An Innocent Client (Joe Dillard Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
Product Review (submitted on August 24, 2018):
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.