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Cash Landing (Jack Swyteck Series)

Cash Landing (Jack Swyteck Series)

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by James Grippando

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The New York Times bestselling author of Cane and Abe and Black Horizon blends Goodfellas and Elmore Leonard in this wild, suspenseful caper inspired by actual events, in which a band of amateur thieves pulls off one of the biggest airport heists in history with deadly consequences.

Every week, a hundred million dollars in cash arrives


The New York Times bestselling author of Cane and Abe and Black Horizon blends Goodfellas and Elmore Leonard in this wild, suspenseful caper inspired by actual events, in which a band of amateur thieves pulls off one of the biggest airport heists in history with deadly consequences.

Every week, a hundred million dollars in cash arrives at Miami International Airport, shipped by German banks to the Federal Reserve. A select group of trusted workers moves the bags through Customs and loads them into armored trucks.

Ruban Betancourt has always played by the rules. But the bank taking his house and his restaurant business going bust has driven him over the edge. He and his wife deserve more than life has handed them, and he’s come up with a ballsy scheme to get it. With the help of an airport insider, he, his coke-head brother-in-law, Jeffrey, and two ex-cons surprise the guards loading the armored trucks and speed off with $7.4 million in the bed of a pickup truck.

Investigating the heist, FBI agent Andie Henning, newly transferred to Miami from Seattle, knows the best way to catch the thieves is to follow the money. Jeffrey’s drug addiction is as conspicuous as the Rolex watches he buys for dancers at the Gold Rush strip club. One of the ex-cons, Pinky Perez, makes no secret of his plan to own a swinger’s club—which will allow him carte blanche with his patrons’ wives. Levelheaded Ruban is desperately trying to lay low and hold things together.

But Agent Henning isn’t the only one on their trail, and in the mob-meets-Miami fashion, these accidental thieves suddenly find themselves way in over their heads . . . and sinking fast.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
FBI special agent Andie Henning, a regular in bestseller Grippando’s Jack Swytek series (Black Horizon, etc.), plays a leading role in this tragicomic crime novel. In the heist of a bank transfer at a Miami International Airport warehouse, Ruban Betancourt, the head of an amateur gang that includes his coke-addicted brother-in-law, manages to bag more than $9 million in cash. The robbery goes off without a hitch, but that’s the last time things go right. The size of the haul attracts rival crooks, and Ruban must cope with the fallout from his henchmen’s greed and stupidity while keeping his role hidden from his wife, Savannah. Recently transferred from Seattle to Miami, Andie digs away at whatever small clues she finds, at one point going undercover in a seedy sex club. Beleaguered Ruban’s every move seems to backfire with money hemorrhaging and dreams evaporating. Those expecting the wit of the late Donald E. Westlake’s John Dortmunder caper series will be disappointed. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (June)
“Fast-paced ... recalls the caper novels of Donald E. Westlake.”
Sun Sentinel
“Action-packed … Buoyed by Grippando’s strong characteres ... Cash Landingis one of Grippando’s most hard-edged novels and shows how the best-formed plans quickly spiral out of control when greed and stupidity enter the equation.”
Mystery Scene
“Grippando makes the best use of reality as he spins fictional gold with Cash Landing.”
Kirkus Reviews
Thieves fall out over a fabulous jackpot that somehow isn't quite enough to go around. The 1978 JFK-Lufthansa heist fictionalized in the movie GoodFellas set the gold standard for swag, but an unlikely trio in Miami has beaten that record. Without breaking a sweat, Ruban Betancourt, his softie brother-in-law Jeffrey Beauchamp, and Jeffrey's uncle Craig "Pinky" Perez have lifted $9.5 million from another unlucky Lufthansa flight. "Too easy," Ruban reflects apprehensively. Too true, since the thieves' troubles are just beginning. Pinky and Jeffrey chafe under Ruban's demand that they hide their shares of the loot instead of spreading it around; Jeffrey immediately starts to blow his take on cocaine, lap dances, and Rolexes he presents to hookers; and Ruban's unwillingness to tell his wife, Savannah, that he stole a lot of money ties him in a progressively tighter series of knots. The main problem, though, is that every single person the three reach out to, from the dreadlocked Cuban Ruban hires to scare Jeffrey into keeping a lower profile to the stripper who betrays Jeffrey to a gang of kidnappers, is less interested in maintaining the bonds of true friendship or honoring verbal contracts than in getting a piece of the action themselves. The climactic betrayal comes when Edith Baird, the mother of Ruban's ex-girlfriend, takes $200,000 to give Ruban custody of their daughter and then turns around to sell him out to FBI Andie Henning (Black Horizon, 2014, etc.) for an even bigger reward—but there's still half the story to run, none of the remaining moves either original or edifying. Andie's bridegroom, series regular Jack Swyteck, turns up in the last chapter to help slam the door on this zany, overlong caper. But it's hard to care which of these lowlifes ends up on top when they're all so despicable.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Jack Swyteck Series
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6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels. He was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and now serves as counsel at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP. He lives in South Florida with his wife, three children, two cats, and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea that he’s a dog.

