The Pardon (Jack Swyteck #1) by James Grippando

Jack Swyteck, a brilliant Miami defense attorney has spent years rebelling against his father, Harry, now Florida’s governor. Their estrangement seems complete when Harry allows one of Jack’s clients — a man Jack believes is innocent — to die in the electric chair.

But when a psychopath bent on serving his own twisted version of justice places both Jack and Harry in extreme jeopardy, the two have nowhere to turn but to each other. Together they must find a way to overcome their cunning tormentor’s manipulation . . . even as the stakes are being raised to far more perilous heights.

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I enjoyed this novel more than I thought I would! There are a lot of comparisons to John Grisham. I’ve read two of Grisham’s novels and I found that I liked Grippando more than Grisham. However, based on Goodreads reviews, a lot of Grisham fans were not too impressed by this novel.

I like how The Pardon was not black and white. You had a man accused of murder, but it’s not clear if this man was guilty. There are another crimes, but it’s not clear if they are related.

I liked the main character, Jack, and his sense of humour. He may not be the most likeable character, but I enjoyed reading about his not so great relationship with his girlfriend and his almost non relationship with his father.

In a way, I also enjoyed the mind games that the murderer created and how he set things up. I liked getting a glimpse into his mind and seeing why he did the things that he did.

I knocked it down a calculator because it seemed to wrap up a bit too nicely and too conveniently. I was hoping for a bit more detective work by Jack to identity the mad man.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. I’m excited to read more of this series!


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