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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2012
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
on 23 June 2013
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2013
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2013
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
on 23 September 2013
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2013
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
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2014
I really enjoyed this book. I admit it first caught my eye because of the coincidence of a shared surname but the reviews were encouraging and so I purchased! I do enjoy a good legal/courtroom drama and was a well thought through and plotted story. This story does not have the grittiness of Joseph Teller's tales but they are just as good as anything by Steve Martini, especially his earlier books.

The only real mystery, to me, was the very final page where the author explains that this is a self published book and he'd appreciate a review on Amazon to help promote the books. I am more than happy to do so, my puzzle is why no published has not taken up his books and promoting them in bookshops? They are certainly good enough. I have also read book #2 and have the third ready to read.
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on 21 October 2013
Superb. I loved this story and Joe Dillard and his family as well. I have number 4 downloaded already but always read series' stories in their correct order so have number 2 in my wishlist to purchase. If it's anywhere near as good as this one I'll not be disappointed in the least.
Because I'm such a picky-arse I won't let him off the hook regarding mistakes because I don't other authors. There were apostrophe errors and the odd missed word too but nothing too horrendous.
I do like his dedication the start of the book as well.
There were some highly amusing lines throughout despite the serious story which I appreciated along with the-most-bizarre-passage-in-a-book award for "after the cat found the dick" !!
I would highly recommend this new author to anyone. Give him a try.
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on 5 February 2015
I started out by awarding this book 4 stars, immediately felt mean and pernickety and added another one. Here is why: This is a well-written, tightly plotted story with a lot of heart; it's kept me glued to the end; the characters are believable and sympathetically drawn; the whole novel flows with that deceptive simplicity that's really hard to achieve. It's a hugely entertaining legal thriller, a great read hiding among a lot of dross out there. Last but not least, at last here's that rarity, a lawyer with a social conscience! For that alone, Mr. Scott, you deserve the 5th star. I wish you continued success, and have already downloaded 2 more.
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