Brief Biography

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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Cash Landing: A Novel 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars I have to admit that I am a little torn over how to rate this book. I have been a long time fan of James Grippando and have really enjoyed every one of his books that I have had a chance to read. I liked this book well enough but I just don't feel like it is nearly as good as what I have come to expect from this talented author. This story was told a little differently than what I have come to expect from Mr. Grippando. This story is told almost entirely from the criminals' point of view. The detectives solving the case get a relatively small voice in this story. I have become very accustomed to reading stories mostly told from the point of view of a very strong, likeable character trying to solve the mystery, or one of the good guys. In many ways, this was a story where I just sat back and watched the criminals catch themselves with their own stupidity. One of my main issues with this book is that I couldn't find any characters that I really grew to like. Every single person involved in the heist were about as unlikable as I have ever experienced. Even Ruban's wife, Savannah, who was not directly involved had such a weak personality and was so easily persuaded to go along with everything that I ended up disliking her as much as the individuals actually involved in the crime. I don't think that the detectives were in the story enough for me to connect with them in any way and their personality didn't have a chance to develop at all. They felt a bit flat to me. The character that was the most likeable was Jack Swyteck who showed up for a small cameo role at the end of the book but showed more character and spunk than anyone else in the book. Even though I didn't care for the characters, I still enjoyed this book. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing and it was actually kind of amusing watching how many bad decisions some of these criminals could make. Connections were made in ways that I never expected and the plotting of the overall story was very well done. I found that this was a book that was actually really hard to put down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. The pacing of the story was well done. I would recommend this book to mystery thriller readers who like a book full of twists and turns. This is not my favorite book by James Grippando but I found it to be a very worth while read. This is definitely an author that I will continue to follow. I received an advance reader edition of this book from HarperCollins Publishers - Harper via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, hungry family, great book, take out dinner, great book, family misses me. Need I say more? Be prepared to ignore all around you once you start this. Highly recommend to all!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Other reviews nailed the defects in this book. Even the "hero" keeps showing us things that make him more and more unlikable and the whole story hinges on every single person doing the stupidest thing possible whenever possible. The author may have thought that having every character betray every other character would make the book interesting and unpredictable but it just made me want them all to get caught as quickly as possible. In a good heist story you should kind of be rooting for at least one person, to get to keep the money, to get away, etc. In this book that didn't happen. The cops were boring, the criminals were jerks, and the only mystery was what stupid thing someone would do next. I'm just sorry I already bought another book by this author. I hope it's better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Makarov semiautomatic revolver? 9mm tracer ammo works how? With a little extra powder on the outside so it glows? Main character pulls of a multimillion heist, tells his girlfriend he hid the money for her brother, he wasn't involved. Then gives her a stolen Rolex he bought for 25k? Then RETURNS it? Then gives her a 2k set of earrings instead and is just floored she doesn't believe he bought them with his own money. Garbage. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Fripp and has done it again. Twists and turns keep your interest in this novel, with plenty of bad guys to keep things interesting.
Anonymous 7 months ago
birds123_74 More than 1 year ago
Not one of his better books