Sunday, November 8, 2009

Intent to Kill - James Grippando - Review and Giveaway


Today is the opening day of the 2009 Miami Book Fair International. There are so many fantastic authors appearing (over 300!) and James Grippando is one of them.

Grippando has long been a favourite suspense author of mine. I really enjoy his recurring series featuring lawyer Jack Swyteck. As a lawyer himself, Grippando infuses his novels with a ring of authenticity. But his 16th novel, Intent to Kill, is a stand alone.

Ryan James was an up and coming baseball player. On the night that the Red Sox scout comes to watch him play, he is yanked from the game. His wife Chelsea has been killed on the way to the game, seemingly by a drunk driver. No one was ever caught or charged. His young daughter Ainsley survived. Three years later, he's hosting a sports talk radio show and keeping it together for the sake of Ainsley. But he's thrown for a loop when he receives a cryptic note " I know who did it" on the third anniversary of Chelsea's death. And Chelsea's autistic brother Babes may know more than he's letting on......

I hate giving away the plots in reviews, so am going to stop there. But it's a page turner for sure. Ryan is likeable, believable and sympathetic. Babes is based, in fact, on a persona from Grippando's past and again, very well drawn. His fascination with anagrams is addicting. There are lots of characters to pick from for the 'whodunit', but it takes a quick left turn at the end exposing someone I hadn't considered. The settings and dialogue ring true, showing Grippando's dedication to research - " The research for this novel was great fun - much of it done simply by observing, drinking beer, and root-root-rooting for the home team." He's got a great sense of humour too I think!

If you've enjoyed Harlan Coben or Linwood Barclay, you would enjoy anything by James Grippando.

Watch for his latest, Money to Burn, coming in February 2010.

Sound good? Want a copy of your own to read? Sponsored by the Miami Book Fair, I have a copy to give away to one lucky reader. Open to US and Canada. You've got until Sunday November 29 at 6pm EST to enter. Simply leave a comment. BUT!! Make sure you check back later this week or beginning of next week - The Miami Book Fair has sponsored another giveaway as well!


WHAT: 26th Miami Book Fair International
WHEN: Sun. November 8 through Sun. November 15, 2009
WHERE: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., downtown Miami
ADMISSION:
“Evenings With…” lectures: Sun., Nov. 8- Fri., Nov. 13:
General Admission: $10, free for Miami Book Fair members
Please visit miamibookfair.com to order tickets.
Street Fair: Fri, Sat & Sun., Nov. 14 – 16:
Friday, Nov. 14: Free
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 15 & 16: $8, $5 for those 62 and older, and free for those 18 years of age and younger, Miami Dade College students & employees with ID and Book Fair Friends, volunteers, exhibitors and guests with credentials.
INFORMATION: (305) 237-3258 (305) 237-3258 and http://www.miamibookfair.com/

Again, let us know about it if you're there!!

122 comments:

Wanda said...

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Haleyknitz said...

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Linda Henderson said...

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MJ said...

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KiraR said...

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Jenny said...

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Sweet! How awesome of the people at the Miami Book Fair to sponsor this! (Maybe they'll invite me to appear next year??)

All posted at Win a Book. No need to enter me, as always. Thanks for the e-mail!

Stacie said...

Thanks for the chance!

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fredamans said...

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Marjorie said...

Please count me in on this giveaway.
The review is a good one.

I follow by google reader.

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tanya904 said...

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bermudaonion said...

I'm reading Got The Look by Jame Grippando right now and it's great so far, so I'd love to be entered! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

mindy said...

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cstironkat said...

I would love to win something to read for the long winter months.

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LittleEagle said...

Enjoy this author a lot. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

Bethie said...

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holdenj said...

Pleas count me in! Grippando is a new to me author and it sounds like something I'd like to read. Thanks.
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Sue said...

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Mash1195 said...

Am a google firend connect follower.
Am a newsletter email subscriber.

Have this book on my TBR list so am hoping I win.

desiree kelley said...

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mverno said...

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george ferris said...

