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An Innocent Client (Joe Dillard)
 
 

An Innocent Client (Joe Dillard) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Pratt
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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This is the kind of crime the tabloids love...

This is the kind of case most lawyers dream of...

This is the kind of trial that destroys more lives than it saves...

this is the kind of “terrific debut novel”( Sheldon Siegel, New York Times BestSelling Author of Judgment Day) that reinvents the legal thriller.


A preacher is stabbed to death in a Tennessee motel. The suspect is a waitress at a strip club. Defense attorney Joe Dillard’s too burnt out to defend anyone he knows in his heart is guilty. Then he meets the vulnerable Angel—the accused, incriminated by circumstantial evidence. Dillard’s sure she’s not capable of killing anyone. What Dillard doesn’t count on are the others drawn into the storm of the stunning crime—from the vindictive detective to the victim’s avenging son to Dillard’s own deeply troubled sister—all of whom will help to erase the line between guilt and innocence, and between an unthinkable lie and the unbelievable truth.

About the Author

Scott Pratt was born in South Haven, Michigan, in 1956, and grew up in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from East Tennessee State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee. He lives in Tennessee with his wife and four dogs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451412656
  • Publisher: Onyx (4 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001KSRAUY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restores faith in amazing crime writing 14 Dec 2012
By Legs11
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I love crime literature, it's my favourite genre. I have been finding lately that most of the big boys and girls seem to be "writing by numbers" everything so formulaic it was not a pleasure to read. This book was outstanding and I do not give this praise lightly. Well crafted characters, very pacey, an absolute pleasure to loose sleep reading. Cornwell, Coben, Grisham; take notes y'all, Mr Pratt is dogging your heels, it's time you finally raised your games!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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There is a lot to recommend "An Innocent Client," and it is a multi-layered and engaging legal thriller that is nevertheless easy to follow.
As well as having a strong core concept and very believable characterizations, it flows well, is well edited, and always leaves you waiting to see what will happen next at the end of each chapter in a way that is of course as enjoyable as it is infuriating!

Those that enjoy John Grisham will certainly enjoy this book, although it would be wrong to assume due to this that the author does not have his own voice, or that that story is rather cookie-cutter or "in the style of."

highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read 23 Jun 2013
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It's always a bit of a gamble when trying an author you haven't read before - however, in this Scott Pratt novel my gamble paid off and I was rewarded with a rather good read. It kept me engaged, the story flowed quite nicely and he didn't do masses of waffle to show how much he knows about the law - I think he got the level of 'factual bits' just right. In my humble opinion, many authors fall into the trap of using a novel to show off their knowledge of a particular topic and forget that the point of a fictional novel is to entertain, not educate - that's what academic text books are for. I've bought his next two Dillard novels and look forward to reading them. I'd certainly recommend having a read of Mr Pratt's books - most enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but sometimes a leap of faith. 30 Mar 2013
By CAZ8086
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I thought the overall storyline was very good but I was a little perplexed with has fast Dillard slumped into despair. There didn't seem to be any run up to it but suddenly he was questioning why he was bothering. Having said that, I enjoyed the storyline and would buy more of the series. I do enjoy a good court drama or crime thriller and this offers both.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 15 Mar 2013
By junie
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I really enjoyed this book and thought the story line was good and I read it almost in one go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up for Scott Pratt !!! 31 Mar 2014
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This is the first book in the Joe Dillard series of legal thrillers by Scott Pratt. It is also the first book by this author that I have ever read.

Joe Dillard is a criminal defence attorney, that is he defends murderers, thieves, drug dealers, prostitutes and rapists among others. Although he has made a lot of success in this career, he is now fed up of defending such scumbags. Having now saved a considerable amount of money, he wants to quit the legal profession permanently but before that he wishes to defend at least one innocent client.

A preacher, Rev. John Paul Tester is found murdered and mutilated in a motel room. Phil Landers, a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) special agent is sent to investigate. On checking the whereabouts of the preacher, Landers finds that the victim, although a man of God, had visited a strip club the night before. From there all leads point to a young beautiful waitress, Angel, who had been seen serving the victim in the club that night. She is immediately arrested on first degree murder charges. The club's wealthy owner, Erlene, being a close friend of Angel and knowing Joe Dillard to be one of the best attorneys around, pays him a hefty sum and hires him to defend her employee.

Dillard is convinced that Angel is innocent and is prepared to use all his skills and do everything in his power to defend her. But he finds many obstacles in the way and by the end his sanity and his life are put in jeopardy on more than one occasion. Will he be able to save Angel from death row? Is she really telling all the truth? What really happened in that motel room that night?

Apart from this case, Joe has to deal with his very own demons which continually return to haunt him from the past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't enjoy this book I'll eat my kindle! 23 Sep 2013
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Great book, not at all like I've read before and even though it had the us legal system it was easy to read, great story,great characters, great everything! so glad theres more in the series, don't usually read the same series one after the other as like a change before I go on, not this time, can't wait to read the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 30 Mar 2014
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This book had an intriguing story which kept me interested throughout. Not a long or difficult read, but I liked the characters and the writing style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Innocent Client
Loved this book, lots of twists and turns! Have just downloaded the second book in the series - well done Mr Pratt.
Published 21 days ago by MRS DEBORAH WILSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
And very amusing - a great combination. Really enjoyed his style of writing - am moving straight on to the next in the series!
Published 1 month ago by Ian
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Great read, very well written with an enjoyable plot and fast paced storyline. I've already started the next one. My only criticism would be that the climax was a tad predictable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Mabbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
This is the first book I have read by this author and I think I will now add him to my favorites list of authors in the legal thriller genre. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Grech
5.0 out of 5 stars grisham fan
i have always been a huge fan of grisham,and have read every book he wrote,did not think anyone could match him,until i came across scott pratt by accident,my opinion is rapidly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by vince kearney
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
gripping drama, twists and turns keeps you hooked from start to finish will be reading your other books. hope they are as good
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Five stars from me for an excellent read. The downside to this book is lack of sleep.....I couldn't put it down! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hilary Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great
Very enjoyable book. Excellent characters which really sets up the Joe Dillard series. Easy to read and very entertaining from start to finish. Would highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Mtg
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story with lots of law
I'm a sucker for legal fiction novels that actually have some points of law in them! I've read and re-read all of Lescroat`s Dismas Hardy books, (the `master' as far as I'm... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janice
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Dillard read!
I really enjoyed this - well written and a real page turner. I already have the 2nd book in the series loaded on my Kiindle and cannot wait to start it.
Published 3 months ago by Williamr
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