Justice Redeemed (Darren Street #1)
Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney’s office. Now the hotheaded young lawyer is in the public eye yet again—this time, accused of murder.Jalen Jordan retained Street for what seemed to be a minor traffic violation, but when evidence turned up linking Jordan to the death of two boys, Street wanted out of the case. To ensure his lawyer’s cooperation and silence, Jordan threatened to make Street’s son the next victim. Shortly after, Jordan’s own body turned up with a bullet hole in his chest.Now Street is on trial for his life, and the enemy he made in the DA’s office is clearly out for blood. It’s one lawyer out to frame another. Can a desperate father escape punishment for a crime he didn’t commit?

Justice Redeemed (Darren Street #1) Details

TitleJustice Redeemed (Darren Street #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 17th, 2015
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Legal Thriller, Fiction

Justice Redeemed (Darren Street #1) Review

  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to this as an audiobook, and the actor who reads the story is talented. I didn’t love the way he did the voice of the female lawyer who is trying to help keep criminal lawyer Darren Street out of prison, but he did a good job with the rest of the voices. Darren has been accused of the murder of a man who threatened his son’s life. Darren is the victim of the diabolical and vindictive lawyer Ben Clancy who frames him, and Darren is sent to prison for life. I guess what I’m about to wri I listened to this as an audiobook, and the actor who reads the story is talented. I didn’t love the way he did the voice of the female lawyer who is trying to help keep criminal lawyer Darren Street out of prison, but he did a good job with the rest of the voices. Darren has been accused of the murder of a man who threatened his son’s life. Darren is the victim of the diabolical and vindictive lawyer Ben Clancy who frames him, and Darren is sent to prison for life. I guess what I’m about to write is a bit of a spoiler, but only if you don’t know that there are several more Darren Street novels in the series: He eventually manages to clear his name, but only after two gruesome years of abuse in prison. I guess that’s the happy ending to book one, but it causes me physical pain thinking about how many people in this country are incarcerated for crimes they didn’t commit, even if they are awaiting trial and don’t have the means to make bail. In that way, this novel is a downer.I’ll read more books in the series, but it’s probably best you go into this knowing that justice doesn’t always work out as it should. For more reviews, please visit http://www.theresaalan.net/blog
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  • Rohit Enghakat
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely rivetting and engaging, this book was a roller coaster ride. Scott Pratt knows how to engage his readers and keep them hooked. Discovered another alternative to John Grisham in addition to Victor Methos. The plot is about our protagonist Darren Street who is charged with a murder he did not commit and ultimately lands up in prison for life, courtesy Ben Clancy, a scheming lawyer who is hell -bent on destroying Darren Street. Darren now needs to find the real murderer. How is he gonna Absolutely rivetting and engaging, this book was a roller coaster ride. Scott Pratt knows how to engage his readers and keep them hooked. Discovered another alternative to John Grisham in addition to Victor Methos. The plot is about our protagonist Darren Street who is charged with a murder he did not commit and ultimately lands up in prison for life, courtesy Ben Clancy, a scheming lawyer who is hell -bent on destroying Darren Street. Darren now needs to find the real murderer. How is he gonna do it from prison ? The plot unravels beautifully but the climax is predictable. The time spent by Darren inside the jail is very interesting to read. The courtroom drama is a bit of a downer as compared to Grisham's plots, but nevertheless the book is a page turner. I loved it.
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  • ✨Susan✨
    January 1, 1970
    A good fast paced legal thriller with a plot that keeps the main character between a rock and a hard place. Some of the choices made were a little unbelievable for a smart guy but still a good listen.
