Afraid of the Dark

Afraid of the Dark

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"Grippando has definitely reached a new level with this series entry...One of his best." -Booklist (starred review) A young girl's murder sets off a grisly cascade of crime, death, and intrigue-and sends criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck after a sinister group of terrorists on the verge of unleashing chaos across the globe. From New York Times bestseller James Grippando, the ninth Jack Swyteck novel, Afraid of the Dark-perfect for fans of Steve Martini, Phillip Margolin, and Jo Nesbo-is a rollercoaster thrill ride into the very heart of evil.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Harper
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061840297
  • 9780061840296
  • 314,462

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"More twists and turns than a snowy mountain pass...Afraid of the Dark will have readers embracing this darkness." -- Associated Press "Grippando has proven his skills with edge-of-your-seat thrillers. Afraid of the Dark may be his most gripping yet." -- Miami Herald "Superb plotting, high suspense, compelling timely issues, and finely honed characters make this crime novel/international thriller a great read." -- Library Journal (starred review) "Grippando has definitely reached a new level with this series entry... One of his best." -- Booklist (starred review) "Rousing... An exciting tale of revenge." -- Publishers Weekly "Filled with twists and turns and edge-of-the-seat tension." -- Romantic Times "Grippando powerfully weaves Afraid of the Dark into a noir look at the fears that seep into each corner of society...Grippando has proven his skills with edge-of-your-seat thrillers. Afraid of the Dark may be his most gripping novel." -- Newark Star Ledger
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Back cover copy

Police sergeant Vince Paulo held his best friend's dying daughter in his arms as, with her final breath, she uttered the name of her murderer: her ex-boyfriend, Jamal. Minutes later, the house exploded, shrouding Paulo in darkness forever.

Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck is shocked to discover that the client he's been assigned to defend, a young man facing the death penalty for terrorist activities, is already wanted for the murder of his girlfriend and the permanent blinding of a police officer. Jamal's alibi, that he was being held and tortured by government agents at the time of the girl's death, seems far-fetched. But a subsequent rash of slayings suggests there may be some veracity to the young man's story. That bitter truth is launching Jack into a deadly international hunt for a faceless killer known only as "the Dark," and plunging him deep into the terrifying heart of purest evil.
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About James Grippando

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels. He was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon), and now serves as counsel at Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP. He lives in South Florida with his wife, three children, two cats, and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea that he's a dog.
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Rating details

1,520 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 26% (396)
4 41% (623)
3 26% (395)
2 5% (76)
1 2% (30)
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