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Afraid of the Dark

Format:  Paperback,

517 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Dec 2011

ISBN-13: 9780061840296

ISBN-10: 0061840297

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Police sergeant Vince Paulo held his best friend's dying daughter in his arms as, with her final breath, she uttered the name of her murderer: her ex-boyfriend, Jamal. Minutes later, the house exploded, shrouding Paulo in darkness forever.

Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck is shocked to discover that the client he's been assigned to defend, a young man facing the death penalty for terrorist activities, is already wanted for the murder of his girlfriend and the permanent blinding of a police officer. Jamal's alibi, that he was being held and tortured by government agents at the time of the girl's death, seems far-fetched. But a subsequent rash of slayings suggests there may be some veracity to the young man's story. That bitter truth is launching Jack into a deadly international hunt for a faceless killer known only as "the Dark," and plunging him deep into the terrifying heart of purest evil.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Dec 2011
ISBN-13: 9780061840296
ISBN-10: 0061840297
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 517
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.1 x 1.4 x 7.4
Walmart No.: 9780061840296

About the author

Biography of Grippando, James

Author James Grippando was born in Antioch, Illinois in 1958. He spent one year at the University of Illinois before transferring to the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he received his B.A. with high honors and his law degree with honors. While in law school, he was executive editor of the University of Florida Law Review. He was practicing commercial litigation with the law firm of Steel Hector & Davis for 12 years before becoming a full-time writer. He wrote his first two novels while he was still working as a trial lawyer. His novels include the Jack Swyteck series.

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Review by Library Journal (2011-02-01)

Grippando's 18th novel (after Money To Burn) brings together three series characters-criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck; FBI undercover agent Andie Henning, now Jack's fiancee; and Miami cop Vince Paulo. All are tied to the murder three years earlier of 16-year-old McKenna Mays, the daughter of Vince's best friend, Chuck, an Internet entrepreneur. Vince was blinded by an explosion meant to destroy evidence left behind by the killer. But McKenna's dying words implicated her ex-boyfriend Jamal, who is now being held as a Somali terrorist at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo.

Jack gets involved when he decides to defend Jamal, despite being warned off the case by Andie, who knows more than she can say. So what do you do when your defendant has an alibi-his abduction to a black site in Prague-that can't be verified because of government secrecy? And if Jamal is innocent, as Jack believes, who was the killer? To find out, Jack, Vince, and Chuck must penetrate illegal websites and a world of evil in search of a terrorist who calls himself The Dark.

Verdict: Superb plotting, high suspense, compelling timely issues, and finely honed characters make this crime novel/international thriller a great read.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/10.] - Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Police sergeant Vince Paulo held his best friend’s dying daughter in his arms as, with her final breath, she uttered the name of her murderer: her ex-boyfriend, Jamal. Minutes later, the house exploded, shrouding Paulo in darkness forever.

Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck is shocked to discover that the client he’s been assigned to defend, a young man facing the death penalty for terrorist activities, is already wanted for the murder of his girlfriend and the permanent blinding of a police officer. Jamal’s alibi, that he was being held and tortured by government agents at the time of the girl’s death, seems far-fetched. But a subsequent rash of slayings suggests there may be some veracity to the young man’s story. That bitter truth is launching Jack into a deadly international hunt for a faceless killer known only as “the Dark,” and plunging him deep into the terrifying heart of purest evil.

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