  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Scott Pratt, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.In this stand-alone legal thriller, Pratt brings as much gusto as can be found in his popular Joe Dillard series. Darren Street is a compassionate criminal defence attorney, as oxymoronic as that may sound. He fights for the little guy and will not permit injustice to permeate an already jaded society. As Pratt opens t First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Scott Pratt, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.In this stand-alone legal thriller, Pratt brings as much gusto as can be found in his popular Joe Dillard series. Darren Street is a compassionate criminal defence attorney, as oxymoronic as that may sound. He fights for the little guy and will not permit injustice to permeate an already jaded society. As Pratt opens the novel, Street is in the midst of fighting for his uncle's release after a lengthy time in prison for a crime he did not commit. In vacating the conviction, Street makes a major enemy with the D.A., who is hellbent on exacting some form of revenge. After Street meets with a potential client, he discovers a man who is flippant about his potential role in a double murder of two young boys and refuses to defend him. This refusal has consequences and Street is faced with threats against his son. Reacting in a paternal knee-jerk fashion, Street approaches one of his former clients to 'handle the situation', but rescinds the request after his conscience wins out. Unfortunately, the wheels have already started turning and the former D.A. is now working for the US Attorney's office, ready to find a way to corner Street and put him away. When the potential child killer's body is found and the evidence points to Street, there is no hope for justice, even as the determined lawyer works with a young but passionate attorney to clear his name. Street is sent away for a crime he did not commit, with little hope of ever getting out. In this stunning novel, Pratt pushes the legal system to its limits and leaves the reader wondering if Darren Street will be yet another number in the US Penal system sporting shades of orange for the rest of his existence. Not to be missed by Dillard fans and those who enjoy a legal thriller.I have been a Pratt fan for a long time and always enjoyed his Joe Dillard novels. Even though this is a break from the well-tuned series, any reader familiar with Pratt's style will find that the setting (Tennessee) and the genre (courtroom thriller) fit perfectly. In this novel, Pratt looks less at the courtroom as the final setting, with a crime and a trial planning build-up. Instead, the reader is treated to the injustice that some of those with the backing of the government have over the accused and how, with the right evidence and power of persuasion, they can bring about a jaded form of justice. Pratt takes the reader inside the penal system and gives his own view of incarceration, as well as the slow pace at which any legal matters of convicted felons can move, all while exemplifying the horrendous treatment that takes place. While it is not told in a soapbox fashion, Pratt does not hide the cynicism he has for the System and how it is easy to get lost when facing the Goliath known as the US Government. Peppered with humour, despair, and the smallest hint of romance, Pratt pulls his readers in and will not let them go as he seeks to find justice in a jaded system, whereby the little guy can get his proverbial day in court. Excellent character and dialogue usage to propel the story and keep things fresh throughout, Pratt shows that he can work outside the Joe Dillard parameters with which he is very comfortable.Kudos, Mr. Pratt for this wonderfully crafted novel that does not wane and seeks to pile on more twists to keep the reader intrigued.Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/
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  • Dee Green
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so unrealistic that you might as well consider it to be about a comic book character. That being said, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was just the right length and with the perfect amount of detail for a story like this.
  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Such a great book! Suspenseful from beginning to end!
  • HornFan2 (Mike)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to netgalley.com, Scott Pratt and Thomas & Mercer for the advance ARC copy for my honest review. This was my first read from the author Scott Pratt, definitely won't be my last and was totally blown away by Justice Redeemed. Man can Pratt ever write a legal thriller, totally blows away my favorite in the genre John Grisham.Totally like how he kept this simple, terminology wise, regarding all the legal process that's in Justice Redeemed and that makes for an awesome experience by the r Thanks to netgalley.com, Scott Pratt and Thomas & Mercer for the advance ARC copy for my honest review. This was my first read from the author Scott Pratt, definitely won't be my last and was totally blown away by Justice Redeemed. Man can Pratt ever write a legal thriller, totally blows away my favorite in the genre John Grisham.Totally like how he kept this simple, terminology wise, regarding all the legal process that's in Justice Redeemed and that makes for an awesome experience by the reader.Justice Redeemed's my style of reading, a fast paced, a suspenseful scary tension-filled, action packed, that's full of twist and turns, has it's good and nasty characters and builds to a great conclusion. Darren Street is an upcoming Criminal Defense lawyer, who made an enemy when he got his Uncle free from a bogus murder charge, and made an enemy with Ben Clancy the D.A. prosecutor who convicted his uncle. Pratt's story could easily be ripped right out of today's headlines. Street creates circumstantially evidence against himself, when he's approached by a prospective client for a simple illegal traffic stop and ends up dealing with a child molester that threatens his son, if he does take the case. You end up seeing just how vindictive the now Federal Prosecutor Ben Clancy can be, all while Pratt keeps the storyline credible, believable even and then scares the crap out of you with realistic look at our prison system. While I don't want to give anything away, Pratt did a excellent job with Justice Redeemed, but I will say I'd tweak Pratt's storyline a little, add another 100 pages to, and maybe add a sequel regarding just how dirty Ben Clancy was.If you haven't read Scott Pratt, highly recommend that you do and he'll end up being your new favorite authors.
