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When Darkness Falls (2012)

by James Grippando

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Attorney Jack Swyteck agrees to represent Falcon, a homeless man who stops traffic for hours when he stands on a bridge and threatens to jump--his only demand, to speak to the Mayor's daughter, police officer Alicia Mendoza. Falcon comes to an agreement with hostage negotiator Vincent Paulo, but is soon captured. Jack's less than grateful client manages to make bail and is on the run after a dead woman is found in the trunk of a car he calls home. Jack soon finds himself in the middle of a hostile situation where Falcon has taken his best friend, Theo, and a woman hostage. Jack, with the help of Paulo, Alicia, and several law enforcement agencies jockeying for jurisdictional command, must race to meet the demands of an unstable man to save his friend. What's revealed are dark secrets that stretch from Argentina, the Bahamas, to Miami's political elite.

I like the premise of the story although at times I was a bit confused as to who was the main focus of the story, the detective or the lawyer. So I can only give it 3 stars. Well maybe 3.5.

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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
In When Darkness Falls, attorney Jack Swyteck takes on Falcon, a homeless man, as a client after Falcon holds up traffic for hours and demands to talk to the mayor's daughter. Falcon's desire to talk to the mayor's daughter never materializes as he is captured. After making bail, he flees after finding a dead woman in the back of the trunk he usually shacks up at. This starts a story that has one twist after another ultimately leading up to the civil war in Argentina many years earlier.
When Darkness Falls is a gripping novel. The story starts off strong and continues to go on strong. As I mentioned there are many twists and turns as Swyteck investigates Falcon's history and his relationship to the mayor's daughter. James Grippando shows impressive skill in his writing technique, and clearly knows how to weave a good story. Each of the main characters adds something to the story, and all of it blends together including a satisfying ending. A book worth reading.
Carl Alves - author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | May 22, 2013 |
This was an excellent suspense thriller.
I read this in 3parts that were offered for free at B&N. This was a great suspense thriller. It takes place in Florida. I didn't know going in this was the 6th in a series..but it can stand alone. I will be reading more of Grippando's work. He writes wonderfully and his characters were all memorable. I couldn't put this one down. ( )
  kimbacaffeinate | Mar 30, 2013 |
Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck defends a homeless man named Falcon who takes hostages at a hotel after being released from jail. Falcon has among his hostages, Theo Knight, a man who Swyteck once pulled off death row and who became his best friend. He also wants to talk to Alicia Mendoza, a police officer who's dating the blind hostage negotiatior and happens to be the mayor's daughter. What Jack doesn't know is that Falcon has a deeper agenda and is panicked enough to do anything to clear his name.

I did enjoy this book. It was written very well but was a little convoluted plot wise. I give it B+! ( )
  moonshineandrosefire | Feb 4, 2012 |
Negotiator Sergeant Vincent Paulo is called to his 1st assignment since loosing his eyesight, a suicide jumper at a Miami bridge, Falcon. He's a homeless man living abandoned car, his only request to the negotiator is that he wants to talk with the mayor's daughter, Alicia Mendoza. After he's talked down and arrested, Miami criminal defense lawyer, Jack Swyteck is hired to represent him, at his arraignment, bail is set at 10 thousand dollars. Jack figures it could have been 100 dollars, there's no way that Falcon can come up with bail, surprisingly he informs Jack that he has a safety deposit box at the Greater Bahamian Bank and Trust Company in Nassau and sends Jack to get his bail. Upon opening Falcon's deposit box, there's over two hundred thousand dollars in cash there, how does a homeless man living in a broken down car have this kind of cash. Shortly after Jack pays Falcon's bail, a dead body is found in Falcon's cars trunk by Jack and best friend Theo Knight and all sort of questions arrise over these and other peculiar events. The pages keep turning, things are happening fast with a unbelievable ending to this most enjoyable novel, had a hard time putting it down. ( )
  Gatorhater | Oct 21, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060831146, Mass Market Paperback)

From the moment Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck is called upon to defend a new client--a homeless man jailed for threatening to jump off a bridge--it's obvious something is amiss. For one thing, the man called Falcon manages to come up with the $10,000 bail . . . in cash. Then the body of a brutally murdered woman is found in the trunk of the abandoned car he's living in.

But it isn't until a panicked Falcon takes a group of innocent people hostage, including Jack's best friend, and barricades himself and his prisoners in a motel room that Swyteck realizes how much is truly at stake. For Falcon has a bigger agenda than suicide, and Jack Swyteck must get to the root of a dark history and bitter secrets before Falcon decides he has nothing to lose by killing them all.

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"Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck isn't looking for a new client, at least not one who is homeless and in jail for threatening to jump off a bridge. But from the moment Jack is called to defend the man, who goes by the name Falcon, something is amiss. For one thing, Falcon comes up with the $10,000 bail - in cash. Then the body of a brutally murdered woman is found in the trunk of the abandoned car in which he is living." "Panicked and on the run, Falcon takes Jack's best friend, Theo, hostage. They end up barricaded in a motel room, and Theo isn't the only one at Falcon's mercy. Jack must work with the cops and their crackerjack negotiator to free Theo and the other captives before Falcon decides he has nothing to lose by killing them all." "What Jack doesn't know is that Falcon has a much bigger agenda, and that there are people behind the scenes who will stop at nothing to keep their dangerous secrets."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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