Cane and Abe

Cane and Abe

by James Grippando


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Cane and Abe by James Grippando

A spellbinding novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, in which Miami’s top prosecutor becomes a prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance, which may have a chilling connection to the woman he can’t forget.

Unbelievable was the word for her. Samantha Vine was unbelievably beautiful. It was unbelievable that she’d married me. Even more unbelievable that she was gone . . .

Samantha died too soon. Abe Beckham’s new wife has helped him through the loss, but some say it was a step back to marry Angelina, a love from Abe’s past. Abe doesn’t want to hear it, and through the ups and downs, he’s even managed to remain a star prosecutor at the Miami State Attorney’s Office.

Then everything goes wrong.  A woman’s body is discovered dumped in the Everglades, and Abe is called upon to monitor the investigation. The FBI is tracking a killer in South Florida they call “Cutter” because his brutal methods harken back to Florida’s dark past, when machete-wielding men cut sugarcane by hand in the blazing sun.

But when the feds discover that Abe had a brief encounter with the victim after Samantha’s death, and when Angelina goes missing, the respected attorney finds himself under fire. Suspicion surrounds him. His closest friends, family, professional colleagues, and the media no longer trust his motives. Was Angelina right? Was their marriage not what they’d hoped for because he loved Samantha too much? Or was there another woman . . . and a husband with a dark side who simply wanted his new wife gone?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062295392
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 583,853
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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.

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.


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

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Cane and Abe 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
5 Stars! I absolutely loved this book. I simply could not put it down and found myself guess right up until the very end. I have been a huge fan of James Grippando since I read his 2006 novel while on vacation that year. I have read quite a few of his books but I will admit that I have not read all of them at this point. I have yet to be disappointed in any of his work that I have had the chance to read. Abe Beckham is a prosecuting attorney at the Miami State Attorney's Office. Abe's first wife Samantha died young and Abe is still very involved with her brother, J. T. and her father, Luther. Abe has recently married Angelina and is moving forward in his life. As part of his work, Abe finds himself involved in a murder case that may be part of a string of murders. All of the previous victims have been white women dating black men and the newest victim is a black woman. Are the murders connected? Is it a copycat murder? Abe and Angelina have hit a rough patch in their marriage. Angelina does not like how involved Abe is with J. T. and Abe's fidelity is in question when it becomes known that he is connected to the latest victim. Angelina goes missing and is feared to be the newest victim. Abe goes from star prosecutor to the main suspect in his wife's disappearance. The writing in this book is fantastic. It is told mostly from Abe's point of view who I found to be a likable albeit imperfect character. All of the characters felt realistic to me. The pacing of the story was perfect and I found myself having a very difficult time putting it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced book full of twists and turns. This newest book from James Grippando is not part of a series so it is a fantastic place to sample this consistently good author's writing. I plan to look for future works from this author and catch up on a few of his past books as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in 2 days, much to my familys dismay. Lots of books are "can't put down" but this truly fits the bill. Kept me guessing till the end. Have read everyone of this authors books and never dissappointed!!!!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings In the Everglades of Florida bodies of women are showing up and a prosecutor from the state attorney's office gets mixed up in the middle of the investigation and the crime.  Abe lost his first wife to cancer, but he hasn't left the family of his late wife behind and his current wife may not be ok with his connection to them.  At the same time, his friends in law enforcement are searching for a serial killer that gets close to home for him. I read this book in one day - two sittings!  I was completely riveted from the beginning.  Abe was a great character and I loved that I started out completely on his side but started to waver and question him - I didn't mind losing faith in him during my reading.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lousy ending to a pretty good story. BIG letdown. So sorry.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The author, a practicing Florida attorney, has written several excellent legal thrillers, keeping readers in suspense, especially with dramatic courtroom scenes. Unfortunately, this novel fails to live up to the standards set in previous efforts. It is understandable. Mr. Grippano set out to write a standalone in a different mode, reflecting the big bad boys in the sugar-growing industry. However, the novel is neither fish nor fowl. The main character, Abe Beckham, is a top prosecutor in the Miami State Attorney’s office, and is involved in an attempt to identify and capture a serial killer of white women married to or sleeping with black men. But an FBI profiler suspects Abe as a “person of interest” with the first of many unnecessary complications in a forced plot. About the only meaningful relevance of the sugar industry is the bodies left along land owned by the largest producer of sugar cane and another victim, a black attorney, with whom Abe had a one-night stand, who worked for the company, also murdered. And on and on does the author introduce extraneous information and red herrings, often neglecting later to tie it all together. All this is not to say that the novel is not written ably, with Mr. Grippando’s usual customary clarity and forthrightness. But the story could have been made simpler and, perhaps, it might have made more sense if the conclusion was explained more fully, rather than just presented and left floating in the air.
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OnLocation More than 1 year ago
While far from his best a good read. I especially found the last chapter quite intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent read with good intrigue.  
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So disappointed in this book! I love all of Grippando's books, but this book reminded me too much of Girl Gone. I felt like I was reading the end of Girl Gone again. Please go back to writing the wonderful original books of the past.