Need You Now

Need You Now

by James Grippando

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New York Times bestseller James Grippando returns with a gripping new stand-alone novel: a story ripped from the headlines, in which a young financial adviser and his girlfriend uncover a conspiracy that reaches from Wall Street to Washington, from the trading floors of the Stock Exchange to the deepest halls of government. Like Grippando’s recent bestsellers, Afraid of the Dark and Money to Burn—as well as Grippando classics like A King’s Ransom and Beyond Suspicion—the provocative Need You Now is a fast-paced thriller in which danger and conspiracy lie behind every plot and promise, and the future of the nation lies in the hands of an unlikely champion.

“Grippando grips from the first page.” —Harlan Coben

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061840319
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Series: Andie Henning , #3
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 876,383
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(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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Need You Now 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
New York Times bestselling novelist James Grippando served as counsel for a law firm - a firm that filed one of the initial first class action suits on behalf of Bernie Madoff’s victims. Thus, he has been in the know and aware of how his firm and others were going about trying to retrieve the billions Madoff’s clients lost. Grippando’s observations not only gave him ideas for this intense thriller but also raised important questions in his mind. He was reminded of a book in which an author describes his before-it-all-came-apart investigation into Madoff’s activities. He gave this information to the SEC but they paid no heed. Ergo, the question might be: Could the SEC really have been Wall Street’s biggest bumblers, having this information but either disinclined or not able to use it? Did someone way high up not want it used? And, the jackpot question: Where did the billions go? Need You Now is one of the timeliest thrillers out there - brimming with stunning surprises, covert operations, false identities, and more. Abe Cushman dove 55 stories to his death after his Ponzi scheme was discovered. While the suicide of “a former chairman of the NASDAQ Stock Market and a force on Wall Street trading for nearly fifty years” shocks and affects many, it has deep repercussions for Patrick Lloyd, an up-and-coming Wall Street advisor at a major Swiss Bank, and his girlfriend, Lilly. Actually, Lilly is his ex-girlfriend. She hooks up with him again after he’s threatened with a gun muzzle to his neck and given a message for her. Seems Lilly had an involvement with the missing Cushman money. But Lloyd didn’t know that and as he says there’s just one thing more dangerous than knowing where the billions are: “Not knowing - and having a trained killer think that I did.” You’ve read some shocking Wall Street stories but probably never one like this. - Gail Cooke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Need You Now is a "high-concept" thriller that provides a plausible and entertaining fictional answer to questions that have yet to be (and probably never will be) answered: how could our government not know Madoff was a fraud, and what really happened to all the money he stole? The Wall Street angle is thoroughly researched and readily understandable even to someone like me who doesn't read the Wall Street Journal every day. While most of the work I have read from this author is set in Miami, he does an amazing job with the New York setting (loved the trips to the Central Park Zoo). I'm guessing the author must have siblings, because the relationship between the lead character Patrick Lloyd and his sister (Connie) is spot on. And even though this is serious subject matter, I appreciated the characters' sense of humor and snarky dialogue ("What you just said is so inaccurate, you should have Tweeted it.") This is everything you want from a good thriller and more.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
The usually dependable Grippando goes off course with this one and tries to cram too many ideas into one story (Maddoff, witness protection, government plots, corporate intrigue, computer hackers, terrorists, mercenaries, et al.). On top of that the title of the book refers to a Lady Antebellum song and really has no bearing on the meat of the plot. Patrick Lloyd was sent to Singapore by a government agent to spy on Lily Scanlon who may have knowledge of two billion dollars that was being funneled through the Bank of Switzerland to off-shore accounts. These funds may be the only money that was not actually part of a Ponzi scheme enacted by Cushman who lost 60 Billion (same amount as Maddoff?). This later leads to Patrick and Lily being hunted by everybody from a mercenary from South America, an ex government agent called Mongoose, and the Treasury Department for which BOS new boss came from. The story gets so convoluted and later brings in a computer nerd (called a quant) named Evan who has a wall chart that looks like it was taken out the the television series "Flashfoward." This quant is able to break encyrption and even to partial decode a memo that has the highest level of encryption. As I said it seems like the author tried to take every type of idea and try to bring them together to make a story. The story is actually difficult to follow and sometimes you need to re-read prior sections to remember who some of the characters are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is getting harder and harder to find books that 1)Keeps me interested from page 1 to the end and 2) that I haven't figured out "who done it" much, much sooner than I ( meaning the reader in my opinion) and 3) are written by an author who has a sense of humor that appears to be as twisted as mine! (That was meant as a compliment). When the book ends, I find myself so disappointed because I don't want it to and frustrated because at that point I have to search for another author/book that I will enjoy and also meet the requirements I've already mentioned. So, do I recommend this book to other readers? Absolutely!! Do I recommend this author? Without a doubt!! Molly Couch-Newcomb Chicago, I'll
