The Pardon: The First Jack Swyteck Novel (Mass Market)

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.

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author with more than thirty books to his credit, including those in his acclaimed series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck, and the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. He is also a trial lawyer and teaches law and literature at the University of Miami School of Law. He lives and writes in South Florida.

“A gritty mystery that . . . rings true to the emotional realities of contemporary life. Readers will turn the pages of The Pardon faster than a bailiff can swear in a witness.” — People

“A gripping melange of courtroom drama and psychotic manipulation. . . . A bona fide blockbuster.” — Boston Herald

“Powerful. . . . I read The Pardon in one sitting--one exciting night of thrills and chills.” — James Patterson

“Move over John Grisham! The legal thriller of the year!” — Paul Levine

The Pardon arrives with the pistol-shot crack of a gavel cutting through a courtroom.” — Tampa Tribune

“Takes us into the steamy side of Florida law, politics, and murder . . . Grippando writes about what he knows and it’s good.” — Sunday Oklahoman

“Grippando ratchets up the suspense every few pages . . . A promising, cleverly plotted, and taut first novel.” — Booklist