I never heard of this author, but I am always on the look out for new authors to read their books.
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Joan Coussoule said...

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abfantom said...

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Rita M said...

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Mysharona said...

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Lynne said...

This sounds like my type of book.

linett said...

would love to read this, thanks

PatZ said...

You're my kind of writer - fast paced and exciting. I would love this book.

randio said...

I've read several of Grippando's books & have really enjoyed them. I'd love the chance to read this one as well!

Lynz Pickles said...

I love Linwood Barclay, so I'm sure I'd love this! Please enter me.

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Bacallsmom said...

I know I would really enjoy reading this book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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Beth (BBRB) said...

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JoanneR said...

Thank you for the great offer!
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David Johnson said...

Please count me in, thanks.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I really like this author-thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

Margie said...

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clc408 said...

Sounds like my kind of book. How have I missed this author? Thanks for the chance.

clynsg said...

I haven't read any of his work, but this sounds good.

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Brent said...

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marthajane said...

Just checked out his website. I haven't read any of his stuff, but will definitely put him on my "to read" list. Sounds good!
Please enter me to win.

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Deb K said...

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g.g. said...

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karryknisley76 said...

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janeh said...

suspense novels are my favorite.....I'd love to read this book.......

ellie said...

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Alicia said...

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okbarbie5 said...

Great Giveaway...thanks!!!

Tammy said...

Sounds like a great book.

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

I'd love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Crystal said...

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Nancy said...

Wow, I have read a lot of suspense novels and I have never read any of James Grippando's books. I am going to have to check this author out.

Sarah said...

I'm currently reading his book "Born to Run" and it's quite good.

Smooshy said...

enter me!

Nickolay said...

This looks awesome. A great Winter read. Thanks for the chance

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yadgirl said...

I've read several of James Grippando's books.

Carol M said...

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patman717 said...

Thank you for the giveaway.
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demmi said...

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Tamara said...

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Mycosyco said...

Thanks for the contest.

LittleEagle said...

I like the author and would love to win the book. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

Carol EL said...

I've enjoyed some of his other books and would like to win this one. jelly15301@gmail.com

Rhonda said...

Terrific.

I would love to read this

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suzanne said...

Sounds like another great book. Thank you Miami Book fair also.

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Renee G said...

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Stephanie said...

I love this author and have read most of his books. I am looking forward to reading this one with great anticipation. Thanks for the great giveaway.

clenna said...

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good book.

cherio1 said...

I've not yet read this author. The book sounds really intriguing! Please enter me. Thank you.

T said...

I've never heard of James Grippando, but the book sounds interesting! :)

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mindy said...

sounds wonderful thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

Daniel M said...

way cool love mysteries/thrillers! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

SeahorseLady said...

I love suspense books and am always looking for a new good book to read.

Anonymous said...

Grippando is up there with Lee Child and Michael Connelly when it comes to creating compelling characters with interesting idiosyncrasies. I catch segments of the Miami Book Fair on C-Span's Book Tv in the weekends.
This is a great giveaway. Thanks and happy holidays!
hickcrazy1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Aisling said...

I've enjoyed previous books by James Grippando and this one sounds like another excellent story. I'd love to win.

erma said...

I'd love to enter the drawing.
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Randominities said...

This sounds like a good book. Thanks for giving a bit of the plot away, it makes me want to read it even more.

Anonymous said...

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Andria said...

I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

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Susan said...

I haven't read James Grippando before. I took down his name and the others you mentioned.

The closest I'll get to the Miami Book Fair - or any decent book fair - is C-SPAN on the weekends.

Anonymous said...

Would love to read this.

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dkeller52 said...

I really love mystery/suspense books - this sounds like a good one!

Jenny said...

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Betty C said...

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Oneangel said...

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Anonymous said...

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lilyk said...

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Elk Grove blogger said...

i need to read this book!

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AmyLynn said...

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mrk928 said...

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sherri419 said...

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Gianna said...

I won't be going.. too far away for me.
Please enter me in the giveaway :)

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