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers Favorite James Grippando is not new to the world of literary intrigue. The difficult task is to keep the readers interested and guessing to the end. In "Need You Now", Grippando has accomplished this heavy task. In a Maddof-like plot, Abe Cushman has successfully run a multi-billion Ponzi scheme, only to take his life and leave the mess to the survivors of the scheme. The scheme seems to involve the most reputable Swiss bank. When Wall Street adviser Patrick Lloyd enters the picture, the waters get considerably muddied as it relates to probably suspects in the crime. Lloyd's old girlfriend Lilly is caught up in the web of suspicion and she spends nearly the entire book attempting to extricate herself while Lloyd waxes and wanes in his own suspicions of the motives of the attractive financial expert who seems to know a bit too much and yet knows little if anything about the Ponzi scheme. When the US government steps into the picture, the reader needs to concentrate hard and pay attention to each and every detail. Grippando writes a clue-a-minute and he keeps his readers guessing to the end. To say this is a fast-paced novel is a gross underestimate of the author's ability to weave in seemingly unimportant details and make them into the straw that breaks the camel's back. The author is a major talent in the field of literary thrillers and he hints at events which could just be real life occurrences. Be prepared to test your brainpower on this one!
Lech-ch More than 1 year ago
This is a page turner; it keeps you guessing. It is indeed a thriller! It's one of the best mystery books I've read this year.
Sara25 More than 1 year ago
What if the U.S. government knew that Bernard Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme but did nothing to stop it? That premise--presented in Need You Now through the fictional Madoff (Abe Cushman)-- is at the heart of Need You Now. You might be inclined to dismiss that premise as mere paranoia, unless, of course you read such nonfiction accounts of the real life Madoff Ponzi scheme, such as "No One Would Listen," in which Harry Markoupolis details his efforts to tell the SEC that Madoff was a fraud (including the submission of detailed report that laid out dozens of red flags). The SEC did nothing. Need You Now provides an entertaining and thrilling answer to the questions left unanswered by those nonfiction accounts: why? Why, as the title of Mr. Markoupolis' book suggests, would no one listen? What were they protecting? Whose agenda were they following?. And in the nature of true thriller, it is very bad for the health of lead character Patrick Lloyd, an adviser in the world's largest Swiss bank, when he begins to find the answers to those questions. This is a great read from beginning to end.
scartertn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! I could not put it down. I zipped through nearly all of it on a recent plane ride from Salt Lake to Nashville. I was taken in from the first page. It seemed as though every character had something to hide and I was determined to figure out what it was. This was my first James Grippando book and will not be my last.
mikedraper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abe Cushman is a former chairman of the NASDAQ stock market. When his Ponzi scheme is unveiled, he commits suicide, taking his secrets with him.Patrick Lloyd is a young Wall St. advisor to one of the largest Swiss banks. He's called to the corporate office and ordered to find Lilly Scanlon and the money she manipulated from the bank when she was an executive there. This had to do with the Ponzi scheme.Lilly is Patrick's girlfriend and she tells him she's being set up. The money involved is from some of Cashman's investors who are ciminals and will stop at nothing to get their money back.Patrick and Lilly decide to work together. Soon after they are both threatened by criminals and then something about Patrick's past comes to light.The maze of possibilities that these characters must go through makes the novel an interesting adventure read. They must search for the money while not knowing who to trust and even if they can trust each other.This is not only a financial thriller but deals with other important issues such as a father's love for his children and the failures with the witness protection system. It is also a commentary about the people who want to gain riches without caring how they got their money.The author has captured the naivete of his two young protagonists and shows that innocence can be destroyed in a world of government ignorance and corruption at the highest levels.
Twink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
James Grippando is back with his latest book Need You Now, releasing January 3, 2012.Need You Now seems to take inspiration from recent headlines - the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme in particular.Patrick Lloyd is a young advisor at a Wall Street firm. He has returned to the US from the Singapore office after breaking up with his girlfriend Lilly, who also worked for the firm. An unnamed group thinks that Lloyd might now where their missing two billion dollars are as Lilly was the one who processed the transactions. With their lives being threatened, they race to try and find answers. But it's not as straight forward as that. Both Patrick and Lilly have secrets - nothing is quite as it seems. The plot becomes quite convoluted as Grippando adds twists and turns galore. I don't want to print spoilers, so I won't go into detail. But, perhaps there are a few too many twists - it seemed too busy and a bit over the top. I found myself losing track at times of who, what ,where. I never really connected with the two main protagonists or became emotionally invested in their predicament. They simply moved the story along.Need You Now is an entertaining financial thriller, but not a stand out for this reader.
justmelissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I previously read and liked (not loved) Grippando's When Darkness Falls, so I thought I knew what I was getting into when I picked up Need You Now. I expected an engaging mystery with decent characters who make logical choices. In other words, my expectations weren't too high. Boy was I disappointed! This thing is a mess. Cardboard cutout characters, unbelievably convoluted plot lines, and cliche after cliche.There's a fad among popular authors these days to re-release their earlier works once they have established an audience. Recently I read a newly-released early Harlan Coben book where the author actually apologized to the reader in the intro, basically saying, 'please forgive me, this isn't my best work, but isn't it fun to see how I've grown?' That's what this book reminded me of: a book written by an author who will, with some seasoning and lots of practice, eventually be ready for prime time. Unfortunately, this is the latest product from an author with at least a dozen other published books.Bottom line: if you are already a fan, you'll probably think this isn't his best work, but think I'm too harsh. If you aren't already a fan, save yourself the time and pick another book to read.
