by Scott Pratt
2015/ 314 pages
read by Nick Podehl
rating: A+ / crime / legal thriller
Well I needed this – a good fast-paced crime novel in legal thriller mode (my favorite). And this one is so suspenseful that although I usually listen to books from iTunes on my computer or iPod, it was getting late last night so I downloaded it to my iPad (Audible app) and listened in bed. I never do that – or never done that before I should say. Yes, I eventually fell asleep, as expected, but picked up this morning while still on my first cuppa and then later left the oatmeal on for a few minutes through the dinging of the timer – ah me.
The premise is that a couple years prior to the main action of the book, a young criminal defense lawyer named Darren Street revealed the rampant corruption in the district attorney’s office and unseated the DA. This earned him the profound enmity of the department and the ex-DA.
As the narrative opens, a strange man wants to hire Street to help with traffic and assault charges. There’s a lot more to it than that and things turn ugly and scary very fast. I’m not going to go further because of spoilers – spoilers might start at Chapter 2 in this book because it starts out at high octane tension and gathers speed.
So what is a spoiler? Is it something you can read on the cover or in the blurb or review? Sometimes – and those can get occasionally be pretty bad in themselves. Or is a spoiler only referring to the ending? Maybe it’s somewhere in between. I think that latter and although it depends on the book, I’ve used about 25% as a rule of thumb in my blog.
But Justice Redeemed and some other makes me think about that idea – .
A spoiler is information about the plot of a book or movie which if known prior to it’s being revealed in the work will “spoil” the surprise of it when it happens in the narrative or on the screen. But aspects of the book which are “givens” – the setting or certain very general information about the protagonist for instance, – is information a future reader wants to know.
When I check out books I maybe want to read I consider the title, the author, the cover art, the “blurbs” by reviews or the publisher or other authors and I check a bit from reviews – the first few paragraphs. (I love reading reviews after I’ve read the book to see what other folks think.)
Jalen Jordan, Darren