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This book was a blockbuster. The characters, the setting and the moral dilemmas criminal defense attorneys face? The story RANG TRUE UNTIL the helicopter escape....darn....it was just too goofy and far out.... Too bad because this book was almost a winner!
I have read all of the Dillard books by this author, and thought they were all good reads. This book is a different type story. While Dillard was a hardnosed paramilitary guy, Street is just a guy trying to do right that gets squashed by an overzealous prosecutor. A serious story of redemption, with a frightful look at what can happen inside our penal system. Excellent book. Recommend it without reservation.
Another great legal thriller and a terrific new hero. Pratt's main character, Street, is a savvy character who introduces us to some good guys (SPOILER ALERT! LOOK AWAY!) in prison. There's a theme on this book that bad guys can be good and good guys can be complete and utter ..... well, got to go on to the next in this series, Justice Burning.
I love the work of Scott Pratt. I looked forward to this newest venture, as always. And it was definitely worth the wait .... but not for the usual reasons.
This is not your typical lawyer-mystery-action-solve-it novel. In this book, Pratt provides a clear view of a topic that is rarely explored in legal thrillers, and that is, an inside view of the legal system from 'behind the bars." It demonstrates the unfortunate fact that justice is indeed at times blind -- a vulnerable process that can lead to unjustified incarceration. It also dares to take an unvarnished look at the highly organized social structure that exists inside prison walls -- characterized by brutality, mandatory loyalty to one's "car" or gang, and a system of 'earned respect' within and between established gangs -- all of which keeps violence in check and thus is allowed by prison officials in America to flourish. Justice Redeemed makes a good case for the belief that prisons are not the most effective route to reform and redemption.
Aside from providing an unnerving but fascinating view of day to day life in 'the pen', this is 'edge of your seat' stuff -- gripping and impossible to put down. It's one of those What's going to happen next?! books. There was one point in the book, about a third of the way through, at which I was beginning to feel desperate for the incarcerated lawyer. But Pratt seems to sense this and deftly slips in a clear hint that there may be an unexpected path out of this nightmare -- and White Knights in unexpected places -- and we are off and running. The blend of first-person narrative with behind the scenes action is really compelling and keeps things moving at a never boring pace.
But beyond its value as a first rate legal thriller, this novel also transmits a powerful message about man's ultimate will and ability to survive horrendous, seemingly endless situations. And true to his style, Pratt makes a point that seemingly hopeless situations can and do reverse themselves in entirely unexpected ways. It's a message that YES, even YOU can survive a situation that seems from all indications to be hopeless.
In summary, Pratt takes us into the jaws of The Dragon, and then --- well, it's a great ride! White Knights whom we never expect to see in such a role, appearing when we need them most. And an answer to the time-honored question, "But do I dare to trust -- in anything -- again?" This book gives 110%. This is Scott Pratt's very finest work. And I highly recommend it, especially for those who are personally looking for the light of day, wrapped up in an extremely well written legal thriller.
I like thrillers and procedural books. This one filled the bill on both counts and did so quite well. I don’t know about the prison time, having never served time. But, I do know the other side of law enforcement, both good and bad. This book is a touch slow at the start but picks up the pace well and kept me reading until late at night. A good start, a thought provoking middle and a better end. I enjoyed it all.