Books by James Grippando

BLACK HORIZON by James Grippando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

In Grippando's fast-moving 21st, an oil-rig disaster drags Florida lawyer Jack Swyteck into lawsuits against everyone in the known universe. Read full book review >
BLOOD MONEY by James Grippando
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"The criminal behind this fine mess is a cipher, but Grippando turns the screws on Jack so comprehensively that exhausted readers, turning the last page long after midnight, won't mind."
The courtroom verdict is only the beginning of the fireworks in Jack Swyteck's 10th appearance before the Miami bar. Read full book review >
NEED YOU NOW by James Grippando
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

In Grippando's latest (Afraid of the Dark, 2011, etc.), a Madoff-like character pilfers billions, but some victims don't complain. Read full book review >

AFRAID OF THE DARK by James Grippando
THRILLERS
Released: March 22, 2011

Grippando brings back Miami attorney Jack Swyteck to deal with a cold case that wasn't. Read full book review >
MONEY TO BURN by James Grippando
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Grippando (Intent to Kill, 2009, etc.) serves up another full bore assault on plausibility, but his base won't be put off by that."
In Grippando's latest, a Wall Street investment banker is neither bull nor bear—he's a lamb led to slaughter. Read full book review >
INTENT TO KILL by James Grippando
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2009

"Unpersuasive plot contrivances and clunky prose add up to a pedestrian effort from a writer who's done better work (Born to Run, 2008, etc.)."
In Grippando's limp latest, what looks like unpremeditated vehicular homicide isn't. Read full book review >
LAST CALL by James Grippando
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A surprisingly warm thriller with the flavor of the real Miami."
Miami criminal-defense lawyer Jack Swyteck is back in action, defending an old friend and rekindling an old flame in this fast-paced thriller. Read full book review >
LYING WITH STRANGERS by James Grippando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2007

"An unlikely thriller with enough cleanly written action to keep readers engaged."
A mysterious stalker manipulates a beautiful doctor until she's suspected of murder in this well-plotted thriller. Read full book review >
WHEN DARKNESS FALLS by James Grippando
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Filled with hostages, hush money and Miami vice, but it's the relentless pacing that makes this one sizzle."
Funky-chic South Florida mise-en-scène and macho-jokey dialogue qualify the sixth in the Jack Swyteck series as movie-ready. Read full book review >
GOT THE LOOK by James Grippando
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"The book on Grippando—that he sacrifices character, logic and plausibility to storytelling drive—has never been more accurate. Not one in a hundred of this tale's big target audience will ever read it twice."
Coral Gables lawyer Jack Swyteck celebrates his tenth appearance by getting involved with a lady who's so hot that she can't possibly be anything but trouble. Read full book review >
HEAR NO EVIL by James Grippando
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"In his ninth Swyteck thriller, Grippando introduces more plot threads than he can weave or develop smoothly, but he keeps his tale moving."
The defense of a military wife on a murder charge places Jack Swyteck in opposition to both the US Navy and the Cuban government—and disturbs ghosts from his own past. Read full book review >
LAST TO DIE by James Grippando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2003

"Forget Grisham. Grippando works in the James Patterson mold: high concepts, simple characters, prefab thrills, turbo-charged pacing, and utterly forgettable twists and turns."
A wild will turns its legatees into clay pigeons in Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck's latest outing. Read full book review >
BEYOND SUSPICION by James Grippando
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Questions compel, characters don't. Give Theo the next case."
After a promising start, Grippando's eighth thriller—about an insurance scam and the Russian Mafia—stalls at midpoint and never recharges. Read full book review >
A KING’S RANSOM by James Grippando
THRILLERS
Released: May 14, 2001

"Albeit way too contrived to be believable, Grippando's premise, that we are all victims of kidnappers, and his punchy plotting, build up a quick and enjoyable head of steam."
After four weak, derivative thrillers involving some degree of legal high-jinks (Found Money, 1999, etc.), Grippando just about hits the bull's-eye. Read full book review >
UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS by James Grippando
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 11, 2000

"An ingeniously entertaining mess for readers who won't mind the way the case soars off the rails, or who just plain don't like cults."
Grippando's latest lawyer-in-distress yarn asks what happened to the missing wife of a successful attorney, and comes up with an answer beyond your wildest dreams. Read full book review >
FOUND MONEY by James Grippando
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

A worthy idea is undercut by slapdash craftsmanship. Read full book review >

THE ABDUCTION by James Grippando
THRILLERS
Released: April 15, 1998

Woman-in-periler in which the second female US attorney general, who also happens to be the first Democratic female presidential candidate, puts her campaign on hold two weeks before Election Day to rescue the kidnapped granddaughter of her Republican adversary. Thriller-machinist Grippando (The Informant, 1996, etc.) takes us back to 1992, when Emily, the adopted baby daughter of his heroine, the have-it-all, never-lost-a-case, unmarried career prosecutor Allison Leahy, is mysteriously spirited away from her Chicago home. Read full book review >

THE INFORMANT by James Grippando
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 25, 1996

Grippando grabs for the brass ring in his second galloping Napoleon-of-crime fantasy (The Pardon, 1994)—and brings it about halfway home. Somebody's decided to start selling Mike Posten, a Pulitzer alumnus at the Miami Tribune, the hottest crime tips of the decade: sending him the names of each new target of a cunning killer who's cutting out his victims' tongues—and sending them after they're already dead but before the bodies are discovered. Read full book review >

THE PARDON by James Grippando
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

Like John Grisham and Paul Levine, Grippando wastes precious little time or thrills on the courtroom in his ballyhooed first novel, a high-concept legal thriller. Two years ago, law-and-order Florida Governor Harry Swyteck rejected estranged son Jack's last-minute plea for a pardon for his client Raul Fernandez, even though Jack swore he'd been visited by a mysterious masked man who presented irrefutable proof that Fernandez was innocent of the sex killing he was charged with. Read full book review >