Jack Swyteck Books In Publication Order
- The Pardon (1994)
- Beyond Suspicion (2002)
- Last To Die (2003)
- Hear No Evil (2004)
- Got The Look (2006)
- When Darkness Falls (2007)
- Last Call (2007)
- Born To Run (2008)
- Afraid Of The Dark (2011)
- Blood Money (2013)
- Black Horizon (2014)
- Gone Again (2016)
- Most Dangerous Place (2017)
- A Death in Live Oak (2018)
- The Girl in the Glass Box (2019)
- The Big Lie (2020)
- Twenty (2021)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- The Informant (1996)
- Found Money (1998)
- The Abduction (1998)
- Under Cover Of Darkness (2000)
- A King’s Ransom (2001)
- Leapholes (2006)
- Lying With Strangers (2007)
- Intent To Kill (2008)
- Money To Burn (2010)
- Need You Now (2012)
- Cane and Abe (2015)
- Cash Landing (2015)
Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- Operation Northwoods (2006)
- The Penny Jumper (2016)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Mystery Writers of America Presents The Prosecution Rests (2009)
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James Grippando Books Overview
A brilliant Miami defense attorney, Jack Swyteck has spent years rebelling against his father, Harry, currently the governor of Florida. Their relationship is strained to the limit when Harry allows one of Jack’s clients to die in the electric chair a man Jack firmly believed was innocent. But now they will have to put their mutual animosity on a back burner, because a psychopath driven by his own twisted version of justice has placed both father and son in extreme harm’s way. With no one to turn to but each other, Jack and Harry must work together to overcome the sinister manipulations of a brilliant and bloodthirsty tormentor?or they will die together as the stakes are raised to higher and more terrifying heights.
After six exciting thrillers in seven years, bestselling author James Grippando is at last bringing back the main character from his blockbuster debut novel, The Pardon. Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck is smart and tough and up to his neck in trouble. With more than a decade of experience in the criminal courts, Jack doesn’t handle many civil cases. But this one is different. His client is a gorgeous ex girlfriend who’s being sued because she thought she was going to die. When Jessie Merrill was diagnosed with a deadly disease and given just two years to live, she worked a deal with an insurance company to get cash fast. In exchange, a group of wealthy investors were supposed to collect on the policy at her death. But Jessie was misdiagnosed. She isn’t going to die anytime soon, and the investors want their money back. Now. At the trial, Jack pulls off a brilliant victory and Jessie gets to keep the $1.5 million from the investors. Two days later, Jessie’s body turns up in Jack’s bathtub. Though it has the markings of suicide, Jessie’s death quickly begins to look more like murder. As the evidence mounts against him, Jack finds himself on a collision course with dark secrets from the past and a possible killer who is Beyond Suspicion.
Last To Die
In an exciting new series that critics have called ‘John Grisham meets Robert Ludlum,’ Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck faces his biggest challenge yet. Tatum Knight is a former contract killer. Ruthless. Conniving. And he’s Jack’s newest client. Tatum is the older brother of Jack’s best friend, Theo. Theo himself spent time on death row until Jack found the evidence to prove him innocent. Jack isn’t so sure about Tatum. A gorgeous young woman has been shot dead in her Mercedes on a Miami street. Tatum denies that he had anything to do with it, but he admits to Jack that he did meet with her in Theo’s bar, where she tried to hire him. Sally Fenning was worth forty eight million dollars when she died. Money had never made her happy, so she left it all to her enemies left it for them to fight over, that is. She named six heirs in her will, but there’s a catch: No one gets a penny until all but one of the heirs are dead. It’s survival of the greediest. Quickly the lawyers gear up for a bitter legal battle, but Jack braces himself for much worse. He alone knows that heir number six Tatum Knight is a professional killer. As the heirs begin to fall, Jack and his unforgettable sidekick, Theo, are in a race against time to discover if Tatum is behind all the killing. Or is someone even more frightening, more dangerous, the odds on favorite to be the Last To Die? From the harrowing first scene through its shocking climax, Last To Die delivers nonstop action and chilling suspense that fans around the world have come to expect from bestselling author James Grippando.
