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Most Dangerous Place: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Most Dangerous PlaceFrom a fairly simple easy beginning this one grows into a tremendous legal battle and finger pointing plus repetitive denials.

Jack Swytek, the legal whiz, is picking up his friend Keith Ingraham at the Miami airport. Along with Keith making the flight from Hong Kong is Isa Bornelli (his wife) and their young daughter. The daughter is the reason for the return as she has some very difficult surgery to be performed which is to help her recapture some amount of hearing since she was born with none.

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However right from the get-go the story line switches from the daughter to the mother as two police officers stop the group as they are leaving the terminal. They place Isa under arrest for the murder of Gabriel Sosa. This murder had taken place many years ago when Isa was in college but even when it had first worked its way up into the Judicial system Isa was never in the States. She lived with Keith who worked as a high powered banker in Hong Kong but they traveled all over the world with his job. So Isa had never been back to the states for any period of time. This time however the Miami-Dade Police Department knew of her arrival (don’t you wonder how??) and they put her into custody. Read the rest of this entry »

Cash Landing: A Novel by James Grippando

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Cash LandingThis is quite a story about how things can go wrong for even the bad guys when they pull off a supposed successful robbery of a huge amount of money. Grippando has concocted a believable story about the goings-on in the criminals’ minds and lives after they pull off the caper.

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Ruban Betancourt, who arrived on a raft from Cuba into the United States, has had a decent life but now with the economy in a deep recession he and his wife lose their business and also their home. Ruban still works in the restaurant that he used to own and his wife works two jobs to bring in needed money. Ruban is extremely mad at society for what has happened to him financially. On the advice of someone who knows how money is transferred from bank to bank via airlines Ruban devises a plan to get a goodly amount of cash. Read the rest of this entry »

Cane and Abe by James Grippando

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Cane and AbeThe title in itself is quite a story. Abe is in fact Abe Beckham but Cane refers to sugarcane. Although it becomes a bit lost by the end of the story the original storyline seemed to be built around several bodies that were found in the Florida Everglades. These bodies all appeared to have been brutally murdered by someone using a machete similar to those used in sugar cane harvesting especially in the days before mechanization took over the process.

As the police and FBI work to find the killer they nickname him the Cutter and begin putting together similarities in the victims’ lives. One of the standout items is that they all either dated persons or married persons of a different race. If it was a white woman she had dated or married a black man as an example. Read the rest of this entry »

Money to Burn by James Grippando (Review #3)

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Money to BurnThis is quite a story and encompasses several different things that most likely could occur to anyone. Marrying and losing a wife very suddenly doesn’t usually happen to most folks but this one is done in a different way, different scenery, and different circumstances. And those things combined all go to help Grippando lead into this book.

Michael Cantella is an extremely successful player on Wall Street and while on a celebratory cruise he marries his girlfriend, who is fairly new to Michael and the whole Wall Street scene but she is still a part of it. However while still on their own disjointed portion of the cruise Ivy, the wife, disappears and everything points to her having somehow fallen off the boat and drowned. Read the rest of this entry »

Blood Money by James Grippando

bloodmoneyReviewed by Allen Hott

This must have been patterned after the Casey Anthony case in Florida and if nothing else perhaps those investigating that famous case should read Blood Money! I feel certain that there are some very good leads or ideas in this book for that real life case of a missing young girl and the arrest of her mother for the crime.

Grippando has really built an interesting case in this novel which again features Jack Swytek. Swytek is a defense attorney who along with his FBI agent fiancée, Andie Henning, does a lot of investigating in Grippando’s books. He is in the midst of defending Shot Mom which is the name that Breaking News Network (BNN) has given to Sydney Bennett who is accused of murdering her two year old daughter. Bennett has a reputation as a party girl who supposedly paid little attention to the daughter.

Swytek is able to get a Not Guilty verdict and it is mainly because there was no evidence connecting anyone to the remains of the daughter when she was found. Her body was in a very bad condition and about all that was learned was that she probably drowned.

