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A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room. A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused. In this bestselling debut, criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he's tried to balance his career against his conscience. Savvy but cynical, Dillard wants to quit doing criminal defense, but he can't resist the chance to represent someone who might actually be innocent. His drug-addicted sister has just been released from prison and his mother is succumbing to Alzheimer's, but Dillard's commitment to the case never wavers despite the personal troubles and professional demands that threaten to destroy him. "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 in this brilliantly executed debut." -- Publisher's Weekly "It's Scott Turow and Grisham... The opening chapter is maybe the most compelling I've read in a decade." - Ken Bruen Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will leave you shaking your head in wonder, "An Innocent Client" -- the first in the acclaimed Joe Dillard series -- will also leave you begging for more.
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- Excellent!!!! Review by Bookworm
I must say the author Scott Pratt writes a VERY good book. I like Grishams books and this was so close to his writing. The book had enough twists and turns and emotion to keep me totally interested from start to finish. The characters were very well developed. The only part I did not care for was in spots the language was a bit rough. Given the situations where it was rough I suppose it was necessary to use such verbiage. I just don’t care much for the vulgar words.I will be downloading the rest of the series. I would HIGHLY recommend this book.
(Posted on 11/13/2018)
- Great Plot Review by Hillel Kaminsky
A preacher goes to a strip club and is all over the girls. The next morning he is found murdered. Angel, a waitress from the club is arrested and charged with the crime. She insists she is innocent and attorney Joe Dillard believes her. In fact, the case against her is very weak and her arrest is due more to politics than to evidence. Will she be the truly innocent client Joe so desperately wants before he retires?
This book was fun; a quick read and fast-paced legal thriller. The description of the relationship between Joe and the judges is remarkably true to life (in some cases) and I was not at all surprised to learn that the author is a lawyer.
I also enjoyed the fact that almost every woman in the book was a strong character who could more than hold her own. Even Sarah, the weakest character, did the right thing in the end.
I'm looking forward to reading more books in the series.
(Posted on 11/12/2018)
- Page-Turning Legal Fiction Review by Deborah Hawkins
Weary criminal defense attorney, Joe Dillard’s middle-aged soul longs for two things, retirement and an innocent client as his last. Weighed down by a colorful cast of scumbag clients, some of them on death row, Joe works methodically through his docket, in small town upper East Tennessee. Then an itinerant preacher is found dead in a sleazy motel with a certain appendage missing. The evidence points to Angel Christen, an eighteen-year-old waitress at the local gentleman’s club, The Mouse’s Tail. Joe is determined not take Angel’s case because it will derail his retirement, until her larger-than-life mentor and owner of The Mouse’s Tail, Earlene Fowler, persuades him with enough money to make Joe’s retirement no longer a dream.
As an attorney who practices criminal defense at the appellate level, I find many legal fiction novels plodding and predictable. An Innocent Client is anything but that. The story is face-paced and full of unanticipated twists and turns. And I promise you will not guess the ending. Many reviewers have compared Scott Pratt to John Grisham, and the two write about the same segment of the legal world: the small-town lawyers’ struggle to make a living and to protect their clients in the face of sometimes insurmountable odds. This is my first Scott Pratt novel, but I found his plot tighter than most of Grisham’s (except Grisham’s recent novel Gray Mountain), and Pratt does not waste the reader’s time. His story moves along at the fast pace that I most enjoy in a good novel. I’m off to read Book Two in his series. Will get back to you on that one. But I highly recommend An Innocent Client.
(Posted on 8/24/2018)
- Guilty As Sin..... Review by Sonya Fuller-Campbell
This has to be the easiest five star rating for me in a very long time. By no means am I saying the five star ratings I have granted some of my recent reads were difficult, but there was no hesitation at all, in the least, on this one. This author laid down such a smooth ride from start to finish it was unbelievable to me and I am for sure a binge reader!! But yeah, wow!! The story ended before I realized it and before I wanted it to. The likeable characters were easy to like and the despicable ones were just as easy to dislike. There was no straddling the fence for me because Pratt took all the ambiguity out for me!! The story flowed so fluidly between chapters, characters, plot twists and suspicions the book practically read itself. I loved it!! I already have book 2 downloaded. This author is a legality force to be reckoned with and a personality profiler that many called such would be given a run for their money!! READ IT!!!
(Posted on 8/24/2018)