Thursday, February 9, 2017

An Innocent Client - The #Friday56 and #BookBeginnings on Friday

An Innocent Client is the first book in Scott Pratt's eight-book Joe Dillard Series, and I'm sure glad there are more for me to read. Joe Dillard is a likable character, the plot moves along briskly (with plenty of twists and turns), and the ending is satisfying. Joe has plenty of professional and personal obstacles to overcome (nobody seems to like a lawyer who defends criminals), and the action kept me turning pages. I'm looking forward to getting to know this character even better in future books.

FYI: Scott Pratt and his son publish Scott's books through a corporation they formed - Phoenix Flying, Inc. This book is beautifully formatted and free of errors, which I always appreciate.

Genre: Legal Mystery
Book Length: 372 Pages
Amazon Link: An Innocent Client
Author Website/Blog: Scott Pratt

Book Beginning:
April 12 - 7:00 A.M.
     It was my fortieth birthday, and the first thing I had to do was deal with Johnny Wayne Neal. The forensic psychiatrist I'd hired to examine him said Johnny Wayne was a narcissist, a pathological liar, and a sociopath, and those were his good qualities. He called Johnny Wayne an "irredeemable monster." I'd asked the shrink not to write any of that down. I didn't want the district attorney to see it. Monster or not, Johnny Wayne was still my client.

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
     "I don't see how she could possibly have killed Tester," I said. "For one thing, he was a 260-pound man. What does she weigh? 110?"

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
     A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room.
     A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused.
     In this Mystery Readers International finalist for "Best Debut Mystery," 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. 


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  1. The description of Johnny Wayne sounds like a famous person in our government. Oh man. My Friday Quotes

  2. This seems like an interesting book. Thanks for mentioning it. :-)

  3. Mmm - he does sound like a famous person ... I wonder how it will all turn out, in the book I mean.

  4. Never underestimate a woman on a mission. Where there's a will, there's a way. I like legal thrillers and this sounds like a good one.

    MY Friday 56 from The Ashes

  5. I do love watching defense lawyers try to save the "irredeemable," especially if we believe they are innocent. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  6. I wonder if he gets him off. Sounds like he is definitely guilty of something bad.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  7. BBOF got off to a late start this week, but it it up and running now. Sorry for the delay!

  8. I like the sounds of this one, I need to check out the series. :)

    Friday Meme

  9. Sounds like a mystery that I would like.

    ENJOY, and thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  10. Sounds like the main character has a complicated back story. And yes, law enforcement types don't particularly like defense attorneys.

    By the way, every time I stop by I'm intrigued by the premise of your IOU Sex book.

    1. Thank you for your kind comments about I.O.U. Sex. My co-author and I had a great time writing it.

  11. Hi Sandra,

    This sounds as though you have come in at the start of a great series and I wonder if you are going to play catch-up and discover any of the other books in the series?

    It does sound as though there is a bit of a cover up of evidence going on here, although it is all very intriguing. I'm at a bit of a loss as to why the person speaking should think that a 'weak' woman couldn't kill a much stronger man if she wanted to ... "Hell hath no fury..." and all that!

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that you enjoy your weekend :)


  12. That 56 has me very, very curious! Happy weekend!

  13. This sounds super interesting! It intrigues me a lot! Have a great weekend!

  14. Sounds like a good one. I'm glad you are looking forward to more. Happy reading!

  15. That scenario does seem unlikely in that 56. Hope you enjoy your weekend!


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