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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.

"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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1181 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Phoenix Flying, Inc. (13 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009WQ9YMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Restores faith in amazing crime writing

14 people found this helpful.
 on 14 December 2012
By Skreeny
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!

I really enjoyed this book

One person found this helpful.
 on 14 November 2014
By Martin Pratt
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.

A very enjoyable read

4 people found this helpful.
 on 23 June 2013
By S. Bridge
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.


 on 21 October 2013
By Lynda Kelly
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.

Excellent read

 on 7 June 2014
By scblues
I enjoyed this book for many reasons. There were several substantial themes interwoven into the story line – legal, thriller and human interest. Each of these was strongly written and there was a good balance among the themes. There was enough descriptive and explanatory writing when it was required without there being too much. This resulted in a pacy novel with good characterisation which evoked sympathy and interest. The whole story was well written so that the words did not grate or get in the way; my interest was held throughout. This was the first book written by Scott Pratt that I have read and I will certainly look for more.

Can’t believe this guy had me wanting a murderer set free!!

 on 29 August 2017
By BigJockHere
Great plot and I like the way it was written. Great characters and the twists and turns kept me interested right to the end. Also left me smiling.

Good story with lots of law

One person found this helpful.
 on 28 December 2013
By Janice
I’m a sucker for legal fiction novels that actually have some points of law in them! I’ve read and re-read all of Lescroat`s Dismas Hardy books, (the `master’ as far as I’m concerned) and was looking around for something similar.) I greatly enjoyed this one by Scott Pratt – the lawyer himself was a character that I could empathise with. An excellent read. I shall read some of his others now. (Came across this writer because of Amazon’s ‘if you like ‘such and such’, then you may like this’ functionality … and then by reading the reviews – with the reviews, it’s like being part of some huge book group. Very useful.)

Good but sometimes a leap of faith.

4 people found this helpful.
 on 30 March 2013
By CAZ8086
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.

Fab-u-lous book

 on 16 September 2013
By Carole
I absolutely loved this book, what a great story. Sometimes sad my heart broke for Angel, also some very humorous lines too. Joe is a great character and very believable. He tested his believes in the law many times, he is someone I would want on my side. Just 1 little critique to the author what happened to her panties?? if you read this book you will know what I mean. Cant wait to read No 2 wooo hooo.
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