I love a good series with the same main characters. This is my latest find. I have listened to all three on Audible. I also download the print form on my Kindle (free) so I can read if I'm not in the listening mood. In the first book, An Innocent Client, the author introduces us to defense lawyer Joe Dillard. The book opens with a preacher being killed after he has gone to a strip club. A young girl, Angel, who is working at the club is charged with the murder. Joe is hired by the club owner to defend the girl. Joe is burned out on defending guilty clients and he states he is going to quit being a defense lawyer just as soon as he gets an innocent client. Will Angel be the one? The book is set in Tennessee and the narrator has a southern accent and does a good job. While defending Angel, Joe has to deal with the preacher's crazy son and with his own drug addicted sister. I really like Joe, even though he goes to great lengths to defend his guilty clients and some are set free even though they should spend the rest of their lives in jail. You will have to read the book to see if Angel is his one innocent client.
The second book in the series starts with Joe no longer being a defense lawyer. (Does that mean Angel was innocent?)He feels like he needs time off because he is so burned out with the kinds of clients he was representing. He is bored. And he is talked into going to work for the District Attorney as a prosecutor. He is not well accepted because of having been on the other side of the courtroom. His first case involves the ruthless murder of a family of four at a roadside park. They find signs of 'devil worship' as they investigate. Then an older couple is killed with the same MO. The killers are three teenage Satan worshipers. They are quickly able to arrest the two boys but the teenage girl, who is the leader, is harder to pin down. During the story Joe's wife is diagnosed with breast cancer. The book details what this does to him and his teenage children. He investigates the killings with Special Agent Hank Fraley who becomes a friend. Will Joe be able to send these teenagers to prison for the rest of their lives? You will have to read the book to see. I really like legal suspense.
#3 in this series finds Joe and his wife continuing with her cancer journey. This book starts out with a father killing his entire family. Except one daughter survives the horrifying wounds. She goes to live with an aunt. This is a side story that is tied into the book towards the end. This story doesn't have as much courtroom drama but is still a very good book. One of Joe's best friends commits suicide in the courtroom after a judge has ruined the lawyer's career. The judge is then murdered and the friend's son, Tommy, is blamed. It is up to Joe to solve the crime. Along with a couple of investigators they are able to solve all the crimes and tie the story together. The author does an excellent job of character development. I feel like I know exactly who they are and what they look like.
I'm going to take a break from Joe and finish my book club selection for March, A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle. What are you reading or listening to right now?