Hear No Evil
Miami attorney Jack Swyteck is involved in the most explosive criminal trial of his career a case that starts with a murder on a military base and concludes with a shocking surprise that will change Jack’s life forever. A beautiful woman comes to see Jack and begs him to represent her. She says she’s about to be arrested for the murder of her husband, an officer stationed at Guantanamo Bay. Having no expertise in military law and sensing that the woman isn’t telling him the entire truth, Jack turns her down. Then she drops a bombshell: She claims she’s the adoptive mother of Jack’s biological son a child he’s never met. Either Jack must represent her or he’ll never see the boy. So Jack agrees, but with great foreboding. The woman is an unreliable client a blackmailer who just might be a murderer and he has to travel to Gitmo and on to Havana to tussle with people who clearly have a lot to hide. This is a case with as many twists and turns as it has unanswered questions, and the personal toll on Jack won’t end until he’s forced to confront the ultimate surprise witness in a trial that rocks the city of Miami. In signature Grippando style, Hear No Evil is an intricate, fast paced, and captivating thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. Performed by Campbell Scott
Got The Look
From bestselling author James Grippando comes the newest Jack Swyteck thriller, in a series that critics have called ‘riveting,’ ‘a winner,’ and ‘lapel grabbing.’ In Got The Look, Swyteck is up against a killer who’s so fiendishly clever and diabolical that even Jack may have at last met his match.
FBI agent Andie Henning is tracking a ruthless kidnapper plaguing south Florida, one who’s out to prove that all human life can be valued in dollars and cents. But at every turn, he has slipped through her net. This time he’s taken the wife of one of the state’s richest horse breeders and is asking a ransom of $1 million. The stakes go up when Andie finds the woman dead.
Enter Jack Swyteck. He has a new girlfriend, Mia, and life is good until she goes missing. Then Jack gets a one two punch: he discovers that his lover is married, and her rich husband receives a ransom demand that pegs Mia as the kidnapper’s latest victim. Worst of all, her husband knows all about the affair with Jack, and he decides to pay the kidnapper exactly what his cheating wife is worth: nothing. Feeling deceived, Jack at first resists getting involved. But as secrets unfold about Mia’s strange marriage and mysterious past, Jack is in for a twisty ride that may bring him face to face with a madman.
When Darkness Falls
In the latest novel from this bestselling author, lawyer Jack Swyteck tackles a case in which the life of his best friend hangs in the balance and in which nothing is as it seems. A Miami criminal defense attorney, Swyteck isn’t looking for a new client, at least not one who is homeless and in jail for threatening to jump off a bridge. But from the moment Jack is called to defend the man, who goes by the name Falcon, something is amiss. For one thing, Falcon comes up with the $10,000 bail in cash. Then the body of a brutally murdered woman is found in the trunk of the abandoned car in which he is living. Panicked and on the run, Falcon takes Jack’s best friend, Theo, hostage. They end up barricaded in a motel room, and Theo isn’t the only one at Falcon’s mercy. Jack must work with the cops and their crackerjack negotiator to free Theo and the other captives before Falcon decides he has nothing to lose by killing them all. What Jack doesn’t know is that Falcon has a much bigger agenda, and that there are people behind the scenes who will stop at nothing to keep their dangerous secrets. Thus unfolds a riveting, lightning paced story, as only James Grippando can tell it.
Many years ago, Jack Swyteck saved Theo Knight’s life. Theo grew up on the streets of Miami’s roughest neighborhood and lost his mother to a violent crime. Although his uncle Cy tried his best to raise him right, by the time he was a teenager, Theo was on death row for a murder he didn’t commit. Jack was the lawyer who proved him innocent. Now a successful bar owner, Theo has turned things around. But he needs Jack’s help again, this time more than ever. An escaped convict from the old neighborhood shows up at Theo’s back door, asking for help. In return, he’ll finger the man who murdered Theo’s mother. But the answers aren’t so simple, and soon Theo’s own life is in danger. Jack and Theo must piece together a twenty year old conspiracy of greed and corruption that leads to the very top of Miami’s elite, while revisiting a past that Theo has tried hard to forget. But Theo also has the opportunity to seek the revenge that has fueled him since the day he found his mother dead in the street on a hot Miami night. Last Call is a brilliant and bullet fast thriller, complete with revelations that no reader will ever forget.
Born To Run
Bestselling author James Grippando is back with another innovative and action packed thriller featuring his ever popular hero. Jack Swyteck gets caught in a dangerous web of intrigue and murder at the top levels of the United States government in his most high profile and disturbing case yet. Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck guards his own family secrets closely, after his father’s two terms as Florida’s governor made some personal rifts public. Things between the two men are finally better, and whenever Harry Swyteck asks for Jack’s help he gets it. Suddenly, Harry needs it more than ever before. When Harry’s friend, the vice president of the United States, goes hunting for alligators in the Everglades and winds up dead, the president positions Harry to be his new VP. Harry immediately asks Jack to be his lawyer. The prestige that comes from the job turns lethal, however, when Jack finds himself at the heart of a complicated cover up that spans nearly fifty years and the globe. Before hostages can be released, an old secret must be revealed, one that could threaten the life of the president of the United States himself.
