Miami attorney Jack Swyteck lands in the heart of the contentious immigration debate when he takes on the heart-wrenching case of an undocumented immigrant who fled to America to protect her daughter and save herself, in this timely and pulse-pounding thriller that explores the stories behind the headlines from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
Julia Rodriguez and her teenage daughter Beatriz escaped bloodthirsty gangs, random violence and, Julia's abusive husband back in El Salvador. Arriving in Miami, mother and daughter struggled to carve their own piece of the American dream. While life in the States is hard, it is safer, until Julia's rejects her boss's unwanted sexual advances. Suddenly—thanks to an "anonymous" tip to U. S. immigration authorities—she is arrested, locked in detention with criminals, and slated for deportation. Jack's only viable legal move to save her is asylum—a long shot that’s become nearly impossible in today’s charged political climate.
When Julia and Beatriz made the perilous trek north to freedom, they thought they’d left the danger behind them. But now, even Miami isn’t safe. A ruthless enemy may have tracked them to south Florida and is biding time, patiently waiting to strike.
In a case where the stakes have never been higher, Jack Sywteck may not be able to save his client—even if he wins.
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.
Hometown:Coral Gables, Florida
Date of Birth:January 27, 1958
Place of Birth:Waukegan, Illinois
Education:B.A. with High Honors, University of Florida, 1980; J.D. with Honors, University of Florida, 1982
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I have been a fan of James Grippando's writing for a very long time. I first discovered his books sometime around 2006 and quickly tackled his backlist. I think a few books have slipped past me over the years but I try to stay as up to date with his writing as I can. I have found his books to be reliably good and this book was no exception. This book was rather hard for me to put down at times because I was so involved in the story. This is the fifteenth book in the Jack Swyteck series but it could be easily read as a stand alone. As a long time reader of the series, I really enjoyed getting the chance to catch up with Jack and Theo. Their characters have definitely matured over the course of the series but they are still quite the impressive pair. Jack is on a case that is a little different this time around. He is asked by his grandmother to help out with an immigration case. Julia has been taken into custody and faces possible deportation and her daughter is not taking this well. I have not read anything that I can remember that deals with the legal system as it pertains to immigration law and I was really surprised by how different that system is. I found all of the legal maneuvers to be really interesting in this story. There is a bit more going on in this book in addition to the immigration trial. Danger seems to be following Jack's client around as he works to keep both her and her daughter safe. The pace picks up as the book progresses and culminates with some pretty intense action. I think that I was holding my breath for quite a while towards the end of the book. This book did have a few shifts in its focus. The story started out really focused on the legal issues and how that system worked. At a certain point in the book, things shifted gears and it became much more of an action thriller. I do wish that things would have wrapped up a little neater. I guess I am used to Jack's cases coming to a rather satisfying conclusion before the last page but I didn't get that feeling with this book although I felt like this ending was probably a lot more realistic. I would recommend this book to others. This is a fantastic series that I really feel like is worth the read. The characters in this series are amazing and the cases are always exciting and thought-provoking. I can't wait to read more from this fantastic author. I received a digital review copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers - Harper via Edelweiss.
This book is a solid legal thriller, as expected from James Grippando. I have to say that legal thrillers have always been my go-to choice, and this one does not disappoint. I am familiar with Jack Swytek, and this book shows him at his best. I may not understand all of the implied political nuances of this book, but I certainly understood the plight of the clients. I liked Jack's clients, and I felt their fear as well as their emotional turmoil. It seemed that there was nowhere to turn. I was concerned for all. I thoroughly enjoyed the legal aspects of this book. It was interesting to note the unfairness of some of the laws. This book is timely, well-written and an enjoyable read all around.