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When Darkness Falls (Jack Swyteck Novel) (original 2012; edition 2007)

by James Grippando (Author)

Series: Jack Swyteck (6)

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In the latest novel from the bestselling author whom critics have called "the thriller writer to watch," lawyer Jack Swyteck tackles a case in which the life of his best friend hangs in the balance--and in which nothing is as it seems. 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. Thus unfolds a riveting, lightning-paced story, as only James Grippando can tell it.… (more)
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Title:When Darkness Falls (Jack Swyteck Novel)
Authors:James Grippando (Author)
Info:Harper (2007), Edition: 1, 336 pages
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An interesting story well told. ( )
  snotbottom | Sep 19, 2018 |
Great book :) ( )
  SuziQBird | May 9, 2018 |
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.
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  Carl_Alves | May 22, 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 |
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In the latest novel from the bestselling author whom critics have called "the thriller writer to watch," lawyer Jack Swyteck tackles a case in which the life of his best friend hangs in the balance--and in which nothing is as it seems. 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. Thus unfolds a riveting, lightning-paced story, as only James Grippando can tell it.

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