Bloodmoney book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. From the author of the best-selling Body of Lies and The Increment: in. Start by marking “Blood Money (Jack Swyteck, #10)” as Want to Read: New York Times bestselling author James Grippando delivers a powerful, nonstop thrill ride ripped from the headlines. Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck is back in his most frightening case yet, and this. “You won't regret spending time with Bloodmoney.” - The Atlantic “Fast-paced, well-written and carefully crafted, Bloodmoney is an exceptional thriller. Filled with.
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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Foreign intrigue specialist Ignatius ( The Increment) Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage by [Ignatius, David]. “Fast-paced, well-written and carefully crafted, Bloodmoney is an exceptional thriller. and enough action to satisfy a Steven Spielberg fan, it is a great novel. In his new novel, foreign affairs journalist David Ignatius describes America's covert operations on Pakistani soil. It's a topic that has come.
The entire episode of Perkins' arrest was a bore. Anyone with any intelligence knew it was just going to go away. And it did. Net result: lots of wasted words.
Let us count how ridiculous it was: 1. Sophie knows who A. Cronin is. Perkins knows she knows.
He never mentions it. Yes, he supposedly never mentions it to protect her. But, we know she knows. We know it kills the case. We know this is all nonsense. Many pages of nonsense. Perkins never pushed that.
In such cases, the M. But here? Perkins doesn't mention it. Nobody else cares. Perkins mentions that there was a second account. Gee, do you think maybe a lawyer could make a case out of that? He never pushes the fact that Egan, one of his "employees", was just killed in Pakistan.
We were never given any reason to believe this "employee" had the experience or training to actually work at a high-powered hedge fund. But there he was. And, then there he was in Pakistan. And then there he was Gee, do you think maybe a lawyer could make a case out of that being connected to the CIA.
The entire episode in Brussels was just kind of silly. The dog. The interrogation. The moving "safe houses". And it was way too long. And the whole point was And to describe the dog, of course. One of the main take-aways from this novel: that guy sure loved his dog.
Sophie's entire first trip to London was silly. She was sent to London to do "Detective Work", to be the detective who figures out how Egan's cover was blown. She goes to London. She romances the boss. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Jack Swyteck Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blood Money , please sign up.
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Audiobook - Of particular pleasure for me was the excellent narration by Jonathan Davis. His differing interpretations and vocal characterisations of the wide cast of individuals in "Blood Money" were a delight to listen to and contributed greatly to my enjoyment of this novel.
Needless to say, all was not perfect and several times the number of characters and the different stories they participated in became confusing, requiring a number of iPhone 'rewinds' to work out who was doing what to whom and who was 'paying the rent', particularly in the earlier stages of the book. The ending was far from lame, but despite the inevitable and indiscernible to me 'twist', fairly predictable. These issues in themselves were not serious negatives, but contributed to the reasons why I awarded 4 Stars as a final rating, despite thinking a number of times during my listening that a 5.
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Casey Anthony, party girl, was accused of first degree murder after not reporting the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter. Ultimately, Anthony was declared not guilty and had to go into hiding to escape from threats to her life. Assigned to defend Sydney, Jack has to deal with a hostile public and an overheated media.
She fully intends to make the most that she can out of the situation. Jack has plans to spirit Sydney out of the prison when she is released; but before he can do so, a Sydney lookalike is spotted outside the jail and attacked, leaving her in a coma.
The news insinuates that Jack planted this woman to protect Sydney. The girl, Celeste Laramore, may spend years in medical care, if she does live. And the family does not have insurance. To protect herself against the threats being made against her, Sydney goes into hiding. Jack immediately starts receiving threats against his loved ones if he does not produce her for an anonymous caller, a character who I found to be disappointingly over the top, a wealthy serial killer and nut case.
Their relationship undergoes quite a bit of turmoil, as being involved with Jack in this situation may expose Andie and cause her to lose all that she has worked for building a hidden identity. Grippando perfectly captures the inflammatory rhetoric of the media and its almost total lack of interest in actually presenting the truth. I was really involved in the story until the point when what actually happened to Emma was revealed, which felt very contrived. It was quite fast paced, and the blatantly untrue accusations made against Jack by the media and their lawyers were very emotionally involving.
Simpson trial then toss in some outrageous social media and a huge dose of sensationalistic TV and you have the basis for this astonishing book. Grippando has written 20 books to date and this is the first one I have ever read. It will not be my last one. The author has written this book as part of a series, but I guarantee you that you will not have had to read any of the oth Blood Money — James Grippando Take the horror of the Casey Anthony trial and acquittal, mix in a good dose of the O.
The author has written this book as part of a series, but I guarantee you that you will not have had to read any of the other ones to follow this story.
It has been written as if it were a stand-alone and it gives you just enough back story for many of the characters so that you will immediately feel like you have grown up with them. A brief summary of this book -- Jack Swyteck has defended one of the most seemingly despicable women that this country has seen in a while and he expects that her release from prison is not going to go well.
However, nobody could have predicted just what exactly did happen that morning. While this crowd is essentially, rioting, someone is trying to strangle the Sydney look-alike.
