This was another great Jack Swyteck book. This series has been consistently good and this book was no exception. This book is the 13th installment in the Jack Swyteck series but it can be easily read as a stand alone novel. Like all of the other books in this series, the book tells its own story with the help of some familiar characters. I started this book about a half hour before I had planned to go to bed for the night which turned out to be a huge mistake because I didn't want to stop reading. Since I am past my days of being able to function on no sleep, I did put the book down although later than I had planned but I couldn't wait to get back to it. I just had to know what secrets were being kept.
Jack, along with his wife and young daughter, go to the airport to pick up his old friend, Keith, and his family. As soon as the group meets up, Keith's wife, Isa, is arrested and taken away in handcuffs. Jack jumps in to help right away and is quickly hired as as Isa's lawyer. She is being charged with conspiracy to murder the man that raped her in college. It becomes evident right away that Isa is keeping quite a few secrets.
This story took a lot of twists and turns and I was never quite sure which character should be trusted. Jack finds himself in a situation where he has to dig deep into the past of his good friend's wife even when it becomes unpleasant. His responsibility is to his client who doesn't always make things easy. Throw an additional lawyer who drove both myself and Jack a little crazy and you have one heck of a frustrating case.
As I have come to expect from James Grippando, the story was told in a wonderful manner. The pacing was very well done with some pretty intense moments worked into the story. I love the little bit of humor that always seems to work its way into the story and puts a smile on my face. I did enjoy how the mystery behind what happened was unraveled just a little bit at a time. Everything fit together nicely by the end of the book.
I would recommend this book to mystery fans. I found this story to be quite the page turner that really kept me guessing. I have been reading James Grippando since I first discovered his writing over 10 years ago and since then I have read most of his work. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from HarperCollins Publishers - Harper via Edelweiss.