Sunday, February 23, 2014

James Grippando's Latest Jack Swytek - Another Winner

James Grippando is one of my solid authors.  I always look forward to reading his books, and I'm never disappointed.  He's written 21, and I've read them all.  Black Horizon, which comes out March 4, is the 11th in the Jack Swytek series.  These are my favorite.  Jack is a Miami attorney with an Hispanic grandmother, an ex-governor of Florida father, and a trusted sidekick (okay, I added the trusted part).  His escapades always include murder, intrigue, legal action, and humor.  Here's what Goodreads has to say about Black Horizon.

Miami attorney Jack Swyteck finds himself in the middle of an international legal battle over a Cuban oil spill that sets him on a deadly mission.

Three summers after the Deepwater Horizon environmental catastrophe, oil is spewing into the ocean again, this time from a drilling explosion in Cuban waters just fifty miles from the Florida Keys. The slick is headed straight for the United States, but the Cubans refuse American offers to assist with the cleanup, and threaten to fire on "hostile" U.S. vessels entering their waters. Backstopping the Cubans is the powerful consortium that owned and operated the rig, and is tied to the Chinese, Russian, and Venezuelan governments, who stonewall all inquiries and relief efforts.

Jack and his new wife, Andie Henning, an undercover agent for the FBI, are honeymooning in the Keys when Andie is called away on an assignment shrouded in secrecy. Jack, too, is soon back at work, representing an American woman whose Cuban husband was killed in the rig explosion. Though the spill occurred in foreign waters, Jack draws on all his legal know-how to file a wrongful death suit in a U.S. court and hopefully bring the young widow a semblance of closure.

Jack's pursuit of the unimaginably complicated international case plunges him into a dangerous world filled with treacherous twists that lead him—and Andie—to the same shocking realization . . . that the looming environmental disaster may have been no "accident" at all.

You know, we all read authors that are hit and miss.  But we're pretty sure that every Harlan Coben, Greg Iles, Daniel Silva, and Richard North Patterson will be good.  We'll like some more than others, but there won't be any we dislike.  James Grippando, for me, is in this category.  He is extremely consistent.  Do you want a 3 out of 4 every time?  With maybe a 2.5 or 3.5 thrown in for good measure?  Grippando is your man.  This one is a 3/4.

1 comment:

  1. I've only read one of his books but I liked it a lot. It was one of the Jack Swytek books and Jack sure is a good character.