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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062109847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062109842
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

The latest Jack Swyteck legal thriller begins with a controversial not-guilty verdict, a violent act that leaves a young woman in a coma, and accusations of corruption leveled at Jack himself. His client, a woman accused of murdering her daughter because the girl impinged on her carefree lifestyle, is acquitted, but Jack knows there’s a lot more to the case than he’s been allowed to reveal in court. And after a woman who looks startlingly like his client is beaten nearly to death, Jack discovers that this was no weirdly coincidental act of violence but rather a result of something hidden behind the media spectacle surrounding the trial. After a few lethargic Swyteck novels, the author charged back in 2011 with Afraid of the Dark, and this one is similarly energetic, with a story that’s full of twists and turns and, not incidentally, some well-aimed criticisms of the way high-profile trials are covered by the news media. A timely and very well executed story. --David Pitt

About the Author

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels are enjoyed worldwide in twenty-six languages. Black Horizon is his twentieth novel published by HarperCollins, the eleventh in the acclaimed series featuring Miami attorney Jack Swyteck. He is also the author of Leapholes for young adults. Grippando was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and he is now counsel at one of the nation's leading law firms. He lives and writes in South Florida.

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Customer Reviews

This is a very fast paced novel with lots of action to keep you reading to the end.
Dutch Boy
My very first Grippando novel. tight plot, well written, yet with an unusual twist to its genre.
Rob Fincher
I definitely would recommend James Grippando to anyone who likes mysteries and suspense.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Blood Money - James Grippando

Take the horror of the Casey Anthony trial and acquittal, mix in a good dose of the O.J. Simpson trial then toss in some outrageous social media and a huge dose of sensationalistic TV and you have the basis for this astonishing book.

Mr. Grippando has written 20 books to date and this is the first one I have ever read. It will not be my last one. The author has written this book as part of a series, but I guarantee you that you will not have had to read any of the other ones to follow this story. It has been written as if it were a stand-alone and it gives you just enough back story for many of the characters so that you will immediately feel like you have grown up with them.

A brief summary of this book -- Jack Swyteck has defended one of the most seemingly despicable women that this country has seen in a while and he expects that her release from prison is not going to go well. However, nobody could have predicted just what exactly did happen that morning.
Celeste Laramore who has a striking resemblance to Sydney Bennett (also known as Shot Mom) shows up at the jailhouse on the morning of Sydney's release. The crowd has be driven to a frenzy by a certain TV reporter (who bears a startling resemblance to one of my least favorite TV personality/Attorney) from the BNN network - Breaking News Network. While this crowd is essentially, rioting, someone is trying to strangle the Sydney look-alike. To make a long story short, because of illegal technical maneuvering/tampering by BNN, crucial medical information does not get to the ambulance in time and Celeste slips into a coma.

Not only all of that is going on, but also at the same time there is a murderer loose that is threatening all of the people that Jack loves...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on March 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
On July 5, 2011, Casey Anthony was found not guilty in the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee. The trial lasted six weeks and had the nation riveted. The court of public opinion would have seen Casey pronounced guilty and most likely subjected to the death penalty. However, as seen with the O.J. Simpson courtroom spectacle, justice does not always prevail in these high-profile cases. With his latest release, BLOOD MONEY, author and trial lawyer James Grippando has fashioned a fictional story ripped directly from the headlines. Additionally, the plot is strongly influenced by the events and aftermath of the infamous Casey Anthony trial.
In this tale, Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck is defending cocktail waitress Sydney Bennett, who has been accused of murdering her two-year-old child. Her hard partying and impersonal attitude towards the proceedings have found her dubbed the “Shot Mom” by the opposing attorney. This sentiment has been picked up by the throngs of anti-Sydney protesters as well as the constant coverage from BNN (Breaking News Network), which is providing around-the-clock updates on the trial.
Once Sydney, like Casey Anthony, is found not guilty, everything turns crazy. Threats are made, and much of the nation is shocked and angry. Swyteck must find a way to safely get his client away from the courthouse and prison through an angry mob calling for her head. In an act of profane vigilantism, a college student named Celeste Laramore, who resembles the defendant, is attacked outside the courthouse and ends up in a coma.
With all of the anti-Sydney sentiment that is coming down upon Swyteck and his firm, he is unsure of what to do to spin himself out of the spotlight.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Gorman on June 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A true winner by Grippando that won't require you to keep a scorecard of characters and plot lines, nor will you need a week of concentrated reading to finish it.
IN this day of 400-800 page "novels", Blood Money is a refreshing return to the focused plot entries of early day legal thrillers. Grippando has once again scored high marks for his tightly woven legal thriller that eliminates many of the extraneous and unnecessary plot shifts, red herrings, extra characters, etc. found in today's fiction.
The story is easy to follow, the action is fast paced, and the ending is well worth the wait. The current trend of "reality " news reporting is expertly woven throughout the story with a surprising turn toward the end.
If you like a fast paced legal thriller without pages and pages of courtroom testimony, you should enjoy Blood Money.
I was not turned off as others were by the Casey Anthony-like premise because I did not follow that case to any great degree, and in Blood Money not much was made of the similarity other than as an introduction to all the action that followed.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tee on January 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book without knowing any details about story. That is because I have read all of the other Swyteck books & they are great! I was initially disappointed when I realized this was going to be a rehash of the Casey Anthony case but I put that aside, confident that Grippando would add a twist that would make it worth it. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Frankly, I was bored. The story moved slowly, was slightly illogical and I found that at certain points in the story I forgot who the different players were - this is VERY unusual for a Grippando book. I am still a huge Swyteck fan but I can not recommend this one.
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