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A Death in Live Oak: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando


Reviewed by Jud Hanson

A Death in Live OakDuring an inter-fraternity event at a prominent Florida university, the unthinkable happens: the president of the university’s most prominent black fraternity, Jamal Cousin, is found along the river. Mark Towson, president of an equally prestigious white fraternity. The most damning piece of evidence is a text message with a peculiar message, sent from Towson’s phone. Towson is from a prominent family, which is how talented attorney Jack Swyteck comes to take the case. Tensions run hot and there is mounting pressure from all sides to obtain justice for Cousins. The D.A. is anxious to close this case quickly but Swyteck is convinced that there is more to this case than meets the eye. It will take all of Swyteck’s skill to get to the truth.

A Death in Live Oak by James Grippando is so compelling, it could easily be tomorrow morning’s headline. Like most southern states, some parts of Florida have an ugly history of racial intolerance. Grippando has written a book with a complex plot, well-developed characters and a realism that is hard to beat. I grew up in NC and can well remember the racial attitudes displayed by the older generation of my family. This book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, which is why I rate it 4/5 stars.

*A copy of this book is the only consideration received in exchange for this review.*



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