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Last Call (Jack Swyteck #7)

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A kid from Miami's meanest streets, Theo Knight lost his mother to a violent crime. He was on Death Row for a murder he didn't commit when lawyer Jack Swyteck proved him innocent. Now they are best friends. Theo is a semi-respectable and successful bar owner, but the past, with its risks and its terrors, has come knocking on his back door. An escaped convict from the old n ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Harper (first published December 18th 2007)
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Christy
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
Allana
May 08, 2014 Allana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.)

THRILLING.

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
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Patricia
Nov 29, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing

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
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Davisburns
Library audiobook:
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
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Annie
Jan 06, 2008 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marsha
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
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Diana Donnelly
Jun 14, 2014 Diana Donnelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tammi Looney
Apr 11, 2016 Tammi Looney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mom
Jul 03, 2015 Mom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
David Schlack
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!
Boots S
Feb 29, 2016 Boots S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
John Bunyan
This was the first of the Jack Swyteck I read but the 7th in the series. I liked it, can't really criticize it, but not I don't think I'd seek out others in the series. If I came across them when I needed something to read, I definitely read it, though.
Holly Morey
Apr 05, 2014 Holly Morey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa Currier
Sep 07, 2014 Lisa Currier rated it liked it
Not as fast paced as the other Swyteck novels, but still a good read. Theo is the focus of this story, as it deals with his mom & the past. Showing that the past can come back to hurt you.
Therese B
Mar 13, 2016 Therese B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read this author before and enjoyed him very much. He keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense. I will look for more books by him.
Tomi
Sep 28, 2014 Tomi rated it liked it
Started out slow but picked up fast and I had a hard time putting it down! Grippando did a good job of weaving together several plot lines.
Mark
Aug 12, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Grw
Dec 11, 2015 Grw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great installment in the Jack Swyteck series mainly due it not being focused on Jack but rather his best friend, Theo, in what turns out to be an integrating plot involving Theo's Mother.
Mary
Jun 12, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theo Knight is being framed charged that he helped in a prisoner escape. Jack helps clear his friend. Lots of action, quick read!
George Miles
Aug 20, 2015 George Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good escapist story. Good characters, interesting dynamics, fast action. I'm already reading the next Swyteck book.
Linda Nonalaya
May 31, 2014 Linda Nonalaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I read from this author. I liked it. I would read more of his books.
Holly Gravel
Apr 02, 2016 Holly Gravel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindy Meilink
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
Suvi
Jan 20, 2012 Suvi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sharon
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
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Ginny
Oct 03, 2009 Ginny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sueanne Suffolk
I give this a 3+ rating
Lori
Mar 20, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read when it first came out
Sharon
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.
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