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A Death in Live Oak: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando (Review #2)

Reviewed by Allen Hott

A Death in Live OakBeginning with the finding of a young black man all bound up and floating dead in a river, A Death in Live Oak, takes the reader on an interesting ride through the North Florida area. It covers not only college students and their fraternities but it also is a good look back into history at the things that happened due to racism and its events.

Mark Towson, the president of the white Theta Pi Omega fraternity, is taken in by the police for questioning when the president of the black Alpha Kappa Delta fraternity turned out to be the body that was found in the river.

Supposedly someone texted a message to Jamal Cousin, the dead black student, a few days prior to his being found in the river. The message, “watch yo ass on the float, nigga, strange fruit on the river” was known everywhere as a threat that the person would be found hanging from a tree on the river banks. It was a familiar threat to folks in the area as it was tossed around for many years. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »