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Beyond Suspicion (Jack Swyteck #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  1,464 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Miami criminal lawyer Jack Swyteck's beautiful ex-girlfriend Jessie Merrill sold her life insurance benefit for a cash payment when she was diagnosed with a deadly disease. Now, thanks to Jack’s courtroom prowess, Jessie can keep the $1.5 million she received. But both Swyteck and those who expected to double their investment when Jessie died, it turns out, were dupes of a ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Harper (first published August 20th 2002)
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Nov 03, 2012 Lynley marked it as couldn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Beyond Bad

I read up to page 123, then decided life is too short.
I wonder if the ending does indeed redeem itself, but then I figured it can’t possibly.

This is yet another story about a beautiful young woman found dead in a man’s bathtub. I think the world already has enough of those stories, so it has to say something pretty darned special for me to persevere.

This is a story for the Manly Man.

A few quotes will serve as vehicles for my editorial inserts:
“…he gathered one more eyeful of the woman
Feb 14, 2011 woody rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just alright for me. Second book in the Jack Swytech lawyer series. A lot was going on in this book with lots of characters. Viatical insurance, blood harvesting, organized crime, money laundering, murder for hire and recurring dreams about child abuse. Jack starts out the book defending Jessie a former girlfriend on a viatical insurance fraud case. His wife, Cindy, seems fine with him doing this, but is she? When Jessie ends up dead in their bathtub, Cindy begins to think that Jack and Jessie w ...more
Dec 05, 2008 Sumiya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was advertised at "John Grisham meets Robert Ludlum" - I've not read the 'bourne identity' series but enjoyed the movie since I really like action/thrillers. This was supposed to be the perfect book per the marketing efforts. No such luck. James Grippando writes nothing like John Grisham. There goes my attempt at filling empty space between John's books. I hope John continues to write and entertain those thirsty for his written pleasures.
Aug 25, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. I started reading the series from the beginning so now I know what happened to his wife Cindy. Cindy was the murderer of Jessie Merrill but her mom took the blame. Good ending. Had me guessing until the end as to whom was th murderer.
Edelhart Kempeneers
Okee boek. Geen hoogvlieger, maar ook niet slecht.
May 22, 2013 Maddie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This story has enough twists and plots but it did not hold my interest. I gave up at about page 200, no longer caring to know the facts, the ending.....etc.
Oct 13, 2009 Jami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot was well laid out, however, I just wasn't very interested in the characters. They didn't develop very well in my opinion.
Nov 30, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nice twist in the end, but too many characters and plot twists. I haven't read Jack Swyteck #1 so I didn't know his writing style.
Jan 29, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2007
A pretty gripping read. I finished it in a few hours and I felt like I had just watched a standard 90-minute thriller movie. I'm not sure that this warrants a second read.
Chetan Shet
A Must read book.
Earlene Gamble
Mar 18, 2017 Earlene Gamble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read some bad reviews before I read this book. I liked it, but not as much as The Pardon. I will read more of his books as I find them easy page turners.
Phyllis Wright
Oct 05, 2016 Phyllis Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Would have thought that?
John Marsh
Mar 21, 2016 John Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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#2 in the Jack Swyteck series, set in South Florida. Jack and Cindy are married, but Cindy still has nightmares a year after her attack by Esteban in The Pardon. Jack's old girlfriend Jessie hires Jack to represent her in a case concerning a viatical contract. Jessie had sold her life insurance to investors for 50% of the death benefit after learning she had ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). After she discovered it was a misdiagnosis, that she would not be dying within a year, the investors sued her. ...more
Narrator: LJ Ganser

I was enjoying this until the story started to focus too much on Swytech's crumbling marriage and the ex girlfiend popping up. I wanted a murder thriller, not a romantic drama.

So I paused, listened to a lovely gay romance then came back to this. Since it was fast-paced, I got into the groove and began enjoying the book. I still think Swytech's a tad naive when it comes to women but at the moment he's faring better than Joe Pike in The Sentry. Be
Oct 24, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beyond Suspicion is a quick-moving book and is a sequel to Grippando's first published novel The Pardon . I read The Pardon many years ago, but reading the first book is not a necessary requirement - Grippando sets the stage very well in this book so it can be a 'stand alone' novel.

I shot through this book very quickly - the plot drags you in pretty well and Grippando's writing style keeps the book moving along at a quick pace. The main character is fairly average and his world is suddenly
Sep 18, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Grippando is a new favorite author of mine. I love a good mystery and this book was good, just not a favorite.

It started out really good, but the middle got a little dry. It would have moments of white knuckle intensity followed by a whole lot of slow moving lawyer mumbo jumbo.

The ending was great, but took a long time getting there. The problem was I would look at my kindle and it would say 91% but the book still wasn't wrapping up. I found myself watching the percentage increase and won
Nov 03, 2015 Grw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a surprisingly disappointing book whilst at the same time not totally terrible.

Despite being billed as a being a sort of John Grisham style lawyer thriller, it was really nothing of the sort, even if there could have been a great legal battle involved, yet that barely got a look in.

Instead we get a rather run of the mill tale of a lawyer who becomes a suspect and has to prove his innocence in a way that was rather similar to the first book in the series albeit with totally new characte
Jul 25, 2011 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miami Lawyer Jack Swyteck takes the case of an old girl friend who, thinking she had a terminal illness and not long to live sold her life insurance to a company that paid cash and expected to get the payout when she died. Only the Dr. misdiagnosed her and she figured to have a long life. The Company was suing to get their money back. Jack won the case but became suspicious when girlfriend and Dr. were seen together and she then admitted it was a scam. Girl friend and Dr. then cause Jack all kin ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
I legal thriller più famosi sono probabilmente quelli nati dalla penna di Erle Stanley Gardner, che ha creato il personaggio di Perry Mason. Ma sono tanti gli autori di successo che hanno trattato questo genere, basti pensare a Grisham, Turow, Martini, Margolin, Leoscroart e via di seguito. È in questo filone che si inserisce James Grippando.
Al di sopra di ogni sospetto non è il più significativo del suo genere, nel senso che pochi avvenimenti si svolgono effettivamente in tribunale, nonostante
Chris Demer
Mar 22, 2015 Chris Demer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Jack Swytek, a Miami lawyer represents his former lover in a case against a viatical settlement company. She was diagnosed with ALS, borrowed money from her life insurance, and the investors were to cash in the policy when she died. It turns out she was misdiagnosed and is not going to die anytime soon. He wins the case, she gets to keep her 1 1/2 million, but ends up dead -in his bathtub-a few days later. Who has a motive? There are many suspects--Jack, the investors (which involve the Russian ...more
Sep 28, 2016 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Swyteck ex-girlfriend hires him to represent her in a law suit that is claiming she swindled money from a group of investors that paid her a million and a half dollars because she had an life insurance policy for $3,000,000 which they bought up. When she didn't die as expected from ALS they wanted their money back. Things became increasingly more complicated when she was murdered and Jack was suspected of her death. There was a lot of things going on in this book including problems between ...more
Barbara M
Jan 29, 2016 Barbara M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
Good book, the second in the Jack Swyteck series. I'm not sure how I felt about all the flashbacks on the part of Katrina and Cindy. It did, however, provide the driving reason behind each characters actions to some extent. Plus, they were interesting asides, lending more tension to the story. The legal maneuverings and the mystery of "who dun it" were well done, I really didn't see through it but I have to admit that I don't work at solving the mystery when I read, I just let the story take me. ...more
Dec 19, 2007 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading some of the reviews I was a little worried. Don't be worried. I really enjoyed Mr. Grippando's second installment of Jack's life. I liked how fast paced this novel was and I did like the concept/ideas presented. I did agree with some of the other reviewers about how it wrapped up. Just felt it wrapped up way too quickly with some plot holes. I enjoy his books so maybe I'm a little bias. I do recommend this book in the series so you can understand the future books but The Pardon has ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Swyteck's former girlfriend hires him as her attorney when she is sued for 1 1/2 million dollars. He wins the case and then learns she conned him and her getting the money in the first place had been a swindle. Days later she is found naked and dead in the bathtub at the home he shares with his wife. This is only the beginning of a complex and riveting novel about murder, greed and self delusion. Good summer reading.
MY major issue with this book is that it's story line is so similar to the first one. Jack Swyteck wins a case and then is framed for murder and comes under investigation and has to dig into to find out who is out to get him. Parts of the case tear him and his wife Cindy, girlfriend in book 1, apart. It's an okay read but I would like a little more courtroom action and maybe someone other than Jack could end up being the suspect and he can just be the defense attorney.
May 17, 2011 Jacque rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy James Grippando books, but I think if I'd read his first two books back to back (as I did) without having read other books written by him, I might not have continued with the Jack Swyteck series. I was a little disappointed at how much the plot of this book resembled the plot from The Pardon. Really, two books in a row Jack is framed for murder? That aside, I read the book in a day and am looking forward to reading the next.
Oct 07, 2016 Frank rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[library audiobook]

The book moved slowly. A couple of the characters were interesting, other than the main character, Jack Switek. His wife was squirrely. Even though she was cool, I could have done without the anti-communism of the cuban woman's protrayal. The shoot'em up a the end was poorly staged. Finally, the ending was kind of a scooby do with a reversal of reversals.

Maybe I would read another from Grippando.
Oct 19, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gripping instalment. Poor Swyteck, he thinks he's only looking at some dodgy business deals but is soon poking a stick at the Russian mafia. This raises the stakes and danger dogs his every move. The lengths criminals go to to rip people off is amazing, this book highlighted some plausible scams I've never heard of. Jack's involvement in this case comes at a high personal cost. Another good effort by Grippando.
Feb 22, 2016 Priss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-grippando
When Jack Swyteck's ex-girlfriend asks him to represent her in a suit against her insurance company, he cannot resist. Having been told she was dying, she took a payment of half the value of her insurance to enjoy her remaining lifetime. When she found that she had been misdiagnosed, the insurance company wanted their money back. It gets much more complicated, but in James Grippando's normal interesting writing, the story keeps you up all night.
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