Blood Money (Jack Swyteck Series #10)

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New York Times bestselling author James Grippando delivers a nonstop thrill ride ripped from the headlines.

Sydney Bennett, a sexy nightclub waitress, is accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter for cramping her party life. Jack Swyteck knows he's taking on the most controversial case of his career by defending Sydney.

When the shocking verdict of not guilty is announced, citizens across the country are outraged. Media-fed rumors of ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author James Grippando delivers a nonstop thrill ride ripped from the headlines.

Sydney Bennett, a sexy nightclub waitress, is accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter for cramping her party life. Jack Swyteck knows he's taking on the most controversial case of his career by defending Sydney.

When the shocking verdict of not guilty is announced, citizens across the country are outraged. Media-fed rumors of "blood money"—purported seven-figure book and movie deals—ratchet up the hysteria. On the night of Sydney's release, an angry mob outside the jail has gathered to serve its own justice. In the frenzy, an innocent young woman bearing a striking resemblance to the reviled Sydney Bennett ends up in a coma. But the victim's parents don't believe the attack was the tragic result of random mob violence.

Searching for the truth, Jack discovers larger and much more powerful forces are working in the shadows, and what happened outside the jail is a symptom of an evil that infected the show-stopping trial and media-spun phenomenon of Sydney Bennett.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062109866
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Series: Jack Swyteck Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 237,770
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

James Grippando

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels are enjoyed worldwide in twenty-six languages. Black Horizon is his twentieth novel published by HarperCollins, the eleventh in the acclaimed series featuring Miami attorney Jack Swyteck. He is also the author of Leapholes for young adults. Grippando was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and he is now counsel at one of the nation's leading law firms. He lives and writes in South Florida.

Biography

Whether standing before the bench in a courtroom or penning one of his bestselling thrillers featuring defense attorney Jack Swyteck, James Grippando has a deep fascination with the law. He practiced as a trial lawyer for twelve years before shifting his career in a more literary direction. However, the decision was not the result of bitter disillusionment. "I actually liked practicing law," he explains on his web site. "I just wished I could do less of it. That may sound like a contradiction, but the problem with being a lawyer is that, if you get caught up in it, eventually you won't know anything about anything except what you happen to be working on at the moment."

As he contemplated leaving the law, Grippando set his sights on becoming a writer, a career shift not as drastic as one might imagine. "A trial lawyer is in many ways a story teller," he said in an essay in Mystery Scene magazine. "Still, I had no idea how to become a novelist... So, I set a couple of ground rules. First, I would do my writing on the sly, nights and weekends, while continuing to bill my obligatory two thousand hours a year. Second -- and this was by far the most important rule -- I was determined to keep it fun."

Both Grippando's legal expertise and his determination to "keep it fun" were readily apparent in his 1994 debut, The Pardon, a taut thriller that introduced Jack Swyteck, a brash young Miami criminal defense attorney who successfully defends an admitted killer -- only to find himself framed for his defendant's murder. Called "a bona fide blockbuster" by the Boston Herald, this well-plotted first novel marked Grippando as a writer to watch.

Despite the popularity of The Pardon, Grippando would not return Jack Swyteck to active duty for eight more years. His second novel, written while he was still practicing law, was a fast-paced crime thriller called The Informant. Shortly after it was published in 1996, he left his practice for full-time writing and published a string of well received stand-alones, including The Abduction, Under Cover of Darkness, and A King's Ransom.

Then, in 2002, Grippando revived Jack Swyteck, placing him at the center of Beyond Suspicion, a gripping courtroom drama involving an insurance scam and the Russian Mafia. Readers reacted so joyfully to Swyteck's return that the author has -- with very few exceptions -- kept attention focused on his beloved series protagonist. As the review journal Booklist put it : "Grippando, whose best thriller have been full of imagination and out-of-left-field surprises, looks like he's found a winner in the Swyteck series."

Good To Know

When he was a lawyer, one of Grippando's most prominent cases found him defending a group of chicken farmers against, according to his essay in Mystery Scene magazine, "the largest privately-held corporation in the world." The Wall Street Journal deemed the case "the catalyst for change in the $15 billion a year poultry industry."

