Joe is tired of being a criminal defense attorney and is ready to quit, but he would love the opportunity to defend one innocent person. He believes he has found this person in Angel Christian. She is an attractive waitress who is accused of murdering a preacher after visiting an infamous strip club.
I enjoy the way Pratt writes. This book bounces around from first to third person, which helps make it a little different than the typical legal thriller. He also involves the reader in Joe's personal life. Joe's sister is a drug addict who was recently released from prison. His mother is fighting Alzheimer's. His family is somewhat normal, and he is looking for the same answers many of us search for every day.
Pratt's villains might be a bit too evil, but I think it helps shine the light on Joe's fight for right. I find Pratt's characters a bit easier to relate to than Grisham's, and tend to like them better.
If you haven't gotten to know Dillard yet then you are in for a treat. Start with this book and work your way through.
Publisher - Onyx
Date of Publication - November 4, 2008