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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (707 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Grippando Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781436142175
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Fans of John Grisham's legal thrillers will love the suspenseful action and intriguing courtroom drama of James Grippando's best-sellers. In The Pardon, Grippando delivers a scorching tale of vengeance that stains the sultry streets of southern Florida. Miami defense attorney Jack Swytek has long rebelled against his father, Harry, now Florida's governor. The two disagree on nearly everything, especially the death penalty. And when Harry allows one of Jack's clients-a man Jack believes is innocent-to die in the electric chair, their estrangement seems complete. But when they are faced with a psychopath's twisted game of vengeance, father and son have nowhere to turn but to each other. Like Under Cover of Darkness and Found Money, The Pardon showcases Grippando at his sizzling best. Narrator Ron McLarty voices all the dramatic tension, both in and out of the courtroom. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kandice | 2/19/2014

    " Didn't really care for this book. Felt the writing was rather weak. Did enjoy the ending though - it was the best part of the whole book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 2/15/2014

    " I really like well-written legal mysteries. I loved this book! Great characters, fast pace, terrific storyline with unexpected twists, fun to read, mildly weak ending (personal bias), but overall a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/15/2014

    " Good work for its genre. Grippando takes you through a mysterious set of events which appear to be a revenge motive, but have a terrible twist in the end. Grippando does a good job making characters and plot believable for a story allowing you to visit into their world while reading. The only reason I did not rate this 4 stars was the gratuitous use of sex scenes in the book. I think the plot line and character development could have stood without some of the details provided. I'm not sure I'll be reading his next, but for a Free Nook Book, it was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 2/6/2014

    " a good book kind of predicable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Donahue | 1/31/2014

    " I had a very hard time putting this book down. It is a cross between a legal thriller and psychological thriller. It is graphic at times, but well written. I will be reading the sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 1/18/2014

    " I LOVED this book. I enjoy reading thriller/mystery/crime books and this one had it all, including court room drama. You can read the story-line anywhere, but I am so happy I picked this book up and I can't wait to get started on the 2nd book in the series. If you enjoy this genre, you will truly enjoy this book! I read it in a day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rica | 1/17/2014

    " Tightly plotted legal thriller (crossed with a serial-killer novel). Courtroom scenes rival Grisham's best; out-of-courtroom action (of which there's plenty) remains believable even when it gets wild. Begs for a movie treatment: the Miami and Key West locations are sumptuously evoked. With one notable exception--a woman whose many illogical actions, though crucial to the story, are never properly explained to my satisfaction--Grippando succeeds in making the main characters' motivations, strengths, and weaknesses more realistic than many of his genre peers manage to do, and he has a deft touch in describing minor characters. Given that this was Grippando's first novel, I will overlook the generally pedestrian dialogue for now, and hope that he has developed more polished skills in that area over the numerous books he has written since this one debuted in 1994. Unquestionably, he shows promise, and I'll be watching for more recent offerings to see if that promise has been fulfilled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 12/31/2013

    " The first in the Jack Swyteck series. Swyteck is Miami criminal defense attorney who does more than his fair share of murder investigation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathi | 12/29/2013

    " loved his style, a bit rough around the edges, but overall very entertaining for thriller enthusiasts! look forward to reading more 'jack swyteck' suspense novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judee | 12/29/2013

    " This is the first Jack Swytek book. Jack is a criminal defense attorney in Miami. His father is governor. This is a bit of a romantic suspense thriller if that can be said. At the end there is a lot of hig paced action. There are some slow areas but I skimmed through easily. Overall, I am going to follow this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mirjam | 12/2/2013

    " This could be another good series. Liked this one a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 11/29/2013

    " I like Swyteck. I enjoyed this book. I'm not going to say anything because I don't want to ruin it but it's what you come to expect from a Jack Swyteck novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kmmoy | 11/29/2013

    " Excellent start to a series! I've listened to two books later in the series, so there were some spoilers for me, but the story was really good. Can't wait to continue the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 11/7/2013

    " I honestly didn't finish this book, which is rare. Just could not get into it and wasn't impressed with the writing. I think I've read another of his books which was good but just couldn't do this one. Maybe another time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 11/5/2013

    " This was so-so. There was a lot of padding and the story was not that great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 10/27/2013

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.5/5) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crafty4life | 10/24/2013

    " Top notch legal thriller - #1 in the series. It has courtroom action, drama, murder and mayhem. Everything you could want in a debut thriller series. Am on to book #2 and it picks up where this one leaves off. Very satisfying read with twist and turns that will keep you up reading into the night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 8/28/2013

    " Some people say that this author is similar to John Grisham. I don't. I think he is better. This is the fastest I have read a book in a long time. Really good! There are a few unrealistic parts to the story but I believe some of them are made simple just for the readers. All in all a very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lavada Dee | 6/23/2013

    " Wow! I know James Grippando isn't a new author and that Pardon isn't his first book but it is to me. I have placed this author on my must have list and will watch for his books. That I can enjoy his backlist is good. I'm so going to be a fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 7/19/2012

    " the dumbass doesn't fall far from the tree. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 7/3/2012

    " Decent crime mystery. Much better writing chops than that other, more famous, lawyer turned crime writer. Big plus for me to see my former employer thanked in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenny McGinnis | 5/29/2012

    " A good intro to an interesting character. I'll definitely read another in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Stallings | 3/6/2012

    " Best book i've read this year. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Breezy | 12/8/2011

    " Didn't finish it. I don't get why someone would pay money to a killer to keep his mouth shut. The plot made no sense to me at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Carstens | 7/6/2011

    " Good book, great plot and story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda Sleighter | 4/29/2011

    " This book was recommended by a friend who, like me, reads a lot of this genre. It was good enough that I will look for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/16/2010

    " This is the first Jack Swyteck thriller. I found Jack a little irritating at times - but I was intrigued by the puzzle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Carter | 8/5/2009

    " A bit slow starting, but by the middle I had to keep reading to find out what happened. I like the fact that it is not just a legal story, but also a serial killer story. I will definitely read his next book to see what happens to Jack! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 7/27/2009

    " My newest favorite author and my newest favorite character. Love these books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayce | 7/20/2009

    " very good book. You feel like you know these people. Hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip | 1/14/2009

    " Twisted and a bit stretched plot lines, involving Theo Knight and his family. Suspenseful nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 6/30/2008

    " This is a great continuation of the Jack Swyteck series. Grippando's chapters are concise and loaded with suspense without all the pointless filler. This is a good read for any who-done-it fan and is presented in an effortless way-kind of like the Hardy Boys only cooler!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Su | 6/16/2008

    " I just could not like this mystery. I didn't care what happened to either the good guys or the bad guys because the characters weren't fleshed out very well. I noticed that overall the book got a much higher rating than I gave it, but still I can't recommend it unless you are stuck on an island! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veralene | 6/10/2008

    " Gritty and fun combo of lawyer Swyteck and street kid/adult Theo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 4/27/2008

    " Very good, as usual this author turns out can't put down books, recommend highly! "

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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

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.