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Publisher's Summary

Joe Dillard is a two-million-copy best-selling series. 

In the sixth volume of the best-selling 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

Critic Reviews

"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." (Publisher's Weekly)

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Deserves six stars!

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.

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Very, very good.

Everything was excellent about this audio book. Not great literature, but otherwise great. In fact, the prose fits the characters and place.

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More of the Dillard Family, PLEASE!

Where does Blood Money rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Hard to rank among hundreds of books over several years. However, among this particular series, this one ties with first place. I love that Jack is studying law and is clerking for his father. Also fascinating is that he fell in love with Charlie, a young woman who reminds Joe of Jack's mother.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Plot kept me in my seat. This story and a margarita was very relaxing. The rape story would not have been missed if it was not included in the story. It had no relationship to the gold plot and the Italian gangsters from Philly. Although I really liked this story, it appeared the rape situation provided Joe with a case somehow that was totally irrelevant to the main plot. Almost insulting and a waste of another separate potential story.

Which scene was your favorite?

If I shared, it would be a spoiler. Let's just say that it represents the love and strong bond between Charlie and her Uncle.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really hated for it to end.

Any additional comments?

I appreciate that no profanity or racial slurs are used in the Dillard series.

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Vivid Characters, Locations, and Themes--Plus!

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.

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Book 6 I read in 1 day

What made the experience of listening to Blood Money the most enjoyable?

All of Joe Dillard keeps me hooked, but Blood Money was fantastic.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Tim Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He gets better and better. I thought he was alright when I heard the first book. I think he is amazing now.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Caroline's ongoing struggle is hard to read, in a good way. She keeps everything so human.

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Is Money The Root Of All Evil?

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.

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Too many story lines

I had a hard time staying engaged with is book- to much work - finished it, but just barely

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AnotherJoe Dillard thriller

Pratt does a great surroundi g Joe Dillard with dispictable bad guys and a few highly principled good guys He spri s the plot with sub stories good g on at the same times. He keeps you in suspense as the plot contines with high paced aggressive action. Blood Money is a great read though "In Good Faith " is even better which I rate as five stars.

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Blood Money

Very good. Sad too. Decisions made in the past can and does effect the future. Love conquers all. Enjoy. Thank-you.

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Love Scott Pratt

Love the Joe Dillard series, hope he continues with them. Always a good story to keep on the edge of your seat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful