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Last Call (Jack Swyteck #7)

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Many years ago, Jack Swyteck saved Theo Knight's life.

Theo grew up on the streets of Miami's roughest neighborhood and lost his mother to a violent crime. Although his uncle Cy tried his best to raise him right, by the time he was a teenager, Theo was on death row for a murder he didn't commit. Jack was the lawyer who proved him innocent.

Now a successful bar owner, Theo ha
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Harper
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Apr 04, 2010 Christy rated it liked it
This installment of Grippando’s Jack Swytek series focuses on Jack’s best friend Theo Knight, a man Jack saved from death row. Theo owns his own bar and is on the verge of expanding his business when Isaac Reems, former gang member and an escaped convict, shows up asking for help. Theo isn’t so inclined but Reems’s bargaining chip is that he can reveal the identity of the person who killed Theo’s mother 20 years earlier. The FBI, hot on the trail of Reems, suspects Theo is helping the convict, a ...more
Mary Beth
Feb 07, 2009 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
This is the story of Theo, a young man who was saved from death row by his lawyer, Jack Swyteck. They immediately became best friends. Years have passed and Theo still does not know who killed his mother, a street-walker who died when he was a teenager. The story takes place as Theo is opening a new jazz bar in Miami when suddenly he finds himself being pulled into the world of criminals from his past.
Diana Donnelly
Jun 10, 2014 Diana Donnelly rated it really liked it
I had read a couple other of his books that I enjoyed and decided to try this one. It had plenty of action with the twists and turns that I so enjoy. He apparently has other books out there with the same characters. Once I get acquainted with characters I enjoy reading about them again. These characters are especially interesting as one is a lawyer and the other was saved from death row. You wouldn't think these two would have much in common, but read the book, they did have.
Patricia Baker
Jul 02, 2013 Patricia Baker rated it really liked it
loved this book. Theo is in need for lawyer help again. once convicted of a crime that landed him in jail, now needs to solve the mystery of his mother's murder which happened many years before the book starts. Also the reader is re-introduced to the FBI investigator who is an old love interest to the Jack, lawyer on eternal call. great book to add to your collection to take to the beach..each read
Oct 11, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Theo Knight, an ex-con, is running a bar in Miami, and has turned his life around. Trouble starts anew over the murder of his mother, even though she was killed 20 years ago. Jack Swyteck is Theo's lawyer and his best friend. Together they scramble to stay alive and solve the mystery of what happened in the past and why it is now a danger to Theo and his Uncle Cy. The book is fast paced and full of tension.
Oct 15, 2012 Arlene rated it really liked it
One of Theo's old buddies from the "hood" shows up on his doorstep after 20 years. Isaac has escaped from jail and Theo is asked to help. Isaac claims that he knows who killed Theo's mother years ago. Then Isaac is killed. Theo is implicated in the shooting and asks for help from his best friend and lawyer, Jack, who had gotten him off of death row for a killing he didn't do.
Holly Morey
Mar 23, 2014 Holly Morey rated it really liked it
I love the dynamics of friends Jack Swyteck and Theo. This story begins when Theo was younger and headed for trouble. His past comes back to haunt him when he is forced to become involved with an old friend, who escapes from prison. The story is fast paced and brings Jack's ex-girlfriend into the picture. I love the action and inter-action of the characters.
Jul 15, 2009 Cecelia/Ceil rated it really liked it
Another Jack Zwyteck book. Set in Miami. Jack is a lawyer who becomes entangled in a mess with his best friend Theo, who he saved from death row previously. This also goes into Theo's life and the death of his Mother who was an addict and a hooker.

I always really like James Grippando's books. This one is good, too, with some intense scenes.
Jeff Dickison
Feb 13, 2017 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent finish saves this tale from being just ordinary and lifts it to the 4-star level. Jack Swyteck and his old girl friend, FBI Agent Andie, must help his friend Theo stay out of jail and find who killed Theo's mother years ago. The ending of this book is very exciting with lots of action and a couple of plot surprises. Recommended.
Phyllis Wright
Jan 26, 2017 Phyllis Wright rated it it was amazing
Even though it's spelled out, I'm still thinking it through...AHHHH! Got it!!!!!
Nov 29, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Theo Knight is a successful bar owner. Theo has come a long way from the ghetto and the gangs and he has done this by way of death row. Theo’s best friend is Jack Swyteck. Jack’s a lawyer and Theo owes his life to him. Jack proved Theo innocent of a murder he didn’t commit.

In Last Call, Theo’s life is taking a downhill tumble into the past and a place where Jack may not be able to pull him out. When Isaac Reems shows up in the back room of Theo’s bar, Theo is blasted back to the year when he wa
Jan 06, 2008 Annie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: thriller lovers
I have been following the lives of his characters, Jack and Theo from the beginning of the series. Many years ago, Jack Swyteck saved Theo Knight's life.

Theo grew up on the streets of Miami's roughest neighborhood and lost his mother to a violent crime. Although his uncle Cy tried his best to raise him right, by the time he was a teenager, Theo was on death row for a murder he didn't commit. Jack was the lawyer who proved him innocent.

Now a successful bar owner, Theo has turned things around. Bu
Apr 07, 2014 Allana rated it liked it
The ghosts of your past will never stop until they finally get the chance to haunt you.

(I haven't actually read a lot of books of the same genre as this, so don't trust me on this one. He-he.)


This book is incredible, I'm telling you... in my opinion, of course. I liked how the story was constructed. The words used were pretty appropriate for the "vibe" of the book. I understood the stories behind each character as I flipped through the pages. Even though this is the seventh book of the
Jul 18, 2016 Arlene rated it really liked it
This was one of my favorites in the Jack Swyteck series. I really liked the focus on Cy and Theo's backstories. While there wasn't any courtroom drama (which is often overplayed by authors of the same genre) there was plenty of action and some suspense. I especially like the Swyteck books that involve Andie Henning. Prior to the introduction of Andie's character, Jack's relationships with women were pretty shallow and very unrealistic. Rene's character is particularly annoying. It's pretty ridic ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Davisburns rated it liked it
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Summary: Many years ago, Jack Swyteck saved Theo Knight's life.

Theo grew up on the streets of Miami's roughest neighborhood and lost his mother to a violent crime. Although his uncle Cy tried his best to raise him right, by the time he was a teenager, Theo was on death row for a murder he didn't commit. Jack was the lawyer who proved him innocent.

Now a successful bar owner, Theo has turned things around. But he needs Jack's help again, this time more than ever.

An escaped convi
Jun 18, 2008 Marsha rated it really liked it
I never know what I'm getting when I pick up a Grippando book. He has so many characters and settings, I'm almost always pleasantly surprised.

Last Call is an engrossing story about an ex-convict, ex-wanna be(maybe)gang member who is exonerated and released almost at the last minute after being sentenced to death. Years later he is a struggling bar owner trying his best to walk the straight and narrow. An unwelcome reminder in the form of an escaped convict, an acquaintance from his youth, shows
Aug 02, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it
A continuation of the relationship between Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck former street thug Theo Knight...Theo was on death row for a murder he didn't commit and Jack was the lawyer who proved him innocent...they've become fast friends since and in this undertaking, they piece together a twenty-year-old conspiracy of greed and corruption that leads to the very top of Miami's elite...Theo also has the opportunity to seek the revenge that has fueled him since the day he found his mother dead in the st ...more
Holly Gravel
Apr 02, 2016 Holly Gravel rated it really liked it
B+ Years ago atty Jack Swytec got Theo Knight off death row. Now Theo owns Sparky’s bar. A former gang member Isaac escapes from jail, claims he knows who killed Theo’s mother, but gets killed before he can tell. Theo is accused. Jack has a dr girlfriend Rene who commutes from Africa to see him, but he has broken up with FBI agent Andie who is in on this case; there is sexual tension. Theo goes undercover into jail for a bit. Another con, Moses, is responsible for killings – her was hired by a ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Sharon rated it it was ok
A couple disclaimers: I did not know this book was #7 in a series when I read it, and I read this about five years ago and remember absolutely nothing about it so this review is basically the notes I wrote at that time. I do know the book was in know way memorable to me.

A gangster from Theo’s old neighborhood breaks out of prison, and enlists Theo’s help. Because of this, Theo gets caught up in a cover-up which leads to attempts on his life. Although the plot was OK, I was not so taken by this b
Cindy Meilink
May 11, 2011 Cindy Meilink rated it liked it
I liked the characters, I was intrigued with the premise of the book, and I appreciated the fact that the answer to all of the questions raised throughout the story weren't obvious. My criticism is that I could put the book down, walk away, and pick it up and continue a few days later. A book categorized as "suspense" should keep you reading and make you unable to put that book down; the words should act like a magnet making it impossible for you to move on until you finish reading the last word ...more
Sep 28, 2009 Ginny rated it really liked it
My first book by this author and I am definitely coming back, there seems to be a book before this one, because at least 3 of the characters seem to have a back story. There was some violence that was over the top for me, so no 5 stars, but given the setting (street gangs) that I have no knowledge of, maybe the violence is accurate, hopefully not. I like the relationships between Jack the white lawyer, Theo, a black child of the ghetto and former death row inmate, Andie the FBI agent and Cy, The ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Suvi rated it really liked it
Although this is not generally my genre of books, Mr. Grippando, kept my interest with the fast paced story. The references to Miami places was delightful and so much more meaningful than had references to a strange place. I listened to it and have to say that the actor reading the book was very good also. I fell in love with the whole Jack Swyteck crew and probably will read more in the future. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Grippando as he did an author talk and all the other listeners agr ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Colette rated it liked it
Theo is given a chance to find out who killed his mother but it comes at a high cost; his life is threatened as is the life of his elderly Uncle Cy and he is suspected of helping a former gang member escape jail and then of his murder. He and jack work through it and piece together the conspiracy of the 20 year old murder. A little slow moving through the first chapters but still a very good storyline.
My husband and I listened to this audio book on a trip. We both enjoy suspense/thriller/crime novels. This one borders on a 4 for me, but we agreed it's a 3. Well told, though I predicted (silently) early on one of the twists in the story. Engaging book that I think would be just as good read as read-to-you. Better than average for this type of book. There are enough characters for the reader to both cheer and boo for.
Tammi Looney
Apr 09, 2016 Tammi Looney rated it it was amazing
Each book I read from the Jack Swytech series gets better and better. This is another book out of the series that gives some background and insight into Swytech's best friend Theo and shows how valued his friendship is to Jack. Great mystery involving what happens to an acquaintance of Theo's and how it revolves around the murder of Theo's mother when he was a teenager. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Keir Thomas
Jan 26, 2013 Keir Thomas rated it liked it
An average thriller. Decent but well paced story. Wooden characters that you just really didn't care for. A smattering of lame jokes. A romantic connection that lacked any subtlety, just inane drivel. I had a choice of three English books on the hostel bookshelf, and this was the best, which isn't much of an endorsement. I still entertained me a long journey back home, so I guess it served its purpose,
Meg G
Jul 28, 2011 Meg G rated it it was amazing
This book was cleverly written, I couldn't put it down. This is the first book I had read in the series, but although it was "several down the line" I didn't feel lost. The author made you care about the characters in a most unlikely friendship. The setting was all too real as it reflects the reality of current gang culture in Florida.
David Schlack
Dec 02, 2015 David Schlack rated it liked it
The Last Call by James Grippando is a 3.75 on a 5 scale. I like his writing and this novel was an easy read. You get to know his main characters; Jack, Theo, Cy, Trina, Andie, even Moses. Grippando gives you a glimpse into Miami life both low and high. Enjoyed the cross-racial friendships and historic Jazz references. Enjoy!
Jul 03, 2015 Mom rated it liked it
Hard cons and mean streets, a lawyer tries to clear an old death row client, already proven not guilty of the crime that put him on death row in the first place, of suspicion in a crime spree conducted by an escaped con. Meanwhile, the client is trying to uncover the truth about his mother's decades old murder. Good enough to keep my interest.
Boots S
Feb 21, 2016 Boots S rated it really liked it
An escaped convict contacts Theo steals a few hundred dollars and threatens Theo with involvement if he tells the authorities. Theo calls his lawyer/friend Jack Swyetek for advice. Jack makes a call to his FBI friend (and former girlfriend) to make a deal. As the plot thickens, Theo volunteers to be incarcerated to try to help find the "insider" who help with the escape.
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The first thing you should know about bestselling author James Grippando is that he is no longer clueless—so says his wife, Tiffany, after “A James Grippando Novel” was a clue for #38 Across in the New York Times crossword puzzle. James is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels of suspense, including twelve in the popular series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. ...more
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