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A six-year-old girl is kidnapped from her bed in Tennessee's oldest town. The ransom note demands millions.

In this fifth installment of the highly-acclaimed and best selling Joe Dillard series, Dillard is hired to represent the parents of a child who has gone missing. As the clock ticks, Dillard desperately tries to find the little girl, but the return of his wife's dreaded disease and the stunning appearance of his father combine to push Dillard to his emotional limit.

©2013 Scott Pratt (P)2013 Scott Pratt

Critic Reviews

"I have grown to love Joe Dillard." (Janet Lindsay)
"This author has created a cast of characters and a protagonist so real..." (Mark Rubenstein)

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A good one but not the best

To be honest...Scott Pratt is a victim of his own success...
This book was his most "typical" book and even a stretch of a storyline.
Whereas I was blown away by his other books, this one, while good was not memorable.
For most authors a 4star solidly written book would be a win... For Mr Pratt, I'm left a little let down because his other books are so good.
The reasons are a) the storyline was much more typical legal drama with only a little twist at the end. I actually expected a much bigger twist then we got... I won't elaberate due to spoiler.
It was a good book but not memorable like his previous ones. Although some subplots were included they didn't intertwine into the Storey like they normally do. There was much less personal drama with the main character.
Mr Pratt has done such a great job of making the story about Joe Dillard and the case is merely an extension of him, that a story sticky about a case with no progress in Joe Dullards story left me feeling let down about the book.
I'm looking forward to the next one, hoping Scott Pratt gets back in the swing of things.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Shocking Development

Good story about a little girl's kidnapping and suspected sexual assault by her father. Very sag. Dillard's wife, Carolyn is dealing with another bout of cancer, and finally a long lost relative appears.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Conflict of Interest

I thoughts this was a very good book . The author told the story ,filling in with past enough to keep you remembering, or up to present time. Thank-you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Little Girl Lost

Mr. Dillard's life is never boring. A little girl is missing and against his better judgement, he is representing the parents. This book is full of twists and turns. As usual, well written and excellent character development.

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GREAT SERIES

This book is one in a series of 8 great Scott Pratt books. Knowing who the characters are and how their lives evolve is one of the ways to get readers to want to keep reading book after book. Job well done Scott

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gradebook

this was a great book I had a hard time putting it down the narrator was awesome you will enjoy listening get it

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-13-15

Another Scott Pratt novel; another winner!

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 does his normal perfect job of narrating.

I highly recommend this series.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Excellent series, highly recommended

The entire Joe Dillard series is wonderful. After seeking to find a new strong hero character I stumble across Scott Pratt, narrator Tim Campbell, so good I keep looking for the next book, can't wait.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing... Dillard's Integrity Discarded!

This story lacked a lot, in my opinion. I love the Joe Dillard's stories so much that I just knew the storyline would pick-up and take an unexpected twist and save my overall disappointment. I should have listened to Ted of Lancaster's warning and "passed on this mess!"

Dillard is hired to find a missing child, but it did not develop into a compelling story. The return of his wife's disease (cancer) and the unexpected appearance of Dillard's thought-to-be-dead father did not elevate the story. But Dillard was push over the edge emotionally.

A constant throughout this series is Dillard's integrity which was discarded in this story. As Ted of Lancaster said, "Pratt debases that strength by setting Dillard to beating an innocent man senseless and senselessly. The deliberate violation of due process added nothing to the plot and in fact contradicted what integrity the narrative and Dillard had earned." Amen!

Tim Campbell is a great narrator of this series.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 09-28-16

UGH!

Check-it.... I was a Scott Pratt fan - studding his earlier 4 Joe Dillard books with lots of stars. But this mess was phoned in. Okay, every best selling writer goes dry occasionally so I may give Pratt another chance (after carefully reading reviews) - but this is a warning... PASS ON THIS MESS! The plot's dumber than than dumb, and frankly I'm tired of Tim Campbell giving most characters George W. Bush West Texas accents. These things are set in Tennessee FGS!

Nope, won't include a bunch of spoilers here for two reasons, some might buy this thing and not figure out the whodunnit five minutes in, and secondly there'd be so many just-plain-stupid plot points to comment upon that I'd quickly run out of space and reader attention spans.

Sadly, I've already downloaded another Joe Dillard book along with this one (that's how much I enjoyed these novels) so I don't know whether to return it unread or hope that "Conflict of Interest" was a temporary conflict of the uninteresting and that Pratt's imagination recovers in future novels.

Regardless... listen to his earlier books and avoid this disappointment. UGH!

Oh, a last point... and this is a semi-spoiler alert... Dillard's overarching driver until this novel was his integrity. Inexplicably, Pratt debases that strength by setting Dillard to beating an innocent man senseless and senselessly. The deliberate violation of due process added nothing to the plot and in fact contradicted what integrity the narrative and Dillard had earned. It's unimaginable that this scene was included by Pratt then retained by his editor. Surely the villain would have, at his trial, reveal Dillard's repugnant role in that event leaving him justly prosecuted, disbarred, and ruined.

Did I say "UGH?"

8 of 14 people found this review helpful