However due to the press and especially BNN Bennett has become somewhat of a notorious celebrity who is followed by many and hated also by many. A terrible twist occurs however when Bennett is to be released from prison Right before a staged release another girl looking exactly like Bennett is hit in the head as the waiting mob gets overzealous and mean. Read the rest of this entry »

Need You Now by James Grippando

Need You NowReviewed by Allen Hott

Quite a combination of assorted characters, plots, twists, and other necessaries to building a good novel. The author’s basic idea is certainly one of today’s world as he builds on a monumental Ponzi scheme. Without a doubt there are many investors interested in recovering at least some part of their contribution to the 60 billion dollars that Abe Cushman has stolen from them.

After Cushman took his own life by jumping from his condo tower’s window to the pavement below, Wall Street and the world felt even more anger. Not only was their money gone but also now the investors would not see the culprit stand trial and eventually go to prison.

There were those however who had thought they would get away with at least a part of the treasure. Many believe that much of the money has been hidden away by some of Cushman’s associates. Little do they know what all is involved in some of the billions that were in fact given to Gerry Collins, the closest associate.

Collins realizes that the money that he has hidden in various accounts as far away as Singapore are now definitely on the “hot seat”. Not only are the investors anxious to find their money but the government is also very interested in the monies but for other reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Afraid of the Dark by James Grippando

Afraid of the DarkReviewed by Nancy Eaton

The first chapter of Afraid of the Dark started off with such suspense that I could feel my heart pounding. I was completely hooked.

McKenna, a young girl has been murdered. As she died in the arms of Sgt. Vince Paulo, he managed to get her to say the same of the person who did this terrible thing to her. She said Jamal was responsible. Jamal was her ex-boyfriend. Vince heard a noise and thought he could catch Jamal but all of a sudden he heard a blast and everything went black and Vince lost his eyesight.

Jack Swyntek, a Miami criminal defense lawyer, is called in on a case. His job was now to save Jamal from the death penalty. Jamal is accused of being a terrorist. Jamal claims he is innocent of being a terrorist and states that he did not kill McKenna. If he did not murder McKenna, who did? That means a murderer is still out there. Jack wants to withdraw from the case. He is almost positive Jamal will fail the lie detector test. Much to his surprise, Jamal passed the test. Read the rest of this entry »

Money to Burn by James Grippando (Review #2)

Reviewed by Julie Moderson

Michael Cantella and Ivy Layton meet when they are both working in finance. Michael is a rising star with one of Wall Street’s finest investment banks. On the wedding night Ivy disappears off the yacht they rented. Her body is never recovered. Michael never stops loving Ivy even when he gets married to Mallory.

Mallory throws Michael a big birthday bash for his 35th birthday and checks them into a swanky hotel and he goes on line to check his investment accounts and finds they have all disappeared. He then receives an email saying “just as planned.” Xoxo. Read the rest of this entry »

Intent to Kill by James Grippando

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Intent to Kill by James GrippandoRyan James is a minor league baseball player with a high hopes and potential to do well for a Major League team. Then disaster strikes: his wife, Chelsea, is killed by a hit and run driver, leaving him to care for their daughter. Years later, now the host for a sports talk show in Boston, he is still haunted by the fact that the other driver was never apprehended. On the anniversary of her death, Ryan receives an anonymous note with the chilling words “I know who did it.” Ryan doesn’t know what to think when Emma Carlisle, the attorney assigned the case three years earlier, informs him that she received a similar anonymous tip. As the investigation is reopened, disturbing facts emerge that seem to implicate Ryan’s brother-in-law, Babes, who has Asperser’s syndrome, as the other driver. However, the real perpetrator is still free and will do anything to keep from getting caught leading to showdown that could result in the death of innocents. Read the rest of this entry »

Money to Burn by James Grippando

burnReviewed by Nancy Eaton

Michael Cantella seems to have it all. He is very successful manager/broker at one of the largest investment firms in the world. Everything seems to start falling apart and Michael seems to be caught in a nightmare with no end.

It all starts when his wife, Ivy, disappears on their honeymoon. She is later declared dead.

Several years later, Michael now has another wife and is still successful until the eve of his thirty-fifth birthday. He had a seven-figure portfolio and checked on it often through the computer. When he checked the portfolio this time, he could not believe what he saw – a balance of zero. Apparently, a transaction was made and his assets were transferred to an offshore account. Everything pointed to Michael. The transaction was done on his personal computer with his password. This was all done while he was attending a birthday party his wife planned for him. How could this have happened? How could Michael prove he did not transfer the money? Read the rest of this entry »