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Last To Die (Jack Swyteck #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,490 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Dangle $46 million in front of six people and tell them the last one standing gets it all. From that shopworn yet undeniably tantalizing premise springs Grippando's latest thriller starring Miami attorney Jack Swyteck. The big pot of money comes from wealthy divorcee Sally Fenning, who leaves an enormous estate following her murder. Not only is her death suspicious, the te ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Harper (first published July 1st 2003)
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Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Audio: the ingredients of a good mystery were there, however, the craft of writing a good story were not.
Karen West
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my second Grippando novel and I've found a new author that I am loving. This one is based on the premise that a young woman dies and 6 people are named as heirs to her $46 million estate. The catch is that only the last living heir will inherit. Let the games begin!
Scott Parsons
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime
An earlier Jack Swyteck novel, Last To Die has an interesting premise. Having lost her daughter to an intruder some years before Sally Fenning has remarried and then divorced a wealthy French businessman who, among other things, is involved in the cocoa business in the Ivory Coast using child slave labour to enhance his profits. After only 18 months married to him, Sally gets a sizeable divorce settlement which has now grown to $46 million. For reasons which don't become clear until late in the ...more
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I love it when the authors of "murder & mayhen" mysteries include some social issues--it reduces my guilt for reading and thoroughly enjoying my "trashy novels." In this case, Grippando brings in child slavery in the chocolate industry and mentions the FL tomato pickers. Without overdoing it for those who just want a quick read, Grippando gives a solid view of life and hardship among some of Africa's most disadvantaged.

Of course, there is the matter of the novel itself. Grippando has written
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This one was a bit slower than the first two I read. But they have been consistently unpredictable. I admit to being surprised a lot of the time. I still don't love the characters. Jack isn't exactly a catch. And he seems to attract the craziest of women. The women in these books, or the way they are portrayed, is a problem. But the plot has plenty of twists and turns that keeps you guessing until the end.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I like Jack. He's a pretty good lawyer. He knows how and when to bend the rules. He has ex-con friends and people who surround him and love him. I have to admit that I didn't figure this one out. I had no idea why Sally left all her millions for six people to fight over. And six people who were somewhat on the revolting end of the people spectrum. Highly enjoyable thriller with a number of twists I loved.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Very interesting plot & people & info on child slavery. The Lane character reminded me of my U.S. Marine Corps dad when narrator described his using the "F" bomb as a noun, adjective, adverb, etc. though none of the tirade was narrated beyond that description. No sex, some cussing. I've read this author before & will again.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Carl Hiaasen, James W. Hall, Edna Buchanan and James Grippando are top notch authors of suspense novels set in Miami. This one has an implausible premise but delivers as usual. Jack and his best pal Theo always get into compelling scrapes.
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love a good legal thriller with twists along the way, and this was it!
John Marsh
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I began reading Grippando's Jack Swyteck series with book #12, Gone Again, which I liked quite a bit and prompted me to read more of the series. Unfortunately, I didn't find the writing in this book, Last To Die, nearly as good.

The story got off to a fairly rousing start with a horrific murder in the prologue and there was a good bit of action throughout. But, it felt like the author was just throwing everything he could think of action-wise into the book, which made the story seem disjointed fr
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Grippando's Jack Swyteck series. Jack is a Florida attorney that always has his sidekick Theo in tow (who he got off from death row and quickly became best buds). In Last To Die, Jack is ask by Theo to represent his brother Tatum, when Tatum is named in a wealthy woman's will. This book has action, mystery, a little romance, and is packed with twists as the reader wonders why wealthy Sally Fenning named 6 beneficiaries in her will and the last one standing would get $46 million.

Steve Kusheloff
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique premise, written with authority

Basically it’s a story about a will that leaves a lot of money to a lot of people. From there the story takes some unique twists and turns. Like the old cliche, it will leave you guessing until the end. James Grippando is an attorney who became an author. His knowledgeable authority on the law is evident throughout. This was the first of his books I read, and I will definitely try another.
Holly Gravel
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A- I liked the Jack Swytek lawyer character. He got Theo out of death row 10 yrs ago and Theo became his right hand man. Now his thuggish brother was hired by a rich woman with a sorry history, to kill her. Then he and others were heirs to her 46 million dollar estate which was going to go to the "last to die." Some of the heirs die/are killed and in the end it's her ex husband and Theo's brother, a paid killer, who were in cahoots. Theo killed his brother.
Jerry King
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Earlene Gamble
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another entertaining book by Grippando. I love the character Jack Swyteck.
Chetan Shet
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
a good book.
Rajeev Roshan
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A divorced lady who daughter is murdered five years ago contacted a contract killer in a bar. She wants his professional services. Contract killer asked her to whom she wanted to kill. She told the contract killer that she wanted to kill herself. After some days the lady was killed at red light on road in daylight. Some days later contract killer elder brother contacted a lawyer who wants to represent his brother. Once the same lawyer saved Contract Killer Elder brother life from death Row. The ...more
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I really like the Jack Swyteck series but this book wasn't a favorite. I was introduced to Jack's character when I read Gone Again (#12 in the series) and am gradually zigzagging my way back through the earlier books. Since I began with Grippando's latest installment, I can definitely say I prefer the later books that include Andi Henning much more than any of the earlier ones. Andie is the only female character Jack interacts with who seems real primarily because she has a role and substance th ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Jack is asked to help Theo's brother, Tatum, when he is named in a will. Jack represents Tatum and finds out that the will leaves $46 million to whoever is left alive out of 6 people named in the will. The woman who died had been killed and it is unknown who the murdered is. One of the six has not been identified and the other 5 are all people who were connected to the dead woman and she didn't like them. They all start receiving threats and Tatum is accused of beating up one of the people. Jack ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend who had read some of James Grippando's stuff before and liked it; I'm glad that I did. The story was entertaining and well presented. You could always tell that there was something you didn't know and that there would be some kind of twist, but it actually took me quite awhile to figure out (which was much appreciated because often the "twist" is so obvious in this type of book that it's very anti-climactic). I liked that it included the legal s ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: large-print-read
A friend recommended James Grippando to me and then I found this book in my local library. While I liked the story, something about it just didn't grip me. Something that I can't put my finger on was missing. As I read the book, I was very casually involved. Very unlike,, say, a book by Michael Connelly, or John Sandford, or Robert Crais, for instance. Maybe I was expecting more due to the recomendation, but, whatever it was, I didn't find it here.

The plot was interesting and the characters were
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
The following question is not a spoiler. If someone set up a 46 million dollar tontine (last person alive gets it all) in their will and you were one of the lucky six, would you a) arm yourself and try to kill off your five co-inheritors because that is what they are doing; b) wait dutifully until (hopefully) you are the last one standing and enjoy your windfall at whatever ripe old age you happen to be; or c) agree with the other five that you will walk away for 7 million now and let one inheri ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The third book in the Jack Swyteck series and finally James Grippando starts to live up to his "Next John Grisham" tag.

Here we finally have a great story, with a lot less interruptions and side bars that the previous books have, which means the pacing is so much better.

The characters, for the most part, are full of life. Unfortunately, the one exception to that is Jack Swyteck himself, who it is difficult to like and in this book, tends to get in the way of the plot which is a touch odd. In fact
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third entry in Grippando's Jack Swyteck series is a fast-paced legal thriller. The author continues to add nuance to his characters, especially some much needed background for Theo.

The mystery really worked for me. A beautiful woman with an incredibly tragic past dies, leaving a $46 million estate to six seemingly unrelated people who had, in some way, wronged her. The money is in trust and isn't shared by the six, but only passed to the last of them to die, setting them up in a survival gam
Sep 26, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is reasonably suspenseful and interesting. Young wife and mother is attacked in her own home, and the attacker kills her 4 year old daughter, but allows her to live. Her marriage falls apart, but she remarries a wealthy older man. That, too, turns out horribly when she discovers he makes his money by trafficking in slave labor to harvest cacoa beans. He also passes along AIDS to his new wife. She decides to end her life by hiring a hit man to take it, but not before setting up a will t ...more
Narrator: Nick Sullivan

This wasn't so much a legal thriller as a mystery - who killed Sally Fenning? Was it Tatum, the ex-hitman whom she tried to engage or was it someone else? Who inherits Sally's forty-six million dollar fortune in the end?

I would have given this 5 stars if not for the fact that this wasn't a Swyteck-centered installment. I could have put any ambulance chaser in place of Swyteck and it wouldn't have mattered. Nonetheless, it was an enjoya
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Great story, great murder mystery, set in Florida in places I know.

A young Sally Fenning is murdered and leaves her millions to several folks.....but only to the one that survives. Obviously, they were not Sally's friends, so as one is bumped off after the other, who is the killer? Who killed her child, why was her child killed.

Love, mystery and friendship as criminal defense lawyer Jack Swytek trys to solve the mystery, and in doing so, becomes the target!

Actually, this was on the bo
Feb 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best part of this thriller was the plot; a beatiful young woman was found shot dead in her seemed she had moved on from her struggling waitress days when she was brutally attacked and her young daughter killed in their own home. Having divorced and then remarried a wealthy foreign man, she left a will distributing $48 million--but the potential heirs (including a hired killer, her ex-husband, a newspaper reporter) start dying off.

The payoff (to the story!)was feasible and a lit
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Swyteck's is representing his friend Theo's brother in a probate matter. A woman worth $46 million was murdered and leaves her estate to six people (the brother is one, her ex-husband another, his divorce attorney, the D.A. who looked into the brutal murder of her child, a reporter who wrote about her and a mysterious man who stalked her named Alan Sirap are the others. The novel is action filled and complex. It also delves into the murder that Theo was convinced of when he and Swyteck's first m ...more
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