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The girl in the glass box / James Grippando.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

Physical Description:
347 pages ; 24 cm.
"James Grippando's crusader Jack Swyteck is back in his sixteenth adventure, a timely and pulse-pounding thriller"-- Provided by publisher.
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Miami attorney Jack Swyteck lands in the heart of the contentious immigration debate when he takes on the heart-wrenching case of an undocumented immigrant who fled to America to protect her daughter and save herself, in this timely and pulse-pounding thriller that explores the stories behind the headlines from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

Julia Rodriguez and her teenage daughter Beatriz escaped bloodthirsty gangs, random violence and, Julia's abusive husband back in El Salvador. Arriving in Miami, mother and daughter struggled to carve their own piece of the American dream. While life in the States is hard, it is safer, until Julia's rejects her boss's unwanted sexual advances. Suddenly--thanks to an "anonymous" tip to U. S. immigration authorities--she is arrested, locked in detention with criminals, and slated for deportation. Jack's only viable legal move to save her is asylum--a long shot that's become nearly impossible in today's charged political climate.

When Julia and Beatriz made the perilous trek north to freedom, they thought they'd left the danger behind them. But now, even Miami isn't safe. A ruthless enemy may have tracked them to south Florida and is biding time, patiently waiting to strike.

In a case where the stakes have never been higher, Jack Sywteck may not be able to save his client--even if he wins.

Author Notes

Author James Grippando was born in Antioch, Illinois in 1958. He spent one year at the University of Illinois before transferring to the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he received his B.A. with high honors and his law degree with honors. While in law school, he was executive editor of the University of Florida Law Review. He was practicing commercial litigation with the law firm of Steel Hector & Davis for 12 years before becoming a full-time writer. He wrote his first two novels while he was still working as a trial lawyer. His novels include the Jack Swyteck series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Julia Rodriguez, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, works as a barista in a Miami café, in bestseller Grippando's timely 16th Jack Swyteck novel (after 2018's A Death in Live Oaks). When she refuses the sexual advances of her boss, he reports her to ICE, and she's soon arrested by ICE agents, but her daughter, Beatriz, a ninth grader, avoids capture. Attorney Swyteck takes on the challenging task of securing Julia's release from detention and reuniting her with Beatriz. Julia had fled to America to escape her abusive, gangmember husband, Jorge, but he soon followed her to Miami and will stop at nothing to get her back. Grippando keeps the narrative moving forward at a steady clip, expertly interweaving each character's point of view into the plot. He brings to life the fear undocumented immigrants face every day, as well as the complicated legalities they confront when arrested. Still, he never forgets that this is a thriller, and Jorge's ruthless momentum keeps the tension building to a heartracing climax. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

In Grippando's latest "Jack Swyteck" thriller (after A Death in Live Oak), the Miami attorney is asked by his beloved abuela to defend Julia Rodriguez, a less-than-forthcoming immigrant from El Salvador who's facing deportation after she entered the United States illegally to escape an abusive husband. The case is complicated by a hardline U.S. attorney, Rodriguez's troubled teenage daughter and unsympathetic sister, and several murders that implicate them all. Grippando weaves immigration law and policy, domestic abuse, and other current social issues into a story that will quickly capture and keep the attention of readers who may be compelled to read this plot-driven legal thriller in one sitting. VERDICT A solid addition for fans of Swyteck that works well as a stand-alone for those unfamiliar with the series. It will also appeal to admirers of Phillip Margolin, Alafair Burke, and William Bernhardt. [See Prepub Alert, 8/10/18.]-George Lichman, Rocky River, OH © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.