Author: Scott Pratt
Publisher: Phoenix Flying 2013
This is the fifth book in the Joe Dillard series. I have been a positive fan up until this book. Joe is a great character: he’s honest, he cares about justice, and he works hard for his clients whether he is a defense attorney or a prosecutor. However, there was something off with this book.
In Conflict of Interest Joe represents a couple whose child was kidnapped from her bed in the middle of the night. A ransom note was left on her bed. Joe advises and assists in every way he can including delivering the big` ransom.
Spoiler Alert: You may want to skip this next paragraph.
Aside from the kidnapping drama Joe and his wife learn that her cancer has returned. Everyone is devastated. One of the things I’ve enjoyed so much about this series is that we get to know the Dillard family. Joe and his wife have a positive, stable marriage and are good parents to their now grown children. It hurt to read about the cancer.
As the kidnapping case continues it takes an odd turn. At least to me it seemed out of character. Joe changes his normal behavior and becomes a detective. I didn’t like anything about the ending. I really can’t say more than that or my whole post will be spoiler.
This fifth book won’t stop me from reading on in the series. I’ve already purchased books six and seven so, of course, I’ll read on. Now if book seven is disappointing, I will consider stopping. My advice to you is to read this series from the beginning. Don’t start with this one.