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Got The Look (Jack Swyteck #5)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,099 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
FBI agent Andie Henning is tracking a ruthless kidnapperplaguing south Florida, one who's out to prove that all human life can be valued in dollars and cents. But at every turn, he has slipped through her net. This time he's taken the wife of one of the state's richest horse breeders and is asking a ransom of $1 million. The stakes go up when Andie finds the woman -- dead. ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 640 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Harper (first published January 1st 2006)
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3.5 stars. The half star added because I stuck around long enough to confirm my suspicions about whodunit. Why didn't I like this installment as much? I get antsy whenever the protagonist of a thriller gets serious about a woman (I haven't read any non-romance thrillers written by a female author so I can't say if they're the same) because 1) the guy never gets the girl for long; 2) she dies; 3) she's the bad guy. Does this happen here?
Mary JL
Sep 24, 2012 Mary JL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers and mysteries
Shelves: mystery-horror
This is the fifth book in James Grippando's Jack Swyteck series. But the series can be read out of order; each stands alone.

The pace of this novel is fast; the characters well-drawn. And the twists and turns are clever. It really sets up a great conflict between a merciless kidnapper and his adversaries.

I liked it and kept me reading. The descriptions of the abuse of the women is quite violent. This is a bit more violent than some of the others novels in this series. I feel it was still definite
Scott Bagley
Jan 12, 2010 Scott Bagley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been looking without success for new authors lately, and I've finally found one. This is a really well written kidnapping book which is revealed just a little at a time and really keeps you reading! The characters have their own demons they battle and come across as very real. I will be reading more Grippando in the future!
Feb 11, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm a big fan of mysteries and this was a good one! It is a light, easy read that kept me turning the pages. Of course I always try to solve the crime before the investigator does and they stumped me with this one- I was on the right track but didn't ID the actual person before it was revealed. To me, that's what makes a good mystery!
Nov 30, 2015 Grw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best book of the series so far, and by quite some way as finally all the great parts that have made up the previous books come together, without all the bits which ruined the flow. Just a shame it's taken until the first book for it all to come together.

The plot is the star of this book with even the hero Jack taking something of a backseat to it, and the female characters to whom it directly effects. The FBI agent in charge of the serial kidnapping that is the core, is particularly nicely done
Jul 26, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid entry in the Swyteck series. Grippando ratchets up the tension through the first half of the book and then I can't put it down, racing through the second half. A solid suspenseful mystery with a nice dose of humor. Although this book, like the others in the series, could be read as a standalone or out of order, I think the development of the friendship between Jack and Theo (and details of Jack's background and his relationship with his maternal grandmother, although that played no role ...more
Donnasuelouise Fleming
Just finished this novel by Grippando. Well done and great research on police and FBI procedure. Really liked the setting in Florida. It tended to creep along at times but kept my interest and did not leave me wondering. He grabbed your interest at the beginning, kept you guessing and wrapped it up in a plausible way. Great characters, I really liked the side kick. Protag a little fuzzy. Possibly because this is the first of this series I have read. It was Well done.
Mar 17, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of James Grippando's better novels with Jack Swyteck as the main character. Swyteck is in a race against the clock trying to outsmart the main who has kidnapped his girlfriend (of sorts), Mia. Jack had found out Mia was married and had lied to him so he broke it off with her prior to the kidnapping, but is drawn into the negotiations when the husband at first refuses to comply with the kidnappers ransom demand to "pay me what she's worth". The characters in this novel are engaging and the pl ...more
Sep 05, 2015 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grippando pulls you into the novel and keeps you reading for about 200 pages. The twist in the plot are fun but begin to become to much around pages 275 to 310. This book is about 100 pages to long. Theo is a key part of the story but could be better developed as a character. While Mai is a main character there are some key character traits that could have been better developed earlier in the story. For a summer read "Got the Look" is just OK.
Sep 24, 2013 Rafa1974 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took James Patterson's advice and read this as my first Grippando book and I wasn't disappointed. A main character, Swyteck, who is a lawyer by profession but not a legal thriller in the real sense. The plot does not revolve around a legal case and is devoid of any courtroom drama. Rather, it is a story of Swyteck's girlfriend, Mia, being kidnapped with the kidnapper making an unusual ransom demand; 'pay me what she's worth'. Swyteck who only the night before finds out that Mia is married to a ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack learns that the woman he has been involved with is married. Shortly thereafter she is kidnapped and the kidnapper tells her husband to pay what he thinks he should for her release. The novel is action packed, challenging and keeps the reader engrossed throughout. There are enough twists in it to keep the reader wondering right up to the end.
Mar 05, 2014 Hal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read one other book by this author and I don't think I'm a fan.
Although I'll tell you this: I've noticed his books share a common shell; a woman with a changed identity and a "history", main male character falls for said woman and tries to rescue her.
Ginger Weirich
Aug 22, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things aren’t always what they seem. There are enough twists and turns in this tale to keep you in a fog for nearly the entire time, and, at one point, it looks like Swyteck just might not make it home from this adventure. Captivating read. 5 stars.
Too brutal for my taste. And too abrupt in its story line shifts in the last third.

Probably time for me to take a break from reading Grippando. This one was just too much like James Patterson, imo.
Denise Whelan
Mar 15, 2014 Denise Whelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be very good. The arrogance of Ernesto Salazar, husband of Mia, when he knows his wife is cheating on him, is disgusting! I never would have guessed who the kidnapped really was, talk about shock factor!
Michael Redd
Nov 02, 2015 Michael Redd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have found a new author. I know that starting with #5 is odd. but it still was a good sand alone book. James Grippando channels David Baldacci in this book and I hope the entire series is as fascinating.
Kristi Bumpus
Feb 11, 2014 Kristi Bumpus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good mystery; a fairly quick read. A few awkward spots, but lots of plot twists. A little graphic (violence), but average for the genre in that regard.
Jan 31, 2013 Colette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was one of those with so many twists and turns and "upsets" that I just wanted to read it faster and faster or peek at the ending.

Jack Swyteck has a new girlfriend (Mia) that he thinks is "the" one, at least until he runs into her and her husband at a swanky dinner affair. Then Mia is kidnapped and her husband refuses to pay the ransom because she has been unfaithful to him, which leads Jack into feeling responsible for her and works with the FBI to solve the "Pay Me What She's Worth"
Dec 04, 2013 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had an insatiable need to read this book nonstop until I finished it. I could not put it down. A serial killer takes women and holds them ransom, asking their husbands to pay what they are worth. Only one woman has survived as her husband liquidated his assets and paid everything he had. The other was found dead. Now he has Mia and alternates between taunting her boyfriend and her husband. Sort of an Aesop's fables type of twists as to what can happen when committing adultery. Who will pay the ...more
Cindy Grossi
Jun 26, 2014 Cindy Grossi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Grippidano and it was a great find. Good suspense, strong characters, and gripping story.
Chi Dubinski
May 29, 2013 Chi Dubinski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawyer Jack Swyteck’s new girlfriend Mia might just be The One, begins James Grippando’s mystery “Got the Look.” That is, until Jack is at a party and is introduced to a powerful and influential potential client, Ernesto Salazar. Jack is shocked when Salazar introduces him to his wife—it’s Mia.
When Mia is kidnapped and her husband is asked to pay ransom of “whatever she’s worth,” Jack works with the FBI to find her. Will Salazar pay for the return of her cheating wife? Every page sends the reade
Mar 20, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
all his books are excellant read when it first came out
May 28, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Language! A beautiful woman is kidnapped and held for ransom. The ransom demand is very different - the kidnapper asks for what the woman is worth. What is a woman worth???? One man guessed right and got his wife back but the next one didn't and his wife was killed. Now a 3rd woman is kidnapped with the same ransom request - what she's worth. This woman is married but is Jack Swytecks lover, he doesn't know she's married until he meets she and her husband at a charity event. Will they guess righ ...more
Jun 16, 2012 Judee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series with the main character, Jack Swytek. I skip over the gory parts. This is #5 in the series and I read it with just as much anticipation and enjoyment as the previous ones. In this case, a new character is introduced to the series. Andie Henning is a female FBI agent who tends to confound Swytek while he tries to catch a serial kidnapper. There are no courtroom antics here, which is refreshing. Not since the Spenser series(Robert B. Parker) have I been so enthralled with a charac ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ditto on the previous reviews of this author.
Oct 20, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Great thriller that keeps you reading with many plot twists!
Justina Glover
May 01, 2015 Justina Glover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 07, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second book by him featuring FBI agent Andie Henning. It's very interesting the way he seems to start a story with another character, and she comes in after that character's story is well underway. About half way through this book I was getting bored. I thought it was becoming predictable, and was starting to lose interest, then he threw a monkey wrench into the works. From then on, more and more monkey wrenches. Very entertaining read, and I know I'll now read more of his books.
I am really enjoying the series. I would have to say after having gotten to book five, I am less impressed. It was still good but not as compelling as the first four. I'll take a break before I start number six. A good read nonetheless.
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