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From the Back Cover
Monroe and Debbie Lovett have moved to Peregrine,Mississippi where he has opened an office as a criminal defense attorney.There's only one problem; no one seems to know who Monroe Lovett is, and tomake matters worse, he hasn't had a single client. His sole hope is that justone person will hire him.
That hope is answered when in walks Ashley Butler. Monroe isso glad to see her, happy to have a someone in need of his service that hejumps at the opportunity to represent her. Little does he realize; Ashley'scase will pit him against forces wanting his client convicted. Her case willopen the closest to the Butler family's secrets.
Ashley Butler's problems started when adulteryand accusations led to a single rash act that ended in murder. In a matter ofseconds, an argument climaxed with Julie, Marcus Butler Jr.'s mistress, dead.
A rookie deputy throws a sheet over the dead body of Julie Miler. Will this contaminate the evidence or has there been even more serious contamination at the scene of the crime that some people want to keep quiet about?!
Monroe Lovett, is the new defense attorney in Peregrine, Mississippi. Debbie, his wife is also his secretary. Both have been praying for his first client, never dreaming it would be a murder case.
Ashley Butler, on arriving at Monroe's office, does not get time to fully explain everything before she is arrested and charged with the murder. Is she sad that Julie is dead? No! Julie was sleeping with her husband, Marcus Butler, Jr! Did she commit the crime though? She says she didn't and Monroe believes her but can he prove it?
Why has a man been abducted and taken to a deserted hunting cabin? Who is he? Who is his interrogator?
How can Ed Hermann, a retired police detective help Monroe?
As I said in the title, this story has the potential to be a really good one and I actually enjoyed it, for the most part. A well thought out and executed storyline that will drag you and keep you reading until the end. Monroe and Debbie are still very much in love after 20 years of marriage and work well together which is wonderful to read and refreshing. However there is a LOT of sexual innuendo in this book between them and I think it was a little overkill when Herm walks in on them just about to "christen" the office couch. Herm doesn't see anything except that Debbie has her shirt all buttoned up wrong and Monroe needs to sit behind a desk to hide his arousal.
The major problem is that this book needs a good proof reader. There is missing punctuation, misspelled words or incorrect uses (for e.g. shuttered should be shuddered) and tense changes in paragraphs occasionally. I have read far worse and these errors really do not distract from the story but it would be a much better read if corrected.
Language? Mild. "Piss off" is the harshest you will read.
Struggled as to whether to give this 3 or 4 stars due to the errors BUT decided on 4 as the storyline really is a good one.
This book was a big let -down! Actually, it had a lot of potential, but was poorly executed. Little to no character development, and terrible dialogue. The main character is a lawyer, turned preacher, returned lawyer. He and the wife move to small -town Mississippi at the recommendation of a friend, who has gone to Atlanta.Hmm? He hangs his shingle, and waits. Wife as secretary is not even entrusted with dubious money that comes in from unknown source, nor is she privy to information concerning case. The only interaction between the couple is superfluous sexual innuendo. What little interest I could maintain thus far was forfeit when lawyer cum preacher cum lawyer takes trash to the curb, admires the stars while a van screeches up behind him, and two guys jump out and nabs him, and he has no clue? Really? I don 't know where all these 5 star ratings came from, maybe someones friends, or the one complaint about foul language, perhaps she was lost,for I encountered no foul words.
I would give this book five stars for the basic story, but as some of the other reviews state there are many spelling/grammer errors and repeated sequences. The story is a good legal mystery with plenty of twists and turns It's certainly worth the read.
Perry Perrett is a master story teller. Butler's Justice has it all; suspense, twists and turns, romance, and intrigue. Attorney Monroe Lovett, a former pastor, takes a friend's advice and moves to Lane County in Mississippi to return to practicing law. After a dearth of new clients he gets one who is more than he bargained for. This is a story of corruption and evil. It is also a story of truth and faith. Many times, Lovett, not knowing what to do, cries out to the God he serves for help and guidance.
You will be on the edge while reading Butler's Justice and won't want to put it down until the very last word has been read. I am hoping for more Monroe Lovett novels in the future and will be first in line to read them. Perry Perrett, you ROCK.
I was really pleased with the storyline in this book! It would have been five stars were it not for the editing issues. Seriously -- misspelled words, improper punctuation, wrong use of words, missing and extra words. It was really irritating.
First the good news: Mr. Perrett is a good storyteller. The story has a pretty standard potboiler plot in which the principal character starts out way behind the eight ball and moves farther and farther behind until the (unbelievable) resolution, but this version of the plot has some interesting twists.
Then, the bad news. This book desperately needs some serious editing, which obviously it never received. We're told that Monroe, the principal character was "pouring over case files," but we're never told what he was pouring. There are people and things laying here and laying there, but we're never told what they're laying. The book is full of wrong word errors: "He shuffled a little on the witness chair." "Daniels. . . absconded from the room." "He was trying to stand natural as he picked up a folder." "'Refrain yourself,' the judge said." The depictions of interpersonal relationships in the story are naive, and Mr. Perritt takes off on extended side plots he apparently tossed in as comedy and that are neither funny nor have anything to do with the rest of the story.
But there are two things that keep you from giving up after the first chapter: the story's interesting twists, and the laughs you get as you stumble over the inept writing.
Reading Perry Perrett is like reading a cross between Faulkner and Grisham. Like Faulkner, Perrett brings out the tone of the South: Lane County, Judge Harper, Sheriff Austin, the Pastor, and the Gentleman’s Club. Butler’s Justice read like a Grisham legal thriller. I enjoyed the read, glad I bought it, and learned a thing or two.