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  • Kimberly Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    Wowwwwwwwww! When I tell you Pratt is one of my favorite legal writers, that’s truly an understatement! For some reason, I was of the opinion this was another installment in the Joe Dillard series, but quickly learned this was an entirely different legal story altogether. No matter, it was an outstanding read!Can you imagine having a decent law practice; married to a woman who looks like she belongs on the cover of a high-fashioned magazine; a son whom you adore; and a mother that would do anyth Wowwwwwwwww! When I tell you Pratt is one of my favorite legal writers, that’s truly an understatement! For some reason, I was of the opinion this was another installment in the Joe Dillard series, but quickly learned this was an entirely different legal story altogether. No matter, it was an outstanding read!Can you imagine having a decent law practice; married to a woman who looks like she belongs on the cover of a high-fashioned magazine; a son whom you adore; and a mother that would do anything for her son—to suddenly find yourself in a downward spiral on the wrong side of the law?Yes, that’s exactly what Attorney Darren Street was faced with. One morning, as Darren was going about getting his day started at his practice, a strange fellow walked in and demanded Darren to take his case on. At first glance, Darren wasn’t quite sure what to think of the man sitting before him, but the attorney in him made him pay attention, or at least, give this guy the benefit of the doubt.Jalen Jordan plops a huge bag of money on Darren’s desk. A mere $50,000 to be exact. Darren needed money with having a high-maintenance wife and the new home they purchased, and he wasn’t sure if this was too good to be true or not? And, along those lines, as a mother normally advises her child, “if it’s too good to be true, it usually is.” Throwing caution to the wind, Darren saw the money and immediately got a Retainer contract drawn up to take on Mr. Jordan’s case.Oh, but hold up a minute! What exactly is Darren about to defend? Jalen begins to spin a tale so outrageous that with every sentence he completed, Darren found himself increasingly concerned about the dynamics of his case. When all was said, and done, Darren immediately decided to tear up the contract and hand the $50,000 back to his wannabe client. But, Jalen wasn’t having any of that. He wasn’t leaving until Darren took his case. Jalen studied up on Attorney Street’s past cases. He knew if anyone could get him off, especially with clients who should otherwise not be able to beat the law, he wasn’t accepting ‘no’ for an answer. By this time, Darren’s fear turned to anger and he literally threw Jalen out of his office. Unfortunately, it’s Jalen’s parting words that turned Counselor Street’s life literally upside down.One threat turned into one of the most horrific injustices Lady Justice ever handed down. People Darren thought he could trust, legal colleagues and the like, turned their back on him. It wasn’t until he was paired up with a cute wet-behind-the-ears, public defender, Grace, who gave him some glimmer of hope in an otherwise black abyss. As the reader follows Darren’s decline from being an upstanding citizen, to an inmate in prison, you will not stop turning the pages.OMG, there were so many things Darren did that angered me tremendously. He was super intelligent, book wise, but street wise (no pun intended), he was not. But he quickly learned that life on the inside had its own set of rules and was a world unlike the one most of us take for granted on the outside. Having said that, Darren was a quick learner, and for that, I was grateful. Justice Redeemed was an explosive, fast-paced read. If you love legal novels, you must read this book. Damn, Pratt never lets you down! He’s an amazing author! This was such a good read. I hated that it had to end, and speaking of which, the ending was damn good too! I love legal thrillers and this one will continue to give you thrills all through it. Pratt puts you front and center in Darren’s life and you’ll experience everything he goes through, no matter how painful it is for you to read.Mello & June, gives Justice Redeemed five stars and all the stars in the universe. Gat damn this was a great book! I absolutely loved it!!!! The characters are real, the situations are real, and the storyline will keep you on the edge of your damn seat. Hot damn, Pratt you’ve done it again! Oh, I love you, man. Keep on writing these great novels. You’re so good at it! Happy Reading, Intellectual Minds!
