cover image A Death in Live Oak: A Jack Swyteck Novel

A Death in Live Oak: A Jack Swyteck Novel

James Grippando. Harper, $27.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-265780-0

The lynching of University of Florida student Jamal Cousin, the president of a prominent black fraternity, kick-starts bestseller Grippando’s gripping 14th novel about lawyer Jack Swyteck (after 2017’s Most Dangerous Place). When Mark Towson, the head of a white fraternity, and two of his fraternity brothers become suspects, Mark’s father turns for help to his old friend, Jack’s father Harry, who gets his son to take the case. As Jack does his best to defend Mark and determine the truth, Andie, his FBI agent wife, goes undercover to investigate white supremacist terrorists who might be linked to the murder. Meanwhile, the news is reminding at least some locals of a case from 1944, in which a black teen was lynched in a similar manner. Grippando skims over this timely topic, providing no insights, for example, into how the community will deal with the racial fallout, but those looking for a legal thriller heavy on action will be rewarded. [em]Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (Feb.) [/em]