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NEW RELEASE! Order Now! Ripcord (Billy Beckett Series Book 3)
Russell Mann is one of the brightest young talents in the National Basketball Association, and he's on the verge of signing a new contract worth $100 million or more.
But people close to him keep turning up dead.
In the third installment of the bestselling Billy Beckett Series, Billy finds himself representing the troubled star, a young man he has shepherded from the tough streets of the Bronx to the bright lights of the NBA's Orlando Magic. Despite Billy's guidance, violence seems to stalk Russell at every turn, and the agent unwittingly finds himself tangled in a web of death and deceit. Blackmailed and confronted with the prospect of forfeiting millions, Billy must answer a terrifying question: should he choose his client or his conscience?
In a riveting novel layered with twists and intrigue, Billy must successfully navigate a dark path full of haunting secrets, some old and some new.
THE JOE DILLARD SERIES by SCOTT PRATT
An Innocent Client (Joe Dillard Series) - Book 1
Publication Date: October 24, 2012
A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room. A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused. In this Mystery Readers International finalist for "Best Debut Mystery," criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he's tried to balance his career against his conscience. Savvy but cynical, Dillard wants to quit doing criminal defense, but he can't resist the chance to represent someone who might actually be innocent. His drug-addicted sister has just been released from prison and his mother is succumbing to Alzheimer's, but Dillard's commitment to the case never wavers despite the personal troubles and professional demands that threaten to destroy him.
"Pratt's richly developed characters are vivid and believable, especially the strong Southern women who fight their male-dominated culture from behind a facade of vulnerability in this brilliantly executed debut." -- Publisher's Weekly
"It’s Scott Turow and Grisham... The opening chapter is maybe the most compelling I’ve read in a decade.” – Ken Bruen
Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will leave you shaking your head in wonder, "An Innocent Client" -- the first in the acclaimed Joe Dillard series -- will leave you begging for more.
In Good Faith (Joe Dillard Series) - Book 2
Publication Date: November 2, 2012
A family of four is slaughtered in rural Tennessee. Two weeks later, a retired high school principal and his wife are brutally slain. Two Satan-worshipping teens stand accused. It’s up to prosecutor Joe Dillard to convict them. A former defense attorney who spent way too much time defending people he knew were guilty, Joe is determined to win this case to atone for his past. But an evil young woman named Natasha is responsible for the slayings and Joe knows it. Natasha is walking around free because the two boys who have been arrested are too terrified to implicate her. Now Joe must risk everything -- including his family's safety and his own life -- to bring an evil murderer to justice.
"This book was so intense it was scary." -- M. Cottrill, Dallas, Tex.
"The book ends up moving along like a thriller should; at breakneck speed." -- N. Bilmes, Vernon, Conn.
"This author is a must read if you love attorney and courtroom thrillers." -- Kenneth J. George, Detroit, Mich.
"Better than the old Grisham." -- Tompat, Melbourne, Fla.
Injustice For All (Joe Dillard Series) - Book 3
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Prosecutor Joe Dillard watched in shock as friend and fellow lawyer Ray Miller was pushed to the brink of suicide in the court of Judge Leonard Green. So when Joe arrives at a crime scene to see Green swinging from a tree, it is duty rather than remorse that drives him to catch the killer. But soon the investigation takes Joe away from the halls of justice into his own home. And he's not sure he can face the answer he'll find...
Reasonable Fear (Joe Dillard Series) - Book 4
Publication Date: November 28, 2012
In this novel, Joe Dillard has become the district attorney in Northeast Tennessee and is confronted with the most difficult case of his life. Three young women have been murdered, and Dillard becomes deeply involved in the case with Sheriff Leon Bates. Dillard soon realizes that he is up against an enemy that he has never before encountered; someone so rich and so powerful that the course of justice could easily be altered by money and politics. When the villains start threatening Dillard's family, he asks himself the most difficult question he has ever faced: "When is it reasonable under the law to kill? What circumstances make it reasonable to use violence to defend one's own family?" Dillard's life, and the lives of his wife and children, will depend on the answer, and on the strength of his character.
Conflict of Interest (Joe Dillard Series) - Book 5
Publication Date: March 31, 2013
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.
Blood Money (Joe Dillard Series) - Book 6
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
In the sixth volume of the bestselling Joe Dillard series, Dillard does something he has never done before -- he hires a young associate. Her name is Charleston Story, she is bright and beautiful, and in her very first case, she winds up inheriting an item so valuable that it threatens to destroy her and everything she cares about. As Dillard tries to help and advise his young protege, he finds himself dragged into a web of danger and intrigue, a web so thick that he may never be able to extract himself.
