Afraid of the Dark (Jack Swyteck Series #9)

Afraid of the Dark (Jack Swyteck Series #9)

by James Grippando

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“Grippando has definitely reached a new level with this series entry. . . . One of his best.” —Booklist (starred review)

A young girl’s murder sets off a grisly cascade of crime, death, and intrigue—and sends criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck after a sinister group of terrorists on the verge of unleashing chaos across the globe. From New York Times bestseller James Grippando, the ninth Jack Swyteck novel, Afraid of the Dark—perfect for fans of Steve Martini, Phillip Margolin, and Jo Nesbo—is a rollercoaster thrill ride into the very heart of evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061840296
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Series: Jack Swyteck Series , #9
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 578,608
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense. He was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel, The Pardon, in 1994. He is now counsel at the law firm of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and an adjunct professor of law and modern literature at the University of Miami School of Law. His novels are enjoyed world-wide in twenty-eight languages, and his novel Gone Again won the 2017 Harper Lee Prize in Legal Fiction. He lives in South Florida.


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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Afraid of the Dark 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Many interesting cases have crossed Jack Swyteck's desk and he is a master at knowing when his client is not telling him the truth. The client he has now is not only not telling him the truth he will not event talk to him at all. Very interesting decision since he is being held at Guantánamo with no chance of release unless they figure out why he is being viewed as a terrorist. The world gets stranger when the terrorist charges are dropped and his client becomes suspect #1 in a police officer's injury and the death of another police officer's daughter. Jack figures out quickly why his client thought being in Cuba was safer than getting out of jail. How is it possible that the defense becomes that there is no way he could have committed these murders he was being held in a black ops secret interrogation facility? Even Jack has trouble sorting through that and the phone call from his FBI agent fiancé telling him to walk away from this one. The truth is buried so deep and the evidence is based on the police convicting someone regardless of whether they are guilty or not. Jack won't listen to any of this and keeps moving forward resolving to sort through the lies to get to the truth regardless of what country he has to travel to in order to find the answer. However, when Jack puts all the pieces together will he be able to handle the reality that maybe conspiracy theories are true and factual. I am a fan of Jack Swyteck and his interesting and diverse life. The back characters are always add flavor and spice to this series and with secrets coming out about Jack's own family the heat is turned up another notch of interesting. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, umpredictable, good action, intelligent dialogue, belivable characters, what more can you ask for in a mistery. Excelent, even better than my first james grippando novel that i read, Highly recommende
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reading! Exciting to read.
GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
I have not read any of Grippando's books before and was unaware this was even a series. The story has a great plot, is laid out well and keeps just enough of an edge that you don't want to put it down. The story unfolds beautifully and has everything you could want for a murdery myster, CIA, computer genius, a grieving parent with need for revenge, and lots of secrets that ultimately lead to the killer.
Madderly-Review More than 1 year ago
Jack Swyteck is that old friend you want to keep visiting. Like Coben's Myron and Rosenfelt's Andy, his main character comes alive and draws you in. In this book, defense attorney Swyteck tries to determine if the right man is facing the death penalty. Vince Paulo held his best friend, Chuck May's daughter as she bled to death. The name she whispered, Jamal, seemed to indicate that her boyfriend was her killer. Now Vince, Chuck and Jack must make sure that the right person is paying for the crime. This is a popular genre, and it is difficult to stand out in it. Grippando continues to do so with his vivid portrayals of his characters and their surroundings. As always with his books, I finished this with the disappointment of knowing I would have to wait at least a year to visit with Jack Swyteck again.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lawyer Jack Swyteck defends twentyish Somali prisoner 977detained at GITMO, which stands for "Giving Interrogation Teams More Options" for three years. His client distrusts anyone from America after being bushed by enhanced interrogation techniques at Guantanamo. The charge against 977 is he signed a confession that he sheltered al-Qaeda operations chief Fazul Abdullah Mohammed. Jack wins the case for his client, but over lunch with Neil Goderich, instead of the release of 977, he is informed he has been handed over to Florida law enforcement. 977 has been identified as American Jamal Wakefield, wanted by Miami police for the murder of his former girlfriend McKenna Mays three years ago. Jamal is sent to Florida to stand trial with Jack defending him again. Jamal explains an over the top conspiracy of abduction and rendition to a Prague prison, and forceful interrogation. He names people as his alibi, but each person he claims as a witness is killed by an unknown assassin team; Jack believes the Pentagon is outsourcing murder to Black Ice. Jack tries to find ways to end the killing spree that seems sanctioned high up; even as his girlfriend FBI Agent Andie warns him to drop the case. Still he remains resolute unaware how deadly the Dark truly is. . The latest Swyteck legal thriller (see Born to Run) is an excellent tale as the attorney goes from defending his African client against terrorism charges to defending his American client against murder charges. With some nasty foes on all sides of the war against terrorism and an irate avenger demanding justice for McKenna, Jack struggles to do right by his client if he lives so long. Afraid of the Dark is a terrific international thriller. Harriet Klausner
