This book goes down a darker road than Pratt's previous books, but the familiar characters make it easy to continue this trip with Joe. I love the relationship he has with Sheriff Leon Bates and look forward to his appearances in each of Pratt's books. In Judgment Cometh:(And That Right Soon) we learn pretty quickly that Joe's client is innocent of the crime he is being accused of committing. Even though he is caught with the chopped up remains of a state Supreme Court justice in the back of his truck, there is more to it than meets the eye.
This is the fourth kidnapped judge, and Joe realizes that he needs to find the real killer in order to free his client. Unfortunately, this client is too intimidated to help Joe, and we watch Leon and Joe go down some very scary trails in their such for truth. Joe brings his son Jack and Jack's girlfriend Charlie Story back, and this adds to the plot in several ways.
This is definitely darker than Scott Pratt's previous books, but if a character is to remain fresh through a continuing series, the author has to show all aspects of his life. Unfortunately, we all go through dark times and the strong find their way through to the light. Hopefully, Pratt will continue to give us glimpses into the best of Joe Dillard for many books to come.
Publisher - Phoenix Flying, Inc.
Date of Publication - July 21, 2016