Note From The Author
"Blood Money" is an extensive rewrite of a book I wrote a few years ago called "Russo's Gold." While I was satisfied with most of "Russo's Gold", there were parts of it that I wanted to improve. I also wanted to incorporate it into the Joe Dillard series, and that is what I've done. I hope you enjoy it. -Scott Pratt
A Crime of Passion (Joe Dillard Series) - Book 7
Publication Date: December 4, 2014
A beautiful, young, rising star in the country music world is found dead in a Nashville hotel room. The owner of her record company is charged with murder.
In the seventh installment of Scott Pratt's bestselling Joe Dillard series, Dillard is hired to travel to Tennessee's capital city to defend Paul Milius, a record company baron accused of strangling Kasey Cartwright, his label's young star. Dillard navigates Nashville's unfamiliar legal system and the world of country music in search of the truth, but he soon finds himself confronted with a web of lies so masterfully woven that he fears he may never find any answers. As the trial begins and the tension mounts, Dillard fears that not only will his client be wrongfully convicted, but that Dillard himself may not survive.
Judgement Cometh (And That Right Soon) (Joe Dillard Series) - Book 8
Publication Date: July 21, 2016
In the eighth installment of Scott Pratt’s bestselling Joe Dillard Series, Dillard is hired to represent the man driving the pick-up. As Dillard delves into the case, he comes to believe his client is not guilty. But who is? Who has been kidnapping and killing judges all over the state of Tennessee? The search for that answer leads Dillard and his friend, Sheriff Leon Bates, down a path so dark and so dangerous to a villain so evil, it will change both Joe and Leon forever -- if they manage to survive.
Due Process (Joe Dillard Series) - Book 9
Publication Date: May 3, 2018
A young exotic dancer claims she was sexually assaulted at a party thrown by a university football team.
Three players stand accused.
In the ninth installment of the best-selling Joe Dillard series, Dillard finds himself defending one of the players accused of assaulting the young woman. The case receives national attention, quickly escalating into a platform for deep-seeded division and hatred. It also ensnares Dillard, along with his son, Jack, and Charleston Story into a web of lies and deceit spun by a mysterious figure with a hidden agenda.
Meanwhile, his wife, Caroline, continues her fight against metastatic breast cancer, and his sister, Sarah, comes back into the picture. Culminating in a courtroom scene worthy of Perry Mason, Dillard must take on one of the most difficult cases of his career. Will justice prevail? Or will the weight of the criminal justice system grind Joe and his client to dust?
"Pratt's richly developed characters are vivid and believable, especially the strong Southern women who fight their male-dominated culture from behind a facade of vulnerability." (Publishers Weekly)
THE DARREN STREET SERIES by SCOTT PRATT
Justice Redeemed - (Darren Street Series) - Book 1
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
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 Burning - (Darren Street Series) - Book 2
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Former defense attorney Darren Street is desperately trying to put his life back together after spending two years in a maximum-security prison for a murder he didn’t commit. He’s rebuilding his law practice, reconnecting with his son, and falling more deeply in love with his girlfriend, fellow attorney Grace Alexander. But the past casts a long shadow, and for Street, there’s no outrunning it.
Tormented by nightmares and violent mood swings, Street is seeking treatment for PTSD when a new trauma shakes his world: his mother is killed in an explosion, but the police believe Street was the intended target. Payback from an old enemy, or the calling card of a deadly new foe? Whoever’s behind it, Street begins to lose his grip on reality and decides to take matters in his own hands. And the law won’t stop him from revenge. Justice has a new name: Darren Street.
Justice Lost - (Darren Street Series) - Book 3
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
After forfeiting years serving time for a false murder conviction, former criminal defense attorney Darren Street finally got his freedom back and is trying to build a regular life. But when an unthinkable tragedy shatters his hard-earned normalcy, Street is left reeling from the devastating blow.
As the criminal-justice system refuses to dispense justice, he sets out—without mercy—after the man responsible. Unwilling to stop at simply righting one wrong, Street decides to dust off his legal skills and dive back in—this time to unseat the district attorney general in Knoxville, whose callous indifference nearly let a man get away with murder.
Now navigating a broken establishment already steeped in corruption, Street will find the retribution and redemption he so desperately needs—unless it draws him even deeper into the very chaos that derailed his life in the first place.
