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A Death in Live Oak: A Jack Swyteck Novel

A DEATH IN LIVE OAK: A JACK SWYTECK NOVEL

by: Grippando, James
Format: Paperback

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Product Description 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.   Review “Tackling racism, white supremacists, and a generations-old lynching, the book is admirably heartfelt and humane.” (Kirkus) “Engrossing and unflinching...a timely look at issues of race and hatred...action-packed and involving...” (South Florida Sun Sentinel) From the Back Cover 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 preeminent black fraternity at Florida’s flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the stygian swamps of the Suwannee River, his death sets off a firestorm. And when a fellow student, Mark Towson, the president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime, the fire threatens to rage out of control.  Contending with racial unrest and a sensational media, Tow-son’s defense attorney, Jack Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higher—inside or outside the courthouse. Then Jack gets a break that could turn the case. Jamal’s murder bears disturbing similarities to a Jim Crow-era lynching. 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. Risking his own reputation, Jack plunges headfirst into the darkest recesses of the South’s past, and its murky present, to uncover the truth.  About the Author James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense and the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Twenty is his twenty-ninth novel. He lives in South Florida, where he is a trial lawyer and teaches law and literature at the University of Miami School of Law.

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Product Code: 9780062791979
ISBN: 0062791974
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Publication Date: 2018-02-06
Number of Pages: 576 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Large type / Large print
Dimension: 6.02 x 1.26 x 8.94 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds