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The Sins of the Mother

Miller & Stevens, Book 1
Written by: Scott Pratt, Mark Stout
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A killer is putting the mangled, lifeless bodies of prostitutes on display in sleepy Northeast Tennessee.

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?

"Pratt's richly developed characters are vivid and believable...." (Publishers Weekly)
 

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2018-11-03

Good serial murder story.

The two protagonist cops are well developed and strong characters. I'm uncertain of whether Pratt or Stout wrote this novel. The style is certainly similar to Scott Pratt's legal thrillers while the content is modern detective which is Mark Stout's area of expertise. I do appreciate the tightly composed sentences and paragraphs especially after just completing The Reckoning by John Grisham where Grisham wasted not just sentences and paragraphs but also complete chapters with useless babble that added nothing to the story. Like Scott Pratt's other novels this one is set in northeastern Tennessee. The story is excellent as is Tim Campbell's narration.

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  • A.Fro
  • 2018-11-10

Great book

What an awesome book. Loved every bit. Can’t wait to follow their story.
Narration is awesome

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-01-29

Very average

Book was too short. Not enough time for story or character development. Book was boringly linear. Not the multiple plots or twists and turns that make for an interesting work of art. Disappointed.

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  • carla milliff
  • 2019-01-22

loved it!!

loved it! great storyline! love where the story is based. listen on the audible books.

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  • MsBee
  • 2018-11-24

Great first book!

I listened to this on Audible. The narrator, Tim Campbell, is fantastic. I really enjoyed him reading the Joe Dillard series. The story is fast moving and and kept my attention until the end. I’m
Looking forward to book number two.

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  • SusieReadsForFun
  • Small Town in TN, United States
  • 2018-11-09

exceeded my expectations@

I loved this book. As a Scott Pratt fan, I didn't know what to expect with a co written book. I was not disappointed! This was a well written book that kept my attention. I'm looking forward to book 2.

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  • Lucy Hoffman
  • 2019-07-08

life, love, and a serial killer

This was a captivating story that kept me listening. Tim Campbell is such a great narrator!

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  • TexasJo
  • 2019-07-05

Very good book

Very good b.ook kept you in suspense continually. Veryr we
Ok written. look!ing forward to next one.

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  • Janise
  • Glen Burnie, MD, United States
  • 2019-06-22

Excellent!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters, even the narration was good for me this time. I can’t wait for the next book. I couldn’t wait to get in my car!

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  • Dosha Beard
  • 2019-06-14

Top notch Pratt

If you love a good whodunnit with nasty and lovable characters thrown together in awkward situations, this murder muster is for you. Not too long, which is refreshing; and not boring at all. There are no slow sections. You learn about the history of the people and locations of incidents as you need to without a separate chapter on what kind of grades he or she got in elementary school and how green the grass is and the low or high humidity. You find out and hear about these things as additional info along the way. It does contribute to setting of the scenes without making too much of it.

While reading this book, back and forth on audio and in print, I was looking forward to book 2. Forward to book two. Needless to say I was very sorry to learn Mr Scott Pratt passed away and this may be his last book. It is book 1 so I truly hope that book 2 was completed before his demise. Tom Campbell and Scott Pratt were an absolutely wonderful author/narrator team. I would always whisper sync each book on his series to get the best of both worlds. Lukas and Brooke are two characters I would love to get to know more of, they have great chemistry together and it would be a great tribute to the Pratt legacy to have one more book. Rip Mr. Pratt.