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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (613 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Grippando Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Grippando’s thrillers marry well-drawn characters and realistic action...The story strongly fits into the family thriller genre.”

    Florida Sun Sentinel

  • “[A] tight, twisty thriller...Hums along like a sizzling fastball thrown straight and sure.”

    Providence Journal-Bulletin

  • Intent to Kill’s unique double play of baseball and the unpredictable Babes make Grippando’s newest thriller a hit for the bleachers.”

    Madison County Herald

  • “A fast-paced, nifty crime novel with many surprising plot twists.”  

    Lansing Journal

  • “This book has it all: sports, crime, money, and romance...It’s a delight.”

    Charleston Post & Courier

  • “[A] page-turner.”

    National Examiner

  • Intent to Kill is [Grippando’s] best...It’s crisp and fresh and full of action from beginning to end.” 

    Globe and Mail (Canada)

  • “In this stand-alone thriller...the well-constructed, suspenseful plot is layered with many ‘what?!’ and ‘oh my God’ moments. With the reader well and truly hooked, all one can do is hang on until the final reveal.”

    Romantic Times

  • “Jonathan Davis’ skilled narration depicts the misery of Ryan’s existence and his new agony at the revelation that the crash was not an accident. Davis depicts Ryan’s autistic brother-in-law, Babes, with depth, portraying his strange intelligence and the devotion to baseball he shares with Ryan...[A] fast-paced thriller.”


  • “A fine stand-alone thriller...The story...has a satisfying resolution. Grippando readers who know him mostly from the Swyteck series may find themselves thinking: wow, this guy is really good.


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl Karkoff | 2/18/2014

    " AS all his books are this was a good story. A man searches for the truth about his wifes death three years earlier. Was it really an accident? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed the book. Gave it 3 instead of 4 stars because I don't think it is all that memorable. But it was a nice, quick read. I will try some of his other stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dad | 2/8/2014

    " Great book. Besides a great plot and plenty of action,a sub-topic was baseball. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ginny | 2/8/2014

    " This was worth 2 1/2 stars but I couldn't quite give it a 3. This is my first James Grippando book. I liked his writing style but somehow I couldn't get terribly invested in the story or the characters. "

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