SenoraG163 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jack Swyteck is a character who first appeared in THE PARDON, he was a lawyer defending death row inmates. He is of course still a lawyer defending the underdog and still knocks my socks off! Theo Knight is also back in this book. I love Theo, he is one of my favorite characters. If I could meet a character in real life it would be Theo. I would love to have a drink in his bar. Jack saved Theo from death row and yes he was innocent. He has stood by Jacks side every since. Theo brings humor into the books but he is also a loyal friend.Afraid of the Dark is very much a stand alone novel. You don't need any back stories on the characters to enjoy this. If you've read his other books you will notice the reappearance of some characters and be happy to see them. Kinda like meeting with an old friend who you haven't seen in awhile. Knowing the characters stories and histories is always interesting but definitely not necessary to enjoy this novel.This book is filled with twists and turns. I read it slowly, not because it didn't grab me but because I savor Grippando's books, try to make them last so it doesn't seem like such a long wait for the next one to come out!I had a love/hate relationship with Chuck who is the father of the murdered girl. At times I wanted to cry for him and at other times I felt he knew so much more than he let on. Sgt. Vince Paulo stands out as a character with strength and bravery. Now blind he rarely feels sorry for himself and still manages to live life and help get to the bottom of things. He is a character who I would love to continue meeting in future books.I found the plot amazing. At first I thought "oh no, another terrorist attack book" but it really was so much more. The mystery and suspense is high. The characters are well developed and lovable. I highly doubt you will figure it out before the unbelievable ending.In my opinion Mr. Grippando writes some of the best suspense that you can get your hands on. You will find yourself holding your breath a lot in reading this book. There are not many books that I would want to re-read but anything by this author will be a book to go back to because you will enjoy it even more the second time around.My favorite parts of the book as always are the scenes with Jack and Theo. They are always good for a smile or laugh and are a nice interlude in such a high suspense novel.I can not recommend this book highly enough. Not just this book, any of Mr. Grippando's books. I can't say that I ever read one that was bad. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
mckait on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
But a really good read. I hated having to put it down to participate in my life. This story is loaded with bad guys and evil deeds. But the good guys are definitely up to the task. Vince Paulo, his friend Jack Swyteck and others are in it together. They originally set out to find the murderer of a teenage girl. Their search leads them into the dark underworld of porn, kidnapping and even terrorism. Sounds like too much for one book? It did for me too, for a short time when the terrorism reared its head. This story works, however, and while it can be disturbing, it is also touching at times. The author managed to pull all of the relationships together and make them realistic. One of my favorite moments contained the questionasked by a wife of her husband, wondering where he had been at a certain momentin time. It made perfect sense for her to wonder, considering the circumstances. There is nothing worse than a gritty, disturbing story that is nothing but that. Slasher books are no better than slasher movies. This book has it all. You willfind the characters worth getting to know and the ending full of surprises. I look forward to the next book in this promising series.
Twink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Afraid of the Dark by James Grippando is the ninth book in his Jack Swytek series. (and 18th book overall)Swytek is a criminal defense attorney based in Miami. He is called in by an old friend to help with the defense of a young man who has been in Gitmo for 3 years. His true identity is uncovered - he is not a Somalian, but rather an American named Jamal - a young man wanted in the U.S. for the murder of his girlfriend and the blinding of the cop who tried to save her. But he says he was in a black site camp in the Czech Republic at the time and couldn't have done it. And the US government put him there.That's the opening salvo - from there the plot grows exponentially, including terrorism both home and abroad, child porn and more. (Some readers may find the graphic violence a bit too much)I like Swytek as a character and the series has always been a satisfying read. Afraid of the Dark was very, very busy in terms of plot - perhaps a bit too much. Grippando was ambitious with this one - I think Swytek being involved at the international level is a bit of a stretch. But the plot elements are very real and very current. This was a good, thrilling page turner - exactly what I've come to expect from James Grippando. Fans of David Baldacci would enjoy this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting, compelling read. Characters seemed real (believable) and the plot did too. Just wished I knew what happened to Shanda. Grippando is an excellent writer.
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Heyy this book is kind of weird
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I read all the Jack series.I could not get enough of this character .If stuff could happen it did to him .I look forward to more in this series.
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Fighterjock More than 1 year ago
I have long been a big fan of Grippando, both with Swyteck and without. I think this is his most intense work to date, with a complicated plot and a myriad of sub-plots. There was a great deal of disturbing information provided about just some of the goings-on within the Internet sex community...yuk!!
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