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  • Lyndsy
    January 1, 1970
    *I was given an advance copy of this book to read and write a review. However, being provided a copy of the book for free doesn't influence my opinion since I would have been able to read it on Kindle Unlimited anyway.*This book is fantastic. I've read the 7 books in the Joe Dillard series, and I enjoyed all but one of them. This book blows all of those out of the water. The thing I love about these books is how much of the legal process we get to see. This book goes into even more depth. As som *I was given an advance copy of this book to read and write a review. However, being provided a copy of the book for free doesn't influence my opinion since I would have been able to read it on Kindle Unlimited anyway.*This book is fantastic. I've read the 7 books in the Joe Dillard series, and I enjoyed all but one of them. This book blows all of those out of the water. The thing I love about these books is how much of the legal process we get to see. This book goes into even more depth. As someone trained in the law I'm always watching out for an author to trip up or fail to explain something the right way. Pratt has his technique locked down. The reader gets an explanation of what's going on that's accurate but also without the reader feeling like they're being talked to like they're unintelligent.I also love the depth to which we get to know the characters. My favorite part of any story is the people involved. None of his characters are perfect either. They all have flaws and issues, which makes them infinitely more likable and understandable. We can relate to the decisions they make and their beliefs. The main character in this book, Darren Street, is no exception. He is eminently flawed and human. I also like how Pratt weaves the characters' histories throughout the book. I hate getting the background dumped on me in one fell swoop. This book definitely paints a disturbing and unfortunately realistic picture of the criminal justice system in the United States. If you have read and enjoyed the Joe Dillard series, you will absolutely love this book. If you're a fan of Robert Dugoni's books, you'll really enjoy this one.
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  • Lisa Donegan
    January 1, 1970
    So how have I missed Scott Pratt?As someone who has practiced criminal law for thirty years, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, I expect a lot in legal-based novels. Scott Pratt fulfills those expectations. Real characters, some of whom I could assign a name because they are so real, and a page-turning story almost had me read this is one sitting. Add to it a setting in my beloved Tennessee, and Scott Pratt has me as his newest, biggest fan....not to echo a Stephen King character.
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  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
    A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Scott Pratt, author of the bestselling legal Joe Dillard series (have read them all—a huge fan), returns with a riveting standalone, JUSTICE REDEEMED --a smart young attorney, gets caught up in a dangerous game of murder and corruption. Leading to the destruction of his personal and professional career, while trying to prove his innocence, and attain justice. Combined with Pratt's wit, and sophisticated leg A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Scott Pratt, author of the bestselling legal Joe Dillard series (have read them all—a huge fan), returns with a riveting standalone, JUSTICE REDEEMED --a smart young attorney, gets caught up in a dangerous game of murder and corruption. Leading to the destruction of his personal and professional career, while trying to prove his innocence, and attain justice. Combined with Pratt's wit, and sophisticated legal and courtroom maneuvers--another skillfully crafted page-turner legal crime thriller! “Justice is like an abandoned child in a dark forest. She meanders slowly, in search of the light. One must hope she will eventually find her way.” As the book begins, Darren Street, a young southern attorney is upset to say the least. His uncle Tommy had been diagnosed with colon cancer and it had taken quite the toll on him in jail. The corrupt DA had falsely convicted and imprisoned him for the past nineteen years. Ben Clancy, DA and Joe DuBose, the sheriff of Knox County TN had accused Tommy of murdering his wife (his aunt Linda). He had been sentenced to life without parole. –A sham of a murder trial nearly two decades earlier. Street has been working on the case for years with no pay to try and help overturn the sentence. Now a new judge steps in--takes Street’s side against Clancy—and honors the judgment. Declaring his uncle not guilty of murder and innocent of the charges. He is free to go, and Clancy is being cuffed. Happy Dance! Tommy’s prison sentence of nineteen years had gained a lot of national attention and of course Street is delighted, knowing Clancy is a criminal. However, Clancy is up for reelection in eleven months. Street will do everything in his power to make sure Clancy never gets the opportunity to railroad another defendant.Flash forward two years later. Darren has made a name for himself as the young hot shot attorney who rooted out corruption in the DA’s office. He is known as a hot head with a temper and not afraid to rock the system. This time it takes a wrong turn.Darren, age thirty-two in criminal defense, Knoxville--has a