THE BILLY BECKETT SERIES by SCOTT PRATT and KELLY HODGE
DEEP THREAT - (Billy Beckett Series) - Book 1
Jarvis Thompson, the most celebrated wide-receiver in college football, vanishes along the Tennessee River in the middle of the night.
The circumstances surrounding the receiver's disappearance are ominous: drugs, cash, and his mentor's brother lying in a pool of blood.
It's up to Jarvis's mentor and soon-to-be agent Billy Beckett to investigate the mystery and find his beloved protege before the clock runs out. Was it a brazen kidnapping? A setup? Or did Jarvis get in too deep and run? In a frantic quest that takes Billy from the mountains of East Tennessee to the South Carolina coast to the gritty streets of New Orleans, the agent knows careers -and lives- are on the line. As the two men's pasts collide, both Jarvis and Billy are suddenly embroiled in a terrifying, high-stakes game where winners win and losers die.
Divine Strike - (Billy Beckett Series) - Book 2
A restaurant owner is found brutally tortured and murdered on a Texas ranch.
A rural fighter is desperately trying to escape a dark past and the demons that dwell there.
In the second installment of the bestselling Billy Beckett series, Billy is desperately trying to pick up the pieces a year after the sensational kidnapping of his star client and the tragic deaths of his brother and a close friend. The formerly unshakable sports agent isn't sure how to play the game anymore. Despite this, he's quickly thrust into two volatile situations with danger and deceit lurking at every turn. Will Billy be able to put it all on the line for his clients? Or will he succumb to the crushing pressure of the highest possible stakes?
THE MILLER AND STEVEN'S SERIES by SCOTT PRATT and MARK STOUT
THE SINS OF THE MOTHER - (The Miller and Steven's Series) - Book 1
A killer is putting the mangled, lifeless bodies of prostitutes on display in two sleepy Northeast Tennessee towns.
The murderous spree is accelerating.
Two detectives, Lukas Miller from Johnson City and Brooke Stevens from Kingsport, have been assigned to hunt the killer down and stop him. Miller and Stevens are considered the best in their respective departments, and although they've never met, their superiors order them to work together in a coordinated effort to put an end to the violence as quickly as possible. Their reputations, and perhaps their careers, are on the line. As the body count grows, Lukas and Brooke find themselves growing more and more desperate to catch a cunning psychopath who delights in painting their terrified towns red with blood. Will Lukas and Brooke finally end the nightmare? Or will the hunters become the hunted?
OTHER BOOKS by SCOTT PRATT
A Ride on a Cloud
Publication Date: September 22, 2014
A RIDE ON A CLOUD is the story of a young boy who, after an unlikely encounter, is granted a wish that most kids dream of: a chance to ride on a cloud! Jump into a whimsical tale that is chalked full of talking fish, cloud ships and spectacular scenes for the entire family to enjoy!
This is perhaps my favorite of the children's stories I wrote for my kids when they were growing up. And once again, my daughter, Kody Storm Rowe, has done an absolutely superb job of bringing the story to life! If you and yours are fans of Dr. Seuss, A RIDE ON A CLOUD should be right up your alley. Once again, from my family to yours, we sincerely hope you enjoy A RIDE ON A CLOUD, the second of many children's stories to come from Kody and I.
An Elephant's Standing in There
Publication Date: July 2, 2014
Allow me to introduce you to AN ELEPHANT'S STANDING IN THERE, a whimsical story about an elephant standing in a little boy's bedroom that I wrote for my children many years ago. Though my kids have grown up themselves, I've held on to this tale because of the wonderful memories my family and I shared while reading it together.
After stumbling back onto the story roughly a year ago while going through some old things, an idea popped into my head. My daughter, a lovely young lady named Kody, had heard this story many times when she was a young girl. She had also developed an exceptional talent for illustration. I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be fun if Kody illustrated our story for other families to share?" And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly what we've done. From my family to yours, we sincerely hope you enjoy AN ELEPHANT'S STANDING IN THERE, the first in what Kody and I hope will be a long series of stories for children.
River on Fire - (Discussion / Study Guide Included)
Publication Date: May 29, 2013
"River on Fire" is the story of Randall Smith, a foundling orphan growing up in the midwestern United States in the late 1960s. Without the intimate guidance of loving parents, Randall struggles to understand a dangerous and confusing world during one of the most tumultuous times in modern history. Immensely readable and filled with humor and irony, "River on Fire" will both warm and break your heart.
"From first page to last, there’s not a single false note to be heard. "River on Fire" is beautifully rendered, and Randall Smith is a hero you'll find it very easy indeed to root for. -- Stephen C. Spencer, "Upon Further Review"