James Grippando
AUTHOR

James Grippando

James is the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction and the New York Times bestselling author of 26 novels of suspense, including the popular series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. His latest, "A Death in Live Oak," is the 14th in the Swyteck series, and No. 15, "The Girl in the Glass Box," will be published in February 2019. His novels are enjoyed worldwide in 28 languages.

When James walked away from a partnership at Miami's most prestigious law firm to become a writer, most people said he was clueless. "Not so," says James, pointing out that "A James Grippando Novel" was a clue for #38 Across in the New York Times crossword puzzle.

James's first job out of law school plunged him headlong into death penalty cases. That experience was an inspiration for his 1994 debut novel, The Pardon, a legal thriller that critics heralded as a "bona fide blockbuster." Beyond Suspicion (2002) was the long-awaited sequel to that first novel, and it launched an exciting series that features Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck and his irreverent sidekick, Theo Knight. James's writings also include "Leapholes" for young adults and numerous short stories.

As a trial lawyer, James was an avid writer. His numerous scholarly articles appeared in some of nation's top law reviews, and they are frequently cited with approval by the courts. His trial practice ranged from complex corporate litigation to class actions on behalf of chicken farmers. As a frequent volunteer in Florida's guardian ad litem program, he helped provide legal representation to neglected children in family court proceedings. He was a faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Nova Southeast University. He was named by Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida's emerging leaders, and in 2006 he received the Distinguished Author Award from Scranton University. His alma mater is the University of Florida, where he graduated second in his undergraduate class and earned his law degree with honors.

He is Counsel at David Boies' law firm, Boies Schiller Flexner, LLP, where he specializes in entertainment and intellectual property law, representing clients who have won more than 30 Tony Awards. He is also an adjunct professor of Law & Literature at the University of Miami School of Law.

He lives in south Florida with his wife, three children, two cats and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea he's a dog. Visit his website at www.jamesgrippando.com

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Best Sellers

    • A Death in Live Oak

    • A Jack Swyteck Novel
    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    From the 2017 winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction comes a powerful and timely story of race, politics, injustice, and murder as shocking and incendiary as today's headlines....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Courtroom Drama

    • By Charles Atkinson on 02-22-18

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Girl in the Glass Box

    • A Jack Swyteck Novel, Book 15
    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Miami attorney Jack Swyteck lands in the heart of the contentious immigration debate when he takes on the heart-wrenching case of an undocumented immigrant who fled to America to protect her daughter and save herself....

    Regular price: $30.79

    • A King's Ransom

    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 81

    Two years out of law school, Nick Rey is on the fast track at a hot Miami law firm. But his dreams of success are overshadowed when his father is abducted while on a business trip to Colombia....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good story well told

    • By bradley on 07-26-16

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Pardon

    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    In The Pardon, Grippando delivers a scorching tale of vengeance that stains the sultry streets of southern Florida....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • First legal thrillerl in the Jack Swytek series

    • By Wayne on 03-03-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Informant

    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 255
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 241

    FBI special agent Victoria Santos is tracking a string of gruesome murders from New York to San Francisco, Miami to Oregon....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WOW!!! This is a Really Suspenseful book!!!

    • By shelley on 07-13-16

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Gone Again

    • A Jack Swyteck Novel, Book 12
    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 236

    Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager's disappearance, ex-con Dylan Kyle was stopped for drunk driving....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent legal thriller with great narration

    • By Wayne on 11-21-17

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Beyond Suspicion

    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Miami criminal lawyer Jack Swyteck's beautiful ex-girlfriend, Jessie Merrill, sold her life insurance benefit for a cash payment when she was diagnosed with a deadly disease....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good Grippando

    • By Leslie C. Jephson on 10-16-16

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Most Dangerous Place

    • A Jack Swyteck Novel
    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262

    Defending a woman accused of murdering the man who sexually assaulted her, Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck must uncover where the truth lies....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Grippando puts the suspense in the courtroom.

    • By Charles Atkinson on 02-24-18

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Black Horizon

    • Jack Swyteck, Book 11
    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 99

    Miami attorney Jack Swyteck finds himself in the middle of an international legal battle over a Cuban oil spill that sets him on a deadly mission.....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent legal thriller; almost 5 stars

    • By Wayne on 12-03-16

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Lying with Strangers

    • By: James Grippando
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Peyton Shields had always wanted to be a doctor. But a late-night drive home in a heavy snowstorm changes everything....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lying with strangers

    • By Carolyn on 07-02-07

    Regular price: $28.51

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