As y’all know, I’m a huge reader. I connected with Scott Pratt over a typo in one of his books and we exchanged a few emails. I kept my cool but I won’t lie, I was sort of fan-girling a bit. He has a series with a character named Joe Dillard, which I love. They’re legal crime thrillers with a really good description of the law without talking down to the reader. Score. Helps that he went to law school I’m sure – knows how much it sucks to be talked down to.
Because I’d contacted him previously, he gave me an advance copy of “Justice Redeemed.” SO COOL. Naturally he asked me to review it and hoped I’d enjoy it. I review pretty much everything I read in one place or another (helps me keep track of what I’ve read), so it wasn’t a big deal.
HOT DAMN. The book is awesome. You get all parts of the criminal justice system – investigation, courts, and corrections – which is pretty rare. The writing is great and the book flows well. I can always tell when the writing is good because I just zoom through it without any idea how much time has passed.
Most important to me is character development and you definitely get that with the main character and some of the supporting characters as well. Pratt’s characters are real people – none is perfect or always does the right thing (especially not this main character). But you always know where they’re coming from.
The book is sort of disturbing too. Obviously there’s a lot going on these days with the U.S. criminal justice system. We don’t want to believe this kind of thing could happen, but we know it does.
If you like legal crime thrillers, this is definitely one to check out.
Dose of Lyndsy: Approved.