Blood Money (Jack Swyteck Novel)
by James Grippando
Review by Steve Sawicki
Harper Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780062109842
Date: 08 January 2013 List Price $26.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Jack Swyteck is in the middle of one of the toughest cases he has ever been involved with. His client, a young woman accused of murder is being tried on television more quickly than she is being tried in court. The host of a television show making the case a nightly event decides that Swyteck's client is guilty well before the jury returns an actual verdict of not guilty.
When rumors of a movie deal and big money rise, Swyteck finds himself in the middle of a storm of controversy. When a college girl lookalike is attacked and left in a coma, Swyteck finds himself drawn to find what's really going on. As he begins to uncover the truth behind everything he puts himself and everyone he knows in danger.
This books seems a bit off the beaten path for Jack Swyteck but it delivers in story, suspense and action in any case. Perhaps Grippando is just trying to expand beyond the Swyteck formula and perhaps he's using this as an interlude between what's past and what's coming. Hard to say, but it's not standard fare based on the previous books. And perhaps Grippando fell in love with a real life case that he thought would make great fictional material. The genesis is not so much important as is the question: is the book worth reading?
This is the question that needs to be answered for most books and for this one the answer is yes. While it may not satisfy long time fans of Jack Swyteck, it should provide a fix for those interested in a good read that has been, literally, ripped from the headlines. The pacing is standard Grippando and the supporting characters are present albeit much more in the background than usual.
I would say that I recommend the book but more for the almost stand alone quality of it than in how it fits into the series as a whole.