Conflict of Interest : Joe Dillard

  • by Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by Tim Campbell
  • Series: Joe Dillard
  • 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A six-year-old girl is kidnapped from her bed in Tennessee's oldest town. The ransom note demands millions.
In this fifth installment of the highly-acclaimed and best selling Joe Dillard series, Dillard is hired to represent the parents of a child who has gone missing. As the clock ticks, Dillard desperately tries to find the little girl, but the return of his wife's dreaded disease and the stunning appearance of his father combine to push Dillard to his emotional limit.

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"I have grown to love Joe Dillard." (Janet Lindsay)
"This author has created a cast of characters and a protagonist so real..." (Mark Rubenstein)

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Disappointing... Dillard's Integrity Discarded!

This story lacked a lot, in my opinion. I love the Joe Dillard's stories so much that I just knew the storyline would pick-up and take an unexpected twist and save my overall disappointment. I should have listened to Ted of Lancaster's warning and "passed on this mess!"

Dillard is hired to find a missing child, but it did not develop into a compelling story. The return of his wife's disease (cancer) and the unexpected appearance of Dillard's thought-to-be-dead father did not elevate the story. But Dillard was push over the edge emotionally.

A constant throughout this series is Dillard's integrity which was discarded in this story. As Ted of Lancaster said, "Pratt debases that strength by setting Dillard to beating an innocent man senseless and senselessly. The deliberate violation of due process added nothing to the plot and in fact contradicted what integrity the narrative and Dillard had earned." Amen!

Tim Campbell is a great narrator of this series.
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- R. Pontiflet

UGH!

Check-it.... I was a Scott Pratt fan - studding his earlier 4 Joe Dillard books with lots of stars. But this mess was phoned in. Okay, every best selling writer goes dry occasionally so I may give Pratt another chance (after carefully reading reviews) - but this is a warning... PASS ON THIS MESS! The plot's dumber than than dumb, and frankly I'm tired of Tim Campbell giving most characters George W. Bush West Texas accents. These things are set in Tennessee FGS!

Nope, won't include a bunch of spoilers here for two reasons, some might buy this thing and not figure out the whodunnit five minutes in, and secondly there'd be so many just-plain-stupid plot points to comment upon that I'd quickly run out of space and reader attention spans.

Sadly, I've already downloaded another Joe Dillard book along with this one (that's how much I enjoyed these novels) so I don't know whether to return it unread or hope that "Conflict of Interest" was a temporary conflict of the uninteresting and that Pratt's imagination recovers in future novels.

Regardless... listen to his earlier books and avoid this disappointment. UGH!

Oh, a last point... and this is a semi-spoiler alert... Dillard's overarching driver until this novel was his integrity. Inexplicably, Pratt debases that strength by setting Dillard to beating an innocent man senseless and senselessly. The deliberate violation of due process added nothing to the plot and in fact contradicted what integrity the narrative and Dillard had earned. It's unimaginable that this scene was included by Pratt then retained by his editor. Surely the villain would have, at his trial, reveal Dillard's repugnant role in that event leaving him justly prosecuted, disbarred, and ruined.

Did I say "UGH?"
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- Ted

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-18-2013
  • Publisher: Phoenix Flying Inc.