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A criminal court judge is found hanging from a tree.

A young employee of the district attorney's office goes missing.

In this third book of the acclaimed Joe Dillard series, Dillard finds himself in the middle of two volatile mysteries. The primary suspect in the judge's murder is Dillard's son's best friend, and Dillard's wife may have destroyed evidence. Meanwhile, the missing girl turns out to be a mystery far deeper than anyone imagined...

©2012 Scott Pratt (P)2013 Scott Pratt

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Is there a 6th star option

Wow...
He did it again...
This is truly a series that must be read from the beginning... And I must say do it quick because each one gets better.
I can't really go into the details other then to say the plot twists are surprising and welcome.
The other awesome part is that there are subplots woven in that doesn't always impact the main plot. This is awesome because it's much tougher for the main character and thus the audience to see where the story is headed.
As for negatives, the only negative I have is more subplots aren't developed. I'm not sure if the author is worried about the book's length or if the time required to write the extra pages or if no one pointed out that an idea he started could be further developed. Either way it foes leave some areas glosses over and prevent the audience from diving deeper into the main characters world. This is a small point but a point that makes writers like Tom Clancy or John Grisham's early work, have such devoted readers because of his attention to detail and ability to draw a reader so completely into a story. I for one would love to see this author go the same. Its really the only thing holding these stories back from achieving the top level of authorship.
Overall its a great story and that reader of legal thrillers will enjoy.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 08-01-16

Disturbingly Well Written

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. 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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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A Hanging Tree and A Missing Woman

This story is very interesting and it captivated my attention from the word go! This is the second novel in the Joe Dillard series that I have listened to. This one and Blood Money which is really good too. I also enjoyed Justice Redeemed (not in the Joe Dillard series) immensely.

The Publisher's Summary is a good description of this story. A suicide takes place in a Judge Green's court room, the next day Judge Green is found hanging from a tree. Are the two events related? Is this a revenge killing/hanging? Well, revenge seems like the most likely possibility because the Judge had an threatening and menacing reputation in the court room. Lots of folks didn't like the judge.

There are two mysteries bundled up nicely in this suspenseful and mysterious novel. In addition to the murder mystery, a young woman, an employee of the district attorney's office, has disappeared. Are the two incidents connected? That's the fun and interesting aspect of this novel.... peeling back each layer of the mystery to find out whodunit!

The narrator does a good job, not the best but good enough.

Recommend.

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Good. Better. Best.

Any additional comments?

Loving this series. After a VERY rough first book that I didn't like until the last few chapters. I've enjoyed books 2-3 & 4 and I just purchased 5 & 6. I like the writing style, main character and narrator more and more.

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  • Ray
  • West Deptford, NJ, United States
  • 10-20-15

I LIKE THE JOE DILLARD SERIES

A good listen. Principal character Joe Dillard continues to hold interest. I found this to be an interesting and easy listen. Will go on to the next book in the series.

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  • Dellyn
  • Elburn, IL United States
  • 02-09-15

Another great one in the series

I enjoyed the story with all its twists and turns, there were a few confusing items in the beginning regarding his son and a high school baseball game in the previous story he was in college, it isn't till later on that it makes some sense. It was unnecessary and could/should have been eliminated.
The he narration was well done.

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  • Terry
  • Grants Pass, OR, United States
  • 01-09-15

Couldn't put it down.

Fast moving and easy to follow. Exciting and had you hoping Joe would get the job done. Every book gets better.

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The Best so Far

Has someone thought of making these stories into a television serial? I don't think that I can mention the name of the series but it focuses on an East coast police chief transplanted there from California due to being terminated from his law enforcement job there due to alcoholism. Similar to the before referenced series, a new Joe Dillard series can be broadcast periodically, not every week or monthly. This 3rd book is fantastic. The murders, while sad and tragic, avoid extreme torture and mutalization. The characters are realistic with probable conflicts. The bad guys get what is coming to them and good eventually triumphs for the most part. Interesting diversity of characters that are present in this story unlike the others. Tim Campbell is an exceptional narrator. The listener becomes comfortable because Tim seems comfortable with his material. Again the reading is balanced and not over dramatic. Tim is a reader and not an actor so I don't mind his interpretation of female voices. I like this series and hope that books 6, 7, and 8 are written and will soon be available to us.

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Good Legal Thriller

Good story. Interesting characters. Believable narration. The Joe Dillard character continues to develop as does Caroline - his spouse. I have read the first two books in the series,but really enjoyed listening to this one. sometimes that's a hard transition because of pictures one has drawn in one's mind but this transition was seamless.

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Awesome narrator

Excellent reading his voice was perfect for setting of this book. Story was very believable as well.

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