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A Death In Live Oak

A Death In Live Oak

When the president of a Florida university's top African American fraternity is found hog-tied and drowned in a Suwannee River Valley swamp, his counterpart at a white fraternity is accused of the crime. Defense attorney Jack Swyteck investigates and finds uncomfortable parallels... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780062657800
Barcode 9780062657800
Published 22 January 2018 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Grippando, James
Series Jack Swyteck (part: 15)
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ISBN-13 9780062657800
ISBN-10 0062657801
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Date 22 January 2018
International Publication Date 6 February 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Grippando, James
Series Jack Swyteck (part: 15)
Category Adventure / Thriller
Crime & Mystery Fiction
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 164mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 32mm
Weight 572g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fiction - Suspense, Swyteck, Jack Fictitious character - Fiction, FICTION / Crime, Fiction - Crime
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813/.54
Catalogue Code 761711

Description of this Book

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, Townson'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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Tackling racism, white supremacists, and a generations-old lynching, the book is admirably heartfelt and humane.--Kirkus Review

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Author's Bio

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense. He was a trial lawyer for twelve years before the publication of his first novel, The Pardon, in 1994. He is now counsel at the law firm of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and an adjunct professor of law and modern literature at the University of Miami School of Law. His novels are enjoyed world-wide in twenty-eight languages, and his novel Gone Again won the 2017 Harper Lee Prize in Legal Fiction. He lives in South Florida.

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