bookmagic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patrick Lloyd is a young financial adviser for Bank of Switzerland/ American branch. Abe Cushman is a Madoff-type, who has stolen $60 billion in a Ponzi scheme but when he gets caught, he does a swan dive off his terrace. Gerry Collins is an accomplice, brutally murdered when he tries to flee. Patrick is informed by the higher ups at BOS, that his former girlfriend, Lily Scanlon is a suspect in helping Collins hide money. But Patrick has secrets of his own and that is where things start to get convoluted. There are way too many things happening at once with this story and too many coincidences. The dialogue is not great and Grippando's pop culture references every third page made me want to throw the book across the room. I feel like the book could have been much better with a little more effort. Also, I don't find government conspiracy plots very exciting or original. Maybe because it isn't shocking or surprising considering what does happen in reality.I read Grippando's earlier novels years ago and enjoyed them. I don't know if my tastes have changed or he just didn't put much effort into this. Either way, I wouldn't recommend it.
RGazala on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As our economy continues to wheeze slowly along (what we hope is) its road to recovery in The Great Recession's tumultuous aftermath, James Grippando has written a new thriller that gives pause to conventional thought about what laid beneath one of the most brutal financial crimes of recent times. The story's starting point is clearly inspired by Bernie Madoff's felonious scam that's commonly considered the biggest financial fraud in American history. In the stand-alone book "Need You Now," however, it doesn't take Grippando long to veer sharply from Madoffian dogma and offer for consideration that motivations other than pedestrian self-enrichment can underpin swindles like Madoff's.In the enthralling style for which Grippando has become very popular, "Need You Now" tells the story of Patrick Lloyd. Lloyd is a young financial advisor who, with his enigmatic girlfriend Lilly Scanlon, risk all to expose a deadly $60 billion ponzi conspiracy that oozes from Wall Street's gleaming skyscrapers to sleek, shiny Singapore, to dangerous Paraguayan no-man's-land, and far into the dark heart of Washington, D.C. Appropriately enough given the deliberate complexity of financial chicanery like Madoff's that spans both many years and great distances, this is no elementary A to B to C linear mystery tale. Instead, Grippando successfully intertwines a labyrinth of intriguing (and sometimes seemingly incongruous) plot lines to create a story that's immediate and timely, and as disturbing as it is engrossing. His protagonists are sympathetic and very human characters, refreshingly unlike the quasi-superhumans who frequently overpopulate modern thrillers. Grippando also does a great job of evoking a true sense of place for his settings. For example, in addition to aptly setting stages around various Manhattan hallmarks that are well known from scads of other books set in New York, he deftly captures and conveys less renown places like the Lemon Ice King of Corona, and "spaghetti park," in Queens. That kind of care for detail is emblematic of all Grippando's work in "Need You Now," and is only one of many reasons this very enjoyable thriller is well worth reading.
Alla. on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Need you now¿ by James Grippando starts out as a Bernie Madoff-like character, Abe Cushman, commits suicide after his sixty billion Ponzi scheme is discovered. As his partner, Gerry Collins, learns about Cushman¿s suicide, he is murdered himself upon getting into his car. Fast forward three years and we met, Patrick Lloyd, a Manhattan employee of the International Bank of Switzerland who had just returned from his six month stint in Singapore, where he had broken up with his girlfriend Lilly Scanlon, a fellow employee. Soon enough, Patrick¿s life is disrupted and he is fleeing for his life as his boss accuses him of disposing of two billion dollars from Cushman¿s funds, and notifies him that his ex-girlfriend Lilly had just been fired in connection with this. Lloyd is obviously clueless about the allegation and starts looking for Lilly, but is nearly killed on his way home from work. To complicate matters, Lloyd is not his real name, and his trip to Singapore was no mere accident. As Patrick finds Lilly, he soon loses her again as Lilly runs from his apartment in the middle of the night after an intruder appears. As they try to figure out what is happening, they put people around them in danger. And the violence escalates from there. There¿s FBI agents (both good and bad), sketchy characters, and financial puzzles. Even Lloyd¿s own family is thrown into the mix. This is a pretty hard to put down mystery. There¿s no one you can trust¿even the main characters constantly seem like they¿re hiding something. That definitely pulled me into the story. Grippando also does a good job with the plot revelations and action scenes. Highly recommended.
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If you don't read this pretty continuously, it is hard to keep all characters and plots straight. Liked the main characters, though.
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jane10591 More than 1 year ago
This is another good one by James Grippando. I really like his books. The plot is solid and can never really figure them out! Worth the time to read them!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say about James Grippando? He's wonderful. One of my favorites of all time.
yayaAO More than 1 year ago
I am in the process of reading this book now and am enjoying it and cant wait to finish it and would like to read more from this author
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bobalinda More than 1 year ago
James Grippando never disapoints me. This is another great book.
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