Blood Money

Blood Money

Large Print - 2013
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New York Times bestselling author James Grippando delivers a powerful, nonstop thrill ride ripped from the headlines. Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck is back in his most frightening case yet, and this time the price of victory is measured in blood.

It is the most sensational murder trial since O. J. Simpson's. The nation is obsessed with Sydney Bennett, a sexy nightclub waitress and good-time girl accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter for cramping her party life. When he had agreed to defend Sydney, Jack Swyteck knew he'd be taking on the toughest and most controversial case of his career.

Millions of "TV jurors" have convicted Sydney in the court of public opinion.

When the shocking verdict of not guilty is announced, citizens across the country are outraged, and Jack is bombarded by the fallout: angry, profanity-laced phone calls and even outright threats. Media-fed rumors of "blood money"--purported seven-figure book and movie deals--ratchet up the hysteria, putting Jack's client and everyone around her at risk.

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. While the media blame Jack and his defense team, the victim's parents reach out to him, requesting his help. They don't believe the attack was the tragic result of random mob violence.

Searching for the truth about what happened that night, Jack makes a frightening discovery. 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2013.
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062223302
Characteristics: 498 pages (large print) : 23 cm.
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Oct 20, 2019

Good plot and fast paced

Nov 18, 2017

It was a page turner. Strong plot.
James hit another homerun.

Jul 28, 2015

Very entertaining book. Despite being part of a long series, it can be read as a stand-alone. Fun and fast-paced

May 28, 2015

This book was a big disappointment. I’m always looking for mystery series that I can devour over months or years, and this is one of a lengthy series that might have fit that bill. Unfortunately, it was not to be. The book had its problems early on, but it wasn’t bad enough to abandon until p. 140. I finally gave up there after one of the most ludicrous FBI scenes in all of literature.

The main character, a lawyer, receives a death threat, so his FBI agent girlfriend arranges for the FBI to provide personal protection in his home and an “encrypted line.” The line is so he can talk securely to his clients and apparently anyone else since the murderer seems to be able to tap his line or hack in. For starters, there’s no FBI jurisdiction. It’s a murder threat to a normal citizen, not a federal witness or judge or official. The locals would handle it (probably by increasing patrols, and that’s all.) His girlfriend, the agent, had moved out so she wasn’t threatened, and even if she had been, the protection would be on her, if anyone, not him. Second, they don’t provide security for anyone that I know of besides the FBI Director and his family, although they may post agents at the homes of kidnap victims’ families until the ransom is paid or the victim released. At least that’s the way it was in my 25 years in the FBI. Third, how in blazes is that “encrypted line” supposed to work? The author’s unclear on the concept. Anyone with an IQ over 75 knows that if you encrypt something, it can only be understood by someone who can decrypt it. So is the FBI going to run out and install the decryption technology at the homes and offices of everyone the lawyer calls before he calls them? If they didn’t, all the recipient would hear is white noise. Encrypted telecommunication, at least the FBI kind, is classified and would never be installed in any civilian’s home, which is an unsecure environment. It only goes from government office to another government office or classified site, like a defense contractor and requires a SCIF or at least a level 3 safe, and most importantly, the same decryption technology and key as the sender. Absolutely laughable.

I was so disgusted I had to stop. How does stuff like this get by the editors, anyway? They must have a very low opinion of the intelligence of their readers.

Oct 22, 2013

This one had me clear up until the end and then lost me. I liked the current reality theme and the corporate all might buck but the ending seemed rushed. I thought the characters deserved better.

Apr 14, 2013

Again, Grippando has another winner! The twists and turns keep you wondering how it's going to end. It's a can't-put-it-down book.

ChristchurchLib Feb 12, 2013

"When he agrees to defend Sydney Bennett, a sexy nightclub waitress and party girl accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck embarks on the most dangerous and controversial case of his career." February 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter

Feb 05, 2013

would like the audiobook version of this book please. Cataract surgery is pending and I can't read for more than 10 min. at a time.

akasq Jan 31, 2013

The tenth in the JACK SWYTECK
series, one better than the next.
This one is a stand out.
Looking forward to JAMES GRIPPANDO. next novel.


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