new client, Jalen Jordan (a mix of goth, cowboy, and metro), twenty-five, with long hair and pale skin with piercings. He comes in with his mother regarding a misdemeanor traffic violation plus a felony resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. Street does not care for the man’s attitude or the case; however, he pulls out $50,000 in cash. Even though the cash is tempting--his wife is having an affair, and he could use the money towards the divorce and help with his six- year- old son. He agrees. A few minutes later, the mother leaves; the client has more to tell him in confidence. Jordan is linked to the death of two boys, and of course Street wants NO part of the case. He drops him. Street has gained the attention of bad guys like Jalen Jordan who, we learn, is a serial sexual molester and killer of young boys. The jerk threatens to hurt Darren’s son Sean (in sexual ways), and his wife, Katie if he does not remain on the case. Darren is beside himself with worry. He cannot allow anything to happen to his family. He will kill him before he allows this to happen. He is desperate. If he has to he will hire someone to kill him. He picks up the money and leaves, in a panic. What just happened?Immediately he contacts his wife to make sure Sean is safe telling her their son is in danger. She of course does not take it seriously. However, while Darren is taking every precaution to keep his son safe— Jordan’s body turns up with a bullet.Soon afterwards, Jalen Jordan is found shot to death while hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Evidence points to Darren as the killer, and the enemy he made in the DA's office is out for blood. Jordan is killed and Street charged. The killing occurred in a national park, making it a federal crime. The federal prosecutor? None other than Ben Clancy, his enemy. Game ON….Now, Street is on trial for murder! He is innocent. He thought about hiring someone, had the money, but could not go through with it. Someone however did kill him. He has to find out the real killer to clear his name. Payback: with the enemy he made in the DA’s office years earlier is out to get him. He is being framed; however, behind bars, how will he manage to get the evidence to clear his name.? A court appointed attorney? He knows this will be a joke, or is it?He can only do so much legal work from behind bars and what is he supposed to do for money while his law practice and family does down the tube? His soon to be ex-wife is of little support. Darren finds himself in a terrible situation. The book takes place over a few years, and in this case, justice takes a long time to find its way. Adrenaline fueled, suspense-filled, taking readers into the criminal justice system, and how one bad decision can lead to life-altering consequences. Fast- paced action, twists, turns and Pratt shines. Pratt is definitely tops when it comes to legal thrillers, up there with Grisham and Connelly and the best of the best. I loved the addition of Grace’s character, the appointed attorney and their relationship, as well as Granny! Also crafty move using his legal abilities behind bars to help others in order to get outside to help attain evidence.Finally catching up with long overdue reviews, this holiday week. In addition to the reading copy, I also purchased the audio —I always listen to Pratt’s books, as the audio enhances the overall experience!For fans of Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller), Grisham’s (Jake Brigance ) Sycamore Row and a Time to Kill You will love Scott Pratt’s Darren Street! Loving the new attorney, Darren Street—here’s hoping a new series, forthcoming. For all you Joe Dillard fans, here is an interesting interview with Scott Pratt, in the event you have not read. The inspiration behind the book. Justice Redeemed,' A Conversation With Scott Pratt. Great job, Mark Rubinstein, Huffington Post. JDCMustReadBooks
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  • Samyann
    January 1, 1970
    Written by Scott Pratt, nicely narrated by Nick Podehl, this unabridged audiobook is just over eight hours of listening, released in November 2015 by Brilliance Audio.Justice Redeemed is a legal thriller, but most of the story is post conviction of the lead character, Darren Street. Darren is a successful criminal defense attorney in Knoxville, TN who finds himself convicted of a murder he did not commit. The story is well researched, in my opinion. I learned a great deal about the criminal conv Written by Scott Pratt, nicely narrated by Nick Podehl, this unabridged audiobook is just over eight hours of listening, released in November 2015 by Brilliance Audio.Justice Redeemed is a legal thriller, but most of the story is post conviction of the lead character, Darren Street. Darren is a successful criminal defense attorney in Knoxville, TN who finds himself convicted of a murder he did not commit. The story is well researched, in my opinion. I learned a great deal about the criminal conviction, the mindset and behaviors of men behind bars - the chilling details of brutality and the jack-booted-thug idiot mentality of prison guards - ignorant jackasses who should be behinds bars themselves.You know who the bad-guy is right out of the chute - the fun is getting Darren Street through a boat-load of incrimination to ultimate redemption. You’ll be convinced, several times, that there is no way he can get through the story alive. Wonderful narration, good character development - a very entertaining story. Enjoy!