Not only all of that is going on, but also at the same time there is a murderer loose that is threatening all of the people that Jack loves…a real brilliant nut-job is doing his best to get to Sydney. Initially you think it is to exact some sort of retribution for her acquittal, but you would be wrong. Can Jack find a way to prosecute an entire TV station? Did Sydney really kill and hide the body of her own daughter?
Was there extenuating circumstances to this murder? This novel is filled with wonderfully tight writing. There is nothing extraneous in this novel. Nothing that will make you roll your eyes in frustration, because we all know that truth is stranger than fiction.
The characters are interesting, dislikable, sympathetic, hateful, loveable and interesting. I could go on but I will not bore you with the characters attributes.
The plot was so believable, that at times I had a difficult time separating fact from fiction. This is a fast-paced book and one that I could not out down until I finished it. Many thanks go out to the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book. I had a fantastic time with it and rest assured I will be downloading this authors back-list. Blood Money James Grippando Take a young woman in Florida who tells her straight-laced parents that she is working in a financial job.
A sensational trial, well-followed by a television network ensues. With the mother as a defendant. Blood Money is an engrossing read. Attorney Jack Swytek inherited the trial of Sydney Bennett, accused of murdering her two year old daughter, when her previous lawyer died.
Thanks to BNN, public opinion raged against not only Sydney but her lawyer as well. This story gives you an idea, if you don't already have one, of how journalists, TV, the social media and media fed rumors can stir people into hysteria.
Searching for the truth puts Jack, his client and his fiance and family in danger and enough twists and turns occur that ke Attorney Jack Swytek inherited the trial of Sydney Bennett, accused of murdering her two year old daughter, when her previous lawyer died. Searching for the truth puts Jack, his client and his fiance and family in danger and enough twists and turns occur that keep you guessing all the way to the end. This is the first Jack Swyteck mystery I have read.
He is an engaging character who, as an attorney, meets many interesting characters. The mystery surrounds the murder of a young child whose mother is subsequently convicted of the crime. As the book begins, the mother is released from prison and a media frenzy ensues. The story follows both the mother, the voracious public who is enthralled with the media coverage, and a strange man who is at the center of the original crime.
As the title suggests, money is at the root of this plot in this, the latest in the Jack Swyteck series. It begins with a case in which Sydney Louise Bennett, the mother of a two-year-old child, is found innocent of murder. The trial itself leads to a media circus, which fans a bloodthirsty crowd that surrounds the court chanting all kind As the title suggests, money is at the root of this plot in this, the latest in the Jack Swyteck series.
The trial itself leads to a media circus, which fans a bloodthirsty crowd that surrounds the court chanting all kinds of slogans. Everyone believes Sydney to be guilty, fueled by the invectives of a cable channel, Breaking News Network. Jack is vilified, especially when the jury returns a Not Guilty verdict. Any further details of the ensuing plot would constitute a spoiler. The story that develops is on the one hand somewhat complicated, while the characterizations, on the other, are a bit oversimplified.
I love character Jack Swyteck. And the Casey Anthony trial was a news story I abhorred - the truth never came out; I found Anthony, at best, to be a shallow, narcissistic individual who obviously wanted nothing to do with her daughter.
The main character in Grippando's book closely mirrors Anthony, though Grippando leaves us with solid family background that can explain his character's b I love character Jack Swyteck. The main character in Grippando's book closely mirrors Anthony, though Grippando leaves us with solid family background that can explain his character's behavior.
Attorney Jack Swyteck is defending a client he has inherited from a justice foundation after the first attorney dies. A young woman is accused of killing her two year old daughter, a media network with an agenda tries to crucify him and his client, and a murder is on the loose threatening those Jack loves. A young woman whole resembles Jack's client is injured during a mob demonstration. A thrilling story based on the manipulation of news by the media.
This is a weird book.
I'm a big fan of JG. That said this book underwhelmed me. Long portions of it feel wooden and formulaic only to take flight in others providing a glimpse of what the book could have been. In Blood Money, Jack reluctantly takes on the defense of Sydney Bennett, a party girl cocktail waitress accused of killing her two year old.
Sounds just like the real life case of Casey Anthony, also a Florida woman accused of killing her two year old in , doesn't it? And, like Anthony, Grippando's character is found not guilty. The resulting social media storm also mirrors that of Anthony's case, which Time magazine ca 3. The resulting social media storm also mirrors that of Anthony's case, which Time magazine called "the social media trial of the century.
Anthony was called 'tot mom' by television news host Nancy Grace. There are some other similarities I won't bother listing. So, part of me was disappointed in Grippando for simply fictionalizing a known case. But once things got underway, he did put his own spin on things with alternate scenarios. Lots of twists and turns kept me listening. I found the media frenzy surrounding the case a telling commentary on our society.
I've always enjoyed the character of Jack - he's a likable, principled protagonist.
Theo whom Jack 'saved' from Death Row is a solid sidekick, and the more physical of the duo. Their banter is often entertaining.
The reader was award winning Jonathan Davis and he was excellent.