Blood Money (Jack Swyteck Series #10)
  • Blood Money (Jack Swyteck Series #10)
  • Blood Money (Jack Swyteck Series #10)

Blood Money (Jack Swyteck Series #10)

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by James Grippando
     
 

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The nation is obsessed with Sydney Bennett, a sexy nightclub waitress and good-time girl accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter. It is the most sensational murder trial since O. J. Simpson, and the shocking "not guilty" verdict creates an immediate uproar.

On the night of Sydney's release, an angry mob gathers outside the jail and in the frenzy, an

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Overview

The nation is obsessed with Sydney Bennett, a sexy nightclub waitress and good-time girl accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter. It is the most sensational murder trial since O. J. Simpson, and the shocking "not guilty" verdict creates an immediate uproar.

On the night of Sydney's release, an angry mob gathers outside the jail and in the frenzy, an innocent young woman bearing a striking resemblance to the reviled Sydney Bennett ends up in a coma. While the media blame her lawyer Jack Swyteck and his defense team, the victim's parents reach out requesting his help. They don't believe the attack was a tragic accident.

Searching for the truth, Jack makes a frightening discovery. Larger and much more powerful forces are at work, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062223302
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/08/2013
Series:
Jack Swyteck Series, #10
Edition description:
Larger Print
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author. Blood Money is his twentieth novel, the tenth in his acclaimed series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. James Grippando was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon). 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.

Brief Biography

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

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Blood Money 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Kyblossom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. This author does not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where's The Average Rating? I'm afraid like other readers I find this book is a bit of a rip off of Casey Anthony.  When C A was a big news story I didn't pay too much attention to her.  I had to look her up to even get her parents' name as I had forgotten them, although I did remember allegations of sexual abuse against dad.  I don't have an opinion of her guilt one way or the other.  Except for the internet strangers & allegations of jury tampering, the number 8 Jack Swyteck book was a bit of a copy of this case.  Good dialogue & my not having paid much attention to the original case, though, as well as Mr. Grippando's making me hungry by mention of a favorite of mine--ropa vieja--courtesy of "Abuela" mean I'll probably be back for more Jack.
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Well written. Page turner. Eminently readable
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never go wrong w/James Grippando
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Twink More than 1 year ago
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 "the social media trial of the century." 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
Kittyb1 More than 1 year ago
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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Make it WAY LONGER!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mak the stary a couple pages longer, each chapter. And findvthe trick that doesn't lock you out with words like 'pus<_>sy'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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