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Afraid of the Dark by James Grippando

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Cover art: Afraid of the Dark Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Afraid of the Dark - 8th in the Maisie Dobbs Mystery series
Author: James Grippando
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-184028-9
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Mystery/Suspense
Year/Setting: Present/Miami, FL
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual/Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
James's Website/Blog: www.jamesgrippando.com


Hi Readers,

An excellent thriller featuring criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck. Readers will see that this author is not afraid to take chances with his characters. This book, to me, is his best yet. Readers will certainly recognize some of the plot lines but, will definitely be surprised with the outcomes.

The story begins with Jack on his way to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to speak to a prisoner charged with being a terrorist. When he is able to have this prisoner released, because of insufficient evidence, the prisoner is immediately re-arrested and sent to Miami to face murder charges. This prisoner, Jamal, was hidden due to intricate circumstances that deal with everyone from the police to the FBI to the US government, and he swears to Jack that he wasn't the man who committed the crime in Miami. In fact, his story takes Jack to Prague, where Jamal was being interrogated about a secret project while the Miami murder was in progress.

This would have made for a great courtroom drama but, the author didn't stay in the courtroom and this plot could have ended up with some terrific courtroom scenes. Some courtroom dramas can be a big yawn but, Grippando can write them to perfection. Instead he got himself some extremely good characters and has come up with some very puzzling plot lines. We go from Miami to Guantanamo Bay and somehow end up in Prague. A lot of international intrigue and the cast of characters is outstanding.

If you want a book to entertain you, as I always do, pick up this book. It is a fantastic read and readers will love it. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.

Mary

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