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Got the Look (Jack Swyteck Novel) Mass Market Paperback – November 29, 2011
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But there's a problem in paradise. Mia neglected to tell attorney Swyteck that she is married to a wealthy and powerful man.
When Mia is kidnapped by a ruthless fiend, his ransom demand is simple: "Pay me what she's worth." Mia's husband found out she was having an affair with Swyteck and doesn't think she's worth anything. If Mia is to live, Swyteck will have to step in and save her.
Money's a problem though. Swyteck doesn't have any. But if he doesn't do something, Mia will die, just like another of the kidnapper's victims.
Grippando writes a fast-paced and scintillating read. The characters are interesting and the plot is a generally a winner. The only issue I had with the book was I found it difficult to believe that the kidnapper acted the way he did for the reason given. It didn't seem plausible.
Armchair Interviews says: You'll enjoy Got the Look and you'll want to read more of Grippando's titles.
So why only two stars?
One reason only: when I found out who the bad guy was, my reaction was "whaaat?!"
To me it was absolutely unbelievable, with no groundwork properly laid, and no motivation established for this character to have done what he did. Even once it was revealed that the person you're originally led to believe is the kidnapper couldn't be the perp, and I took a break to mentally review everything I'd read to try to figure it out, this character still never crossed my mind. It was totally out of left field.
Hopefully, Grippando will do a little better than that next time. Anyway, if you're a Grippando fan (and putting aside the climax) you'll enjoy this book.
Some readers complain that the identity of the perpetrator was a bit far-fetched. But what do you want from a thriller? Do you want to out-guess the author or do you want to enjoy the story? I found the story extremely satisfying at various levels.
Other readers say that they find the relationship between Theo and Jack unbelievable. But have they even read the previous books in the series? The relationship is firmly grounded in the past and thus connects two very different people in a wonderful relationship. For me, the relationship between Theo and Jack is not just a nice plot device but a central part of the atmosphere in the story. For instance, I really laughed out loud reading about their discussion over whether or not pancakes were macho enough to eat during a meeting with a local bonds man.
Just like all previous Jack Swyteck books, I enjoyed this one immensely because of the interesting story, the uncomfortable position Jack found himself in once again (poor guy), the way he manages to get out of the situation, the wonderful description of Miami and the Everglades that provide a lot of local color to the story and of course the hilarious humor of Theo. I've definitely become a Grippando fan because of these books and while impatiently waiting for the next Swyteck book I'm thankful that I still have Grippando's stand-alone thrillers to enjoy!
In my opinion, Grippando shows with Got The Look once more that he is one of the top legal thriller authors!
However, I sort of lost interest in the actual outcome as it became more clear that there was a second underlying plot in which Mia (the wife/lover) was not a random victim and that there was a lot more going on, and a lot more personal vendettas involved than first appeared. This part of the plot was much less realistic to me, and the payoff for all the suspense seemed somehow anticlimactic and muted, as was the ultimate outcome of the plot for me.
However, I did like Jack Swyteck and his sidekick Theo and this book did succeed in whetting my appetite for others of Grippando's thrillers. Up til now he's been a name I recognized but couldn't distinguish from the host of other legal thriller writers splashing around in John Grisham's wake. Now he's not just another face in the crowd for me; I will go out of my way to read more of his books and hope that the chracters are just as compelling, with a plot more worthy of them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gripping. Yes really. It got my "...look" right out of the box. This is the 4th book by this author I've read (although 5th of 11 in the series). Read morePublished 1 month ago by RAROWLAND
I really enjoyed this book and I usually can guess who the murderer is but not this timePublished 5 months ago by Joanne
I loved the book. I enjoy James Grippando's writing. I will continue to read his books and look forward to the next adventure. I had trouble putting the book down.Published 7 months ago by Texas Lady
Takes place. Partly in our area..Jenny Springs. Kidnap FBI involved Ed ...good book. CREdits th Great Outdoors resturant. Hardie just fun book.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer