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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (932 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Grippando Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Swyteck Series Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9780061257384
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Miami criminal defense attorney Jack 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 calls himself 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, as hostage. They end up barricaded in a motel room, and Theo isn't the only one at Falcon's mercy. Jack has to work with the cops and their crackerjack hostage negotiator to free Theo and the other hostages before Falcon decides he has nothing to lose by killing them all.

But what Jack doesn't know is that Falcon has a much bigger agenda—and that people behind the scenes will stop at nothing to keep their dangerous secrets. Thus unfolds a lightning-paced, impossible-to-put-down story, as only James Grippando can tell it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deeper than its predecessors. And that’s good, because Grippando is at his best when he's telling a story that’s more than a mere whodunit. The novel feels darker, more dramatic…By far the best in the series.”

    Booklist

  • “Combining the heart-pounding pace of a David Baldacci novel and the sharp wit of William Lashner fare, Grippando builds on his résumé of bestselling legal thrillers with another winner. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “From the get-go, it’s beaucoup suspense—and then Grippando puts pedal to metal…Filled with hostages, hush money and Miami vice, but it’s the relentless pacing that makes this one sizzle.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Todd | 2/19/2014

    " Nasty things happen in S. America "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deale Hutton | 2/8/2014

    " Really like the two main characters and the political background of this novel. Plot unraveled slowly, but that was a good thing. Kept me up at night. Going for another one of his right away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/5/2014

    " Good Read, I'll have to read more from this author. "

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

    " Engrossing thriller whose hero, a lawyer, finds his latest client isn't all that he seems. The action in the story has its roots in Argentina's dirty war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Petticrew | 1/24/2014

    " not normally my taste in books, but i was hooked! fast paced! I downloaded as the 3 e-book format but read it straight through, and i must say i really enjoyed it! the twist and turns, great thriller, crime "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/22/2014

    " I don't normally read many "thriller" books, but I really enjoyed this one! It felt a little slow in a few places, but that may have been because I just wanted more answers, and the author was making me wait. :) "

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

    " I downloaded this as the 3 e-book format but read it straight through. I have not read any of Mr Grippando's books before so I did not know there were earlier stories about the main character, Jack Swyteck. Indeed one of the small gripes I had was that I did not realise who was the main character straight away. It seems harsh to complain as it also means that each character is strong and well drawn but only up to a point. I was left wanting to know more about all of them. Sergeant Paulo, especially, is an interesting figure. The story held my interest and I liked the way the author let this reader get inklings from the flashbacks in the narrative. I shall definitely be on the lookout for some of the earlier stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree H. | 1/15/2014

    " I may have found a new series to read. I finished this several weeks ago but I can tell you that it keeps you hooked from the first chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia Jacobs | 1/14/2014

    " Interesting back story about the Argentina Dirty War that I had never heard of. Sometimes I wonder why I took any history at all, since I can't seem to remember hearing about half these incidents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Brown | 1/11/2014

    " Oh my! I hope this series never ends, there is something better in each book!! A must read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 1/9/2014

    " Free book on Kindle. Surprisingly good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael Bermingham | 1/3/2014

    " Not a bad read overall. Kept my attention anyway. Some rather poor dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni Lathrop | 12/27/2013

    " This was a great thriller. Author did pull a "John Wu" and ended the book a couple times in a row. I could have done with one ending. Small complaint, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 12/21/2013

    " This was the first book I have read by James Grippando, and he kept me entertained and drawn in throughout the book, keeping a nice pace. It is another in the series of Jack Swyteck, and I plan to try other works in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 11/30/2013

    " I'm beginning to move from mostly non fiction reading to fiction reading. This book really hooked me from beginning to end. Well done! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 11/27/2013

    " many twists. very interesting regarding argentina's dirty war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 11/27/2013

    " The story was good and I liked the characters, but some parts were a little confusing. I didn't get the sense of urgency that I had to just keep reading to figure everything out... I felt like I was being confused on purpose. I still enjoyed the book though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kmmoy | 11/9/2013

