An Innocent Client is Book 1 in Scott Pratt's Joe Dillard legal thriller series. It is superbly written and narrated. Joe Dillard is an ex-Army Rang..Show More »er lawyer who never wanted to be a defense attorney but went into the business because working for the local prosecutor pays so little. With his wife Caroline and he having two children before he finished law school he has been stuck in his private practice for years and now that their son is in college with a scholarship and their daughter a high school senior with a promised scholarship, he and Caroline are working toward getting enough money to afford to work as a prosecutor. Caroline is his paralegal.
Joe has a history of capital murder cases and is the best criminal defense attorney in the northeastern Tennessee where he practices. Most of his capital cases are with indigent clients assigned him by judges and the state pays him $100 per day which is not allowing him to save the money his family needs. Everything changes when he is offered $250,000 plus expenses to defend a beautiful young female client arrested on a murder charge. An Innocent Client is about that case. The state's case is very week and the client claims innocence. The offer is too good to turn down. This novel is about that case. The characters are well developed and very vivid.
The Innocent Client is not just a good first book for a new author, it is a great suspense/thriller novel. I recommend it.
Scott Pratt goosed my anxiety every day I listened to "Injustice For All". This is a scary book with a minimum of gratuitous sex and violence...Show More » But lookout for the social/cultural/psychological price that Pratt exerts on his audience.
Okay, I'll buy another in the Joe Dillard series. But not for a while. I need to come down from the way Scott Pratt explains the criminal justice system. It all bonged at my conceptions of how the courts and cops work - in an unrelentingly credible plot that sucks people into dark pits.
I say "Whack-A-Mole" and you know what I mean right? But you're thinking of the apparatus that pops those little beasties up out of their holes. The thing is that there is apparatus inside those machines which wrenches them down. That's what Pratt controls here.
I'm not a Tim Campbell fan, yet he works his way through this book competently. I wish though he had more versatility in distinguishing character voices. Still, the book works... Which is both a good and a disturbing thing.
It will be too easy to write spoilers in my description. In a technical sense, Pratt's work here deserves five stars for plotting. It's a thriller I'll remember... whether or not I want to.
Scott Pratt writes a heck of a thriller. Reasonable Fear is Book 4 in the Joe Dillard novel series, So far all have earned 5 stars, but this is the ..Show More »best yet. Narration by Tim Campbell is stellar.
This novel qualifies as a legal thriller and an action thriller. For thriller lovers it is a must read.
Novel 5 in Scott Pratt's Joe Dillard series is great, as were the prior four. Pratt writes wonderful legal/suspense/action thrillers. Tim Campbell d..Show More »oes his normal perfect job of narrating.
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..Show More » a legal thriller author. As always, Tim Campbell does a great job of narration.
Highly recommended, as are all prior books in the series.
A Crime of Passion is Book 7 in Scott Pratt's extraordinary Joe Dillard series (yes, I know that Audible lists it as Book 6, but that is not correct)...Show More » I hope it is not the final Joe Dillard novel. Scott Pratt is now on my short list of favorite mystery/thriller authors and is #1 in the legal thriller category. Tim Campbell flawlessly narrates all of the novels in the series.
Those who have not listened to any of the Joe Dillard legal thrillers by Scott Pratt are in for a treat. This is Book 8 in the series. All eight are..Show More » stand alone, but listening to them in order is useful because of the development of the main characters is cumulative. This is not the best book in the series but it is still a 5 star legal thriller. The novels in the series include some courtroom activity as well as borderline illegal actions in the cause of justice. Joe Dillard is like what Jack Reacher would be if he had a law degree and a family; he's as willing to get his hands dirty in a fist fight as he is to fight for justice in a courtroom. All of the books in the Joe Dillard are set in northeastern Tennessee.
The books tend to be short at 6 to 8 hours but that is because of Pratt's compact writing style; the stories are rock solid. Tim Campbell is the perfect narrator for this series.