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An Innocent Client
on 6 May 2013
There's a lot to like about this book, particularly the central character Joe Dillard. He's a criminal lawyer who hates his clients and despises himself for acting on their behalf. He desperately wants to get out, but first he needs to extricate himself from his caseload and, more importantly, have the money to live on. The main case in this book promises him a big payday, but also the one thing he's never had: an innocent client. I won't spoil the plot by revealing if he gets his wish.
The downside - and the reason for the three star rating - is that the central mystery isn't intriguing or complex enough to sustain a full-length novel. Consequently, there is an awful lot of padding. There isn't much courtroom action either, which is disappointing in a legal thriller. The plot is resolved elsewhere, which meant that the scenes in court fell a bit flat. However, there are a couple of good twists at the end which make it worth persevering. Three and a half stars would be a fair assessment.