Before becoming a writer, Grippando was on the fast track to becoming a partner at Steel Hector & Davis, the Miami law firm at which former Attorney General Janet Reno began her career.

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Grippando:

"In this world of revolving doors, I'm what you might call a professional anomaly. I've had the same publisher (HarperCollins) and agent (Richard Pine, along with his father Artie until his death) since the start of my career. I've also had the same editor (Carolyn Marino) since my second novel. I treasure these relationships. It is because of them that I am able to do what I love for a living."

"My first published novel was actually inspired by a near arrest in a case of total mistaken identity. One night in October 1992, tired of staring at a blank computer screen, I went for a walk before going to bed. I got about three blocks from my house when, seemingly out of nowhere, a police car pulled up onto the grassy part of the curb in front of me. A cop jumped out and demanded to know where I was going. I told him that I was just out for a walk, that I lived in the neighborhood. He didn't seem to believe me. "There's been a report of a peeping Tom," he said. "I need to check this out." I stood helplessly beside the squad car and listened as the officer called in on his radio for a description of the prowler."Under six feet tall," I heard the dispatcher say, "early to mid-thirties, brown hair, brown eyes, wearing blue shorts and a white t shirt." I panicked inside. I was completely innocent, but it was exactly me! "And a mustache," the dispatcher finally added. I sighed with relief. I had no mustache. The cop let me go.

But as I walked home, I could only think of how close I'd come to disaster. Even though I was innocent, my arrest would have been a media event, and forever I would have been labeled as "the peeping Tom lawyer." It was almost 2 a.m. by the time I returned home, but I decided that I needed to write about this. I took the feeling of being wrongly accused to the most dramatic extreme I could think of. I wrote about a man hours away from execution for a crime he may not have committed. What I wrote that night became the opening scene of The Pardon."

"My first editor on everything I write is my wife, Tiffany, who was an English Lit major."

"I can't underestimate the impact Miami -- the city in which I live -- has had on my writing. Miami evokes all the right buzz words -- smart and sexy, young and beautiful -- but it also has a self-destructive quality that triggers the kind of fascination we have with a reckless youth. It is blessed with natural beauty, but it's threatened by developers. It has the gift of cultural diversity, but is plagued by ethnic tension. Its nightlife is unrivaled, but the threat of violence is never far enough away. There's glitz, there's money, there's the see-and-be-seen -- and then there are neighborhoods that seem straight out of the third world. You often hear it said that truth is stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in south Florida. Where else could the United States Attorney lose his job after losing a big case, getting drunk, and biting a stripper? But it's where I live, it's where I practiced law, and it will always be an inspiration to my writing.

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    1. Hometown:
      Coral Gables, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 27, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waukegan, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A. with High Honors, University of Florida, 1980; J.D. with Honors, University of Florida, 1982
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

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    I read the sample and plot is so similar to the Casey Anthony murder case. I don'know if I want to invest $16 to relieve that horrible night mare aggain. And besides this book is beyond my budget.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Have not finished reading

    I love his novels especially about the character. I did not realize this was based on the Casey Anthony story and it disturbed me to read it. I don't think I will finish it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    I have read and enjoyed many of his books. However, regretted th

    I have read and enjoyed many of his books. However, regretted this purchase. A thinly veiled casey anthony story, right down to the avarice, swimming pool and proported daddy abuse.
    Not worth the money or time.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    WAY too short.

    Make it WAY LONGER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    How to NOT get you locked out!!

    To write any bad word just do this. <p> Pus<_>sy = pus<_> sy <p>NO SPACE IN BETWEEN > & sy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Advice

    Mak the stary a couple pages longer, each chapter. And findvthe trick that doesn't lock you out with words like 'pus<_>sy'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Great writing!

    This was a great read. This author does not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Really enjoyable

    Well written. Page turner. Eminently readable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Good story once got going

    Did not care for the starting story line, started out like a familiar real life trial of a young party girl and the murder of her toddler daughter. But glad I stuck with it. It went off on its own story, exciting and kept you guessing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Puddleleaf

    Pads in. Heavy with kit. Yowls as she falls. A black kit slowly slides out. She yowls. Then a 2 kit with gray spots. The 3 one with ginger brown spots slides out as she yowls. A 4 one slide out with a ginger pelt. A 5 one with dray and ginger spot came out. Finally the 6 one comes out slowly. (Rp them) walks out tiredly. Exhausted (idc id want them!) Byeee.....