Afraid Of The Dark
The New York Times bestselling author’s ever popular hero, Jack Swyteck, is on his most dangerous case yet, uncovering a sinister underground world that has him racing across the globe. Then: Sergeant Vince Paulo held his best friend’s daughter, McKenna, bleeding in his arms as she uttered the name of her murderer and ex boyfriend, Jamal. That was minutes before a blast made everything go black for Vince forever. Now: Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck has been called in to save Jamal from the death penalty for terrorist activity. Despite urgent warnings from his fianc e, undercover FBI agent Andie Henning, to stay away from the case, Jack finds himself inextricably drawn to Jamal’s past even believing his alibi that he was abducted and held in a black site in Prague at the time of McKenna’s death. But if Jamal is innocent, then the man who murdered McKenna and took Vince’s sight is still out there…
free. Soon bodies begin to pile up and ghosts from the past reappear very much alive, confirmed by ominous threats from a faceless man known only as ‘the Dark.’ Vince and Jack must confront a mortal danger that goes beyond McKenna’s death, across international waters a journey to piece together the past that leads through the back alleys of London, onto illegal Internet sites, and straight into the mind of pure evil.
By the author of the bestselling The Pardon, this fast paced novel teams a resourceful FBI agent and an embattled journalist in a hunt for two men a serial killer and his elusive informant. When an informer chooses Miami Tribune crime reporter Michael Posten as his conduit, giving him information about murders that haven’t yet taken place, investigators speculate on whether the killer and informer are the same person. As the newspaper continues to deposit larger sums into the killer’s account, FBI agent Victoria Santos and the reluctant journalist join forces to prevent the next gruesome murder. But then dues stop and the murders continue…
until a psychopath makes one mistake too many. This gripping, unpredictable story of revenge will not be soon forgotten.
A young woman finds $200,000 in cash in a cardboard box delivered to her door. A young man inherits a fortune from a father who died ‘penniless’. Amy Parkens and Ryan Duffy have never met, but they are about to, as each discovers that Found Money can be a godsend or a nightmare. Amy Parkens is a struggling single mother forced to abandon a career in astronomy for a practical computer job. She feels condemned to long hours, low pay, and no time to spend with her young daughter. Then an unmarked package arrives. There’s no card, no note, no return address. Someone has simply sent her a small fortune. Any has no idea who or why. She only knows her dead end life has changed forever. Though she longs to keep the cash, Amy fears a mistake, a setup, or even a possible connection to her mother’s mysterious death twenty years earlier. She has to find the source. But when she tries to look her gift horse in the mouth, someone snatches the money away quickly, violently. Ryan Duffy is a decent, responsible man, a small town physician from the plains of southeastern Colorado. Like Amy, Ryan has recently found unexpected wealth. his father’s estate is worth more than Ryan could ever have imagined millions more. Truth is, Dad was a hardworking electrician for forty five years. But in the attic, he hid a fortune. The Duffy family has been guarding his secret. Was it extortion, burglary, or some other shocking crime? And now that Ryan has the money, what should he do? Painful as it is, Ryan is drawn to his father’s dark past. Amy on the same desperate quest for answers, soon crosses Ryan’s path. Their search takes them through a labyrinth of deception and blackmail, leading to a man of unfathomable power. Yet the past is not what it appears. Heinous crimes touched their families years ago. Amy and Ryan must solve a treacherous puzzle to learn why the true victims never came forward, why the real wrongdoers went unpunished, and why certain people would kill to keep their secrets.
Allison Leahy is the US Attorney General, the mot renowned lawyer in America. She and her wealthy husband are the twenty-first-century version of the couple who has it all: a happy marriage and two successful careers. To top it off, Allison is the highly touted Democratic nominee for the presidency.
Her opponent is Lincoln Howe, a retired four-star general and bona fide African-American hero. Like Allison, howe is living the American dream, and for months the candidates hav run neck and neck. Both sides need jut one extra push to swing the election – and on Halloween morning, they get it: A twelve year old girl is kidnapped on her way to school. The girl is Kristen Howe, Lincoln Howe’s granddaughter. The nation and the candidate explode in outrage. As Attorney General, Allison launches a massive nationwide manhunt. But her motives are under fire, as each side claims the other is exploiting the tragedy and manipulating the investigation for political advantage.
