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James Grippando

Miami resident James Grippando is the national bestselling author of twenty-one novels that are read worldwide in twenty-six languages. His first job out of law school plunged him headlong into death penalty cases, and served as the inspiration for his debut novel, The Pardon, a legal thriller that critics heralded as a “bona fide blockbuster.” In Black Horizon (HarperCollins; $25.99) a thriller drawn from tomorrow's headlines, Grippando brings back popular Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck in an international case involving a devastating oil spill that pits him against his most villainous adversaries yet. Three summers after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, oil is again spewing into the ocean—from a drilling explosion in Cuban waters sixty miles off the Florida Keys, creating a politically complex and volatile situation. Representing an American woman whose Cuban husband was killed on the rig, Jack finds himself in dangerous waters when he discovers that his incendiary case may be lethally connected to his new wife Andi's undercover assignment for the FBI—and that the looming environmental catastrophe may have been no "accident" at all. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly wrote of Black Horizon, “Fantastic…Finely crafted dialogue and a realistic yet nuanced hero make this thriller a standout.”


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