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Ree

    Kk. Same. I'm out for awhile. Laterz :)

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Deimos

    Next clue, next result. &Delta

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Kay

    Ree where r u im leaving nook for alittle bit just for the next 40 days ill be on on sundays though and ill bb on bye easter so c yah then i guess

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Flower

    May I join a small white wolf asks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Killer

    Perfect. To make sure you are all worthy enought to join go to all too human resukt one and kill everyone. Come back only after everyone has died

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    James Grippando always a great book

    never go wrong w/James Grippando

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Good Book

    While the book starts out with a trial closely patterned after the Casey Anthony trial, new elements to the story quickly emerge. New characters bring in related aspects of this story. This was my first book by this author and I think I'll go back and read his books in order.

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  • Posted May 6, 2013

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    As the title suggests, money is at the root of this plot in this

    As the title suggests, money is at the root of this plot in this, the latest in the Jack Swyteck series. It begins with a case in which Sydney Louise Bennett, the mother of a two-year-old child, is found innocent of murder. Jack, who stood in for his mentor at an earlier hearing in the woman’s matter, is the attorney of record, and the judge does not let him withdraw from the case.

    The trial itself leads to a media circus, which fans a bloodthirsty crowd that surrounds the court chanting all kinds of slogans. Everyone believes Sydney to be guilty, fueled by the invectives of a cable channel, Breaking News Network. and its anchor. Jack is vilified, especially when the jury returns a Not Guilty verdict. Any further details of the ensuing plot would constitute a spoiler.

    The author’s background as an associate with a leading law firm provides the basis for creating interesting courtroom scenes and raising unusual legal questions. The story that develops is on the one hand somewhat complicated, while the characterizations, on the other, are a bit oversimplified. Nevertheless, “Blood Money” upholds the level of the ten Swyteck series novels, and it is recommended.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

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    3.5/5 This is the 10th book featuring Jack Swyteck, a Miami bas

    3.5/5

    This is the 10th book featuring Jack Swyteck, a Miami based lawyer. In Blood Money, Jack reluctantly takes on the defense of Sydney Bennett, a party girl cocktail waitress accused of killing her two year old. Sounds just like the real life case of Casey Anthony, also a Florida woman accused of killing her two year old in 2008, doesn't it? And, like Anthony, Grippando's character is found not guilty. The resulting social media storm also mirrors that of Anthony's case, which Time magazine called &quot;the social media trial of the century.&quot; Bennett comes to be known as 'shot mom', a reference to her selling of drinks at her cocktail waitress job, by TV host Faith Corso. Anthony was called 'tot mom' by television news host Nancy Grace. There are some other similarities I won't bother listing.

    So, part of me was disappointed in Grippando for simply fictionalizing a known case. But once things got underway, he did put his own spin on things with alternate scenarios. Lots of twists and turns kept me listening. I found the media frenzy surrounding the case a telling commentary on our society. I've always enjoyed the character of Jack - he's a likable, principled protagonist. Theo (whom Jack 'saved' from Death Row) is a solid sidekick, and the more physical of the duo. Their banter is often entertaining.

    The reader was award winning Jonathan Davis and he was excellent. His interpretation of Jack really matched the mental image I had created for this character. His voice is very expressive, and captured the action and tone of the story perfectly. His range of voices was very good - I was able to easily tell who was speaking. Davis has a voice that is truly easy on the ears!

    Blood Money was an entertaining listen for me

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    The book starts out with a Casey Anthony type trial and its dist

    The book starts out with a Casey Anthony type trial and its distasteful outcome. However, it quickly becomes something else entirely. Twisted lives, several plot twists and Swyteck's usual associates combine to make this a thrilling adventure of just how bad some of these awful people are. You really don't like anyone in this book when you realize that no one is what they seem to be. Grippando's grasp of the visual beauty that is Miami is evident on every page and you are able to successfully picture yourself at the heart of the action. The ending is rewarding, but does leave a door open with regard to Swyteck's romanitc future.

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