Last to Die

Last to Die

A Novel

Book - 2003
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In an exciting new series that critics have called "John Grisham meets Robert Ludlum," Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck faces his biggest challenge yet.

Tatum Knight is a former contract killer. Ruthless. Conniving. And he's Jack's newest client. Tatum is the older brother of Jack's best friend, Theo. Theo himself spent time on death row until Jack found the evidence to prove him innocent. Jack isn't so sure about Tatum.

A gorgeous young woman has been shot dead in her Mercedes on a Miami street. Tatum denies that he had anything to do with it, but he admits to Jack that he did meet with her in Theo's bar, where she tried to hire him.

Sally Fenning was worth forty-eight million dollars when she died. Money had never made her happy, so she left it all to her enemies -- left it for them to fight over, that is. She named six heirs in her will, but there's a catch: No one gets a penny until all but one of the heirs are dead. It's survival of the greediest.

Quickly the lawyers gear up for a bitter legal battle, but Jack braces himself for much worse. He alone knows that heir number six -- Tatum Knight -- is a professional killer. As the heirs begin to fall, Jack and his unforgettable sidekick, Theo, are in a race against time to discover if Tatum is behind all the killing. Or is someone even more frightening, more dangerous, the odds-on favorite to be the last to die?

From the harrowing first scene through its shocking climax, Last to Die delivers nonstop action and chilling suspense that fans around the world have come to expect from bestselling author James Grippando.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2003.
ISBN: 9780060005559
0060005556
Characteristics: viii, 369 p. ;,24 cm.

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ValinOR14
Feb 22, 2018

I was surprised by how much more I liked this book than I liked the first one: "The Pardon."
The issue of child slavery in the chocolate industry was worked into the story, which was interesting and heartbreaking at the same time. On to the next book!

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ErichKlotzbuecher
Jul 30, 2016

A thrilling story with a twist that no one will see coming. Keeps you on the edge of your throughout the whole book.

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SportyReader
Jul 31, 2012

The weakest Swytek book I've read so far. It's not terrible but it's not all that entertaining.

There are some digressing moments involving Theo the sidekick which aren't particularly interesting.

The main story had some intrigue but failed to deliver, for me that is, as the book wore on. The ending is anti-climactic and disappointing.

Again Grippando seems to want to induce spy like action in his books and it's a bit over the top. Swytek, a Miami lawyer, suddenly decides that he needs to go to an African country to get some information, which is hardly credible enough and leads to a high octane moment which was worthy of page skipping.

I recommend this with slight reservation.

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