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  • Favirah
    January 1, 1970
    New Character, just as good and gripping as the othersWhen this book came out I thought I was going to have another dose of Joe Dillard's exciting legal thriller. I simply can't get enough of the series. This book is of a new character, Darren Street. Different personality, different temperament and different nature of family life. It is refreshing and as gripping as the Joe Dillard's series. Is this the beginning of new series? I hope so. I'd like very much to know how Clancy ends, imprisoned? New Character, just as good and gripping as the othersWhen this book came out I thought I was going to have another dose of Joe Dillard's exciting legal thriller. I simply can't get enough of the series. This book is of a new character, Darren Street. Different personality, different temperament and different nature of family life. It is refreshing and as gripping as the Joe Dillard's series. Is this the beginning of new series? I hope so. I'd like very much to know how Clancy ends, imprisoned? Murdered?. Also I'd like to see justice is also redeemed from Darren's bitch of a wife. And most of all I'd like very much to know how far Darren and Grace's relationship develop and grow.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    This was a book I downloaded to read on a trip. Thank God for this book. The trip was fraught w/delays and missed connections, and Scott Pratt's book was entertaining enough to keep me occupied rather than me complaining. The main character, Darren Street, is engaging and worth rooting for...also incredibly naïve...A really bad guy walks into his attorney's office and after Darren listens to his story, he realizes that he doesn't want to represent someone this reprehensible, but the bad guy thre This was a book I downloaded to read on a trip. Thank God for this book. The trip was fraught w/delays and missed connections, and Scott Pratt's book was entertaining enough to keep me occupied rather than me complaining. The main character, Darren Street, is engaging and worth rooting for...also incredibly naïve...A really bad guy walks into his attorney's office and after Darren listens to his story, he realizes that he doesn't want to represent someone this reprehensible, but the bad guy threatens his family. And there begins the plot..a great popcorn read. I'll take Scott Platt to the airport next time.
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  • Jan Carpenter
    January 1, 1970
    DisappointingAfter reading the author's other books, I was set to enjoy this book. I was quickly disappointed. This tale of a lawyer wrongly convicted of murder is unbelievable and nearly ridiculous at times. I skimmed nearly half the book, only reading to get the outcome. If you believe what you're reading herein, you will have no confidence in the courts or Judges; the extent of this criminality is incredulous and downright boring. . .even in a novel.
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  • Mike Addiego
    January 1, 1970
    DisappointngPainfully predictable, with some wince-evoking dialogue. The plot had no suspense to it. Very disappointing reading. I will try another Scott Pratt book but if there is no major improvement, he moves to the "don't like his stuff" list.
  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Deeply unpleasant protagonist and a ludicrous plot.