    " I love all the Jack Swytek books, and this was not an exception. A little different from the first five, but in a good way. Definitely a fun, quick read. I think it helps to read them in order, especially for this particular story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Southwood | 8/25/2013

    " A good suspense, a first e-read book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caron | 7/24/2013

    " Good thriller with lots of action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fan Francis | 6/27/2013

    " My first read of his books..... not a bad mystery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Schmidt | 5/15/2013

    " Jack's friend, Theo, is being held hostage in a motel room along with 3 others by a delusional homeless man, who happens to be Jack's client. A story of intrigue and suspense begins there, involving $200,000 and the Mayor's daughter, who happens to be a Miami cop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moon | 3/13/2013

    " This was a great read and kept me wanting to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/19/2013

    " Not my favorite, but I definitely wanted to find out what happened at the end. A bit of history lesson interspersed with a sad romance & sad cop story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlene | 2/18/2013

    " Good book made greater by Narrator Jonathan Davis. Easy to follow and not too many characters. Hostage situation may have been to drawn out but finally wrapped. I'll read another Grappando book as long as it's narrated by Jonathan Davis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/4/2013

    " A very good read. I liked the characters, and was pleased to see this is one of a series. I'll be looking for more titles from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/15/2012

    " A nice thriller that kept me interested until the end. I liked the recurring characters and will have to check some of the author's other work out. Can't beat that it was free, and definitely worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Stagner | 8/1/2012

    " This was a surprisingly good book. I say that, because it isn't my usual genre. I'll definitely be open to reading more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 7/31/2012

    " This is a very well written book and grabs you from start to finish. It has an inventive and interesting story line and good characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jibran | 6/11/2012

    " The only novel I have read in the Jack Swyteck series. Was really suspenseful. Cant you(James Grippando) provide (The Pardon) for free. Please! Wanna read the whole series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana | 4/21/2012

    " So far, entertaining....free multipart Kindle book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fi | 1/3/2012

    " In some ways it reminded me of a John Grisham; enough suspense to keep me reading, & thoroughly good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 12/11/2011

    " Nog een goed verhaal met de jurist Jack Swyteck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kw | 5/8/2011

    " I love anything by this author. He has never disappointed me, not once. His stories are intereting, well-written, and clean. I appreciate not having to read profanity and soft porn to get through a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 5/5/2011

    " I may have found a new series to read. I finished this several weeks ago but I can tell you that it keeps you hooked from the first chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/4/2011

    " not normally my taste in books, but i was hooked! fast paced! I downloaded as the 3 e-book format but read it straight through, and i must say i really enjoyed it! the twist and turns, great thriller, crime "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christi | 4/27/2011

    " Wow... free book that was amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 4/27/2011

    " very well written, twisty plot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/23/2011

    " Good Read, I'll have to read more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 4/19/2011

    " Interesting back story about the Argentina Dirty War that I had never heard of. Sometimes I wonder why I took any history at all, since I can't seem to remember hearing about half these incidents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/15/2011

    " Not my favorite, but I definitely wanted to find out what happened at the end. A bit of history lesson interspersed with a sad romance & sad cop story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 4/12/2011

    " This was a fun mystery to read with an unusual twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 4/11/2011

    " Bummed that I just discovered this is the sixth book for the character. But I'm really enjoying the book.

    I thought this was well-written with likable characters. I would add this author to my list of favorites. I do wish I'd read these in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 4/8/2011

    " An interesting story well told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 4/1/2011

    " This was a great thriller. Author did pull a "John Wu" and ended the book a couple times in a row. I could have done with one ending. Small complaint, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deale | 3/30/2011

    " Really like the two main characters and the political background of this novel. Plot unraveled slowly, but that was a good thing. Kept me up at night. Going for another one of his right away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/24/2011

    " A nice thriller that kept me interested until the end. I liked the recurring characters and will have to check some of the author's other work out. Can't beat that it was free, and definitely worth the read. "

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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.