I read this bok because it is suppose to be a prequel to another Grippando novel. I did enjoy it and look forward to reading more of Grippando's work. It's a pretty easy read, though and the plot is pretty lightweight compared to other authors like Grisham.
In 1992, Florida governor Harold Swyteck allowed convicted killer Raul Fernandez to die in the electric chair despite the pleadings of his lawyer son, Jack, who claimed to have confidential proof that Fernandez was innocent. Now, in 1994, the man who supposedly gave Jack that proof-the man who claims to have committed the murder that was pinned on Fernandez-is blackmailing the governor by threatening to reveal that he let an innocent man die. Meanwhile, Jack has gotten an admitted killer, Eddie Goss, free on a technicality; when Goss is killed and all the evidence points to Jack as the murderer, the governor faces his dilemma: Will he sign his son's death warrant if he's convicted-or will he try to save him?
Jack Swyteck is a lawyer to keep tabs on--this is the first in the series and this one reveals the relationship with his Governor father and information that helps as the series moves on--in this one Jack defended a murderer on death-row and tried to get an execution 'stay' from his Governor father but got refused so prisoner was executed on time, but the real murderer tries to get revenge on the ones that put an 'innocent' person to death in his place--this is very gripping from the first page!
This is the second book I've read by James Grippando, but the first of the Jack Swyteck series. It may have been a bit predictable at times but overall it definitely kept me interested and wondering what was going to happen next. I look forward to reading more by this author and about Swyteck in particular!
NOT read yet--BUT I expect it to be like his other books. Good read, very predictable..JIM
Jist finished--GOOD explanation of the family dispute..Grippando gets his characters in Deeeeep trouble--impossible to get out..BUT he does---get them out
The "killer" would be executed at midnight.The governor said no comute on sentence.and the "killer"died.The governor's son was the lawyer.Another killer was let off on a tecnicallity.The lawyer's dog is poisoned, and this is just is the beginning.Who is doing waht to whom?
This is the first of James Grippando's long-running legal thriller series, featuring attorney Jack Swyteck. I came to this first installment late, after reading and enjoying "Last Call."
At times it is obvious this book was written some time ago, as there are references to looking for a payphone and the buzzing that a landline phone left off the hook makes. The pacing is good, making The Pardon a quick and enjoyable read. The ending was a little Lifetime-thriller-movie cheesy, but can be excused, as this book provides a nice few hour break from reality.