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									James GrippandoJames Grippando
As the old cliché goes, “write what you know.” Former lawyer James Grippando has certainly taken this bit of wisdom to heart with his mega-successful courtroom thrillers starring defense attorney Jack Swyteck. In Swyteck novels such as Beyond Suspicion and Hear No Evil, and non-series books like Under Cover of Darkness, Grippando proves that he not only knows the law but he knows how to conjure an expertly paced tale of suspense.

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Fact File

James Grippando
Current Home:
Coral Gables, Florida
Date of Birth:
January 27, 1958
Place of Birth:
Waukegan, Illinois
B.A. with High Honors, University of Florida, 1980; J.D. with Honors, University of Florida, 1982
Distinguished Author Award, Scranton University, 2005

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Selected Works

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								When Darkness Falls, Author: 
								James Grippando.

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When Darkness Falls
by James Grippando
In the latest novel from the bestselling author whom critics have called "the thriller writer to watch," lawyer Jack Swyteck tackles a case in which the life of his best friend hangs in the balance -- and in which nothing is as it seems.
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								Got the Look, Author: 
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*  The Pardon (1994)
*  The Informant (1996)
*  The Abduction (1998)
*  Hear No Evil (2004)
*  Got the Look (2006)
*  When Darkness Falls (2007)
*  Lying with Strangers (2007)

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For Young Adults

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								Leapholes, Author: 
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by James Grippando
Grippando ventures into new territory with Leapholes, a novel that shows young adults ways to learn that lawyers help people, and that legal precedents come from real situations involving real people trying to resolve real problems. In it, a troubled young man is befriended by a clever older lawyer with a magical law library -- and through the use of a leaphole, the two are transported from the into exciting scenarios that become memorialized in Supreme Court decisions.

A Writer's Rituals

"I live in south Florida, so I write in my backyard," Grippando explains in our interview. "My outdoor office has these essentials: a patio table and chair, a big shade umbrella, a laptop computer, a hammock, a hot tub, and a swimming pool. The cell phone is optional. For me a 'normal' workday means putting on my oldest pair of shorts and favorite T-shirt, visiting the refrigerator every half hour, and explaining to my two-year-old daughter that she can’t bang on the keyboard while daddy is trying to write a book."

Reading Recommendations

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								Mystic River, Author: 
								Dennis Lehane.

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Mystic River
by Dennis Lehane
In our interview, we asked Grippando to tell us about some of his favorite books, and Dennis Lehane's Mystic River made his list. "As I read it, I couldn’t stop thinking 'I wish I’d written this,' and when it ended, I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters," he explains.

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								The Bonfire of the Vanities, Author: 
								Tom Wolfe.

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The Bonfire of the Vanities
by Tom Wolfe
Grippando also listed Tom Wolfe's modern classic as a favorite. "At the time I read it, I was a young lawyer with 'Masters of the Universe' as clients. Wolfe so nailed the spirit of the eighties," he reflects. Read our interview to learn about more of Grippando's best-loved books, including:

*The Invisible Man  by Ralph Ellison
*A Separate Peace  by John Knowles
*Of Mice and Men  by John Steinbeck
*The Pigman  by Paul Zindel
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