn't read, I listened.
An Innocent Client, also by Scott Pratt. It was a pleasure to listen to a great story without having to endure foul language, which I don't want in my brain and try to avoid.
He read smoothly and fluently with no distracting mismatched voices, he just brought me right into the story.
Joe Dillard is becoming one of my favorite characters. He's definitely one of the good guys. Appreciate the character development that Scott Pratt done with Joe. He's not perfect - definitely has flaws but has good ethics as husband, father, friend, and lawyer.
A bit too much of the personal story, felt like it was just filler story, but maybe it was there to add to the character so I'll let it slide this time.
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