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Gone Again

(Jack Swyteck #12)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,554 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Winner of the 2017 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

This electrifying and fast-paced tale of suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Cash Landing, Cane & Abe, and Black Horizon, tells the story of Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck takes on his first death-row client since The Pardon in a case as twisty as it is shocking.

Sashi Burg
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Harper
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Pouting Always
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really expect much from this because usually when I read mystery or thriller books they tend to be of average quality but this one was actually pretty good. It's about a lawyer who goes back to work at the Freedom Institute for a while to help them out financially and gets involved in a case where the inmate is on death row for raping and killing a girl yet the girl's mother thinks that the inmate is actually interesting. The writing was pretty good, above average, and the plot was enga ...more
Diane S ☔
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Jack Swyteck is a good guy, he is a good lawyer and a good man. For many years he worked for the Freedom Institute, getting inmates off death row, before branching off on his own. Now successful in his own practice, he returns to the Institute, not to work for them again, but to rent a space to provide the Institute with some much needed money. At least that's the plan, but he is barely in the door when he becomes part of a case involving a missing seventeen year old adopted girl.

A solid se
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I absolutely loved this book! I first stumbled upon this author about 10 years ago and have yet to be let down by one of his books. I am pretty sure that there may be a book or two of his that I have missed along the way but I have read the bulk of his work. The Jack Swyteck series is smartly written. I love how much this character has developed over the course of the series. I really like that each new book in the series can still be easily
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Gone Again had all the ingredients to be a good read, but for me, it missed the mark. It was okay, nothing more, nothing less.

Todd Simpson
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply Superb

James Grippando is a master when it comes to writing thrillers. I've read and enjoyed every book he's written. This story has plenty of twists and turns, and certainly kept me guessing right to the very end. It's definitely one of those books where you find yourself reading faster and faster to find out what happens. Hands down a very worthwhile book to read.
Pamela Small
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Grippando has done it again, knocking it out of the ballpark with the 12th Jack Swyteck legal novel. I love this series! The author is a masterful storyteller, and his well developed and dynamic Swyteck character is one sharp and smart lawyer! Fast paced, tense and taut, this thriller offers a thrilling, complex ride with many twists...and keeps you guessing until the very end! Although this could be a stand alone novel, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning with THE PARDON, publi ...more
I was engaged enough in the plot of the book to want to listen to more from the series (as audiobooks). The book worked as a legal thriller and I learned about death row, international adoptions, and online predators.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers can pick up with this series with this book, which I appreciate. Strong characters, witty and smart dialogue. For many years now, I have been over the legal thrillers. They tend to bog me down, with the exception of David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter. However, I did enjoy this book. With adoptions from war torn countries on the rise, this book provided an interesting look at RAD and the impact on a family. (while I have always liked Grippando, any author who mentions his Golden retriever i ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another legal system thriller with suspense minus gore or unnecessarily abusive or offensive language.** Certainly NOT the bottom of the barrel when it comes to 'filler' reading.
The Jack Swyteck series is cleanly written with plenty of along-the-way researched information on the US legal and penal system.
Pleasant to read. Interesting personal dilemmas for all characters. Nicely toned.
The key figure is a well-educated, quick-thinking lawyer with an FBI wife and a father once a leading Judge. Dep
Fred Forbes
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Browsing in "Books and Books" in Coral Gables, near the setting of this story when I came across an autographed copy of his book "A Death in Live Oak". Author is a South Florida attorney and instructor at U of Miami so I grabbed a copy for me and one for the friend I was joining for dinner who is also a South Florida attorney. Now Live Oak is a long way from Miami so I also grabbed this book in trade paperback so I could get a sense of how he handles South Florida and to become acquainted with h ...more
Lorraine Petkus
Reading this book was a long journey going down multiple roads and ending up at the wrong destination.
I had to struggle to finish this one for some reason.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swyteck, on the verge of becoming a father as his FBI wife's troubled pregnancy becomes embroiled in another "death row" this one the mother of the victim convinces him that the convicted murderer is innocent & Jack, Theo & his cadre from the Freedom Institute rise to the occasion
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Beautiful 17yr Old Adopted Girl disappears on her way to school. No surprise as to who did it but not for the reasons you think.
The more i read the less sympathy i had for Sashi. I understand Sashi had a difficult childhood but so did the children of war torn Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
As for the parents, Debra was in a very difficult position, loved her 3 children very much and wanted nothing but the best for them and Gavin well buddy life isn't all raindrops on roses and whiskers on kitten
JoAnne Pulcino

James Grippando

Mr. Grippando has a talent for legal and personal fiction that is quite impressive. I can’t call it a thriller as it’s be touted as it is more a human story of compassion, justice, love of the law and one man’s inability to turn away.

Jack Swyteck is a man of principle and a firm believer in justice and so when Dylan Reeves is on death row for the murder of a young girl, and the girl’s mother astonishes everyone when she says her daughter called her it turns the case upsi
ashley c
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
3.5 stars.

I read this in the span of 6 hours at work because today was a slow day. A page turner, definitely, with a few twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I enjoyed the court scenes, the family dynamics, and how the story explored adopting children from less-privileged backgrounds, specifically children that has been through trauma.

Would have liked a more in-depth explanation of the murderer's intention and psychological reasoning when they murdered Sashi; I felt like the reveal wa
Ann Tonks
Having rediscovered James Grippando's work recently, I've read a couple and this one wasn't my favourite. Which isn't to say it isn't a good read. i just didn't quite believe all the decisions that the family at the heart of this story made. However, it was still interesting enough that I kept going to the unexpected end.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was my first Jack Swyteck novel, and for a character that has been around for over 20 books, I was impressed that this was fresh, interesting, and kept my interest. Also, I didn't figure out who'd "done it" too early in the tale! I will want to read more if this author when I want a mystery that involves a lawyer as the main protagonist!
Robert M. Roth MD
Not a page turner

The characters were uninteresting and unidimensional. The story plodded on and I could not wait to finish the book. I gave the book 2 stars only because the ending came together nicely.
Darlene Quinn
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I read a Grippando novel. Forgot how much I liked his great characters and plot movement. Have already download another.
Jamie Weyermuller
This was my first Jack Swyteck book. I enjoyed it but was ready for it to be over. A little too long for me.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book that is well written, it flowed well. The story has lots of twists and turns in it that keeps you reading. Not bad.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Grippando recently won the 2017 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for this book. The other two finalists for the award were Graham Moore's The Last Days of Night and Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things, both of which are very fine novels inspired by actual legal cases, so this year's competition for the award was impressive. In my opinion, Grippando's book was indeed the most deserving of the award. Gone Again realistically and sensitively depicts the complicated interactions between an att ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

this one is a return to the courtroom for Jack. He is once again defending a killer on deathrow. the question is what really happened? and could the victim possibly still be alive?

it's 85% legal/courtroom stuff & 15% investigation (mostly done by Andie).

i kinda had a feeling about who was guilty but didn't figure out what specifically happened or why.
that was a surprise.

i've enjoyed listening to this series on audio. for a change, i read this one.
it does make somewhat of a differenc
Jane Brant
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best elements of this novel include its immediacy and relevancy to today's world, placing the story of a teenage girl's disappearance into the world of sex trafficking, world adoption abuses including rehoming of those adoptees later, effects of early childhood trauma, and death penalty cases. If you like a well-developed plot based on legal/law enforcement challenges, you should enjoy this book.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only my second James Grippando thriller but my first Jack Swyteck novel. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jack and will definitely read the other books in this series.
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read Grippando, but this is excellent, a mix of legal thriller, mystery, and family drama that works throughout.

Attorney Jack Swyteck has returned to the building of the group he used to work for, which defends death row inmates. He is not in their employ, but paying rent as a way to try to help them out. He's the only one in the office when Debra Burgette comes in, looking for an attorney to take on the case of Dylan Reeves, the man who supposedly killed her adopted
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea that this book is part of a series; and book number #12 for that! I grabbed the book at the library, and you know how publishers are: they refuse to include that the book is part of a series on the cover. However, this one reads as a stand-alone. I didn't need any previous knowledge to get into this one. And I like it so much that I'm going to go back and read the first one. Yes sir!

What I liked is all that death row/who did/I'm innocent thing. But I especially liked that most of t
Marla Madison
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gone Again is an excellent legal thriller. Grippano manages to take a very over used topic--corporal punishment--and create an exciting plot with a very creative angle. Believable character and intense legal drama make the book a tough one to put down. I did not care for the ending, found it rather anti-climatic after a few hints that something big was yet to be revealed, but it did not detract from my overall enjoyment.
Stacy Bearse
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another fine legal thriller by Grippando, a master storyteller who creates imaginative scenarios set against the colorful background of south Florida. Here, a highly dysfunctional family becomes entangled in the legal system when a daughter runs away and is believed murdered. The man convicted of her killing is headed for the death chamber, when new questions arise regarding the crime. A contorted plot that twists and turns, flips and flops keeps your attention right to the final page.
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Jack Swyteck (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Pardon (Jack Swyteck, #1)
  • Beyond Suspicion (Jack Swyteck, #2)
  • Last To Die (Jack Swyteck, #3)
  • Hear No Evil (Jack Swyteck, #4)
  • Got The Look (Jack Swyteck, #5)
  • When Darkness Falls (Jack Swyteck, #6)
  • Last Call (Jack Swyteck, #7)
  • Born to Run (Jack Swyteck, #8)
  • Afraid Of The Dark (Jack Swyteck, #9)
  • Blood Money (Jack Swyteck, #10)