  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    I had read somewhere a comment earlier saying "How did I miss Scott Pratt?" And that's exactly my reaction. I had not read anything from this author before. This was my first one and I truly loved it. An outstanding legal thriller that will keep you on edge to the last page. You can expect a lot of court room drama and a lot of suspense. I was very impressed by the author's deep knowledge of the US legal system in general and criminal law in particular. He has set up a fantastic plot and provide I had read somewhere a comment earlier saying "How did I miss Scott Pratt?" And that's exactly my reaction. I had not read anything from this author before. This was my first one and I truly loved it. An outstanding legal thriller that will keep you on edge to the last page. You can expect a lot of court room drama and a lot of suspense. I was very impressed by the author's deep knowledge of the US legal system in general and criminal law in particular. He has set up a fantastic plot and provides a realistic description of the flawed justice system as well as of the prison life and prison conditions in the United States. The protagonist is a criminal law attorney who, unfortunately finds himself wrongfully accused of murder and on the wrong side of law. Through his eyes, the author gives the reader a vivid description of the reality in the court room and in prisons throughout the country. I so admired Darren Street for his flawed and yet honest character, for his strength, relentlessness and determination to prove his innocence, for his love for life, regardless of the horror he was thrown into, and most importantly for his faith in the justice system. Justice (is always) Redeemed! A must read for all those who like legal thrillers.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    Rating 3.5 StarsJustice is like an abandoned child in a dark forest. She meanders slowly, in search of the light. One must hope she will eventually find her way. Our protagonist Darren Street is all about the search of justice. Injustice screamed at him with his abusive father until he screamed back. Darren Street is all about justice. A defense lawyer, he represented his uncle who did 18 years time for a murder he did not commit. Street went after the DA using the court system to free his uncle Rating 3.5 StarsJustice is like an abandoned child in a dark forest. She meanders slowly, in search of the light. One must hope she will eventually find her way. Our protagonist Darren Street is all about the search of justice. Injustice screamed at him with his abusive father until he screamed back. Darren Street is all about justice. A defense lawyer, he represented his uncle who did 18 years time for a murder he did not commit. Street went after the DA using the court system to free his uncle. In doing so, he created a good name for himself which lead to Jalen Jordan walking thru Street's doors of justice to make right a illegal traffic stop. Bringing $50,000 to pay for services rendered, Street knows that there is more to this illegal stop. Under client confidentially, Jordan reveals a startling confession with a threat that changes everything for Street. Justice now becomes personal.A page turner thriller that demands the answer what would you do? The first half was a strong narration that connected you to answering that very question. The second half when Street's life started to unravel, the dialogue was a little weak. I still was very much engaged but noticed a shift. (view spoiler)[ While in prison and helping another inmate with legal matters, he later was surprised to learn his client's real name. I would think filing papers for his said client, he wouldn't be using his prison nick name but his legal name. (hide spoiler)] A Shawshank Redemption meets John Grisham is justice redeemed! A Special Thank You to Thomas Mercer and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first time I have read this author. The book is a standalone legal thriller. Our protagonist is Darren Street, a criminal defense attorney who is defending a child killer. Apparently the killer is murdered and Street is the suspect. Street had made an enemy of the District Attorney who now is working as a Federal Prosecutor. The main theme is that those in government or who have its backing, the right evidence and the power of persuasion can convict innocent people. In other words ju This is the first time I have read this author. The book is a standalone legal thriller. Our protagonist is Darren Street, a criminal defense attorney who is defending a child killer. Apparently the killer is murdered and Street is the suspect. Street had made an enemy of the District Attorney who now is working as a Federal Prosecutor. The main theme is that those in government or who have its backing, the right evidence and the power of persuasion can convict innocent people. In other words justice is jaded. In this story, the author also goes inside the penal system and provides his own viewpoint. While it is not told in a soapbox fashion, Pratt does not hide the cynicism he has for the system, and how easy it is to get lost when facing the power of the government. Pratt does toss in some humor to even the despair of the story. The courtroom drama is exciting and is the part of these stories I like the best. Pratt provides excellent character development and dialogue usage to propel the story and keep things fresh throughout. The story is well crafted with lots of plot twist to keep the reader listening. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. This is my first experience with Nick Podehl as the narrator; he does a good job. I am impressed enough to read more of this author and listen some more to Podehl the narrator.
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  • Yvonne Moncovich
    January 1, 1970
    A story of survivalI really liked Scott Pratts Joe Dillard series. When I polished those off I decided to try this new character, Darren Street. He's also a defense attorney in Tennessee but this time around Knoxville. I'll admit I had a hard time getting into this book. It didn't grab me right from the first chapter like Joe Dillard #1. I took a break and read some other genres coming back to this one a week later. By now I advanced far enough in the story to be enthralled. No defense attorney A story of survivalI really liked Scott Pratts Joe Dillard series. When I polished those off I decided to try this new character, Darren Street. He's also a defense attorney in Tennessee but this time around Knoxville. I'll admit I had a hard time getting into this book. It didn't grab me right from the first chapter like Joe Dillard #1. I took a break and read some other genres coming back to this one a week later. By now I advanced far enough in the story to be enthralled. No defense attorney is ever admired by the prosecution. You can be respected as a good attorney but ultimately it is your job to help people the state is sure are guilty. And if you're really good, they walk.Darren Street has enemies, one in particular. And he'll do anything to see Darren pay. Even frame him for murder. Those first few chapters set all of this in motion and I admit, I had a tough time sticking through. But once the gavel banged, the thrill ride began. Justice Redeemed is a glimpse inside a world I'll never enter and quite frankly don't want to. And the action just keeps coming and coming. It's well worth the wait.
