An Innocent Client (Joe Dillard #1), by Scott Pratt. Since I read Pratt’s newest release, see here, I thought I’d read some of his other works. The Dillard series look promising, so I started with the first in the series. I believe I’ll be reading the next one in the series, and the next and so on.
A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room. A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused.
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.
It’s kind of like Grisham’s style, especially some of his earlier works. It doesn’t have a lot of courtroom drama. I find it interesting that lawyer-turned-author like Grisham and Pratt seems to prefer cynical hero in their novels. Not only that, they seem not to have much faith in justice being served in the system. It’s more about lawyers winning cases. Of course, in the case of elected judges or prosecutors, then politics also come into play.
As far as the story goes, I think it’s pretty good. There’s only circumstantial evidence against the defendant. Most readers would probably believe she didn’t do it and likely think her protector/mentor did it. It’s true that the author doesn’t go too deep into the investigation. We only get a glimpse of it by way of reports from an investigator. I’d have liked to read about some actual investigation.
All in all, it’s an entertaining read.
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