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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: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061806261
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rese | 2/3/2014

    " This was a good, quick read. No surprises where the romance portion of this book went. You could see it from the very beginning. No much of surprise on the murder side either. Still it was a good read. Entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Su | 1/25/2014

    " Just a so-so mystery. A rising young baseball star learns his wife was killed on the way to his game. Three years later he begins getting clues that suggest there was more involved that a drunk driver hitting her. It just seemed rather shallow to me and dragged on longer than necessary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa in Ohio | 1/21/2014

    " Ryan James was expecting his life to change one night when he is playing minor league ball. It changes not the way he expects going to the majors but with unbelievable grief. His young wife and daughter are involved in an accident where the suspect is a drunk driver but was never found. On the third anniversary a tipster leaves tips pointing to the killer. In the meantime Ryan who is now a sports jock and insomanic raising a daughter on his own is now washed in anger not grief over realizing that is wife could be a murder victim. Emma is the prosecutor who couldn't leave this cold case behind and reopens the investigation. Where it takes her, could burn some bridges and destroys relationship. To me the best character is BABES, the brother of the deceased. He has Asperger and/or autism. He seems to know more about the accident and goes on the run. Grippando did his research on this and Babes is quite likeable and you just want to protect him as everyone hunts him. Some want to shut him up and others want him to speak the truth loud and clear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent from beginning to end. I read it in two sittings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Addison | 1/12/2014

    " It was a good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Rafferty | 12/28/2013

    " Great Boston Novel...I will be looking for more from this author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 12/28/2013

    " the book grabbed my intention from the get-go.amazing mystery/thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 11/27/2013

    " enjoyable mystery with just enough twists and turns "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 11/23/2013

    " Good story, loved the baseball theme and the mention of the Mudhens! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 9/19/2013

    " Not up to usual standards "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaito | 8/23/2013

    " Very suspenseful. I thought that when they found the killer, it would be the end but Grippando always knows how to bring it out. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 8/21/2013

    " Jock and radio talk show host Ryan James plays the lead role in Grippando's standalone novel which is a pleasing thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 6/10/2013

    " This novel held my interest but it wasn't one I "couldn't put down". Grippando does a good job with his characters and the book was easy to read and follow, it just didn't have quite the hook I was looking for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz Jenkins | 4/9/2013

    " Would have actually given this a 3 1/2 stars. Good mystery - plot fairly easy to figure out - I do like this author and have read several but this one seemed to call it in a bit. Or maybe I just wasn't in the right mood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhiannon | 9/27/2012

    " Way too drawn out for me., "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/31/2012

    " Finished 6/28....very good; enjoy his stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 5/27/2012

    " This heart wrenching story is as well written as most of James Grippando novels with a twist of autism added. Well done for some tough topics. 7 of 10 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 4/15/2012

    " I liked this book. I have never read this author before and i will seek him out. It was interesting, suspenseful and easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 1/22/2012

    " Enjoyable, if highly improbable, mystery of young baseball player investigating the death of his wife in an accident. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 7/22/2011

    " Suspensefull. It kept my attention through the whole book. I would like to read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 6/23/2011

    " This book was wicked good!!! The wife supposedly died in a hit & run accident, but it was more like murder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaito | 5/9/2011

    " Very suspenseful. I thought that when they found the killer, it would be the end but Grippando always knows how to bring it out. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 1/11/2011

    " A good read for a long flight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 11/25/2010

    " First read of this author. Pretty darn good. I'll have to read more of him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rese | 10/16/2010

    " This was a good, quick read. No surprises where the romance portion of this book went. You could see it from the very beginning. No much of surprise on the murder side either. Still it was a good read. Entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 8/24/2010

    " This is a really good whodunnit. Difficult if not impossible to figure out early. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 7/23/2010

    " A ballplayer's wife is killed in a hit and run car accident. Trying to determine what happen is the basis of the story. It was a quick read and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ropajo | 5/10/2010

    " 5/13
    5/19 -

    fast paced, good story. another winner by grippando "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bregnier | 4/28/2010

    " Enjoyed it very much. Was surprised by the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shauna | 4/16/2010

    " This was my first Grippando book and it was just okay. I enjoyed how it showed how the death affected the whole family and the attentiveness to detail with regard to the autistic brother's experiences. But it was predictable and tough to get through at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chiquito | 2/27/2010

    " This was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 2/5/2010

    " Jock and radio talk show host Ryan James plays the lead role in Grippando's standalone novel which is a pleasing thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 12/31/2009

    " Not my favorite Grippando book but it was an entertaining quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 12/3/2009

    " Not up to usual standards "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 11/10/2009

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 11/10/2009

    " Very good book. I will definitely look for more by this author. "

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About the Author
Author James Grippando

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author with more than twenty books to his credit, including those in his acclaimed series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. Grippando was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994. He lives in South Florida with his wife, three children, two cats, and a golden retriever named Max, who has no idea he’s a dog.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.