In truth, Allison’s drive to bring Kristin home safe is far more personal than political. Years before Allison’s adopted baby daughter was stolen from her home never to be found. Now it seeks likely that her own child’s fate is somehow tied to the current crisis. Allison now must step off the political ladder if she is to help save the life of an innocent young girl and unravel the secrets of her own painful past.
Under Cover Of Darkness
The youngest lawyer ever to grab the helm of Seattle’s most prominent law firm, Gus Wheatley has found success as well at money, power, and prestige. He thinks nothing can interfere with his meteoric rise to the top. Until his wife, Beth, vanishes.
Beth’s disappearance coincides with a series of brutal murders the FBI dubs the ‘bookend killings.’ They think Beth isthe killer’s latest victim…
or his willing accomplice. But Gus knows his wife would never ally herself with a cold blooded killer. The further he searches, however, the more he discovers that Beth isn’t the woman he thought he knew.
Beth may be alive. She may or may not be innocent. She may have come up against evil far more reaching than a serial killer. And for Gus and his family, that evil is much too close to home.
A King’s Ransom
The author of five bestselling novels, including Under Cover of Darkness and The Pardon, James Grippando writes compulsively readable thrillers that could be drawn from today’s headlines, only better. Now his trademark gifts are wonderfully demonstrated in a taut new tale of intrigue that will keep you guessing to the final, breathtaking scene. Just two years out of law school, Nick Rey is on the career fast track at a hot Miami law firm when he is suddenly plunged headfirst into a dangerous bid to save his father. Matthew Rey has been kidnapped while on business in Columbia’s exotic port city of Cartagena. The ransom demand of three million dollars is far more than the Rey family can ever hope to raise. Fortunately, Matthew had purchased an insurance policy to protect against just such a threat. Unfortunately, the kidnappers seem to know all about the policy, and the insurance company, suspecting fraud, is refusing to pay out. With nowhere to turn, Nick links up with Alex, a beautiful, street smart woman who may be the only person capable of negotiating with Matthew’s abductors. But Nick soon discovers that the gravest dangers to him and his family are not the kidnappers and their guns, but the men in suits: lawyers, to be exact, at a powerful firm with something to hide, and they will stop at nothing to keep Nick from unleashing the truth.
Ryan Coolidge hates middle school and is in the worst kind of trouble trouble with the law. The one person who can help Ryan is a mysterious old lawyer named Hezekiah. Hezekiah may have magical powers, or he may have the most elaborate computerized law library ever conceived. Either way, together, Ryan and Hezekiah do their legal research by zooming through Leapholes, physically entering the law books, and coming face to face with actual people from some of our nation’s most famous cases like Rosa Parks and Dred Scott who will help Ryan defend himself in court. It is time travel with a legal twist, where law books and important legal precedents come to life.
Lying With Strangers
Peyton Shields had always wanted to be a doctor, and now, thanks to her relentless drive, stellar academic credentials, and a mountain of debt to Harvard Medical School, she’s a first year resident at a major Boston children’s hospital. The hours are impossibly long but it’s the life she wants, complete with a husband who’s an up and coming young lawyer. But a late night drive home in a heavy snowstorm changes everything. A car coming straight at her drives her off the road and into a frozen pond. Peyton knows she’d be dead if a stranger hadn’t pulled her from the wreckage before vanishing into the darkness. In an instant her wonderful life has turned dark. No one believes her claims that the ‘accident’ was deliberate not even her husband. Without explanation, he has become distant and bitter, calling her paranoid and accusing her of having an affair with a former lover. Yet the terror has only begun, for a series of strange, increasingly dangerous events begin to plague Peyton, moving her closer to a faceless and very deadly enemy who seems to know her every move.
