by Scott Pratt
Attorney Joe Dilliard is burnt out from the beginning of the book, but he’s got a wife, children, a troubled sister, a sick mother, a rambunctious dog and clients that are depending on him. He’s planning to get out of the profession that has turned his idealism into cynicism and, with his wife’s support, he sets a timeline. …but he’d like “just one innocent client” to represent and win freedom for.
Joe’s character and his life are extremely multi-dimensional. His frustrations, fears and guilt are very human. I read through the story wondering if he would ever get his innocent client and wondering if he would survive the effects of successfully defending murderers. I cheered for him even when he wasn’t the “nicest”.
~ reviewed by Chelle Cordero
I look forward to reading Scott Pratt’s next book in the Joe Dilliard series.
In this bestselling debut, 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.
“Pratt’s richly developed characters are vivid and believable, especially the strong Southern women who fight their male-dominated culture from behind a facade of vulnerability in this brilliantly executed debut.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“It’s Scott Turow and Grisham… The opening chapter is maybe the most compelling I’ve read in a decade.” – Ken Bruen
Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will leave you shaking your head in wonder, “An Innocent Client” — the first in the acclaimed Joe Dillard series — will also leave you begging for more.