A Death in Live Oak: A Jack Swyteck Novel Read Online Free - 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.
When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the pre-eminent black fraternity at the Florida's flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the Stygian water swamps of the Suwanee River Valley, the death sets off a firestorm that threatens to rage out of control when a fellow student, Mark Towson, the president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime.
Contending with rising political tensions, racial unrest, and a sensational media, Towson’s defense attorney, Jack Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higher—inside or outside the old Suwanee County Couthouse. The evidence against his client, which includes a threatening text message referencing "strange fruit" on the river, seems overwhelming. Then Jack gets a break that could turn the case. Jamal's gruesome murder bears disturbing similarities to another lynching that occurred back in the Jim Crow days of 1944. Are the chilling parallels purely coincidental? With a community in chaos and a young man’s life in jeopardy, Jack will use every resource to find out.
As he navigates each twist and turn of the search, Jack becomes increasingly convinced that his client may himself be the victim of a criminal plan more sinister than the case presented by the state attorney. Risking his own reputation, this principled man who has devoted his life to the law plunges headfirst into the darkest recesses of the South’s past, and its murky present, to uncover answers.
For Jack, it's about the truth. Traversing time, from the days of strict segregation to the present, he’ll find it—no matter what the cost—and bring much-needed justice to Suwanee County.
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February 24, 2018
It has been a while since I have read a legal thriller, so was excited to see a new book featuring attorney Jack Swytek. Have read and enjoyed reading this series in the past, following Jack in his professional and personal life. When I left him before, he had decided not to continue with the Inn...
February 14, 2018
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.
This really was a fantastic book. I have been a fan of James Grippando for a long time so I was really eager to get my hands on this newest installment in his long running Jack Swyteck series. This is the fourteenth book in the series...
February 05, 2018
This is such an insanely good book. Obviously going in, I had some preconceived ideas of what happened to Jamal and who was responsible. (I didn't believe it was Mark, but I definitely thought someone from the frat was responsible, because frats.) I'm obviously not sharing whether or not I was ri...
January 17, 2018
What effort do we make every day to not repeat the history of hate?
Mark Towson is an active college student and believes in respectability of the Greek life he has taken over on the campus of the University of Florida. He knows the other Presidents of the fraternities socially but not to the exte...
February 10, 2018
Grippando never disappoints. Jack Swyteck is one of my favorite fictional characters.
February 25, 2018
There are only a few authors who every book I’ve read by them I’ve loved. Michael Connelly is one of my favorites. But there was a book of his that left me flat. I’m a big fan of Tess Gerritsen. Yet, there was one of her novels I couldn’t get into. James Grippando is one of those few who I’ve lov...
February 13, 2018
I have read all of the Jack Swyteck novels and have enjoyed them. The latest was enjoyable BUT I was definitely turned off by the need to include Andie, the wife and FBI agent. The main story was great and we really did not need Andie in the story at all. I am really tired of the little lady figh...
March 13, 2018
Never disappoints me !!! I have been reading this author for a long long time.
January 29, 2018
The fourteenth installment in the Jack Swyteck series, A Death in Live Oak by James Grippando is a timely mystery about the apparent lynching of an African American student at a Gainesville University.
The shocking discovery of Jamal Cousin's corpse is eerily reminiscent of the rumored l...
February 10, 2018
The grisly discovery of the body of Jamal Cousin sets off a firestorm in Live Oak, Florida. Almost immediately, the responsibility for the lynching of Jamal, the president of a black fraternity at the University of Florida, falls on fellow student Mark Towson, president of a white fraternity on t...