Monday, February 20, 2017

Review - Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando @James_Grippando @HarperCollins

Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando
Series: Jack Swyteck #13
HarperCollins Publishers - Harper
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Date Read: February 15, 2017
Source: Edelweiss

Defending a woman accused of murdering the man who sexually assaulted her, Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck must uncover where the truth lies between innocence, vengeance, and justice in this spellbinding tale of suspense—based on shocking true-life events—from the bestselling author of Gone Again

According to the FBI, the most dangerous place for a woman between the ages of twenty and thirty is in a relationship with a man. Those statistics become all too personal when Jack Swyteck takes on a new client tied to his past.

It begins at the airport, where Jack is waiting to meet his old high school buddy, Keith Ingraham, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong, coming to Miami for his young daughter’s surgery. But their long-awaited reunion is abruptly derailed when the police arrest Keith’s wife, Isabelle, in the terminal, accusing her of conspiring to kill the man who raped her in college. Jack quickly agrees to represent Isa, but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate truth from lies—an undertaking that proves more complicated than the seasoned attorney expects.

Inspired by an actual case involving a victim of sexual assault sent to prison for the death of her attacker, James Grippando’s twisty thriller brilliantly explores the fine line between victim and perpetrator, innocence and guilt, and cold-blooded revenge and rightful retribution.
My Review

This was another great Jack Swyteck book.  This series has been consistently good and this book was no exception.  This book is the 13th installment in the Jack Swyteck series but it can be easily read as a stand alone novel.   Like all of the other books in this series, the book tells its own story with the help of some familiar characters.  I started this book about a half hour before I had planned to go to bed for the night which turned out to be a huge mistake because I didn't want to stop reading.  Since I am past my days of being able to function on no sleep, I did put the book down although later than I had planned but I couldn't wait to get back to it.  I just had to know what secrets were being kept.

Jack, along with his wife and young daughter, go to the airport to pick up his old friend, Keith, and his family.  As soon as the group meets up, Keith's wife, Isa, is arrested and taken away in handcuffs.  Jack jumps in to help right away and is quickly hired as as Isa's lawyer.  She is being charged with conspiracy to murder the man that raped her in college.  It becomes evident right away that Isa is keeping quite a few secrets.

This story took a lot of twists and turns and I was never quite sure which character should be trusted.  Jack finds himself in a situation where he has to dig deep into the past of his good friend's wife even when it becomes unpleasant.  His responsibility is to his client who doesn't always make things easy.  Throw an additional lawyer who drove both myself and Jack a little crazy and you have one heck of a frustrating case.

As I have come to expect from James Grippando, the story was told in a wonderful manner.  The pacing was very well done with some pretty intense moments worked into the story.  I love the little bit of humor that always seems to work its way into the story and puts a smile on my face.  I did enjoy how the mystery behind what happened was unraveled just a little bit at a time.  Everything fit together nicely by the end of the book.

I would recommend this book to mystery fans.  I found this story to be quite the page turner that really kept me guessing.  I have been reading James Grippando since I first discovered his writing over 10 years ago and since then I have read most of his work.  I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.  

I received an advance reader edition of this book from HarperCollins Publishers - Harper via Edelweiss.

About the Author
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James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense. Most Dangerous Place is his twenty-fifth novel. He was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and he now serves as Counsel at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP. He lives in south Florida.

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  1. I am a mystery freak but I find it hard to find stories that I enjoyed aside from Mary Higgins Clark. But this one really sounds like an interesting read. I'll be checking this author.
    Awesome review Carole :)

  2. I love that you've got quite a few suspense series in your repertoire! I have a tough time figuring out which to follow, to be honest. Sandra Brown seems to be the author whose work I can religiously read. Granted, the books aren't in a series per se but I'm still pretty proud of that. Lol.

  3. I haven't come across this author though I really feel like I should know him. THis sounds interesting and intense and different. Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. I love when I can't trust the characters! I should really read this series.


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