Intent To Kill
A fallen baseball star must use his new skills as Boston’s king of sports radio to outwit a dangerous caller and prove live and on the air that the hit and run that killed his wife was no accident. Ryan James once had it all. With a beautiful wife and a two year old daughter, he was just one minor league baseball game away from realizing his lifelong dream of playing in the majors when the unthinkable happened: his wife, Chelsea, was killed in a hit and run accident while driving to Ryan’s last game of the season. Years later, Ryan is a popular ‘shock jock’ at Boston’s top rated sports radio show, doing his best to raise his daughter alone. But his love for Chelsea endures, his insomnia persists, and the fact that the police never found the drunk who ran her off the road makes closure impossible. Then, on the third anniversary of Chelsea’s death, chilling words from an anonymous tipster turn the accident into a homicide: ‘I know who did it.’ As the police scramble, Ryan makes a stunning discovery. The tip a strangely coded message may have come from Chelsea’s own brother, a young man affectionately known as ‘Babes,’ who has an autism related disorder. But why would Babes have withheld this information for three years? And what finally made him come forward anonymously? The demand for answers sends Babes on the run. Through a series of shocking on air conversations with Babes, Ryan and Emma Carlisle, the dedicated prosecutor on the case, unravel a cover up that reaches back to the night of Chelsea’s death and that may implicate one of New England’s most powerful families. It’s a search that will forever change the lives of Ryan, Babes, and Emma if they live to tell about it.
Money To Burn
In this timely stand alone thriller ripped from the headlines, New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, whom the Wall Street Journal calls ‘a writer to watch,’ explores a world in which the destruction of financial institutions and the people who run them can occur in a matter of hours perhaps even minutes. At thirty one, Michael Cantella is a rising star at Wall Street’s premier investment bank, Saxton Silvers. Everything is going according to plan until Ivy Layton, the love of his life, vanishes on their honeymoon in the Bahamas. Fast forward four years. It’s the eve of his thirty fifth birthday, and Michael is still on track: successful career, beautiful new wife, piles of money. Reveling in his good fortune, Michael logs in to his computer, enters his password, and pulls up his biggest investment account: Zero balance. He tries another, and another. All of them zero. Someone has wiped him out. His only clue is a new e mail message: Just as planned. xo xo. With these three words Michael’s life as he knows it is liquidated, along with his investment portfolio. Saxton Silvers is suddenly on the brink of bankruptcy, and he’s the leading suspect in its ruin. Michael is left alone, framed, and facing divorce, with undercover FBI agents afoot, spyware on his computer, and mysterious e mails from a ‘JBU.’ Embroiled in corporate espionage, he’s desperate to clear his name and realizes that several signs point to his first wife, Ivy, as a key player. But what if Ivy has come back from the dead, only to visit on Michael a fate worse than death? With echoes of The Firm, James Grippando’s newest thriller takes readers to the inner circle of Wall Street, illustrating the very real dangers of what Warren Buffett called ‘financial weapons of mass destruction.’
Need You Now
The New York Times bestselling author returns with a gripping, new stand alone novel ripped from the headlines, in which a young financial advisor and his girlfriend uncover a conspiracy that reaches from Wall Street deep into the halls of government. Abe Cushman, the evil genius behind a $60 billion Ponzi scheme, has killed himself and taken his secrets to the grave. For Patrick Lloyd, a young Wall Street advisor at the world’s largest Swiss bank, Cushman s fall has unexpected and deadly repercussions. Lloyd s girlfriend, Lilly, is directly tied to billions of dollars in losses suffered by Cushman s most dangerous victims, a group of powerful investors whose identities and dirty finances are well hidden. What Lilly knows can get her and Patrick killed, and now the pair are in a run for their lives that leads to the heart of a clandestine operation, and to a cabal of powerful officials determined to keep their agenda hidden from the public. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, Patrick and Lilly must uncover the truth before they become collateral damage in a financial war in which casualties are no longer measured in dollars and cents.
Mystery Writers of America Presents The Prosecution Rests
From the Salem witch trials to Depression era Chicago, from the exclusive country clubs of the wealthy to the depths of today’s toughest ghettos, this riveting collection traces the triumphs, defeats, and temptations of two opposing sides: those sworn to defend the accused, and those tasked with prosecuting them. They are the stories of lawyers under pressure, of criminals facing the needle, and of the heartbroken families of both the victim and the defendant who hope for justice from the back of the courtroom, and who sometimes take it into their own hands. This tantalizing collection proves that after the crime is over, the real drama begins.
In James Grippando’s ‘Death, Cheated,’ a lawyer defends his ex girlfriend in a case against the investors who bet $1.5 million on her death. In Barbara Parker’s ‘A Clerk’s Life,’ a disillusioned clerk at a corporate law firm suspects the worst of his colleagues when one of the firm’s employees is murdered. In Phyllis Cohen’s ‘Designer Justice,’ a cold blooded killer thinks he’s lucked out when he lands a high priced lawyer as his appointed attorney, only to learn that there are worse fates than being found guilty.
Filled with shocking twists, double crosses, and edge of your seat suspense, this page turning collection is not to be missed.