By James Grippando
James Grippando promises his so much explosive and riveting suspense novel but: a robust and well timed tale of race, politics, injustice, and homicide as surprising and incendiary as today’s headlines, within which Jack Swyteck defends a white university scholar charged with a heinous racial crime—the first lynching in Florida in additional than a part century.
When the physique of Jamal Cousin, president of the preeminent black fraternity at Florida’s flagship college, is stumbled on hog-tied within the stygian swamps of the Suwannee River Valley, the loss of life units off a firestorm that threatens to rage uncontrolled as a fellow scholar, Mark Towson, the president of a sought after white fraternity, is accused of the crime.
Contending with emerging political tensions, racial unrest, and a sensational media, Towson’s safeguard lawyer, Jack Swyteck, fears the worst. The proof opposed to his client—which incorporates a threatening textual content message referencing "strange fruit" at the river—seems overwhelming. Then Jack will get a holiday that may flip the case. Jamal’s ugly homicide bears stressful similarities to a different lynching that happened again within the Jim Crow days of 1944. Are the chilling parallels merely coincidental? With a neighborhood in chaos and a tender man’s lifestyles in jeopardy, Jack will use each source to discover out.
As he navigates each one twist and switch of the hunt, Jack turns into more and more confident that his patron could himself be the sufferer of a legal plan extra sinister than the case offered via the nation legal professional. Risking his personal attractiveness, this principled guy who has dedicated his existence to the legislation plunges headfirst into the darkest recesses of the South’s past—and its murky present—to discover answers.
For Jack, it’s concerning the fact. Traversing time, from the times of strict segregation to the current, he’ll locate it—no topic what the cost—and carry much-needed justice to Suwannee County.
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