The Girl in the Glass Box (Jack Swyteck #15) by James Grippando, Jonathan Davis (Narrator)
Published February 5th 2019 by HarperAudio
This is the 15th book in the Jack Swyteck series, and I continue to enjoy Jack’s and Theo’s cases and exploits. When Jack’s abuela, grandmother, asks for his help he can’t say no. He takes the case of a young woman Julia, who is seeking asylum after she’s been detained and imprisoned by ICE. Julia is the mother of a teenager, Beatriz, who begins to have medical and emotional issues worrying about what is going to happen to her mother, as well as herself. As Jack has his hands full fighting to keep Julia in the country, her past is catching up to her. How many borders will she need to cross to escape her past? How many people will die trying to help Julia and Beatriz.
This was a fast paced story as I have come to expect from James Grippando. Both Jack and Theo are helping to save Julia, with Theo beginning to have feelings for this young lady who has been through so much to attain a better life for her daughter and herself. I love Theo’s character. He is a tough guy with the interior of a marshmallow. He will do pretty much anything for Jack, who saved him from execution years earlier, but will he defy Jack to save Julia? I wasn’t sure about Julia. There were times my heart broke for this fragile, yet strong woman and other times I wasn’t sure if she was lying and hiding things. She would do anything for her daughter, including getting deported if Beatriz could remain in the U.S. Reading about the legal system as it pertains to immigration law was very eye-opening. I did not realize how different this system is compared to the legal system and I found all of the legal maneuvers added an interesting twist to the story. There is more going on in this book besides the immigration trial. Danger is following Julia and Jack has to work quickly to keep both Julia and Beatriz safe. The pace picks up as the book progresses with some pretty intense action, culminating in a scary showdown near the end. And oh, that ending. I am not a huge fan of cliff hangers, but this ending has me waiting impatiently for the next book. The story is tied up for the most part, but there is one last thread that needs to be finalized. I definitely recommend this book and the series to those who like legal stories with some adventure, suspense and action.
I listened to the audiobook of this story. Overall I enjoyed it very much and Jonathan Davis does a great job with the male voices, but the female voices were not very feminine at all. This is a book that would have benefitted from having two narrators, one being female.
About the Book: 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.
About the Author: The first thing you should know about bestselling author James Grippando is that he is no longer clueless—so says his wife, Tiffany, after “A James Grippando Novel” was a clue for #38 Across in the New York Times crossword puzzle. James is the 2017 winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction and a New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels of suspense, including the popular series featuring Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck. His latest, “The Girl in the Glass Box” (HarperCollins 2019), is the fifteenth in the Swyteck series. His novels are enjoyed worldwide in 28 languages. As an adjunct professor he teaches “The Law & Lawyers in Modern Literature” at the University of Miami School of Law. He is also counsel at one of the nation’s leading law firms, where he specializes in entertainment and intellectual property law, representing clients who have won more than 30 Tony Awards. He lives in south Florida with his wife, three children, two cats and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea he’s a dog.