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Blood Money (Jack Swyteck Novel) Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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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 of twenty-five novels. He was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and later served as counsel at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP. He lives in South Florida with his wife, three children, two cats, and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea that he’s a dog.
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The book starts off copying the Casey Anthony case. So, of course, we know exactly what is going to happen. But to author Grippando's credit he does veer off into an original direction fairly quickly. And the book was very enjoyable. Just can't quite give it 5 stars because of copying the Casey Anthony case.
I am a James Grippando fan and he is quite capable of original plots.
Although Jack Swyteck is a criminal defense lawyer, he always ends up in sticky situations unintentionally, and quite unexpectedly. He did some research for his friend, also an attorney, for an upcoming trial. However, Jack's friend passes away before the trial starts and since Jack is the only living attorney of record, he is ordered to take the case. Sydney Bennett was reviled by the press and the general population and which gave her the nickname of "ShotMom" because of a picture showing she was out partying the night her two-year-old daughter disappearred. When the jury came back with a "Not Guilty" verdict, people weren't happy, Arrangements are made for her release in the wee hours of the morning, but before she was released a woman in the crowd of protestors was mistaken to be Sydney and she was assaulted and strangled.
That's where I stop with the storyline because the twists and turns the story takes from there will keep you shaking your head and always guessing what is next. Will Jack's FBI fiancee, Andie, still be around when it's over? Can Jack keep his Abuela safe? The monster has threatened to kill "someone you love", while at the same time, Sydney has disappeared.