Top critical review
Boring, predictable stereotyped characters and plot
August 9, 2018
I have bought and read several of Pratt's Joe Dillard series. The first few were ok, but the quality has very much declined with the last ones. Never anything special, but a decent summer read if you didn't have a better one handy. A journeyman paint by numbers author, nothing more. This one is subpar , though, even by that standard. It is full of boring stereotyped characters with a painfully predictable plot. What Pratt doesn't seem to realize is that his cliched, prejudices are about as bad as the ones he self righteously condemns. Anyone who may have ever gone to a men's club for a beer after work is a horny, lonely, stupid pervert, just as an example. There are many more. This type of my way or the highway level of writing may have been been ignored with a better writer, but here they just stand out for what the are: preaching rather than creating something worth reading. I generally give my wife a book I've read when finished, as we share the same tastes in good writing. This one went straight to the round file.