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.
In Scott Pratt's second legal thriller, 'In Good Faith', we find the return of Joe Dillard back to court, after having retired a year earlier. This time he's not back in the capacity of a criminal defence attorney, but on the other side of the courtroom, as a prosecutor. He now has to convict criminals not defend them.
A family of four including two very young children, is found savagely murdered in a ditch by the road. The position in which the corpses are displayed and the mutilations indicate that some satanic ritual has been carried out.
Lee Mooney, the attorney general and Joe's boss is horrified by this crime and instructs Joe Dillard to assist Special Agent Hank Fraley in his investigation.
A few weeks later a retired High School Principal and his wife are found brutally murdered. The principal bears the same mutilations found in the first crime.
The investigations lead to the arrest of two young men who are charged with these murders. They belong to a satanic cult, but another murderer, a very dangerous female (and their manipulative leader) is still on the loose as no evidence is found linking her to the murders. Will Joe be able to find the crucial criminal evidence required to bring this woman to justice before she commits other murders?
Apart from these cases, we also find Joe Dillard prosecuting in a case of multiple sexual assaults.
Sarah Dillard, Joe's sister, once again finds herself in trouble, requiring Joe's assistance. Caroline Dillard, his wife, plays a very central role in this book.
I found 'In Good Faith' to be more gruesome than the first book and it has less courtroom scenes, however it is jam packed with interesting characters and realistic dialogue.
I enjoyed reading this book, but I have to advise that it has some paranormal element in it which unlike me, some readers may find off putting. The suspense keeps on building up until the dramatic and nail biting ending.
Once again, Pratt's writing skills do not fail and words just flow by creating vividly depicted scenes. Finally, I cannot recommend the Joe Dillard series enough especially to all those loving courtroom thrillers.