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  • Judi
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic courtroom actionI have read several books by Scott Pratt and have never been disappointed.Darren Street is an attorney who has just successfully got his uncle released from prison where he has been held wrongfully. When Darren is approached by Jalen Jordan to represent him, Darren at first agrees but when he finds out that Jalen killed two innocent children, he throws him out. But Jalen won't accept that and threatens to kill Darrens son. Now begins the chase for Darren to do everythin Fantastic courtroom actionI have read several books by Scott Pratt and have never been disappointed.Darren Street is an attorney who has just successfully got his uncle released from prison where he has been held wrongfully. When Darren is approached by Jalen Jordan to represent him, Darren at first agrees but when he finds out that Jalen killed two innocent children, he throws him out. But Jalen won't accept that and threatens to kill Darrens son. Now begins the chase for Darren to do everything he can to protect his son. But things go wrong quickly and when Jalen is murdered, they arrest Darren.Darren goes to trial and is found guilty. You can feel Darren pain as it takes you through his imprisonment. He endures hardships that almost end his life. Will his attorney Grace get him out. Will they find the real murderer. I am a big fan of Scott Pratt books. This one is definitely a five star read that will keep you turning pages. Would love another book about Darren to see how is life is going.
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  • Willow27
    January 1, 1970
    When Darren Street comes face to face with a genuine psychopath who theatens his kid, his immediate response is kill or be killed. No one takes him seriously which causes him to go into overreaction overdrive and make the situation worse. The powers that be are aware he is not overreacting, but instead of helping they use the whole problem as an opportunity to get revenge on Street for his courtroom attack on them in the past. The characters are a bit stereotyped, such as the superficial ex wife When Darren Street comes face to face with a genuine psychopath who theatens his kid, his immediate response is kill or be killed. No one takes him seriously which causes him to go into overreaction overdrive and make the situation worse. The powers that be are aware he is not overreacting, but instead of helping they use the whole problem as an opportunity to get revenge on Street for his courtroom attack on them in the past. The characters are a bit stereotyped, such as the superficial ex wife, but I still wanted to rip her false fingernails off for being such a bad mother! Overall it was a good thriller and courtroom drama. The book also deserves a more interesting cover picture.
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  • judith mayberry
    January 1, 1970
    AwfulI am always looking for legal thrillers so I was excited to start this book and it begins with an interesting premise. But it is all downhill from there: cardboard characters, unbelievable dialogue, ridiculous and uninteresting courtroom scenes. Apparently, good cross-examination consists of simply making unsupported accusations against the witness and then sitting down. Really disappointing.
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  • LeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Just along for the rideI love a good suspense and this was one. It is 4:00 am. I just finished the book. It pulled me in and wouldn't let me go. There are enough twists and surprises to keep the reader wondering how it will happen, but the real guts of this story is the knowledge that there are innocent men and women in the prisons, living in horrible circumstances,who do not have the benefits Darren Street had.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Terrific read. Not your usual legal thriller, this gives an inside look to the penal system. Completely believable, we are treated to a view of prison seldom seen. Horrific, unjust and riddled with despair, the reader is pulled into a world without hope from which the characters can only dream of escape.
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  • beth beasley
    January 1, 1970
    This but was by far the best that I have read in a long time . It's one of those you can't put down you can wait to see what's around the next turn!Great book one that you can't put down can't wait to see what down the next turn! Wow is all I can say
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  • Erix
    January 1, 1970
    This must be the lowest point of my 2016 reading. I'd give it a -5 star if it's possible.
  • Bernadette Abrahams
    January 1, 1970
    Am I missing something? This story was about as flat as you can get. It had no depth. It was far fetched and unbelievable.
  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    A good, well written book I thought this book was really good. The story caught me almost right away and kept me reading. I will look for more from this author.
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