Afraid of the Dark
By James Grippando
(Harper, Mass Market Paperback, 9780061840296, 528pp.)
Publication Date: December 2011
Police sergeant Vince Paulo held his best friends dying daughter in his arms as, with her final breath, she uttered the name of her murderer: her ex-boyfriend, Jamal. Minutes later, the house exploded, shrouding Paulo in darkness forever.
Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck is shocked to discover that the client hes been assigned to defend, a young man facing the death penalty for terrorist activities, is already wanted for the murder of his girlfriend and the permanent blinding of a police officer. Jamals alibi, that he was being held and tortured by government agents at the time of the girls death, seems far-fetched. But a subsequent rash of slayings suggests there may be some veracity to the young mans story. That bitter truth is launching Jack into a deadly international hunt for a faceless killer known only as the Dark, and plunging him deep into the terrifying heart of purest evil.
James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author. Blood Money is his twentieth novel, the tenth in his acclaimed series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. James Grippando was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel in 1994 (The Pardon). 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.
“More twists and turns than a snowy mountain pass…Afraid of the Dark will have readers embracing this darkness.”
“Grippando has proven his skills with edge-of-your-seat thrillers. Afraid of the Dark may be his most gripping yet.”
“Superb plotting, high suspense, compelling timely issues, and finely honed characters make this crime novel/international thriller a great read.”
-Library Journal (starred review)
“Grippando has definitely reached a new level with this series entry. . . . One of his best.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“Rousing. . . . An exciting tale of revenge.”
“Filled with twists and turns and edge-of-the-seat tension.”
“Grippando powerfully weaves Afraid of the Dark into a noir look at the fears that seep into each corner of society….Grippando has proven his skills with edge-of-your-seat thrillers. Afraid of the Dark may be his most gripping novel.”
-Newark Star Ledger