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Intent To Kill

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  982 ratings  ·  112 reviews
A fallen baseball star must use his new skills as Boston's king of sports radio to outwit a dangerous caller and prove—live and on the air—that the hit-and-run that killed his wife was no accident.

Ryan James once had it all. With a beautiful wife and a two-year-old daughter, he was just one minor-league baseball game away from realizing his lifelong dream of playing in the
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Published April 28th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mary Beth
A young man's life was on the cusp of breaking into major league baseball when his beloved wife was killed by a drunk driver. After three years of living in a numbed fog, things started happening that revealed what really happened to his wife. The story has a character with Asperger's Syndrome. The younger brother of the dead wife figures deeply into the plot and the author manages to portray a person with this disability as well as educate the reader while weaving a story. Excellent.
Oct 09, 2008 Kathy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers. Anyone really.
Recommended to Kathy by: daughter, Amy
I found myself really wrapped up in this one. Ryan James, a minor league baseball player loses his wife to an auto accident. It wasn't an accident but finding the killer was made difficult due to false leads. It kept me guessing right up to the end. Enjoyable.
I liked this book and I debated whether to give it 3 or 4 stars. I decided on 3 for three main reasons.

The first being it didn't grab me right from the get go. It took me a while to really get into this book. I did get into the book and ended up liking it, but I just didn't feel it at the beginning.

The other reason was one of the main characters, Babes, felt a little inconsistent. Babes has Aspergers/PDD and is 22 years old. His character felt a little inconsistent with things I would expect fro
This book was fantastic. I didn't know what to expect and just grabbed it off the shelf at the library. Never heard of the author or the book.

First - it takes place in Massachusetts and Rhode and Island, so it's local to me. I liked that, of course. Even learned a few things about the area.

Second - it's a fairly short book at 7 CDs, I think. Even so, the author managed to really give some depth to many of the characters. The only character I thought was lacking was the Connie Garrison. He seemed
Have liked his others. Got this one through Doubleday book club. Book club exclusive. Not my favorite of his but had many surprises. I thought I would never get through it but it could be because life interfered with reading this month! Wouldn't go out of my way to get this book since it is a book club exclusive, unless you are a die hard Grippando fan.
This was a great 'who done it' book. I could have gotten through it in a day or two but with a 2 week old baby, I kept falling asleep. Not because it was boring, I just needed some sleep. I have not read any other books from this author but after reading this one, I will certainly find some more of his.
May 29, 2008 Ruth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one who likes a good suspence.
The thing I learned is to step out of your box. Find a new author. I have never read James Grippando before. From star to finish it kept my interest. Had a good start, the middle kept me turning pages, with a surprise and a happy ending.
Ryan James was a baseball player for a minor league team in Rhode Island. His wife was killed in a car accident that the authorities believed was caused by a drunk driver who left the scene. His small daughter was a passenger and remained unhurt. The story takes place three years later. James is no longer playing baseball and is now working on a radio talk show.

The novel tells the story of James and the prosecutor investigating the death of his wife. An unknown witness has been contacting the p
Unexpected twists and turns make for a satisfying read about the facts behind the hit and run death of a minor league baseball player's wife.
May 01, 2009 Maureen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Grippando's books, this is his newest, I just started it yesterday, so far, I like it. He is a good writer.
Johnny Chapman
Great story. I enjoyed the suspense and twists. The author did a great job of making the reader feel the characters.
This book was wicked good!!! The wife supposedly died in a hit & run accident, but it was more like murder.
Excellent from beginning to end. I read it in two sittings.
This is a solid suspense novel involving a cold case. When a beautiful young teacher is killed by what is believed to be a drunk driver, no evidence leads to the person causing the car accident. Three years later her husband is trying to raise their young daughter while also working hard to run a sports-radio show and break into playing major league baseball when he begins receiving disturbing clues. A sympathetic young husband, his wife's bereaved family, and an alluring prosecutor combine for ...more
While baseball is the sport of choice of the main character and his brother-in-law in this intriguing read, it is not its core theme.

A minor league baseball player has a chance to make it into the big leagues with the owner of the BoSox coming to watch this, the final game of the season. The team manager receives a phone call during the first inning that changes everything for Ryan when he learns that his wife and young daughter had just been in a terrible accident. Ryan rushes to the hospital w
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Ryan James, a minor league star ball player for the PawSox team in Pawtucket, RI is in the most important game of the season, with Red Sox Scouts in the stands, but not his wife and daughter who is expecting. When the manager hangs up the phone and calls the umpire for a time out signaling Ryan to come out of the game, he knows something is up. His wife’s car has been run off the road by a hit and run driver and she and his daughter in the hospital. His daughter is ok but his wife do
When up and coming minor league baseball player Ryan James’s wife Chelsea is killed in a seemingly random hit and run accident, his life is shattered
as is that of Chelsea’s autistic brother Babe. Following the horrific event Ryan is more focused on drowning his sorrows than on furthering his pursuit of a major league contract and three years later we find him co-hosting a sports talk show on a local Boston radio station. When an anonymous caller to the show announces that Chelsea’s death was no
A rather typical and basic who dunnit. Good for an easy read to pass the time, but don’t expect anything to make the brain work. Below is a breakdown of my rating:

Enjoyability: 3.5
Re-Readability: 2
Character Development: 3
Complexity: 2.5
Writing Style: 3
Believability: 4
Overall: 3

This is the first novel I read by Grippando. While I do tend to revert to a basic who dunnit novel from time to time, this one wasn’t very complex, and it was somewhat predictable. There were a few twists in it, but for th
Jul 13, 2009 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good mystery, suspense, baseball.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all his work.
This is a compelling tale of a family who is trying to cope with the sudden death of a young woman in a hit/run car crash. Mr. Grippando spins the tale in a most interesting way with the sudden revelation 3 years later of an eyewitness in the form of her autistic little brother.

The anguish of her parents brother and husband are made very clear as they try to solve the mystery of who would have caused her car to go off the road and then run away. Was it really just a drunk driver, or was it not a
Teresa in Ohio
Ryan James was expecting his life to change one night when he is playing minor league ball. It changes not the way he expects going to the majors but with unbelievable grief. His young wife and daughter are involved in an accident where the suspect is a drunk driver but was never found. On the third anniversary a tipster leaves tips pointing to the killer. In the meantime Ryan who is now a sports jock and insomanic raising a daughter on his own is now washed in anger not grief over realizing tha ...more
Ryan James is a star minor league baseball player. He gets the word that his wife Chelsea, and daughter, Ainsley, have been in an auto accident. Ryan rushes to the hospital and is crushed with the news that Chelsea has died on the operating table.

The setting is Pawtuket, Rhode Island and Boston. As the story begins, we see the dream of the minor leagers, to excell at their job and reach the major leagues.

Three years pass. Ryan's depression and insomnia have led to his release from baseball. He's
Donna Mcnab
Ryan James is one of the stars on the farm team of the Boston Red Socks when his wife, Chelsea, is killed in an automobile accident and his life changes completely. His two-year-old daughter was in the car with his wife, but was unhurt, so now Ryan is trying do deal with the pain of his wife's loss, and raise their small daughter. His career comes to a standstill and three years later he is working as a "shock jock" on a top-rated radio sports call-in show. On the three year anniversary of his w ...more
Intent to Kill was one of the best fictional accounts of Asperger's syndrome I have read in several months. The author did a fabulous job researching the condition before writing about Babes. It was clearly obvious that he has spent time with people with Asperger's in order to construct an accurate portrayal of the condition in fiction.

This novel was so well written that it was difficult for me to put down. When I stopped reading for awhile, it was difficult for me to think about anything else b
I thought this was interesting but didn't catch me and really draw me in like I thought. I didn't even spend time making guesses as to the conclusion....I just wasn't tied in enough.
I think this is because of doing this as an audio and not as a book, and not the actual quality of the book. I think I'd read more from this author.
ok........ some kind of ok stuff about autism... male relationships, etc. Enjoyable, but not a grabber.

[close:] Ryan James, a minor league baseball star, was poised for the major leagues until the hit-and-run death of his beloved wife Chelsea destroyed his dream. Now hes a popular shock jock at a Boston radio station trying to raise his six-year-old daughter on his own. His life is somewhat coming back to normal when prosecuting attorney Emma Carlisle contacts him about an anonymous note sent to
If a car crash kills a woman, and the driver of the other car flees the scene, how do the police know that the driver who left the scene was drunk? Why would a prosecutor investigate this crash after the police put it into the cold case file? I didn’t think a prosecutor investigates crashes even if they are thought to be a crime. The definition I found is that a prosecutor is one that initiates and carries out a legal action, especially criminal proceedings.

The first question I have is answered
Our protagonist Ryan was a minor league baseball player about to be called up to the majors when his wife and daughter are killed in a hit and run accident. No one was ever charged with the crime, and the incident changes Ryan's life so profoundly that he ultimately loses his job. Three years later an anonymous tip leads Ryan to believe that the accident wasn't an accident at all, and worse, it seems his autistic brother-in-law may know something about it - something that could put both their li ...more
Kevin Bachovchin
This was the first James Grippando book I read. I found this book when I was searching for sport mystery, and I liked it so much that I've gone on to read all the other James Grippando (which aren't sports related). I felt that Babes was a really sympathetic and interesting character, and this book had a very good plot and ending.
Joshua Walcher
I read this over four hours on a late Sunday afternoon. It'd be a really good book to take on a short airplane ride. It reads quickly and you lose track of time as you're reading it. I enjoyed it, but to me it was sort of a shallow book in the "pop thriller" style that has made several authors famous. 3 out of 5.
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