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Afraid Of The Dark (Jack Swyteck #9)

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The New York Times bestselling author's ever-popular hero, Jack Swyteck, is on his most dangerous case yet, uncovering a sinister underground world that has him racing across the globe.

Then: Sergeant Vince Paulo held his best friend's daughter, McKenna, bleeding in his arms as she uttered the name of her murderer and ex-boyfriend, Jamal. That was minutes before a blast mad
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Published March 22nd 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 1st 2011)
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Mary Gramlich
AFRAID OF THE DARK written by James Grippando
Jack Swyteck Series Book #9
03/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Hardcover, 416 pages

What if the lies are the truth and fiction is fact?

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 unl
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 ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
This has no spoilers, as the book has NOT been released as of posting:

Jack Swyteck returns in this absolutely thrilling political mystery that has our prognasticator defending an accussed killer which puts him the line of fire from those who have alot to lose; including his fiancee and law partner.

We follow several different story lines: The killer calls himself the Dark; Andie Henning the FBI agent that Jack is hoping to marry; The Mays family who has gone through hell and back and still we do
I love James Grippando. He's not your typical mystery/thriller writer. He doesn't write a formula book that is the same all the time. His characters are very well developed. It's a fast read that will keep you interested the whole time. However some of the plot twists are a little fanstantic and you may need to suspend some judgment. It's still fun and exciting. It's very well written with a lot of character development with the secondary characters. Yes, this is a series but it can stand alone ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Conspiracy theorists; mystery lovers.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Grippando's work, but this is getting a little too graphic.
This is not a book to read all alone in the middle of the night, but it is hard to put down as the mysteries keep getting more and more involved.

Mr. Grippando has created a sinister force, The Dark, who seems to be able to know everything about his victims all the time. He also kills with impunity and total anonymity.

This story is not for the faint of heart as it includes terrorist acts, revenge, torture, brainwashing, extreme rendition and other ugly acts.
Scottsdale Public Library
Attorney Jack Swyteck has a problem -- well, several problems, in this excellent thriller. His client, accused of being a Somali terrorist is actually an American citizen being held at Guantanamo. When the young man disappears, so does Jack's lead to finding the real killer and uncovering the truth in the shady world of black ops.

-- Louisa --
Deale Hutton
Again a good political thriller. I didn't figure out the ending, and at times I was very uncertain of the plot itself. Somewhat confusing in parts, but read it quickly as it grabbed me. Think Grippando will be on my list to read more of.
Luanne Ollivier
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 b
Heidi Burleigh
James Grippando's "Afraid of the Dark" is a literate thriller. It's a fast read, but well-written -- smooth writing, and nice style for this genre of book. It's gritty and a bit disturbing but a really good read. I hated having to put it down. This story is loaded with bad guys and evil deeds. But the good guys are definitely up to the task. I'm so used to crime thrillers having one-dimensional characters with almost no character development, but Grippando has fleshed out characters, psychologic ...more
The Sunday Book Review
This book has it all. Murder, Kidnapping, Terrorism and sex crimes. The beginning premise of the book grabbed my attention. A young couple, an unstable young man and a dead girlfriend. This reads right up my alley. I was faced soon after with "secret black sites", terrorism, and a sex crime ring. Suddenly this boy being charged with the murder of his girlfriend has become involved with some sensitive government issue, no one trusts each other due to classified information and , for me, the main ...more
In Afraid of the Dark, Vince Paulo comes to the aid of his friend's daughter McKenna. As she lay dying in his arms, she utters the name of her boyfriend, Jamal, when asked "Who did this to you?" Minutes later there's a blast that will forever change Paulo's world. Jack Swyteck, a defence attorney, comes to the aid of Jamal after he's been accused of terrorist activity. His alibi for McKenna's murder is a little far-fetched, even to Swyteck, but a lot is possible when terrorism is involved. As mo ...more
Just as Jack Swyteck is about to celebrate his success in securing the release of a prisoner from Guantanomo, his client is arrested by the local police and charged with the gruesome, three-year-old murder of a teen-aged girl, the daughter of an information security potentate. The only alibi that his client, Jamal, offers is that at the time of the murder, he had been kidnapped and was being held in a black ops prison in Prague. As wildly impossible as Swyteck finds this to believe, the fact tha ...more
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Withdrawing as counsel on the case for Jamal Wakefield seems to be the only avenue Jack Swyteck feels comfortable with. His boss Neil is not so sure. Jack does not have all the information, and Neil makes him a deal. They will put Jamal through a lie detector and if Jack still feels the same way then Neil will take the case himself.

Jack’s problem with Jamal is the the crime he is being tried for. The ac
The story is seemingly standard suspense and thriller material, but the author pulls it off pretty well. I liked some of his passages enough to chuckle out loud. It's a fairly easy read, too.

