James Grippando

marlene lopez

James Grippando’s first job out of law school plunged him headlong into death penalty cases. That experience was an inspiration for his 1994 debut novel, The Pardon, a legal thriller that critics heralded as a “bona fide blockbuster.”  Grippando has gone on to become the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels of suspense, including 12 in the popular series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. In Grippando’s latest, Gone Again (Harper), Jack Swyteck takes on his first death-row client since The Pardon in a case as twisty as it is shocking. His client has been charged with the murder of a missing girl, but as gut-wrenching and hopelessly conflicting version of events unfolds in a Miami courtroom, it becomes clear there is something even more difficult to find than a long-missing girl—the truth.