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Twenty: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Jack Swytek, one of Grippando’s favorite characters, is pulled into quite a tale in this one. Swytek, a defense attorney, gets the call to defend Xavier Khoury, an eighteen-year-old high school student who has been charged with a deadly shooting in a Florida school. Ironically, Jack’s wife, Andie who is an FBI agent was on the scene because she was taking their daughter to school. Neither Andie nor her daughter were hurt but twenty casualties did occur.

Xavier was immediately identified as the shooter because the gun found by his side had his dad’s name on it. Since Andie was friends with his mother, she was brought in to help on the arrest and detainment. Upon arrangement Xavier blurted out, “Mom, it’s ok..I did it”.

Andie stays with the mother to help her and Jack is called in immediately to serve as the defense lawyer for the boy. No one can figure out why he would do it even though his father is a devout Muslim. But the heart of the story now becomes the fact that Xavier refuses to talk to anyone. He won’t even talk with Jack who is trying to defend him. The only reason that Jack gets so tightly involved in the case is that the daughter of a close friend of his was killed in the shooting. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big Lie: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

It’s time for another Presidential election. A widely-supported, if controversial, incumbent is facing off against a younger, more liberal opponent. As has happened before too many times, the popular vote winner appears to be on the losing end. The final result won’t be known until the Electoral College meets. However, the votes of the electors are governed by a myriad of laws, allowing for the possibility of “faithless” electors. One such elector has just surfaced in Florida and hires Jack Swytek to defend her right to vote her conscience and her fitness to serve , as well as against murder charges. There is a lot more to this case than meets the eye and Swytek will have to pull out all the stops to succeed for his client. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »