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Jack Swyteck Series


James Grippando was born and raised in Waukegan Illinois. He served as a law clerk for his fist job after law school to the Hon. Thomas A. Clark at the United Stated Court of Appeals. This was for the eleventh Circuit based in Atlanta. James Grippando has the chance of working on a number of cases that included appeals and death penalties. This experience later gave him a firm grip on writing crime fiction with his first being The Pardon’. Grippando was a trial lawyer from 1984 to 1996 in Miami in a tough case. What many termed as the battle of David vs. Goliath turned him into lead counsel. The battle lasted 7 long years representing the Florida chicken farmers. The case is known to this day as the catalyst that brought serious changes to the $15 billion a year chicken farming industry. Grippando had the opportunity to write a number of articles on a scholarly level. He felt drawn to creative writing in the 1980s. His first work was not published. A case about the impeding arrest of a man that was convicted of murder that wasn’t clear led to The Pardon’. It was in 1994 that he introduced Jack Swyteck as a criminal defense lawyer based in Miami. He was still practicing law when he wrote The Informant’ in 1996.

Grippando then released a string of novels thereafter before embarking again on Jack Swyteck as a series. He left law in 1996 and set on a writing career path that has seen quite a number of master pieces over time. Grippando’s first novel Leap holes’ was for a younger audience. It also became the first ever book to be published by the American Bar Association. He later released Operation Northwoods’ a short story published in a collection of thrillers by Thriller: Stories to keep you up at night’.

He is known for his love of outdoors where he does most of his writing. Grippando writes at his South Florida house and majors in crime fiction, legal and psychological thrillers. He draws most of his inspiration from his time as a criminal lawyer. This creates an accurate account of fiction based works and events that captivate his reader. It is amazing to note that his novels have been translated into 26 languages including Ukrainian, Turkish, Slovakian, Romanian, Portuguese, Korean, Italian, Hungarian, Hebrew, German, English, Dutch, French, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Bulgarian, Japanese, Spanish, Thai, Norwegian and Latvian. He has also served with the prestigious Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP as counsel since 2004.

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