Miami criminal lawyer Jack Swyteck's beautiful ex-girlfriend Jessie Merrill sold her life insurance benefit for a cash payment when she was diagnosed with a deadly disease. Now, thanks to Jack’s courtroom prowess, Jessie can keep the $1.5 million she received. But both Swyteck and those who expected to double their investment when Jessie died, it turns out, were dupes of a gorgeous scam artist who was never sick at all. And when Jessie’s corpse is discovered in Jack’s bathtub, he’s suddenly wanted for murder. Framed and desperate, he’s up against the police and a powerful criminal consortium willing to go to any lengths to retrieve their money. To save his freedom and his career, Jack must exhume the dark secrets of a buried past. But first he has to escape the murderous vengeance of a cold killer who is beyond suspicion . . .and who wants Jack Swyteck's blood.
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When Jack Swytech's former girlfriend asks him to defend her in a case brought by investors who advance payment on insurance policies when their beneficiaries have been diagnosed with a terminal condition, it looks like an easy win; Jessie Merrill wasn't dying after all, but since Viatical Settlements accepted her doctor's somewhat equivocal diagnosis, they don't stand a chance of getting their money back. Still celebrating his victory, Jack learns that Jessie has lied to him; like the shady, possibly Mob-connected company that advanced Jessie the money, he's been scammed. Then Jessie is murdered in a bizarre scenario that not only sets Jack up as the prime suspect but also threatens his marriage to the woman who is still traumatized by a vicious attack perpetrated by another of his erstwhile clients. Enlisting the aid of his best friend, an ex-con who will do anything to protect the man who saved him from death row, Jack attempts to clear his name by finding the real murderer, who turns out to have a secret worth killing for. The serpentine plot manages to hold the reader's attention despite characters who seem drawn from central casting and a meandering pace that doesn't exactly compel one to keep turning pages to unravel the mystery. --Jane AdamsAbout the Author:
James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels. He was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and later served as counsel at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP. He lives in South Florida with his wife, three children, two cats, and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea that he’s a dog.
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