Here's a fun passage:

"[Blind] Vince had visited MLFC headquarters before, but his mental image of it was sketchy. Although he had received a full tour, Chuck Mays' idea of being descriptive for the benefit of his blind friend was simple to add his all-purpose adverb to everything. The offices weren't big; th
You have your stabbed teen-aged girl and your blind cop who's trying to find her killer. And then there's the defense attorney with the client who's a terrorist - oh whoops, he's not - he's, he's the guy who murdered the girl. Or is he?

And there's the girl's father the data mining tycoon who wants revenge for her murder, and his wife who killed herself in grief, but didn't.

And the Al Shabbab guy who is the not-terrorist's father, and the other Somali guy who is even worse, and the evil owner o
Jack Swyteck is back into this newest legal thriller. It all started with McKenna Mays's death and Officer Vince Paulo's blindness. In this shocking thriller, Grippando takes us to the deepest and darkest evil in the world from Miami to London. Not only Jack's embroiled into this disturbing case, his fiancée FBI Andie Henning is also caught up into a real extremely dangerous investigation of her own. When he takes Jamal Wakefield as his next client, people did their best to deter him from becomi ...more
Ed Schmidt
Police Sergeant Vince Paulo is holding the daughter of his best friend who is dying when she utters that her boyfriend Jamal had killed her. And explosion then burns the house down and blinds Vince. Three years later, Jack Swyteck is called in to save Jamal from a lifetime at Gitmo. Jack gets him freed and he is immediately arrested for the murder of the girl. Jamal claims he was at a secret detention center in Prague when the girl was killed. Jack is sent on a whirlwind trek through Europe tryi ...more
Lisa Currier
Jack Swyteck is a great character. This was a really good book, even if the story line was a little convoluted! Lot's going on, political, revenge, human trafficking, murder,etc. The action kept moving. really good author, just not my favorite in the series.
Grippando is cramming a lot in there and it's starting to get a little too far fetched. However if i remind myself of that at the start of each book and suspend my disbelief, it's an enjoyable read.

One query i have in the tying up of this book. The reason McKenna named Jamal as her killer was because she had been conditioned by the murderer. I'm pretty sure that conditioning would take longer than the few hours the killer had. The novel itself suggests its a longer process. It's alsovery conven
I'm often in a hurry, and I must get my books from the library in order to support our libraries. As a result, I'm often in a hurry, don't have an author or a book in mind. One of the things I've learned is if an author has more than one book on the shelf, they must be worth reading. However, I think I'm done with Grippando. The majority of his books are a series about a criminal defense attorney who gets locked into all types of dangerous discoveries. If you like that thing, he's got a few to g ...more
Afraid of the Dark is the ninth book in his Jack Swytek series. Jack is a criminal defense attorney in Miami who of course, tilts windmills. I've read all of the books and this is not the best of the series but still a credible read. Jack's buddy, Sergeant Vince Paulo is asked to keep tabs his best friend's daughter by reading her text messages. It, of course, doesn't go well, people end up dead and maimed and her Islamic boyfriend is blamed. Subplots include this elderly grandfather's Alzheimer ...more
Denise Whelan
All I can say is Wow! This book had me on the edge of my seat since I started reading! Another fantastic book by James Grippando!!!
“Dark is not a place, but a person, and you would be wise to be afraid…very afraid of him.”

AFRAID OF THE DARK is a mind boggling balance of abuse of power and good versus evil. Peopled by three-dimensional characters, and propelled by an unrelenting pace, this is an extraordinary tale that never seems to find a stopping place. Dark is not a place, but a person, and you would be wise to be afraid…very afraid of him. All of the story threads come together in an eye-opening and violent climax. This
Ankit Mittal
Good pace kept me going but all the talk about personal information tracking, spyware on mobile was a bit over the top.
Started listening to this on audiobook, I had to go to the library to check it out. Very good mystery. Jack is embroiled in a mystery that keeps you guessing from the beginning to the end, lots of twists and turns.International intrigue, FBI, CIA, references to Black sites where suspects are tortured, twisted individuals that might make your stomach turn. Well written and I couldn't put the story down. Wasn't planning on reading it was just looking for something to listen to as I exercise and wo ...more
Another thriller featuring Miami criminal defense attorney, Jack Swyteck. In this outing, Jack is called upon to defend a guy who may or may not be a murderer of a teenage girl. Or he might be a terrorist and if so, he might have been a prisoner in a 'black site' in Prague at the time of the murder. There's very little lawyering in this book, but there's a lot of action and international intrique. Maybe Grippando was trying to channel John LeCarre. Lawyers generally don't lead this kind of excit ...more
Pretty good. Would give it 4 stars if it weren't so confusing.
Don Sparrow
This is the 9th in the lawyer Jack Swyteck series. I have now read 4 of them and also a couple of Grippando's stand alone novels. I have enjoyed them all. This one explodes out of the gate with a vicious murder of a 16 year old girl. There are many themes in this book, human trafficking, pornography, illegal internet sites, information technology, spying, torture, the CIA, and national security...whew..Jack's evil antagonist is "The Dark" , one really bad dude.The storyline is very complex and s ...more
Murder and government conspiracies abound!
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