A six-year-old girl is kidnapped from her bed in Tennessee's oldest town. The ransom note demands millions.
In this fifth installment of the highly-acclaimed and best selling Joe Dillard series, Dillard is hired to represent the parents of a child who has gone missing. As the clock ticks, Dillard desperately tries to find the little girl, but the return of his wife's dreaded disease and the stunning appearance of his father combine to push Dillard to his emotional limit.
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"I have grown to love Joe Dillard." (Janet Lindsay)
"This author has created a cast of characters and a protagonist so real they virtually jump off the page." (Mark Rubenstein)
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"Another Scott Pratt novel; another winner!"
Novel 5 in Scott Pratt's Joe Dillard series is great, as were the prior four. Pratt writes wonderful legal/suspense/action thrillers. Tim Campbell does his normal perfect job of narrating.
I highly recommend this series.
Check-it.... I was a Scott Pratt fan - studding his earlier 4 Joe Dillard books with lots of stars. But this mess was phoned in. Okay, every best selling writer goes dry occasionally so I may give Pratt another chance (after carefully reading reviews) - but this is a warning... PASS ON THIS MESS! The plot's dumber than than dumb, and frankly I'm tired of Tim Campbell giving most characters George W. Bush West Texas accents. These things are set in Tennessee FGS!
Nope, won't include a bunch of spoilers here for two reasons, some might buy this thing and not figure out the whodunnit five minutes in, and secondly there'd be so many just-plain-stupid plot points to comment upon that I'd quickly run out of space and reader attention spans.
Sadly, I've already downloaded another Joe Dillard book along with this one (that's how much I enjoyed these novels) so I don't know whether to return it unread or hope that "Conflict of Interest" was a temporary conflict of the uninteresting and that Pratt's imagination recovers in future novels.
Regardless... listen to his earlier books and avoid this disappointment. UGH!
Oh, a last point... and this is a semi-spoiler alert... Dillard's overarching driver until this novel was his integrity. Inexplicably, Pratt debases that strength by setting Dillard to beating an innocent man senseless and senselessly. The deliberate violation of due process added nothing to the plot and in fact contradicted what integrity the narrative and Dillard had earned. It's unimaginable that this scene was included by Pratt then retained by his editor. Surely the villain would have, at his trial, reveal Dillard's repugnant role in that event leaving him justly prosecuted, disbarred, and ruined.
Did I say "UGH?"
"A good one but not the best"
To be honest...Scott Pratt is a victim of his own success...
This book was his most "typical" book and even a stretch of a storyline.
Whereas I was blown away by his other books, this one, while good was not memorable.
For most authors a 4star solidly written book would be a win... For Mr Pratt, I'm left a little let down because his other books are so good.
The reasons are a) the storyline was much more typical legal drama with only a little twist at the end. I actually expected a much bigger twist then we got... I won't elaberate due to spoiler.
It was a good book but not memorable like his previous ones. Although some subplots were included they didn't intertwine into the Storey like they normally do. There was much less personal drama with the main character.
Mr Pratt has done such a great job of making the story about Joe Dillard and the case is merely an extension of him, that a story sticky about a case with no progress in Joe Dullards story left me feeling let down about the book.
I'm looking forward to the next one, hoping Scott Pratt gets back in the swing of things.
"Excellent series, highly recommended"
The entire Joe Dillard series is wonderful. After seeking to find a new strong hero character I stumble across Scott Pratt, narrator Tim Campbell, so good I keep looking for the next book, can't wait.
I so admire Joe Dillard, identify with his values. I feel connected to everyone in his family and the good people in the story. I don't want this series to end.
"This can be summed up in one word..."
..."meh", but there is a minimum of 15 words to describe what I think of the book and I have three words left to go...
"Another good Joe Dillard book"
I continue to love the Joe Dillard character as well as Caroline, their children, Joe's sister Sarah and Leon Bates. Can't wait to listen to the next book.
"Each book is better than the last!!"
Absolutely love this series and this author. I don't know if he can keep writing as fast I can read though!! Can't wait to begin the next one!
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